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Superintendent's Message

February Superintendent's Message

The second semester of the 2022-2023 school year is in full swing and with many cold and snowy days before us, I would like to remind parents to have students dress warm when waiting for the bus or in preparation for the trip to school. Student drivers should be reminded that road conditions change throughout the day and caution should always be used when driving in the winter.   The decision to delay or cancel school is always difficult, but the determining factor will always be the safety of our students.  Appreciation goes out to our bus drivers for their difficult job of safely transporting our students to and from school each day.  A reminder that delays and closings are sent out by Instant Alert and school app along with a message on vari­ous television and radio stations.  
 
A great way to beat the winter blahs is to view our winter sporting events in person or if the event takes place in the main gym, you can view it on your computer. The events are 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.
 
In a continual effort to enhance the safety of our students and staff, and met the requirements of new safety and security laws enacted by our legislature, several staff members recently completed comprehensive threat assessment training.  The training focused on assessing credible threats with the goal of responding appropriately and linking individuals making viable threats to appropriate intervention services, and support.  Parents are requested to assist with our safety efforts by discussing with your child the importance of students sharing safety concern information with staff members if they hear or know of threats to others or the school that are shared by fellow students.  The slogan; “If you hear or see something, say something” is common slogan utilized by many school districts to encourage students to assist with maintaining a safe school environment.  Furthermore, district personnel are also working to enhance our efforts to build positive relationships with our students, address anxiety issues, and improve student overall mental health and wellness.  
 
Looking ahead a couple of months, our musical department plans to present a spring musical program entitled, “Freaky Fridays”. The musical will take place Friday, March 17th, Saturday, March 18th, and Sunday, March 19th.  We also have our Family Literacy Night scheduled for Thursday, March 23rd from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.   The theme for the event is; “Super Heroes”. Specific events for the evening include literacy activities, a Book Fair, food, prizes, and educational based games.  Another major event to consider attending this spring is the annual Arts Festival.  The festival is currently scheduled to take place Saturday, April 15th.
 
Go Archers!
Dr. Martin A. Miller 
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