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As I reflect upon the past year, I smile. I remember the learning, the laughter, and the many successes we experienced as a school and community. As we look to the future, I can’t help but be excited! This year, we will embark upon a pivotal time in the history of our school district which has the potential to positively impact future generations. I anticipate exploring options to support our interests which will strengthen the systems already in place, and introduce others to enhance and enrich the learning environment for all children.

Athens is a community rich with tradition, overflowing with generous and kind people who support one another. As an individual you have the ability and aptitude to be successful. However, by choosing to be an active member of a team, you have the opportunity to support and encourage others, and establish an environment which contributes to the success for all. One team, simply defined, means together everyone achieves more. A quote by Andrew Carnegie, describes the work of a team. “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

During the past several months, many teams of individuals have engaged in a strategic planning process. Members of the School Board, District Leadership Team, Athens Strategic Planning & Referendum Advisory, community members, and school district employees have all been invited to participate in the development of a comprehensive four-year strategic plan. The hours of time dedicated to this process have generated many positive outcomes.

The first of which includes the Athens School Board adopting a vision & mission for the District. A vision statement functions as the “north star” - it is what all employees understand their work every day ultimately contributes towards accomplishing over the long term. A vision provides guidance and inspiration as to what an organization is focused on achieving; and, strengthens culture through a unified sense of purpose. A mission statement defines the present state of an organization, and clearly describes “how” the members of the organization will accomplish their vision. I am proud to share with you the School District of Athens vision and mission statements.

 Vision: Our Athens school community will cultivate and promote a positive, inclusive culture of respect with equity, integrity, and dignity. Students will be empowered to thrive emotionally, socially, and academically within a proactive, compassionate, and nurturing system of support.

Mission: Our mission is to promote a safe, inclusive, engaging learning environment to promote critical thinking, citizenship, and student empowerment through strong school and community relationships.

The vision and mission statements create the foundation for three areas of focus or what we have described as our “pillars”: Staff and Student Engagement, Family and Community Engagement, and Facilities and Operations. Each of the pillars have corresponding purpose statements. Aligned with the pillars and purpose are ten specific goal statements. Following a Community Engagement Workshop this summer, additional information was gathered from all stakeholders to inform the development of action steps. These action steps guide the work of our educators and district leaders towards accomplishing the District goals.

Throughout the strategic planning process, we have worked together as a team to enhance the culture of learning which is at the heart of our school district while still respecting the memories of the past, blessings of the present, and promises of the future. The school district vision will provide us with guidance and direction as we chart our path towards future success. To view the comprehensive School District of Athens draft strategic plan, please visit the District website at athens1.org.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to the School District of Athens. It is my sincere pleasure to be a member of the Athens school district and community. Working together as a team we can, and will, achieve great things!

 One town. One team. One dream.


Andrea Sheridan

Superintendent of Schools
715-257-7511 ext. 151

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