From the Desk of the Superintendent

To the Residents of Continental Local Schools,

The 2017-2018 school year has just started and The Pirates of Continental are excited for another school year.  As we embark on this school year, I first must take the time to thank the entire Continental community for its warm welcome.  As we begin year two together, it is my hope to continue to serve you well and meet many more of you.

As often said in education, the only constant in education is change and that is no different at Continental…  Here are a few of the changes you may notice for this year.  We have a new Kinderstart program to make sure all students develop a firm foundation for learning.  This program will give our kindergarten students the added support necessary to be successful.   We have updated our technology by adding new Chromebooks and Ipads for the students as well as new computers for the teachers.  We have also shifted around various staff members and hired two new teachers.  

Continental Local School is taking a 3-step process to go from being a very good school to being a great school.  Our goal is to serve every child with respect, dignity and pride.  Our theme this year is “PROUD TO BE A PIRATE!” and it is my hope that the entire community is “PROUD TO BE A PIRATE!”  Our 3-step process for moving from good to great is simply:

  1. During the 2016-2017 school year we focused on “WHY” we are in education.  As a staff, we spent time reflecting on KIDS! Our goal is to do what our mission statement says: “Continental Local Schools are committed to the fullest development of every student’s unique talents and abilities. We strive to provide all students with a foundation for lifelong learning. We encourage students, parents, and the community to join as partners in this commitment.”

  2. During this year, the 2017-2018 school year, we will not forget about our “WHY” but we will be adding the focus of our “WHAT”.  We will be following a format called (FIP) Formative Instructional Practice.  Through this program we will be looking at the curriculum.  It is important that as the state updates our curriculum, we too update our lessons.

  3. During next year, the 2018-2019 school year, we will be adding a third component to focus on improvement.  We will continue to use FIP to improve the “HOW” we educate.

The goal over these three years is to move our district in a positive direction.  By remembering “WHY”, updating the “WHAT”, and refining the “HOW”, Continental Local Schools will fulfill its mission and continue to be “PROUD TO BE A PIRATE!”

Danny F. Kissell, Superintendent