The start of this year has been like no other. We have increased our focus on social behaviors and the social-emotional health of our students, faculty and staff. As we continue to adjust in the wake of the pandemic, I would like to thank all of the parents, teachers and support staff that have remained flexible and caring.
Now that we are five weeks into the school year, it would be a good time to sit down with your child to discuss their progress in school. Have your child open their Google Classrooms and the Student or Parent Portal to review their assignments and grades. We also encourage you to ask your child about their five week goals. Each student was asked to open their Student Portal accounts and create a goal for themselves. These goals are then reviewed after five weeks and adjusted for the next five weeks. Our intention with this process is to encourage students to be more reflective and responsible for their academic progress.
With many students not being in school for the past year, we have noticed that many students are struggling with advocating for themselves and some level of anxiety. We are working with students on who they need to talk to for specific issues and encouraging them to communicate with you as parents. For example, if your child wants to attend a club or stay with a teacher after school, it is the student’s responsibility to let their parents know and to arrange transportation home.
We do have three late buses that can take student’s home after their clubs meet. These buses are located between the middle and high schools and typically depart at 2:50 pm. Students must have a bus pass signed by a teacher to get on the late bus. Note that the late buses have fewer stops and may drop off students a few blocks away from your house. Please help familiarize your child with your neighborhood and surrounding streets.
Lastly, it is imperative that parents work with the school if your child is anxious or avoiding school. Between general social issues that occur in middle school and the pandemic, we are finding some students trying to avoid school. One of the worst things you can do as a parent is let your child stay home from school, if they are feeling this way. This will not allow your child to face their fears and will create bad habits that only become more difficult to break. If your child is feeling anxious or trying to avoid school, contact Mrs. Shaver or Mrs. Winnicki for assistance. We can provide various interventions to help both the student and the parent work through and overcome their anxiety.
Thank you again for your support and flexibility. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the main office so that we can put you in touch with someone that can assist you.
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