Board President's Message
Mrs. Darlene Gray Everett
THANK YOU TO OUR JUNIOR LEADERS!
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Constituents,
On behalf of the Board of Education Members, I want to personally thank everyone for your participation and support in Open House. I want to take this opportunity to shed light on our students who are the nucleus of everything we do in this district. This year our students served as Junior Leaders, Greeters and Hosts during Open House it was a joy and pleasure to see them taking their roles serious and donating their time and energy. The confidence we observed when we entered our schools was priceless!
According to Hawkins, Catalano, Kosterman, Abbott, & Hill 1999; Battistich & Hom 1997; Resnick et al. 1997 connectedness, belongingness, and community all refer to students’ sense of being in close, respectful relationships with peers and adults at school. This is what we want to see throughout the district children taking an active role in demonstrating our three pillars: Excellence, Humanization and Pride! When students find their school environment to be supportive and caring, they are less likely to become involved in substance abuse, violence, and other problem behaviors. Our junior leaders should be commended for their service.
The Center for Public Education states, while virtually all schools promote parent involvement, there are different types of involvement, ranging from encouraging volunteering and fundraising to providing parents with home-based learning activities. Joyce Epstein of the Johns Hopkins University, Center on School, Family and Community Partnerships, one of the nation’s leading experts on parent involvement, has divided school parent involvement programs into six broad categories:
- Parenting, in which schools help families with their parenting skills by providing information on children’s developmental stages and offering advice on learning-friendly home environments;
- Communicating, or working to educate families about their child’s progress and school services and providing opportunities for parents to communicate with the school;
- Volunteering, which ranges from offering opportunities for parents to visit their child’s school to finding ways to recruit and train them to work in the school or classroom;
- Learning at home, in which schools and educators share ideas to promote at-home learning through high expectations and strategies so parents can monitor and help with homework.
- Decision-making, in which schools include families as partners in school organizations, advisory panels, and similar committees.
- Community collaboration, a two-way outreach strategy in which community or business groups are involved in education and schools encourage family participation in the community.
This year we are committed to building strong family connections and working more collaboratively with each of you. Please let us know if you are interesting in serving on board committees we would love to have your participation and support. We pride ourselves in serving you and the community!
Darlene Gray Everett
School Board President