Start Strong, Finish Stronger

published July 8, 2017

Greetings from your Superintendent, I hope your summer has been enjoyable and wanted to let everyone know our staff has been busy this summer preparing for a great return and successful school year!  We are extremely excited that you will be part of the South Sioux City School District for the 2017-18 school year and will do our best to make sure everyone feels they are part of our Cardinal family!  My personal family is also proud to call South Sioux City home and my children are current benefactors of the same dynamic education that we are all fortunate to be  part of in South Sioux City Community Schools! For those that may be new to South Sioux City Schools and also for returning students, I would like to share a few characteristics of our great district. I am confident you will find the schools and community tremendous places in which to grow, learn and live just as my own family has.
 
We take pride in establishing high expectations for all our staff and students in a collaborative and purposeful approach.  Our staff are organized into teams called professional learning communities or PLC’s.  Each Monday, we dismiss students early so that these PLC groups can meet. We believe that all students can achieve at high levels when these teams collaborate.  We establish what students are expected to learn in priority standards and focus our attention on what is learned by studying results from common and individual assessments to know each student and help them skill by skill.  Many opportunities are provided for intervention and enrichment at each school to support our guaranteed and viable curriculum that provides essential knowledge and skills to each student regardless of which of our great teachers they are assigned.  This process and a look inside our schools is contained in a short film by Nebraska Loves Public Schools called “Collaborating for Kids: Professional Learning Communities”  which can be viewed on our district website www.ssccardinals.org along with all other district information.
 
South Sioux City Schools has many extracurricular activities available for students outside the regular school day and they are highly encouraged to participate.  Extracurricular activities allow kids to explore talents, make friends/teammates and develop skills that enhance their educational experience. Activity fairs and events are held throughout the district and many of the activities are highlighted on the individual school websites.  Please contact your individual school office Students of all ages are encouraged to attend school events and cheer on their peers in a fun, supervised setting throughout Cardinal Nation!
 
We are proud of our current parent, business, college and workforce partnerships in the Siouxland area!  We continue to work with all stakeholders in developing our college and career curriculum, as well as facility planning, to ensure that our students are prepared for the post-secondary life of their choosing.  Our high school curriculum contains several career academies that are linked to the personal learning plans developed by an interactive student, parent, counselor and teacher relationship. These personal learning plans begin at the middle school level and parents are encouraged to be active partners in their son or daughter’s curriculum choices.  Parents are also able to access and/or receive updates in the student gradebook online through the Powerschool software in our district.  Parent involvement is highly encouraged and necessary if a student is to reach their maximum potential and have the best possible school experience.  Please know our school board, administrators, teachers and all of our district employees are passionate about serving students and look forward to a tremendous year of achievement!
 
Go Cards!
Todd Strom, Superintendent
South Sioux City Community Schools