MC2 STEM High School
Student and Parent Weekly Notes: 07/30/2018
OUR MISSION: INNOVATING EDUCATION TO ENGAGE & ENRICH STUDENTS
“The most important day of a person's education is the first day of school, not Graduation Day.”
MC2 STEM High School Communication
Welcome Back to School
On behalf of the staff at MC2 STEM High School, I am happy to welcome you to the 2018-19 school year! We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. PLEASE READ THIS EMAIL IN IT’S ENTIRETY FOR IMPORTANT UPDATES AND DETAILS ABOUT THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR.
We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:
Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience
Completes all assignments and projects given by teachers
Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life
Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject
The First Week Back To School: 5 Tips For Parents
The first day back to school is rife with anxiety for kids and teachers alike. Parents can often be forgotten in our flurry of writing and intentional planning for that back to school after summer vacation transition of our students and teachers. But if we are to take seriously our belief in the parent/school partnership then we also must be thoughtful about the important work parents can do at home in preparing for that first week back at school.
Here then are five tips for parents to help make that first week back at school a good week for their children.
Create a family ritual for the return to school. Remember the end of the school year? Those many different ways in which the school year was marked and recorded with an end of year play; special paper plate awards in the classroom; actual awards at the end of year assembly. Summer vacation is at its end and one way to support the transition back to school is with your own family rituals.
Recognize the learning your child did this summer. Just like school ends with ceremonial recognition of year long learning, we can end the summer with recognition of the learning that has happened at home. If we are going to partner as parents with our schools in supporting the important skills of critical thinking; creativity; questioning; exploring the world around us – then it would be a wonderful show of this partnership if we began to help our children see how much they learn during their “time off” from school, while at home and on vacation.
Be intentional about how to ask about school the first days back. The family after school routine is back and with it is the need to catch up with our children on what they did for the hours they were apart from us. Nothing is more telling to children about the importance parents place on their education, then the times and places where they area asked questions and engaged in conversations.
Start the new school year with a positive outlook. You might not have heard great things about your son’s teacher for third grade. You might wonder and worry about the class size. The new teacher who just graduated and has thirty kids in the classroom. Or the schedule which has the kids in lunch at 1:30 and that feels very late for your little one. While these are all valid concerns, there is already plenty of angst with the start of a new school year for your children. Think about what you are saying in front of them at home or when talking to other parents in the supermarket or at the playground. The first week of school is a good time to start with a positive outlook, to speak in upbeat ways about what is going to go well this year.
Stay focused on supporting the relationships your children are building. We are seeing more and more literature which tells us that relationship building is key for academic success. When talking with your children about their school day keep the questions away from judging what your children recall or remember academically and focus on the names of their friends and their impressions of their teachers. Reinforce the ways your children are developing positive relationships with their teachers and with their peers.
If parents remain engaged the message conveyed will be “we are all in this together.”
Read More: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-first-week-back-to-school-five-tips-for-parents_us_57bf648ce4b00c54015ce9c9
Agenda for this Week
Monday, July 30, 2018
GLSC (9) First Day for Students: Year Round Schools (9th Grade Only)
GLSC (9) GLSC Welcome & Alumni Panel
GE (10) All Staff report to GLSC
CSU (11) All Staff report to GLSC
CSU (12) All Staff report to GLSC
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Morning Staff STEM Minutes (8:10- 8:50)
GLSC (9) Welcome Week Continued
GE (10) First Day for Students: Year Round Schools (10th grade)
CSU (11) First Day for Students: Y