Message From Superintendent

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Message from Mr. John Vannoy


Dear Sharpsville Education Community:

We have just surpassed the one third mark of the school year.   Our kindergarten students have acclimated themselves well to the full day routine. At the other end of the spectrum, our seniors are that much closer to graduation. Our winter sports have begun.  I want to take an opportunity to thank our seniors that have completed their fall activities. You collectively have led by example and represented yourselves, our school, and our community in an extremely positive fashion. For that, I both applaud and thank you. You will reap the benefits of these life lessons that you have gained for years to come.

Our attitudes about education can inspire our children and guide them to take charge of their own educational journey. Here are some ways that you as parents can be part of the ever important educational process:

  1. Be involved in your child’s education.  Kids do better when parents are involved in their academic lives. Keep in mind that parents/guardians can request meetings with teachers, principals, and school counselors any time during the school year.

  2. Visit the school and its website.  In addition, you should download the school district app. A District Facebook page will soon be launched. Details will be sent via the school district app. 

  3. Support home expectations. An important way to help is to make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit, distraction-free place to study that is stocked with school supplies. Distraction-free means no phone, TV or websites other than homework-related resources. And be sure to check in from time to time to make sure that your child has not gotten distracted. Encourage your child to ask for help when it is needed. Most teachers are available for extra help before or after school, and also might be able to recommend other resources.

  4. Send your child to school ready to learn. You can help boost your child's attention span, concentration, and memory by providing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein, as well as low in added sugar. Our schools provide nutritious breakfast options before the first bell. Lack of sleep can make it difficult for preteens and teens to pay attention in school. It is important to have a consistent bedtime routine, especially on school nights. 

  5. Teach organizational skills. Organization is the key to one’s level of success. Teach your child how to use a calendar or personal planner to stay organized and schedule study times. Calendars or planners should include your child's non-academic commitments to help with time management.

  6. Teach study skills. Be sure you both know when tests are scheduled, and plan enough study time before each. When there is a lot to study, help determine roughly how much time it will take to study for each test, then make a study calendar so your child does not have to study for multiple tests all in one night. Remind your child to take notes in class, organize them by subject, and review them at home each day.

  7. Know the disciplinary policies. Our disciplinary policies (sometimes called the student code of conduct) are contained in student handbooks.   The handbooks are posted on the school website. The rules usually cover expectations, as well as consequences for not meeting the expectations, for things like student behavior, dress codes, use of electronic devices, and acceptable language.    It is important for your preteen or teen to know what is expected at school and that you will support the school's consequences when expectations are not met. It is easiest for students when school expectations match the ones at home, so they see both environments as safe and caring places that work together as a team.

  8. Get Involved. Check the school or school district website to find volunteer opportunities that fit your schedule. Even giving a few hours during the school year can make an impression on your child.

  9. Take attendance seriously. It is important that child be both present and arrive at school on time every day, because having to catch up with class work, projects, tests, and homework can be stressful and interfere with learning.

  10. Make time to talk about school. Make efforts to talk with your child every day, so he or she knows that what goes on at school is important to you. When preteens and teens know their parents are interested in their academic lives, they will take school seriously as well.

Research shows if parents read to their child 5 minutes per day they will expose their child to 300,000 words in 1 year. If not; that child will only be exposed to 5,000 words in 1 year. Electronic devices that are used as a replacement for parent(s) reading to their child will reduce the number of words that they are exposed to.

By incorporating these guidelines into your parental repertoire, you can give credence to the adage that it takes a village to raise a child. I want to thank all of you for everything that your do for our students and our educational community.

These are exciting times in our district. Our middle and high renovation project has begun and will be completed in August of 2020. Our middle school has been re-designated as one of the Schools to Watch by the Don Eichhorn Schools to Watch 2020 Program.  Congratulations goes out to our middle school staff and students on a job well done. 

The holiday break will begin with early dismissal on December 20 and school will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020. Happy Holidays to you and your family. 

Until next time,

John Vannoy

Superintendent

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