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Engaging Our Community and Raising Excitement

Last week, we hosted our district’s 7th Annual State of the Schools Address, in which I discussed our schools – our accomplishments, our success stories, our challenges and our future. The goal of the address was to inform as well as engage our community and to raise excitement and pride for the work our students and staff are doing every day.

This event included a few firsts for us – we streamed the address and over 120 people watched the address live from the comfort of their homes, we engaged the audience using to gather immediate and direct feedback, and we provided engagement guides for the audience to follow along and jot down notes, if they felt so inclined.

Below are a few of the key messages I shared during the address:

  • Space matters. Eight years ago, this school district embarked on a project to replace and renovate three of its four buildings – and the same reason why we have started a similar conversation about our high school facility.
  • Destination 2026, the instructional blueprint and strategic plan for our work, is a vision that celebrates and expands the tradition and innovation that has long defined our school system.
  • Today’s students are different; technology is different; colleges and employers expect different; and the world outside of school is different.

If you did not have the chance to attend or stream this event live, I encourage you to take time to watch the address, participate in the questions throughout the address and then take the post-event survey. Your involvement is critical to the ongoing conversation we are having about the Mariemont High School Master Facility Plan.

We have six in-home chats scheduled beginning next week to continue this important conversation and hear from you. If you’re interested in attending a chat, give us a call for more information. The only thing I ask is that you please watch the address prior to attending the event, so you feel informed and ready to engage in the next step. You can view the dates on the district calendar.

Also, everyone is invited to join the Building Team this spring and participate in design workshops, where we will discuss possible solutions for the challenges we know we face with our high school facility.

I hope that, by this stage in the process, you feel energized about the work ahead of us as we ensure our children at all grade levels, abilities and interests are getting the best educational experience possible.

Steven's Signature
Steven Estepp