Dr. Daggett also spoke about the changes he has found in rapidly improving schools, several changes which can be found in Jackson School and Wood School classrooms. Where once we focused on knowledge and application separately in each discipline, our teachers now design lessons and units which require application across disciplines and application to real-world predictable situations. And in some cases, we have taken the next step which requires application to real-world unpredictable situations. Acquiring these skills requires strong foundational learning, high level learner engagement and solid personal skill development. Responsibility, initiative, perseverance, respect, compassion, adaptability and trustworthiness are no longer “nice-to-have” but are necessary for success in school, careers and life.
As another school year moves quickly by and as I look back over ten (10) years of my involvement in this outstanding school district, I am most thankful for the support you have given to the school district, and I remain committed to joining you, the school committee, the administration, the faculty and staff and most especially, the students, in preparing all for continued success.
David P. Raiche
Superintendent of Schools