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Canal Winchester

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Superintendent's Message

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The Superintendent of Schools shall strive to achieve District goals for students by providing educational direction and supervision to the professional staff and supervision to the non-teaching staff and by acting as a proper model for staff and students both in the school and outside the District.The Superintendent of Schools is the chief executive and administrative officer of the Board. The Superintendent reports directly to the Board, has all powers and duties imposed upon the office by statute, and has all executive and administrative powers and duties in connection with the overall operation of the school which are not required by statute to be exercised directly by the Board or some other officer. The Superintendent exercises leadership through school administrators who comprise the Leadership Team.

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year! As strange as it sounds, this is probably the most excited I have ever been for the start of a new school year! It is so good to see kids back in our classrooms. I have been in education for over 25 years, and never would I have imagined a school year like this. We’ve talked often about reimagining education or redesigning the delivery of education, but this goes beyond flexible seating and 1:1 technology.
While there are so many variables that are beyond our control and constantly changing, there is one thing that still remains constant: LEARNING NEVER STOPS. How we deliver it may change and change often this year, but teaching our students HOW to learn in different ways is part of molding them into life-long learners. It may not be how we have always done it – at a desk, with a sharpened No. 2 pencil, and on perfectly lined paper. Instead, it may be through Zoom, Google Classroom Discussion Boards, spaced-out classroom layouts, hybrid schedules or even through a self-guided curriculum with virtual support.
This year more than ever, Canal Winchester is focused on flexibility and building positive relationships. Everyone will be adapting to different learning environments, technology, deadlines, and difficult schedules. While we cannot control the ever-changing health guidelines or make things go completely back to normal, we can control how we support and encourage one another during this season.
My goal for this school year is to have our students, staff, and families come out of this pandemic situation better than they entered it. While we will still have expectations and deadlines, I encourage us all to approach each interaction we have with kindness and grace. This year is the perfect opportunity to hone in on our Portrait of a Graduate skills we hope to instill in all students before they go out into the world. While we will continue to focus on the core academic subjects, we will also be giving students opportunities to develop and recognize how to be Respectful Citizens, Problem Solvers, Self-Aware Individuals, Responsible Learners, Collaborators, and Communicators while we as staff members sharpen those skills ourselves.
Again, Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! Make it a great year or not; the choice is yours!



Jim Sotlar, Superintendent

Superintendent James Sotlar
James Sotlar
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