What is the best way to communicate with the school when I have a concern?
A phone call or face-to-face meeting is always the preferred method of communication. This reduces any misunderstandings that can happen when information is sent through email or through another person. Safety concerns should go immediately to the principal or counselor, depending on the nature of the concern. Teachers are usually available to check emails and take phone calls before and after school. Teachers have many duties during the day and may not always be available when parents walk in to see them, so meetings or time with teachers can be quickly scheduled through our secretary, Martha Busmann.
What is the best way to ensure that my child is getting what he/she needs at school?
First, talk to your child. You know your child and if they seem to be struggling, then it is a good time to check in with the school. One-on-one conversations with the principal, counselor or a teacher is good for specific concerns. Scheduling a meeting for everyone to attend can help ensure that everyone is on the same page with your child’s needs.
Does the school welcome parents to help with activities in the school?
Yes, we welcome parents’ involvement in activities within the school. At registration there will be a sign up sheet for parents who are able to volunteer their time. Clubs at the middle school level are student centered, so students are encouraged to recognize when they need specific parent assistance and to ask for it appropriately.
Why can't students have backpacks in the classrooms?
Two separate safety evaluations were conducted at our school in 2017-2018. The recommendation from both groups of safety specialists was to keep backpacks and other such items out of the classrooms. Teachers also prefer for students to not have backpacks, satchels, etc. in the classroom because it makes it difficult to walk around the room and get to students who need assistance.