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Pace: Summit School District earns recognition, looks to the future

Heidi Pace
Special to the Daily

Summit School District wishes all of our students, staff and families a very happy new year! This time of year brings with it a call to reflect on our current successes and the future direction of our school district.

For the first time, Summit School District earned the highest accreditation rating possible from the Colorado Department of Education, Accredited with Distinction, based on our impressive student achievement, graduation rate, dropout rate and ACT scores. (For those in the football frame of mind, this is a bit like winning the national championship or the Super Bowl in the world of public education.) Our graduation rate exceeded 90 percent at Summit High School and they met the graduation rate targets for all student subgroups for the first time. Also for the first time, Summit School District took home the English Language Proficiency Act Excellence Award, given to the top 10 school districts whose English-language learners had the highest academic achievement, academic growth and language proficiency. These are just two of a number of recent recognitions and awards earned by the school district, thanks to the outstanding accomplishments of our students, staff, families and volunteers.

In Summit School District, we believe in planning the work and then working the plan. This year is the final year of our current strategic plan, which has resulted in Summit School District landing in the top 16 school districts in the state. We are now in the process of gathering input for our next plan, Vision 2020. We have held several community meetings and participated with other groups in determining the priorities for our future. In the next month, the school board will be inviting our community to complete a survey to help us develop our new strategic plan. Some of the areas we are looking at expanding in our next plan include:

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics);

Early childhood education;

Vocational education;

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Alternative education;

Engaging all families in their students' learning;

Raising the academic bar for all students.

Our Vision 2020 will be the road map to guide our work in the coming years. We look forward to hearing your input into our plan to make sure all of Summit County's children are developing into caring, capable learners, who continue to demonstrate integrity and achieve academic success.

Heidi Pace is the Summit School District superintendent.