Keep New Vision Elementary School Intact

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We, the parents of New Vision School of Math, Science and Technology, firmly and wholeheartedly believe that it is in the best interest of our students, that our school remain intact and continue to operate as a year round magnet school with the guiding principles set forth by the current teaching staff and administration in order to preserve the academic excellence and safe environment that continues to produce well rounded and successful students.

New Vision School's vision and mission statements are as follows:

VISION: New Vision will empower each student to be a life-long learner prepared to excel in a changing world.

MISSION:    We will build a foundation for student success through:

  1. Creating a nurturing school environment where students feel safe, accepted, and respected.
  2. Maintaining a strong core instruction focused on engaging lessons and experiences.
  3. Meeting the diverse needs of learners to support growth academically, socially, and emotionally.
  4. Colloborating with all stakeholders to continually improve our organization's impact on students.

We believe that the current changes by the Rockingham County Schools Board of Education to move New Vision students and staff to Dillard Elementary and operate as a two in one school will compromise the record of success that our children have enjoyed. We believe these changes are an endangerment to the very mission that has produced tremendously successful students for over two decades.

These concerns are as follows:

 - Creating a nurturing school environment where students feel safe, accepted, and respected.

  •  We believe that the loyal affinities individually and proudly held by each school under one new principal will create division and be counterproductive to the emotional well-being and academic fervor of our students.
  •  We believe that schedules resulting in different progressions through the curriculum and the inconsistencies of our breaks may cause animosity between students.

 - Maintaining a strong core instruction focused on engaging lessons and experiences.

  •  We believe the two-in-one school model will dismantle the unity that propels and ignites success in our student body by diminishing our arts and PE classes and removing key staff that have been part of our recipe for success.
  •  We believe that not all students will become scientists or mathematicians.  Some could very well become renowned musical genius, a famous artist, or athlete.  We should not let their talents be diminished due to lack of instruction.
  •  We believe these changes would increase numbers per classroom, furthermore creating a decline in instruction due to less one-on-one interaction with the teacher in the classroom.
  •  We believe that, for the purpose of creating more classroom space, losing our computer lab filled with desktop computers and using chrome books instead, will negatively impact our students learning experiences in basic computer knowledge and desktop functions as well as a repertoire of skills necessary for success in future projects involving but not limited to basic typing, Word documents and data input.

- Meeting the diverse needs of learners to support growth academically, socially, and emotionally.

  • We believe that our year round calendar is unique not only in regards to our academic calendar, but also in regards to grade reporting periods and curriculum. We believe this would cause stress to both school programs as student lifestyle would be so different creating anxiety and disruption to learning.
  • We believe the two in one school will produce social and emotional anxiety amongst students. We are concerned that behavior issues may arise in shared settings such as the playground and cafeteria and hallways.

- Colloborating with all stakeholders to continually improve our organization's impact on students.

  • We believe a decision was made against the recommendations of our school superintendent, without staff and parent input, and without supporting facts,data and especially a cost analysis of operating a two in one school program. We firmly believe this plan undermines the importance of collaborative efforts and negatively affects our students, schools and community.
  • We believe the decision was made behind closed doors without New vision parents giving voice and ultimately being removed in the decision-making process.
  • We believe the costs and/or cost savings associated with this plan were not considered since those numbers have still not been made available to date.
  • We believe teachers with both traditional and year-round will sacrifice planning time because of the reduction in time of art, music, and PE, thereby having a negative impact on employee morale. This will have an impact on our children’s learning experience. In addition, our kids will have longer periods in the classroom. There is research to support giving children a break from their curriculum improves the students performance.
  • We believe that the New Vision year round program is an exceptional program evidenced by student academic success which already operates on a waiting list. Due to student numbers and class size the decision to move the dual calendars under one roof prohibits any continued growth for the year round program which is a disservice to families denied transfer and to the county seeking increased student enrollment and especially those that are otherwise considering a magnet school. 

These signatures stand in unity as one voice in order to preserve the integrity and excellence of an academic program that has proven year after year to produce the highest caliber students, servant leaders, thinkers and innovators. We firmly but kindly ask that you reconsider what the slow dismantling of this prestigious school, including its students, teachers, and administration means to our greater community.



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