WELCOME TO THE SUPERINTENDENT'S CORNER FOR SAINT LOUIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Welcome Back! The 2016-2017 school year is upon us. I hope our students and staff enjoyed a relaxing summer vacation and are ready for a very successful new school year.
As we begin a new school year, there are a few changes I’d like to highlight for you.
First, after convening a parent task force to study the bell time changes implemented last year, a recommendation was made and accepted to return the District to the previous bell time schedule. Therefore, all schools starting and dismissal times will be 20 minutes earlier this year than they were in 2015-2016. The only exceptions are Laclede Elementary and AESM Middle, which both move to a different tier. An updated bell time list is available at www.slps.org/belltimes.
Another exciting change for our District will take place at Vashon and Sumner High Schools. Each of these traditional high schools will introduce a new focus for incoming 9th graders. Vashon freshmen will explore the world of international business and finance, while Sumner students will study an African Centered curriculum based on the Seven Pillars of the Nguzo Saba. Both high schools will also have a dedicated principal for 9th grade students, with a separate principal overseeing 10th – 12th graders.
There is also a focus change at AESM Middle School @ L’Ouverture. This year the school becomes the Academy of Entrepreneurship Studies Middle School. Students will have the ability to deeply engage with core values central to an entrepreneurial mindset, to take courses specifically on entrepreneurship, and participate in national business competitions in their 8th grade year.
Finally, I’d like to let everyone know that the Saint Louis Public School District will have a renewed effort this school year on providing expanded opportunities to our students and staff. We will introduce more rigor in the classrooms and encourage our students to think outside the box. Our District is making advances, and we are striving to move from good to great, which means we are going to be more proactive and less reactive. Academic rigor is the new norm in SLPS and we believe our students will be better prepared for college, a career or whatever path they choose after graduation.
To our students and staff, I say once again, welcome back!
Dr. Kelvin R. Adams
Saint Louis Public Schools