It's time to welcome a new school year at the Grandview Heights City School District. The 2016-17 year promises to deliver even more of what our mission demands: to maximize and personalize every student's learning.

It's time to welcome a new school year at the Grandview Heights City School District. The 2016-17 year promises to deliver even more of what our mission demands: to maximize and personalize every student's learning.

Last year, we identified a Continuous Improvement Plan, which guides our instructional vision for the future. Ultimately, this work will ensure our students can succeed consistently in tomorrow's world.

First, we are evolving the curriculum and teaching methods to ensure college and career preparedness, empowering our students to lead and achieve in an increasingly competitive world.

Second, we are creating personalized learning experiences with and for our students to help challenge and prepare them for their future and encouraging them to reach their full potential.

Finally, we are designing and implementing innovative learning spaces in our facilities and with technologies to ensure a solid infrastructure in our school buildings.

Ways in which we are accomplishing these steps include offering all students at Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School a STAR period during their school day. STAR, which stands for Students Taking Advantage of Resources, is an academic time during which our students will be provided enrichment and/or intervention opportunities depending on their individual needs or interests. This period will allow for focused, uninterrupted time for individualized intervention when students need support, enrichment opportunities to develop lifelong readers, and the opportunity for students to build relationships with other students and their teachers.

In addition, this year there will be an emphasis on answering the question: "What do we do when the students already know it?" Our teachers will offer new challenges when students have mastered initial course material to ensure maximized learning and growth for students beyond the basics.

Students also will have access to more technology as we continue to expand one-to-one initiatives by providing Chromebooks to all seventh- and eighth-grade students for use in school and at home. Elementary schoolers will be able to work on their problem-solving skills and creativity through a coding and computer programming class.

The plans we have in place for this school year continue to make Grandview schools "A Small Place to Dream Big." I look forward to working with our students, staff, families and residents in the months ahead to support our students' continued growth and learning.

Andy Culp is superintendent of the Grandview Heights City School District.