Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Dear City Schools families, students, staff members, and friends,
Welcome to the new school year! Whether you’re new to City Schools or returning after the summer break, I’m excited to let you know about some of the new things happening this year.
Three years ago, we created a “blueprint for success” for our students and schools. And we’re starting to see results!
Our scores on statewide tests were up again, students are being inspired by teaching that connects to things that matter, we lead the state in award-winning programs for gifted and advanced learners, and more of our experienced teachers and teachers of color are choosing to build their careers in City Schools.This year we'll have 40 schools with a special focus on literacy and 56 schools focused on student wholeness including social and emotional learning.
Also new this year:
All schools have at least one social worker to support students and families.
With 73 new “community schools,” a total of 126 schools now have a dedicated staff member to connect students and families to community resources that support family well-being and student achievement.
Every high school has at least one Advanced Placement course, so all students can challenge themselves with college-level learning. These new initiatives are part of our blueprint for success, but they're also guided by the district’s new equity policy. When we succeed in making sure that all students in every school in every community have access to what they need, we'll succeed in building the future we want for our children and our city.
There is no more important work than what we do together every single day. I encourage you to get involved however you can, whether by supporting learning at home, looking for opportunities to participate in your school community, or connecting at the district level. Our website has lots of information about upcoming events and opportunities, and teachers, school leaders, and parent group leaders can tell you about opportunities that match your interests and schedule. City Schools is on the move, and I invite you to join the movement!
I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at schools and events throughout the year. Parents and guardians, you should expect your school leader and your child’s teachers to keep in touch with you about your child’s progress, so please make sure your school always has your up-to-date contact information. This will also allow your school and the district office to share important information.
I hope you have a great first day and a great start to the 2019-20 school year!
Sonja Brookins Santelises
Chief Executive Officer
Important Numbers to Know
General questions: 443-984-2000
Enrollment, Choice, & Transfers: 410-396-8600
Bullying Incidents: 443-984-2020
Special Education: 410-396-8900
Family & Community Engagement: 410-545-1870
Early Learning: 443-642-3039
Multilingual Enrollment & Support: 443-642-4481