From the Superintendent's Desk
Dear Prowler Families:
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2017 – 2018 school year. As I begin my second year as superintendent, I have come to appreciate the value and pride associated with being a “Prowler” and consider myself very fortunate to be working in a great school district that is located in a great community. Whether you are new to the district or returning, I want each of you to know that your children are in the very capable hands of an extremely talented and focused work group that is committed to making Thief River Falls Public Schools successful.
As a part of this commitment to being successful, this past year the District engaged stakeholders in the establishment of a Strategic Roadmap as a part of the Strategic Planning process. The Strategic Roadmap has four major components. The first component is the “Mission Statement” or what our core purpose is. The second component is our “Vision Statements” or what it is that we are committing to create. The third component is our “Core Values” or the drivers of our words and actions. The final component in the Strategic Roadmap are the “Strategic Directions” or the way we prioritize the focus of our time and resources. The District is proud of the work that went into creating this document and have incorporated many of the Strategic Roadmap components into our School Board agendas to be sure they stay front and center, not put into a binder and placed on shelf.
This summer the bus garage has undergone a significant structural overhaul to include structural reinforcement, new LED lighting, and insulation in the roof to become more energy efficient as well as extend the usable life of the building. Besides this major project, Buildings and Grounds staff were busy doing summer cleaning, replacing carpet, and getting our buildings ready staff and students to arrive in the fall. They do a great job of taking care of our facilities!
Academically, we have spent the last year reviewing curriculum for science and the new curriculum will be rolled out this fall. Teachers in all three buildings continue the development of our power standards, learning targets, and aligning assessments to be sure we are laser focused in what we teach to all students. Finally, Challenger Elementary School has been busy planning and getting professional development throughout the summer in preparation for their new reading intervention plan. All of these things, along with the countless hours staff spend planning in all subject areas are helping to prepare our staff to be ready to help students in their learning experiences for the upcoming year.
We have a great team here in Thief River Falls and I appreciate all that they do to ensure a great education for all students. We have a knowledgeable and experienced school board that cares about all students, staff, and families. Ultimately, we have a lot to be proud of in Thief River Falls and I look forward to the start of the 2017 – 2018 school year.
Bradley D. Bergstrom
Superintendent of Schools