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October Newsletter

Letter from Mr. Ippensen, Principal

Kim Collins, the 2003 World Champion in the 100m dash said, “Strive for continuous improvement, instead of perfection.”  This requires us to objectively look at what we are doing, and then to keep what is working, discard what isn’t, and find something new to help us get better.  This isn’t a one-time event though; it must happen on a continual basis.

Every day at Shickley Public School we work to get better – to improve.  Some days the changes are very obvious, and other days the changes are small and almost imperceptible.  A few of the major changes we have made in the last couple of years, which we believe are key to our continuous improvement are:

  • The opening of the Shickley Early Learning Facility, which is helping to develop the preliteracy skills students need for success in the primary school grades (K-2nd grade);
  • The adoption of the Treasures reading series in grades Kindergarten through 6th, which guides our reading instruction in focusing on essential skills and abilities;
  • The alignment and restructuring of our mathematics curriculum and offerings, which have provided for more consistent instructional language, as well as offered additional dual credit classes to our high school students; and
  • The complete overhaul of our science curriculum for grades Kindergarten through 12th grades, which provides a consistent science program in grades K-8, and offers classes in the high school targeted toward our students’ interests and futures.

As always, if you have any questions or comments regarding the changes happening at Shickley Public School, or if you would like to share in the process of preparing our students for success, please don’t hesitate to stop in and talk, or give us a call.


Derek Ippensen, PK-12 Principal