Superintendent's Message

December 2021 Superintendent's Message

With November drawing to a close, we are looking forward with anticipation to the busy month of December.   December is a wonderful time to visit the school and enjoy a concert, extracurricular activity or athletic event.  The choirs and band have been busy preparing for holiday concerts and athletic teams are preparing for their competition seasons.  Your support at these events is appreciated by the students, directors, coaches, and advisors.  Clip and save the list of events in this newsletter for future reference.

Our winter home sporting events that take place in the main gym will be viewable on your computer by going to Youtube.com and typing Antwerp Athletics in the Search Bar.  A specially designed camera has been positioned in the main gym to provide this service.  Radio station 102.7 FM will also live-stream and provide broadcasters for all Antwerp home Varsity boys’ and girls’ basketball games.  Visit www.my1027.org to view the games.

Winter weather and safety of the students is always a concern during the next several months.  Although decisions on whether to delay or cancel school are always made with the safety of students in mind, changes in the weather and road conditions can happen quickly.  Delays and cancellations of school are sent to parents through our Instant Connect system and through our school app.  If you have not done so already, you can download our new school App!  Go to the App or Play Store, search “Antwerp Schools,” and install the free Antwerp Local Schools App.  The App has numerous features that will keep you updated on news, events, school delays and closings, and more.  You can also choose what notifications and alerts you receive through the MY ALERTS title.
Friday, December 17th will be the final day of classes and the end of semester before the holiday break.  There will be no school December 20st    – December 31st.  Classes and the beginning of the 2nd semester resume Monday, January 3rd.  I hope everyone has an opportunity to spend time with family and friends during this holiday season.  A reminder that there will be no school Monday, January 17th in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

January is School Board Recognition Month and a chance for all of us to say thanks to our school board members for the important work that they do for our school.  The positive leadership of the board members and their concern for the well-being of the students in our district continue to make Antwerp a great place to work, a wonderful place to go to school, and a source of community pride.  Our current Board of Education has 50+ years of experience leading our school district.  Board member Bob Herber is completing his 20th year, Board member Anita Bok is completing her 16th year, Board member Dennis Recker is completing his 10th year, Board President Sara Schuette is completing her 6th year, and Board Vice-President Jayme Landers has served on the Board for the past 4 1/2 yrs.

I am very thankful for the support from the community, students, staff, administration, and school board.  I am surrounded by people who have a vested interest in making Antwerp Local Schools a great place for each child to reach his/her potential.  
Yours in education,
Dr. Martin Miller
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