Dear Members of the Sharpsville Community,
As we come to the end of June I thought that I would write a message reflecting on the past year and looking forward to 2014-2015.
First of all, congratulations and best wishes on healthy retirements to former staff members; Mrs. Szabo, Mrs. Patton, Mr. Williams and Mr. Smith. Thank you for your time and many years of dedicated service to our District. May you all live long and peaceful lives and know that you have touched the lives of so many children.
To our graduates, congratulations and best wishes for the future. You have set the bar at a very high level for classes that are to follow. Your class is ranked 40th in the Commonwealth and 1,600th in the nation in data compiled by U.S. News and World Report. You have earned a silver distinction for the High School. You should be very proud of your efforts.
To all of our staff, thank you for caring about students and demanding excellence. Your positive interactions and engaging teaching styles have prepared students for their academic and personal futures. Thank you for making each student count and giving each student a “voice”. To our support staff, thank you for all that you do to make sure that our students and staff are able to come to a clean and healthy environment and receive great food, great care and great support!
To our parents/guardians, thank you for trusting us with your most prized possessions: your children. It is an honor to work with you in helping to shape the future of each individual child. It is my hope that all members of my staff have met or exceeded your expectations and that you are proud that your child attends the Sharpsville Area School District. To our new parents, welcome and please challenge us to make sure that your child receives the best and most appropriate education for their needs. Become involved in the “school life” of your child and encourage them to grow; academically, socially and emotionally. Never hesitate to contact us if we can be supportive.
Finally, to our students, have a great summer and enjoy yourselves! Make the decision to approach the 2014-2015 school year with a positive attitude. Please know that we care about you and want you to be successful. We are partners in your journey and take great pride in your accomplishments and will work tirelessly to help you avoid failure. Find a staff member that you can connect with, and/or a friend that you can talk with, someone you can reach out to in a time of need, laugh with when you find joy or cry with when you are sad.
I look forward to seeing you soon! Enjoy your summer!
Dr. Brad Ferko
Superintendent of Schools