Message from the Superintendent . . .
Navigating the Winds of Time
“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
~ Jimmy Dean
We all know that we live in an ever-changing world; we always have and we always will. As we progress into a more technological world, navigating in these waters can become increasingly difficult for our young people. We as adults and educational institutions need to adjust our curriculum and structures to respond to these changes. We have put many supports in place to help students with their social-emotional and academic needs under a structure called Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS).
MTSS encompasses three levels of support. Tier I consists of supports that we put in place for all students and is a part of our core instruction. Early intervention and acquisition of learning and coping skills is the best way to avoid problems downstream. We want to equip our kids with the age appropriate tools they need as they grow. Tier II is for students who have been identified as needing additional help learning the skills taught in Tier I. This support normally takes place outside of the time dedicated to core instruction and in small groups. Tier III is even more explicit support focused on remediation, dedicating more time than Tier II supports, and is done one-on-one with an adult or in smaller groups than Tier II.
We recognize that more and more students need additional supports navigating in our fast- paced world. Our goal is to always teach our kids the skills needed to be happy, healthy contributors to our society and to give them the targeted support they need when they struggle in social-emotional and academic ways. The Williamson imperative is to “Do what is right for children.” We will continue to adjust our sails as the winds of time change so we can stay on course to reach that destination.
I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season . . .
Superintendent, Williamson Central Schools