Committed to our Students...Committed to our Community
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I am truly honored and humbled to begin my seventh year as superintendent of the Northern York County School District. Northern's reputation as a high-quality public school system in a wonderful part of our state drew me to this area. The people of Northern have made this district a home for me and a great place to advocate for children.
During my tenure as superintendent of Northern, we have focused our attention on a mission of ensuring all of our students are Intellectually Prepared, Civically Engaged, and Personally Responsible. The six words of our mission statement are easy to memorize and recite. They, however, are challenging to accomplish. To guide the process of ensuring all of our students leave Northern fully prepared for the 21st Century global community, we adhere to our Profile of a Northern Graduate. This profile identifies and defines eight components WE believe are necessary to inspire and nurture in each student in order for them to be successful as a graduate. These components include the original 4 C's associated with developing 21st Century Learners and we have been focusing on them for the past three years:
- Critical Thinking
But we have added 4 more C's that identify the type of adults into which we want our students to develop. These are the type of workers our businesses want to hire, the type of students our colleges seek to admit, and the type of soldiers our armed forces wish to recruit.
If we want our students to develop these eight attributes, we must also ensure that each educator strives for and adheres to a similar set of competencies. Using the same 8 C’s we want for our graduates, the Profile of a Northern Educator sets a standard for what is expected of each employee of the District. It is important to note that we consider EVERY employee to be an educator, as EACH employee plays a role in processes and programs necessary to educate our children.
Please join us in making the 2018-2019 school year a great success! We believe this will be done by focusing on the students of Northern and our desire for each of them to reflect our mission statement in everything they do.