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December Superintendent's Blog

As always, I try to organize my blogs around our board priorities.
Cultural Competency: I mentioned in August how we would continue to focus on this area. We have continued presentations to all staff members about the importance of seeing the world through someone else’s perspective. This will help us positively impact more students, families, and community members. This work has also included the introduction of what it means to be trauma-sensitive. So many of our students and families are dealing with or have previously dealt with trauma in some form. Once we understand what is impacting them, we can change our response from “what is wrong with you?”, to “what happened to you?”. Starting in January, we will continue presentations to all staff members on unconscious bias so that we can become more effective socially, emotionally, and academically throughout the district.
College Readiness: This year the district received a slight increase over last years score in our Annual Performance Report that we receive from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The district also saw almost a full point increase in our district ACT scores. We are working hard to better prepare our students for the ACT test and engaging more students and families that have chosen to attend college after high school. This work begins our pre-K and elementary schools though as we must provide a solid and rigorous academic foundation for our students. This includes innovative classrooms, technology-enhanced instruction, and our work to expand Project Lead the Way (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) access for all students K-12. We are very proud to provide all students with the opportunities to be hands-on learners and complete projects that are tied to real-world scenarios.
Career Readiness: Not every student gets the opportunity or chooses to attend college after high school. However, this does not limit the options available for students as there are currently employers struggling to find employees in several career fields. We are expanding the opportunities to our students by providing information on career fields that are currently in demand and attempting to remove any barriers preventing our students from taking advantage of them. This will include building better relationships with area businesses to provide internship opportunities for our students that could lead to jobs in competitive career fields. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that every student that graduates from Grandview C-4 Schools has a plan and pathway to success after high school.
The district will also continue to be vigilant on safety and security. I want all students to feel safe while they are at school and know that they have someone here to talk to when they are struggling with an issue or trauma. We will once again promote the anonymous Bulldog hotline in all school classrooms, continue to conduct proactive safety scans in our secondary sites, and focus on the expansion of social services that we provide our students and families.
This is an amazing time to be in the Grandview C-4 School District. From getting national recognition from the CEO of Project Lead the Way as a 100% access district, to being on the front page of the Kansas City Star for our students winning the Battle of the Brains competition by designing an exhibit at Science City next year, there has never been a better time to be a Bulldog. I promise as your Superintendent to continually share the good news happening here with our kids and to continually strive for higher levels of success. Thank you for trusting us with your students and for being a part of the Grandview Community. We appreciate your support and wish all of you a very blessed holiday season.

Dr. Kenny Rodrequez