Welcome back to a very exciting 2015-2016 school year. It has been an excellent start to the school year and we have already seen great enthusiasm from our staff, students and community at Meet the Devils night and Open House. I would like to thank Mayor Kovach and the Sharpsville Borough for officially recognizing the Blue Devil mascot as an “official resident” of the Sharpsville Area School District.
It is awesome to see our marching band and auxiliary unites in brand new uniforms in addition to new flags and pompoms. Thanks to the community for your support of our programs and diligence of Mr. Moon and his staff, our students will provide an excellent representation of our school and community at various events throughout the county.
I would like to wish Mr. Dieter the best as he leaves Sharpsville Area Elementary School after 10 years of dedicated service. He has touched the lives of staff, many students and our community and will be sorely missed.
A District goal for this year is to increase rigor in the classroom. So this may mean that some of you may notice more difficult homework, a possible reduction in your child’s grades and/or assignments that reflect more critical thinking skills. Please support us in helping to challenge your children academically by ensuring they complete homework and that they ask questions if they are unsure of concepts in the classroom.
If you have any concerns regarding any aspect, please start with your child’s teacher, if you need more information, please contact the principal and if you still have concerns following contact with the principal, please do not hesitate to contact me at 724-962-8300 ext. 4104.
Finally, we need your parent involvement, researchers have found that:
Parent involvement is a better predictor of academic success than test scores.
Parent involvement boosts student achievement, attendance, and behavior.
Seventy percent of teachers believe their students would perform better in school if their parents were more involved.
Two-thirds of parents surveyed said they wanted to be more involved in their child’s education, but didn’t know how.
Schools can utilize the Internet to overcome barriers to parent involvement.
I look forward to seeing all of you at our many school activities and events.
Go Blue Devils!
Dr. Brad Ferko