Message from Superintendent, Stephen Schiell


I want to restate that when our students take the tests they are benefiting themselves for a lifetime.  The majority of adults have had to take a high stakes test to receive a job or a promotion.  Plumbers, welders, nurses, accountants, and engineers to name just a few.  Our students need to understand that testing is a way of life, a way to improve.  Taking the tests is also critical for the student and the parent to know how they are performing when compared to other students within the state and country.  Taking the tests seriously is a matter of self-pride.  “I want to do good, I want my parents to be proud of me.”

Each school is accountable for each student’s successes and challenges.  Parents take pride in having their student attend a school that is high performing.  Teachers and staff take pride in being a school that is succeeding academically.  These reasons are why all of the students should take the state tests every year that is expected.  As of this writing almost all of the students are participating in the tests.  Principals, teachers and staff have put forth extra effort to convey to students and parents that the testing is important to everyone.

The School Board, Superintendent, and the entire District Office has taken the lead to state that participation in testing is important.  The School Board established a goal to have over 95% of the students participate in the testing process.  I know that when all of our students participate together the Montrose County School District will be successful!

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is in full swing throughout the school district.  By this time next year the four elementary schools that haven’t been directly involved with STEM will be completing staff development that will be necessary for the Montrose County School District to become the first STEM School District in Colorado at the start of the 2018-19 school year.  All the middle and high schools are immersing themselves into the STEM philosophy.  Remember STEM is for everyone. 

It is important for all of us to remember that school expectations and efforts continue to the last day of school.  It is not too late for your student to receive help and to improve.  Reach out to their teachers.  The teachers are here to help.

I wish everyone a great spring!

Stephen Schiell, Superintendent Montrose County School District

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