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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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,