Welcome to the Superintendent's Corner! This platform serves as the location for Superintendent, Dr. Wagner Marseille's biweekly newsletters and regular communications updates to the community. On this page, you can browse through past letters.

    Read the latest community letter below. 

  • May 5th, 2023


    Dear WSSD Community, 

    With only 29 school days left of school before we transition into summer we are all anticipating the celebratory events and activities that mark the closing of the school year.

    Let me share with you a few highlights from the week, as well as reminders of the upcoming meetings and events.


    Educational Affairs Committee Meeting 

    At the May 3rd Educational Affairs Committee meeting, the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 instructional calendars were presented. The calendars were developed by the newly formed WSSD Calendar Committee consisting of administrators, teachers, staff, and parents. For the purpose of clarity when understanding the development of the academic calendar, the Pennsylvania Department of Education requires each School Districts’ academic calendar to have the following: 

    • A minimum of 180 Student School Days

    • A minimum of 900 Hours of instruction for Elementary students 

    • A minimum of 450 hours of instruction for Kindergarten 

    • A minimum of 990 Hours of instruction for Secondary students


    Upon review of the 2023-2024 calendar, it came to our attention that the required hours and instructional days mandated by PDE were not met. As a result, the calendar presented at the school board meeting on May 23rd, 2022 failed to meet State requirements. The previously Board approved calendar for the 2023-2024 academic calendar only reflected 179 Student days, with a final day of school for students as Friday, June 7, 2024.  Additionally, the originally approved 2023-2024 calendar would also have been significantly under the 990 instructional hours at Strath Haven High School, and there would have been no additional days built into the calendar in the event of school cancelation due to inclement weather. The proposed 2023-2024 academic calendar reflects 182 student days, with  a final student day of Wednesday, June 12, 2024. While this is three school days later than what was previously communicated to the community when the 2023-2024 was approved, the additional three days all allow Strath Haven High School, grades 9-11, to meet the required 990 instructional hours and provide relief in the event of inclement weather. Due to when graduation is scheduled, the 12th grade class will have a deficit of 12.2 instructional hours.


    The proposed 2024-2025 calendar was also developed through feedback from the Calendar Committee, and reflects similar developmental guide rails that were followed in rectifying the 2023-2024 academic calendar. There are a total of 10 Professional Development days reflected in both calendars. The 10 Professional Development days bring the student days total to 192 but the instructional hours will be calculated at 182 student days. 


    The Wallingford Swarthmore Educators Association (WSEA) Collective Bargaining Agreement requires teachers to work a total of 192 days. There are 9 days that are considered Act 80 days exception. While students do not attend school during Act 80 days, since teachers are working on a myriad of activities that impact educational programming, these days are considered instructional days in nature, but are not included in the instructional hour total calculation.


    Mr. Benzing, Director of STEM, introduced Project Lead the Way which is a series of courses integral to the WSSD STEM program. There was also an update on the Strategic Plan, and a review of where we currently are in this process. The Board will take action on the calendars presented at the Educational Affairs Committee meeting on Monday May 22nd, 2023.


    Click here for the Educational Affairs Committee Meeting Presentation and Highlights.


    SHMS Fine and Applied Arts Night

    I am so impressed and inspired by the talents of our students on Tuesday, May 2nd. One of the pieces performed by the 7th and 8th grade orchestra was a Billy Joel song. “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music,” a quote from Billy Joel and after listening to them perform after so much hard work and practice, that quote really showcases the power of music and how important it is for supporting the arts at WSSD. There were performances from the 8th Grade Band, the 7th Grade Band, the combined 7th and 8th grade band, and the combined 7th and 8th Grade Orchestra. Many works of art were also displayed in the hallways for families to view. 

    The second Fine and Applied Arts Night was on May 4th at 7pm and showcased performances from the 8th Grade Chorus, the 7th Grade Chorus, and Cantabile. Finally, the third Fine and Applied Arts Night is May 9th at 7pm. There will be performances from the 6th grade Band, the 6th grade Chorus, and 6th grade Orchestra. You will also be able to appreciate artwork in the hallways ranging from drawings, wood carvings, paintings to inspirational art pieces crafted by our students.


    SHHS Varsity Art Awards & Art Exhibitions

    Congratulations to our students and staff for the talents that were showcased at the Varsity Art Awards & Art Exhibitions on April 27th. Awards were presented in the Art Department, Tech Ed Department, English Department, and the Music and Performing Arts Department. Additionally, 13 students were inducted into the National Arts Honor Society. 


    Strategic Plan

    As a continuation of the work that planning teams began on April 15th on the Strategic Plan, we will be reconvening on May 8th and June 5th to collaborate on designing the SMARTIE (Smart, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, Time-Bound, Inclusive, Equitable) objectives for each of the five pathways that have emerged as priority areas. The five pathways are: (1) Diversity, Equity and Belonging, (2) Teaching, Learning and Innovation, (3) Culture, Community and Innovation, (4) Wellness and Social/Emotional Competencies and (5) Infrastructure and Finance. At the meeting on June 5th, the planning teams will develop Action Plans for Year 1 that will delineate the tasks, the timelines, the progress monitoring measures as well as the resources needed. 

    There are also two community meetings scheduled on May 15th (In-person) and May 23rd (Zoom) to share our progress to date and gather feedback on the Strategic Plan. Please access these links to register for either event:

    In-Person Community Meeting Registration

    Zoom Community Meeting Registration


    Policy Committee

    At the April 26th Policy Committee meeting, the following policies were presented as Second Readings: Policy 200: Enrollment of Students, Policy 201: Admission of Students, Policy 202: Eligibility of Nonresident Students, Policy 206: Attendance Areas and Assignment in District, Policy 211: Student Accident Insurance, Policy 219: Student Complaint Process, Policy 246: Student Wellness, and Policy 815: Acceptable Use of Network, Internet, Computing Resources, and CIPA Internet Safety Compliance, Policy 823: Naloxone.

    The following policies were presented as First Readings: Policy 260: Student Surveys, Policy 916: Volunteers, and Policy 919: Civility.

    Click here for the Policy Committee Meeting Presentation and Highlights.


    Facilities & Finance Committee Meeting

    At the May 17th Facilities and Finance Committee meeting, there will be a presentation from ELA sports on the Athletic Feasibility Study and the Finance Committee will present a proposed budget for the 23-24 school year.  


    Upcoming Meetings and Events

    May 9th -  SHMS Fine and Applied Arts Night #3 at 7PM

    May 8th-12th - Teacher Appreciation Week

    May 8th-12 - Nurses Appreciation Week

    May 10th - SRS Spring Instrumental Concert

    May 10th - WES Spring Concert

    May 11th - SRS Orchestra, 5th Gr. Band and Chorus Concert

    May 15th - Strategic Plan Community Meeting at 6PM

    May 16th - No School - In-Service Day

    May 17th - Facilities & Finance Committee Meeting

    May 17th - WES Spring Instrumental Concert

    May 22nd - School Board Meeting

    May 24th - Policy Committee Meeting


    Last but not least I would be remiss for not taking this opportunity to recognize Teacher Appreciation Week that begins on Monday. I would like to convey my gratitude and appreciation for all of our teachers and their tireless efforts. 


    Be Safe.

    Dr. Marseille Signature

    Wagner Marseille, Ed.D.


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