The school year is off and running and it is hard to believe that we are at the end of the first nine week grading period already. With the end of the first grading period, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of our Progress Book component and particularly the parent feature that allows you to keep up with your child’s grades as the year progresses. You may contact either of the building administrators to receive a password if you cannot locate the one that was issued previously. Speaking of technology, we will continue to keep you notified of important announcements via the Pre K -12 calling system that we have used in the past for delays and cancellations as well as other important announcements.
The school district has implemented some new programming this year which includes the character awareness piece called “Antivirus”. Mentors were established to come in once a week for 10 weeks to work with all of our 6-8 graders. Topics included:
- Hard Work
- Common Sense
The hope of this program is to plant seeds in all of our junior high school students and watch them grow into responsible decision-making young adults. The second program new to the district is our after school program focused on students K-5. This 21st century grant provides all the funding to allow 3 hours of intervention five days a week with an emphasis on extended learning in the fields of Stem/ Math and Science. This hands on approach to learning experiments in these fields will hopefully allow our students to prosper in individual problem solving as well as working within a productive group environment.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the efforts of the students and staff in the District who have gone above and beyond the normal demands of the school day in the area of community service. Both David Anderson High School and the McKinley student groups have any number of community service related projects ongoing to benefit a variety of needy organizations in the community. Please encourage your child to become involved in order to give back to their communities. In closing, I would like to encourage your involvement in your child’s education as much as possible. When you have questions or concerns, please pick up the phone and call to get your questions answered.