March Superintendent Update

March 1, 2024

Happy March Panther Families!


The Twist-T-Freez is open and that means spring is here! :) 


This year is certainly flying by as we near the end of the Third Quarter! This morning we had a wonderfully attended Coffee Hour at Delta Elementary. We appreciate all the parents who came out! Hats off to our Food Service Director, Jeanne Jeffers, on making incredible scones and cookies! We appreciate the work our Music Teacher, Mrs. Bollinger, and our staff put into making today a great experience for our kids.


We are finishing up our Portrait of a Panther process. At this point, we’ve had three meetings. Our work now is focused on finishing touches. We’re polishing the language and we’re getting the graphics right. I’m excited to share our work with the community. Our next stages will be making everything come to life! I appreciate all the parents who responded to our survey in February to help us narrow down the competencies we want to prioritize for our students. We should have that whole process wrapped up by the end of March. I’ll send an update out once we have our finished product.


One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is getting to visit each of the schools and seeing students on a periodic basis. I have witnessed so much growth of our students since the fall. I’m proud of the work each of them do. In every grade level, Pre-K – 12, it's rewarding to see the maturity that each individual goes through in a school year. These times go fast, and they are busy! Remember to take time as a parent to cherish the moments you have (even the frustrating ones)!


As we enter the 4th Quarter of the school year, it’s always enjoyable to see and hear the excitement students have for summer and they start thinking about next school year. Seniors are dreaming and panicking at the same time. No matter where you are in the process of Pre-K – 12 education, we’re always here to support you. Our staff still stay in touch with students many years after high school. We cherish the relationships we have with our students and we want to see everybody succeed. Sometimes the transitions to the next building can be scary. Fourth graders moving on to the middle school and eighth graders moving on to the high school always brings some angst. We do some transitioning in the buildings to help our students prepare for that next step. Remember to stay positive with your son or daughter and remind them that it will all be OK.


In case you didn’t see on Facebook, our Agricultural Education teacher, Mrs. Schulze, was awarded Ohio’s Golden Owl Award! She was 1 of 10 teachers in Ohio selected for her commitment to our students and our community. We’re truly blessed to have one of the best Ag Teachers and FFA Advisors in the state!!


To wrap up, thank you parents for all your support throughout the school year. It’s refreshing and encouraging to see so many parents and community members at music and athletic events as well as special programming in the evenings. The students notice your support!


Upcoming Events:

March 5 – DelAires Dinner Theatre at 5 PM

March 7 – Board of Education Meeting at 6:30 PM – DHS Auditorium

March 8 – End of 3rd Quarter

March 11-15 – Spring Break

March 22 – DHS Student Council Lock-In

March 25 - DES Family Math Night - 6:30-7:30 PM

March 29 – No School – Good Friday

April 5-7 – DHS Musical “Mean Girls”

April 30 – DES 2nd Grade Musical at 7 PM

Thank you, 

Jon Burke, Superintendent

Pike-Delta-York Local Schools

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