As we bring 2020 to a close and look ahead to 2021 it might be difficult to put the challenges of last year into perspective. During these unprecedented times the world seems to have changed so much in a short amount of time. Less than one year ago we were first learning about COVID-19. It was a problem halfway around the world and had very little effect on our lives. By March we were shutting down schools and beginning to reinvent many of the things we take for granted. While it may be hard to find a silve lining, especially for those that have had significant loss, it is important to find things to be grateful for.
Throughout 2020, Martin County West had many things to be grateful for:
Increase in Technology for Students
During this time, COVID monies has been used to increase the number of devices in all of our buildings. iPads and laptops are available for students to use in the classroom and our staff has developed new ways of using these devices to enhance the learning experience. This will have a lasting impact for many years to come.
Commitment of MCW Staff to Serve Students
Staff have shown a continued commitment ot developing ways to connect with students both in person and at home. In the last couple of months, teachers have developed new content, lines of communication, and resources. A whole new way of learning has been created and staff continue to modify and improve these practices. The workload to accomplish this is large but doing what is best for students is at the heart of what we all do.
The Importance of the Relationship of the District and Local Community
As I discussed last month the communication between the community and the district is what allows us to stay in-person when other districts have not. The trust we have in each other is critical to serving the youth in our community. While a difference of opinion will occur, it is those conflicting ideas that allow us to address the wide range of needs in our community. Together anything is possible. I am confident that in the upcoming years we can achieve anything we put our minds to.
The Resolve of Youth
Our students have shown the ability to overcome many obstacles. Learning remotely, playing shortened sports seasons, and wearing masks area all examples of our students stepping up to the challenge. Many times our students provide a valuable example of what it means to be flexible, goal focused, and appreciative.
I hope you all take some time and reflect on the past year and find your own blessings. Looking towards 2021, I am hopeful for returning to a sense of normalcy while embracing some of our newfound abilities.
Chad Brusky, Interim Superintendent
Martin County West Schools is Accepting New Open Enrollment Students
Martin County West Schools has many great things to offer our students:
- Student centered environment
- Small elementary class sizes
- Variety of educational choices and opportunities
- Safe, orderly schools
- High graduation rate
- Technology integrated at all levels
- Recently updated facilities
- 22% of our students open enroll to MCW from other districts
Please contact one of the schools show below to open enroll your students to MCW:
- Sherburn Elementary (K-2) 507-764-4461
- Trimont Elementary (3-6) 507-639-2081
- MCW Jr/Sr High (7-12) 507-764-4671