This time of the year in a school district is the best time to reflect upon everything that happened over the course of the school year. As we all know, this year has been unlike any other. What impresses me the most about Winterset is that no matter what comes our way, we figure out a way to make the best of things, to grow from our experiences and to get better. Whether it be quickly transitioning to on-line learning, ensuring students are fed or finding ways to honor students in special ways; the people of Winterset Community Schools make it happen for our students. I’m really proud of our employees and how they leaned in to do whatever it took. Shortly, we will be publishing our annual Snapshot of District Celebrations. I hope you’ll take the time to review it. When things happen throughout the year you really don’t think too much about them, but when we put all of our accomplishments together, wow! A group of determined people can really do a lot of good on behalf of our students. The investment we make today in our young people will benefit all of us in the future.  

This is my last Madisonian article as the Winterset School District Superintendent. It’s been a pleasure to have the opportunity to write about Winterset Schools on a regular basis. A special thank you to Robert VanScoy for suggesting we add a newspaper article to our communications plan. I wasn’t sure there would be enough to talk about, but quite the opposite, I found I had to prioritize what I included in the articles. A lot has happened in WCSD – tax decreases, improved academics, passed bond issues and levies, systems in place to support students, refreshed facilities, improved safety measures, etc. 

Thank you for your support – together we accomplished quite a bit for our students. I look forward to my new adventure leading an area education agency, supporting over 35 school districts and advocating for public education and students in our state. The colleagues, friendships, and connections will be what I cherish the most about Winterset. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to work alongside you for the past eight years – it truly was a pleasure!  

As always, all of us involved in the Winterset School District work daily to maximize areas of strength and address areas of need. As we work to continuously improve, we value your input. Our Twitter accounts are @WintersetSchool and  @WintersetHusky; our Facebook account is Winterset Community Schools.