January 15, 2020

Dear Conway Middle Families:

I am pleased to inform you that today the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released its Diagnostic Review of Conway Middle School and determined that I have the capacity to continue leading our school. I am proud that the Diagnostic Review Team recognized that “the principal and staff established a positive culture and climate that supports teaching and learning at Conway Middle.” They added that “the leadership and staff appear to genuinely care for the students of our community and openly expressed a desire to offer students an excellent education.” 

The Diagnostic Review Team observed and found that students trust our school’s administrators and teachers, with one student saying, “Conway is a big family.” The review team also praised our engagement with community partners and the revamping of our parent organization.

I’m also proud that the state review discovered that Conway is basing its allocation of resources on our key priority areas, such as hiring academic instructional coaches, a mental health counselor, and an AmeriCorps worker as well as pursuing grant opportunities that support technology integration.

In addition, the KDE team noted areas where we can improve. The team found a need for more rigorous instruction in some classrooms, improved evaluation, assessment, and alignment of teaching strategies to meet students’ needs and a better professional-development plan.

Over the next few weeks, we will have the opportunity to review KDE’s recommendations on how to continue making progress toward our mission of ensuring that all students are prepared for high school.  

This review process has been a learning opportunity for me, and I believe going through this leadership review will help us continue to move our school forward. I appreciate the hard work of our staff and students at Conway—we have much to celebrate.  

I look forward to working with each of you as we continue our efforts to improve student achievement.
Greg Fehr, Principal