As a new school year approaches, students in Montgomery County will begin a new tradition, transitioning into one school this year. For students, it’s meeting new friends or reconnecting with old ones they’ve known in the community but didn’t attend school together and for parents, its learning new teachers. For staff, it’s welcoming those aboard who worked in Kilmichael. But, for everyone it’s a new beginning, the creation of new traditions.
And that’s the mindset that Dr. Teresa Jackson wants parents, students, faculty and staff to have as they approach this new school year.
“Our goal is to create an outstanding school district that will meet the educational, artistic, and athletic needs of all the students who reside in Montgomery County,” she said. Jackson said the district took it’s acronym WMCSD and created a new mission statement for the year.
W orking together, M oving forward, C reating opportunities for S tudent Success and D ynamic Futures.
For Jackson, that means beginning with her staff. “Our motto for the 2018-2019 school year is One Team, One Dream,” she said.
Jackson said that staff will kick off the school year Thursday with a two-day conference.
“The teachers will be able to choose from several different sessions on a variety of topics to improve their professional practice. On Monday and Tuesday, teachers will be working in their buildings and classrooms to prepare for the first day of school for students on Wednesday, Aug. 8,” she said. “On Monday, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6 we have Meet the Teacher at Winona Elementary School and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Winona Secondary School.”
Jackson said any questions parents may have regarding uniforms, backpacks, forms to fill out or what’s upcoming for the school year can be found at www.winonamontgomerycsd.com. She said parents should become familiar with the website as it will be filled with much needed information.
She said the dress code and student handbook can also be found on the website. Overall, Jackson wants the new incoming students and the returning students to have a great year and is excited about the new school year.
“We are excited for the first year as a new district. We are looking forward to welcoming our returning faculty, staff, and students and to getting to know our new faculty, staff, and students. WMCSD appreciates the support of the community as we are transitioning,” she said.