Dear Norwin Community Members,
When I began my tenure as Superintendent in July 2019, I talked about the importance of the philosophy of “Together We Can.”
Together We Can represents an ongoing belief that, by working together, we can continuously improve and exceed our individual and District goals. “Together We Can” is one of my core leadership principles, and I take these three words very seriously.
However, when Norwin School District was faced with the statewide school shutdown in March, I also began talking about the importance of being #NorwinStrong. Although everyone may describe it a little differently, I believe #NorwinStrong has three components.
#NorwinStrong is Perseverance, Resilience, and Positivity.
Perseverance is the persistence in doing something despite difficulty. I have observed this many times during the past year. However, one of the best examples was when, despite being difficult, more than 350 teachers, secretaries, and administrators quickly overcame difficulty and persevered through the Google Certification process in a few short days. This allowed us to begin teaching students online shortly after the statewide school building shutdown.
Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. After the Governor shut down Pennsylvania schools, our amazing teachers exemplified resiliency by quickly turning a traditional K-12 learning environment to an online one in less than a week. It took some other school districts months before they were able to offer online instruction.
Positivity is the practice of being or positive or optimistic in attitude. Norwin showe
d the world our positivity each week. Countless photos and YouTube videos documented our District’s positivity throughout a global pandemic in an effort to keep spirits raised for our students, families, and community members.
This is what “Together We Can” and “NorwinStrong” mean to me. These beliefs helped us to endure the challenges of the pandemic, and they will help us succeed in the 2020-2021 school year.
As an example of “Together We Can,” we have adjusted our educational programs to adapt to the changing needs of the School District. You can read about our Reopening of Schools Plan, which all school districts had to create to return from the statewide shutdown. Our Reopening of Schools Plan emphasizes student and staff safety, and it continues Norwin’s high expectations for success in academics, the arts, and athletics.
We are providing Apple iPads to all K-6 students during the 2020-2021 school year. Norwin is excited about this initiative because iPad instruction can engage students in meaningful, personalized learning. This follows a successful pilot program held at Hillcrest Intermediate School last school year.
We are Norwin. We will continue to persevere, be resilient, and demonstrate positivity together. Because Together We Can be #NorwinStrong!
Thank you and welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year. Please stay safe, healthy and #NorwinStrong!
Dr. Jeff Taylor,