Monthly Archives: November 2016

November 2016

November 22, 2014

Dear Georgetown Community:

It is just amazing to me that many of us are getting prepared for the upcoming holiday season. Where did the fall go? As I sit at the Perley School writing, it feels appropriate to mention those things for which I am thankful.

Most importantly, when I define who I am as a person, the first thing on my list is that I am a Dad. Nothing embodies more who I am than that word. I am so lucky to have four amazing children who call me that. My wife will be happy to hear that the second word that defines me is husband. I have found a partner in life who completes me. And third is educator. I truly believe in our students. As corny as it sounds, I have devoted my adult life to the betterment of our children so that they can be the leaders defined by their potential. I am truly thankful that I can describe myself as father, husband, and educator. It is what brings meaning to my life.

Having been with Georgetown Public Schools for five months now, I can also say how thankful I am to have been given the opportunity to serve this wonderful community. Our students and teachers are so fortunate to be in a community that cares about its’ schools, and provides the support needed for them to run effectively. I am thankful that parents and families allow me to provide services for their children, and have listened to my thoughts and insight on the education system. The SEPAC has allowed me to speak at an open forum, and the support from its members was overwhelming.

I am thankful for a strong administrative team that works collaboratively to make sure that students get what they need. And I am thankful for the teachers, related service providers, paraprofessionals, nurses, custodians, kitchen workers, and all of the staff at Georgetown Public Schools that ensure that the schools run as they should each and every day.

So please sit back and relax during this holiday season. Know that the staff members at Georgetown Public Schools are taking great care of your children. There is nothing we would rather do. Remember that I “get” your children, and hold them all in high esteem. And thank you all for the support you give to your school each and every day. I, for one, am thankful for it.

Sincerely,

Jack Tiano

Director of Student Services.

October 2016

October 11, 2016

Dear Georgetown Community:

Last week I had the opportunity to attend my first public meeting of the Georgetown SEPAC. I was completely impressed by the turnout of dedicated families. All took the time to get to know each other, and asked great questions of the presenter and their peers. It was wonderful to see my new friends in Georgetown, and meet some new ones. It truly was a great event.

But as I sat and watched the presentation on Parent Rights, one thought consistently went through my mind. That is, we all need to assume positive intent. Over the years, I have worked diligently to change my mindset, and I now understand that when a parent comes to the table to discuss an issue or concern, it truly is because they are looking out for the best interest of their children. I have come to welcome the advocacy parents have for their children, not see it as a difficulty within my day.

I hope that families consistently feel the same way about the people they charge to educate and care for their children. I have been in education for over twenty years. In this profession, there are some things that take a long time to understand. Knowing whether or not people care about kids is not one of them. In a short period of time, I have come to know that the teachers at Georgetown Public Schools care about your children, and expect that they will all lead productive and loving lives.

During my time here, I hope to prove that to the community. I want everyone to know that this is not an us vs. them situation. School personnel and parents are all on the same team. We all have a stake in the success of our children. So again, please assume positive intent every time you come to the table. We all want what is best for our children, and this community as a whole.

Sincerely and Respectfully,

Jack Tiano

Director of Student Services

September 2016

September 26, 2016

Dear Georgetown Community:

It is simply impossible to express how excited I am to be a member of this prestigious community. During the past few months I have had the opportunity to meet a wonderful, caring staff, parents who are proud of the accomplishments of their children, and students achieving at exceptionally high levels.

As I reflect upon the status of special education services at Georgetown Public Schools, there is one critical point that I would like to get across to all. That is, that special education truly is “special”. The entire special education team for the district works hard each and every day to specifically design instruction to meet the unique needs of our students, and to lessen those conditions that adversely affect their progress in their educational programs. Their commitment to student achievement and excellence is to be saluted, and truly special.

Having now had the opportunity to meet so many of our students, it is amazing to me to see children who want to learn, ask all the right questions, and who are so respectful within our school community. Their efforts in overcoming the challenges before them are truly special.

I have been blessed to be a part of the Georgetown community, meeting so many families already. People here are passionate about the success of our school, and support it in such a way that all students have access to things they never would have experienced without the privilege of growing up in such a wonderful place. That is truly special.

It is with great pleasure that I continue working with my new friends in students, parents, teachers, administrators, and all other staff members. The Georgetown community is truly a wonderful community in which to work, live, and raise a family. It is evident that everyone works together to create a positive environment for our students. I am so excited to work with such an involved SEPAC as well, working diligently to provide for our students. Yes, truly special.

Thank you all for your well wishes, and please know that my door is always open to you. Feel free to come on in!

Sincerely and Respectfully,

Jack Tiano

Director of Student Services