Message from Head of School
Measuring Success Survey Findings
In June we sent a survey to all of our families asking for feedback about our School and our Temple. In August, a small group of clergy, educators, staff and lay-leaders met to review the findings and formulate responses to what we’d learned.
Here is some of what you told us:
1) The vision and mission of our School needs to be clearer to our parents. Our School is about changing lives and changing the world and we want our entire community to know and support this.
2) Our communications need to be clearer and more effective. Many of the amazing things that are happening here every day are not fully appreciated or known by our parents. The deep learning and creativity that is happening throughout our classrooms should be celebrated more broadly.
3) We need to do a better job of creating a deep sense of community in our School and Temple. Lifelong connections and deep friendships should characterize the experience of the Wise Community for each one of us.
What We’re Doing to Respond to What We’ve Learned
1) With the assistance of one of our Wise School parents, Shel Pink, we’ve been working hard on what we call our “Story:Ratio” - the description of who we are and who we aspire to be as a school and a community. In short, we aim to be a place that inspires students to learn deeply, be creative, experience wholeness, and make great happen. Our School has a compelling mission and vision that can inspire students, parents, and staff alike. It’s our job to make sure that every member of our Wise community knows who we are and what we hope to accomplish in what we learn, in what we do, and in how we act.
2) Our Director of Communications, Ariana West, is working closely with our administrators, teachers, as well as a few parents, to rethink the way we communicate news, events, what’s happening in the classroom as well as our vision to our parents. This weekly newsletter, our Weebly classroom pages, and our new Wise School website (in the works - stay tuned for an official launch in the spring), will help us to communicate with you more effectively. We welcome your feedback and ideas.
3) Our WPA leadership is focusing a great deal of energy on the goal of building a vibrant sense of community and connection among our parent community. We can all help in this regard by reaching out to new families, inviting each other over for Shabbat meals, and - quite simply - introducing ourselves to each other and opening ourselves to new friendships every time we find ourselves on the Wise campus.
In order to make progress in these key areas, we’ll need your help and your support. Together, we can make our vision real and we can ensure that our community is a place where we make great happen every day.
Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback
Head of School