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Students share suggestions at Superintendent's Advisory Council meeting

Students share suggestions at Superintendent's Advisory Council meeting

Students from several K-8 schools visited the Education Center on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, with ideas for improvements in their schools. The Superintendent’s Advisory Council held their monthly meeting and discussed ways they can continuously improve the educational experience for students throughout the District. 

Student seated at table raising his hand.

To spark the conversation, Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith asked students what they wanted to be when they grow up. She encouraged them to think about their goals as they go through school and to stay motivated to achieve them. 

I want each one of you to think about what you want to be when you grow up,” said Dr. Smith. “If you know what you want to be, the more likely you will become successful, and I know that each one of you will be successful. I also know that if you plan a career path, and that’s what you really want to do, you have to work at it. So, I encourage you to do so.” 

2 students adding suggestions to poster paper

Dr. Jamal Doggett, assistant superintendent of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction and Administration, also spoke to the students and reminded them that some of the changes in their schools were made because of last year’s Superintendent’s Advisory Council’s suggestions. 

Students then completed an exercise where they wrote suggestions for how to improve math and English programs, make learning fun and improve instruction in their schools. Poster paper was taped to the wall and each student went around the room and wrote a suggestion for how academic instruction could be enhanced. 

“I feel happy because I get to share other students’ opinions,” said Samuel McOwen, fifth grade student at Traphagen School. “They help me, I take notes in my brain and I take their opinions and share them here. I feel like I’ve made a big impact.”

Students writing on poster board
2 students at table talking.
Student receiving food.


Students lined up to fill their plates.

Students at Hamilton School gathered around to give thanks and appreciate one another before Thanksgiving break with a feast on Tuesday, November 21, 2023. The arrangement of food included turkey, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and various desserts brought by families from the school community. 

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