Well we are off and running here in South Western!  As you can imagine the last 2 months have been a whirlwind for me and the staff.  The start of every school year is a time of anticipation for a wonderful school year and excitement to meet new friends.  I have seen both of these first hand as I have visited each school multiple times over these past few months.  It is one of my favorite things to do, visit classrooms and witness the outstanding opportunities for our students.

While I have been impressed by many different moments here in South Western; I think some of the most impressive moments were in classrooms where students were challenged by their teacher(s) to think outside the box.  Or, when a student works together with a classmate to “tackle” a problem.  I have also been impressed by the reimagining of some of the school district’s classrooms.  Reimagining through flexible seating appearing all across the district.  It has been said the classroom design has not changed in a hundred years.  Well, I would invite those people to our school district to see some of the innovative ways the seating in our classrooms has changed, inviting students to converse about their learning and the tasks that have been assigned to the class.

One more topic before I end my opening letter to you, the South Western Community.  The topic is pride.  It has been one of the most palpable feelings I have experienced since my arrival.  It started with the excitement at the bus stops when Dr. Hartman and I rode the buses on the first day of school.  It was reinforced by the spirit sticks and school building t-shirts worn during sprit week, and one of my favorites, the lip sync challenge held at the HS Pep Rally between the students and the teachers.  There is such a feeling of community pride in all we do here in South Western.  So, as we continue our journey together this school year, I would ask you to continue your support by showing your pride in our school district and continue your support of our students and teachers, for it is you that drives us all to be the best we can be!


South Western School District  –  A Tradition of Excellence!


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  1. I would like to commend the School Superintendent of the Southwestern School District. My grandson has attended West Manheim Elementary, and is now enrolled in Emory H. Markle Intermediate School. My husband and I have attended every concert, grandparents day since both grandchildren have been in the system. We live in Maryland, and that is where our daughter went to school. My husband and I could not be more pleased with what we have witnessed in their education. The details for the arts is outstanding. The talent that you nurture and the end result is nothing short of amazing. The EHMIS String Octet that we listened to last night at the EHMIS Chorus Concert, was spellbinding. My husband leaned over to me about 1/2 way through their presentation and said “it is like we are listening to a professional rendition”. The arts are becoming lost in the educational system in Maryland, but your promotion is amazing. The love of their music is genuine, not a “chore”, and their pride in their performance speaks volumes. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the staff that you have teaching/guiding my grandchildren.

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