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Superintendent Jody Monroe welcomes families to the 2018-19 school year

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on August 20, 2018

The following message from Superintendent Jody Monroe was emailed to all district parents on Monday, August 20, 2018.

Dear BC Parent/Guardian:

I hope that you have been having an enjoyable summer and are looking forward to another school year. I would like to welcome everyone back to Bethlehem, with special greetings to our new families and our entering kindergarten students. The beginning of school is such an exciting time and provides each of us with opportunities to get involved in new ways.

The first day of school for all students K-12 is Thursday, September 6. Our staff has been busy over the summer preparing for the new school year. If you have elementary students, you will find their 2018-19 teacher assignments are now available in Aspen. Information about middle school and high school schedules will be available on Aspen on Friday, August 24 after 4 p.m. Important bus route information is also posted to Aspen so you will want to log in and take a look.

We had a large number of retirees in 2017-18, so we will have several new faces joining us this year, including instructional staff. We will be posting profiles of our new faculty and staff on the district website in the coming weeks, so please bookmark bethlehemschools.org so you can learn more about them and keep up on all district news.

The summer is also a time when many of our faculty and staff participate in professional development. The district hosted a comprehensive Technology Boot Camp where many of our faculty shared their expertise, offering 30 different workshops for their colleagues to choose from. The workshops were designed to help teachers discover different ways to integrate technology into their classrooms, engage learners of all ages, and maximize opportunities for personalized learning. We also had many teachers involved in updating and revising the curriculum as well as participating in state and regional professional development.

Other members of our team have been busy reviewing and updating district safety protocols and procedures. Our District Safety Team will meet this week to prepare for the return of students and staff, and the Bethlehem Police Department was at the high school last week, engaged in school safety training as well. 

The safety and well-being of our students and staff is our number one priority. To communicate with you more efficiently in case of an emergency, we will move from the School News Notifier (SNN) system to using School Messenger in 2018-19 so we can reach you via text and through automated voice calls when necessary. We began a soft roll-out of School Messenger last spring and have been using it to email families important school and district news. School Messenger relies on information stored in Aspen. If you have not already done so, please review all of your contact information (including cell phone numbers) in Aspen. If you are not sure where to find that information in Aspen, we have a screenshot tutorial that may help. If you need to update your contact information, please email our district registrar Melissa Haas at mhaas@bethlehemschools.org.

You will receive more information about School Messenger in separate email messages later this week so please watch for those.

I am very much looking forward to my continued work with your family and encourage you to reach out to me should you need any assistance. Thank you for your support of the Bethlehem schools and enjoy the remainder of your summer.

Sincerely,

Jody Monroe
Superintendent of Schools