Principal - Letter to Community
To Barker CSD Families & Students,
Hello Barker families. Despite the many challenges our District has faced over the last two years, we are proud to say that Barker CSD is forging ahead. Our students have been doing an excellent job returning to a five day week, all while learning and growing as members of our school community. We wanted to take this opportunity to update everyone on a few items as we move into the second half of the school year.
The primary focus from an instructional standpoint has been to assess and address the skill gaps students may have from the previous two years of interrupted instruction. Teachers at all grade levels have been doing this since the first week of school. Utilizing our academic intervention service providers as well as differentiating instruction in these areas at the early grades, we are already seeing meaningful improvement.
The interruptions to regular school have also been difficult in non-instructional ways. These issues can manifest differently: socially, emotionally, or behaviorally. We have brought on extra counseling support a few days per week. This includes the addition of a social worker and a behavioral specialist. We hope that with these additional supports we can work with students and families to effectively address these issues.
We are also happy to return to many regular school events. We had the first Homecoming week since 2019, including a pep rally, parade, and dance. We also recently celebrated Halloween with a parent event in October that also involved our fantastic Music Department. Our 7th and 8th grade students did a turkey trot through the village before Thanksgiving break. As we get into the holiday season, our Music Department will be returning to student performances in the auditorium. We are happy to bring these school spirit events back.
Thank you to everyone for your patience and support. It has not been easy, but this year has proven that Barker has bounced back.
District Principal, Grades PreK-12