July 2018

July 22, 2018

Dear Members Of The Georgetown Community:

It has been awhile since I have written.  Life is so busy both personally and professionally. Please know that I appreciate the thoughts that many of you have sent to me.  Also know that I am here and available all summer should you need to chat.

So much has happened in the past few months.  Once again, Georgetown saw an end to a successful school year.  Graduation was wonderful, even though it was so hard saying goodbye to Principal Lucia. I only had the opportunity to work with him for a short period, but I am so grateful for our time together.  He taught me so much about the Georgetown community, the workings of the system, and best practices for educating middle and high school students.  Most importantly, I have a plethora of respect for his commitment to children and leadership within the district.  Peter, you will be sorely missed.  Enjoy your retirement.

We also had to say goodbye to our assistant principal at the Middle High School, Heidi Mongeau.  Shortly after spending some time with Mrs. Mongeau, it was obvious to me that we shared a common philosophy in the education of our children.  She believes in educating the whole child. She believes that the way to have an impact on student learning is through relationship building, and does so with a strong presence and positive programming and interventions.  I am sure you all join me in wishing her the best in her new challenges working within the Triton School District.

Even though the district will need some time to recover from these losses, change is a good thing.  And our new principal, Dan Richards, has so much to offer.  He is an experienced educator and administrator, and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and a caring and empathetic ear to Georgetown.  In early conversations with Mr. Richards, he has demonstrated a passion towards social emotional learning, and a willingness to partner with me to implement strategies and interventions throughout the school.  I am very much looking forward to beginning our work together.

The end of the school year is always busy and challenging, wrapping up one year and planning for the next.  Early preparation for our summer camps and tutoring has proven beneficial, and the first few weeks of programming went off without a hitch. This year, we were able to reach even more students, adding students entering grade 2 to the Penn Brook Camp.

Lastly, I would like to thank the Georgetown community for their support of the school budget.  It was nice to see the community band together to provide for our students. I am proud to say that the special education finances have come in under budget for my first two years in the district. In fact, FY18 was the first time in ten years that the district didn’t need to freeze the budget.  It just goes to show that all students can be successfully educated in our schools with a little creativity and a lot of hard work and effort from our staff.

I hope you all find some time to enjoy this summer. Stay safe and stay happy.

Sincerely and Respectfully,

Jack Tiano

Director of Student Services