On behalf of the Nottoway County School Board and its employees, welcome to the 2013-2014 school year. Our goal continues to be to provide academic excellence through a supportive and safe school climate. It is always nice to see the start of another school year here at Nottoway County. I cannot help but be excited at the promise of what is to come in the months ahead. I have always said that the best time of the year is when our children are back in school. Nottoway County Schools is a place where you make friends, form lasting relationships, and have the experiences that help make you a better person.
The mission of Nottoway County Schools is to provide opportunities that enable students to enjoy life, contribute to others’ well being, and become responsible, productive citizens in a global community. This school year, we will continue our focus on project-based learning. Project based learning is an instructional approach built upon authentic learning activities that engage student interest and motivation. We need to empower our students to enhance their education. A well designed project allows our students to be challenged and utilize critical thinking skills. The 21st Century skills that will be taught allow students to learn communication and presentation skills, organization and time management skills, research and inquiry skills, self-assessment and reflection skills, and group participation and teamwork.
As superintendent, I have personally seen the tremendous efforts to ensure success with all of our students put forth by the dedicated teachers, staff and administration of Nottoway County Public Schools. Your partnership with Nottoway Schools is essential to seeing this vision for every student to become a reality. Thank you for making learning a top priority in your home. I am excited that together we can help students engage more deeply in the learning process and develop rigorous, positive attitudes towards academic achievement. The future looks very bright for our children.
I wish you and your children the very best this school year.
Daniel Grounard Ed.D