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Preparing Our Students To Be Leaders of Tomorrow

Welcome back!

Today we begin another chapter in the great story that is the Mariemont City School District. The start of a new school year is always an exciting time – exciting for students, parents and staff alike as it offers opportunities for a fresh start, new experiences, renewed interests and academic growth.

The new school year is also another opportunity for us to meet and exceed your expectations to best meet the needs of the students who walk through our doors everyday. Whether you’re starting this year with a kindergarten student, a senior or any grade level in between, please know we are serious about our commitment to creating a great experience in every classroom – what we refer to as the “Mariemont Experience.”

This year, like all years, will present new opportunities, challenges and success stories. It’s what makes our work so fun. We don’t have to look far to see the world we live in today is very different from just a few years ago – and just as this world that our students will live and work in is ever changing and evolving, our school district must also change and evolve if we want to ensure our students are ready for tomorrow. And this is why the work we have defined in Destination 2026 is so important and continues to serve as the compass and vision for our instructional program.

I was recently reminded of how important it is for us as a school district to constantly keep our eye on tomorrow and beyond when I saw a fascinating infographic highlighting 15 jobs that didn’t exist 30 years ago – jobs like information security analyst, drone pilot, genetic counselor and search engine optimization specialist (you can check out the infographic here).

Even more fascinating are the predictions that futurist Ian Pearson is making for the impacts technology will have in the next few years and beyond. Will we really see drone deliveries in the next two years? Machines that can think like humans by 2025? Clothing to give people super human skills in 10 years? Virtual reality replacing textbooks in the next decade? Pearson thinks so, and he has an 85% accuracy record! Click here to see all of his predictions.

And so, it is through this lens – the lens that sees a very different tomorrow – that I use to guide and plan our work as a school district. For me it is exciting and a necessity if we are truly to prepare our scholars of today to be our leaders of tomorrow.

Let’s have a great school year!

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Steven Estepp