Dr. Murphy's BCS Entry Plan: 2019 Progress Report
Dear Berkeley County Schools Community,
Thank you for your interest in what’s happening in Berkeley County Schools. I am hopeful we will connect over the next several months, to discuss what we want for our children, families, staff and community today and in the future. It is important I hear your interests, aspirations and thoughts about how we continue creating a place for children to learn and thrive.
As we meet, let's talk about what action items might look like, in both the short- and long-term, to give students opportunity and choice as they prepare for a successful future. The design of this entry plan creates venues for this conversation.
At this point, I am engaging with staff and the community. I look forward to connecting with students and parents as the school year unfolds. Additionally, I am reviewing a variety of resources ranging from academic information, the superintendent community survey and search advisory input. While only a snapshot of information, this provides a starting point to continue our conversation and hear firsthand from you.
As your new superintendent, I am grateful for the comprehensive hiring process our community engaged in last spring. Because of this process, I’ve already learned a handful of things that were especially meaningful to me:
Listen for the first 6 months – learning who the employees are and what they can do.
- “Tell our story!! We do great things every day.”
- “It goes back to communication – understanding, listening, etc. Getting input from stakeholders, review policies.”
- “Listening to the students on what they need.”
- “School safety – drills, resource officers, preparation and prevention programs.”
- “Focus on high expectations for self, others and students with a recognition of student growth.”
- “HIGH EXPECTATIONS for academics and celebrating academics equally with athletics.”
I want to thank the community, for being so welcoming and inviting, as I come on-board. I know there are many great things occurring within Berkeley County Schools and I believe WE can build on this. I look forward to hearing more from you to gain a greater depth, knowledge and context around what we want for our children and community.
We are off to a great start; let’s keep the momentum moving forward. I look forward to meeting and talking with you soon.
Patrick K. Murphy, Ed.D.
Berkeley County Schools
September 18 - Business Education Partnership, Hedgesville High & Tomahawk Intermediate
I found myself in the "I" of the kind following my entry plan presentation w/ Business Ed Partnership ...
September 12 - Mountain Ridge Middle & Intermediate
On Thursday, Elaine Bobo and I visited both the middle and intermediate schools on the Mountain Ridge campus...
September 10 - Martinsburg Sunrise Rotary & Business Ed Partnership Leadership Academy
September 9 - Winchester Avenue & Burke Street Elementary
As part of my entry plan, I'll be visiting throughout the district in classrooms, activities and more...
Principal's Leadership Academy
My first opportunity to address our school administrators, principals, associate and assistant principals as a group came in late July. It was wonderful to meet everyone and to challenge our schools to be amazing!
Follow Our Progress...
October 17 - Gerrardstown Elementary
October 10 - Musselman Middle
October 4 - Orchard View & Mill Creek Intermediate & Bunker Hill Elementary
September 27 - Pikeside Learning, Rosemont Elementary & Musselman High
Great to visit the team at Pikeside Learning Center and see ...
September 25 - Burke Street & Tuscarora Elementary
Today I found myself visiting the top cats, Wildcats to be exact, of Burke Street Elementary where Ms. Bowers' third grade...
September 20 - Spring Mills Middle & Spring Mills High
Had the chance to visit some of Spring Mills Middle School's finest along with current student teacher...