A Message from Phillip Herman, Superintendent
Greetings! It was a privilege to begin my tenure as the Superintendent of the Hudson City School District on August 1, 2013. There is a quote in Stephen Covey’s book, The Leader in Me, which speaks volumes about the responsibility and importance of educating and positively impacting the lives of each student, every day. He writes, “We only get one chance to prepare our students for a future that none of us can possibly predict. What are we going to do with that chance?” In answer to that question, I believe it becomes more essential than ever that we continue to evolve in our instructional practices and methods while making all changes on the foundation of values that have made Hudson City Schools successful.
Instructionally, our teachers are continuing to learn and revise their instructional plans and practices to empower our students to solve challenging problems. Our teachers and administrators are doing so by aligning our curriculum to the Common Core, by using internet accessible devices in exploration, and by developing opportunities for our students to apply their learning in real-world situations. However, as instructional practices evolve and curriculum changes over time, it is essential that our values remain constant. In this rapidly changing world with its enormous challenges, our students will need core values: integrity, honesty, work ethic, desire to learn, caring, perseverance, creativity and compassion. They will need us to model those values, and they will need us, as a school district and community, to help them develop those values in themselves.
If you watch the news or read the headlines on any given day, it is apparent that we live in a rapidly changing world with very significant challenges. But, here is the great news: On August 21, nearly 4,700 student leaders will walk through the doors of our school system. We have the opportunity, not only to prepare them to lead productive lives in their community, nation and world, but to equip them to find the solutions to the world’s challenges.
Since 1886, the Hudson Schools have had a strong tradition of student achievement. I strongly believe that this level of achievement has been accomplished due to our involved parents, dedicated teachers, and staff that help prepare and teach young children to adapt to a changing world. I am honored and humbled to be the next in a long line of hardworking, dedicated superintendents who have each helped build the strong foundation of this amazing school district.
In the weeks ahead, our staff and administrative team are focused on getting the school year off to a smooth start for each of our students. As the school year goes on, I look forward to sharing with you the progress on some of the exciting and challenging initiatives we have planned for the 2013-14 school year, including:
- The implementation of a new student information system called SunGard which will put data and information into the hands of the individuals who need it the most, our teachers, parents, and students.
- Increases to the security of our buildings and improvements to our safety plans.
- Preparations to implement the Ohio Teacher and Principal Evaluation Systems.
- The development of a new district website that will be easier to navigate, provide more pertinent and consistent information for parents and community, and is mobile ready.
- Maintaining a focus on operating in ways that preserve our financial resources.
I look forward to working with you as we prepare the students of Hudson for their exciting futures!