Dear Wiseburn Families and Friends,
I am excited to share that the first month of school has been a tremendous success. Our teachers and staff members prepared their rooms beautifully to welcome our students to the 2019-2020 school year. I was joined by our Board of Trustees at our Back to School Nights and I am always amazed by the work happening in the classrooms. Every room I visited, and I made it to almost each one, was welcoming and inspiring. Our students are hard at work and being challenged by a group of dedicated educators daily. I would like to extend a very special thank you to our PTAs who presented at their respective Back to School Nights and managed to coordinate the first fundraisers of the year. The Wiseburn Education Foundation was present at each of the Back to School Nights and shared their vision and plans for the year, to include the capital campaign. Our parent groups are second-to-none and help make Wiseburn a great place for students to grow and learn and for educators to work. 
This year Wiseburn is engaging in a Long-Range Facilities Master Plan (LRFMP) facilitated by the architectural firm LPA. We will continue to maintain and strive for learning spaces that promote student engagement, inquiry, connectedness, and Future Ready Skills. We know that the jobs of today will not be the jobs of tomorrow and this dynamic time in history requires innovative and methodical approaches to teaching and learning. With a diverse group of stakeholders from our school sites and from the greater Wiseburn community, we can ensure that the future of our district and the future of our students remains strong. In conjunction with the LRFMP, we have also engaged with Actus Consulting to conduct a thorough safety audit of our sites. Mr. David Klug assessed each of our school sites and provided some recommendations that we will include in our LRFMP. As you may have noticed, some of the recommendations have already been implemented such as the Raptor Visitor Entry System and our Mandatory Volunteer Training. I understand this can cause volunteers to spend a bit more time preparing to volunteer on our sites, but please know it is in the best interest of safety for all our students and staff. 
On the theme of safety, I would also like to take this time to discuss student safety as it relates to students coming to and from school. The beginning of the academic year is always an exciting time and it is important to ensure our students commute to and from school is just as safe as their time with us during the school day. I am asking for all our families to please exercise an abundance of caution as you approach the school sites by car and by foot. Traffic can be an issue as the school day starts so I encourage our families to plan in advance and prepare as much as possible the night before, so students arrive to their campuses feeling relaxed and ready to learn. Please also share the importance of walking to and from school in pairs or groups and to always be alert. Cell phones and other devices can be dangerous distractors for pedestrians, especially in areas of heavy traffic. Lastly, please encourage any student rolling or riding to school to do so with a helmet. 
I appreciate your partnership and wish you a great and safe month of October. 
Blake Silvers, Ed.D.