Dear River Valley Family and Friends:
As I write this memo the weather once again is becoming hazardous. When I make a decision to delay or close school, I always follow a process in which student and staff safety comes first. When the weather is questionable, I am on the roads early and I stay in constant contact with our transportation coordinator, our building and grounds supervisor, and the superintendents from nearby school districts. My decisions are only made after careful consideration for everyone's safety. Thank you for being flexible as we at River Valley work together to keep everyone safe.
As I near the end of my second year as superintendent of River Valley Local School District, I am proud of the successes we have achieved together as a district. Our focus on student achievement has yielded positive results. Third grade students have met or surpassed the goals for the Third Grade Guarantee. Middle school student achievement scores have steadily improved. High school students have earned many scholarships for academic achievement. Our students excel in extracurricular activities, athletics, art, and music, have won numerous awards and titles. This could not have been accomplished without dedicated teachers and coaches. I am grateful to our wonderful staff, great students, parents, and grandparents, all of whom are committed to our educational programs.
I know a lot of you have concerns with all the new state assessments. Our goal is simple, to educate children for life, not just create good test takers. Multiple assessments can take their toll on our students, and on our parents, teachers and staff. This stress also takes a toll on our budget, as most of these tests require new technology to complete. I just read today that there is discussion among our legislators which would allow our students to take the test this year without consequences. We do not want to over-test or stress out any of our students. Our commitment is for continuous improvement. Please continue to support your students and River Valley Local Schools as we work hard to teach beyond the tests, and help our students become lifelong learners. With your help, we will accomplish our mission.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your child's teacher or building principal. Also, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am looking forward to working together to create a great future for our kids.
James P. Peterson
River Valley Local Schools
197 Brocklesby Rd.
Caledonia, Ohio 43314