An Open Letter from the Principal to the Parents, no. 1
An Open Letter from the Principal to the Parents
I am not one for clichés or go-to phrases, but one that comes to mind right now is “You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink.”
Our students are important to us; their success should be important to them.
A common issue this year seems to be apathy - this “I do not care” mentally. We teachers are continuing to hear this statement from our students more often than we should. Our teachers can provide the tools, resources, and opportunities for success, but only the students can decide to succeed.
Education and the success of our students truly begins at home. It begins with the waking up to the going to bed. It begins with being prepared and ready to go on time. It begins with getting to school on time. It begins with getting to class on time. It begins with having work done on time. It beings with the culture, the mindset, the mentality of success.
Our expectations of our students:
Cell phones are not to be out unless needed for lesson and students should not be offended that they are told to put their phones away
Elementary students are not to have cell phones at all
Dress code is simple and students should not disrespectfully ignore adults’ directions to tuck in a shirt or unzip a jacket
If a teacher is simply talking to a student for a disciplinary issue, students should not immediately begin yelling at the teacher
Be to class on time
Have work completed
Take advantage of the opportunities provided
If these behaviors are not ok for the work place and not ok for home, then they are not ok for school. We need the daily support of the parents in addressing these issues. We need the daily support of the parents in reminding these students to do what is right. We need the daily support of parents being proactive, and not reactive. We no longer want to have to call because of a behavior problem or academic problem. We want to be able to call with joy over the success of the students.
Our students are important to us; their success should be important to them. It begins with them.
Hope all is well,