Public schools are different from other organizations. We serve the interests of the individual student as well as the community of learners that walk through our doors each day. We are different because we must be held to a higher standard than other institutions because the price of failure does not just impact the present but hampers the very future of our students and our communities. We are different because we must always seek opportunities to place our students in position to grow and develop as future citizens who contribute to the economic and social vitality of our communities.
Take their minds off the fact they're cutting loose those apron strings by putting on a special opening-day event. The Boo-Hoo Breakfast, which can always be moved indoors if it rains, offers a great opportunity for PTO members to meet parents of the school's newest students and to share with them news of special upcoming events and other ways they can get involved.
The parents aren't parting with a child, they're gaining many new opportunities to be part of a very special school community! More Opening Day Activities Many schools are even finding ways to make students and parents feel welcome in the weeks before the opening-day bell.
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Education World offers some unique twists on the tradition -- including an Open House scavenger hunt and an Open House night run by students -- on our special archive page, Attracting Parents to "Open House" Night. More Special Events Many schools use the opening weeks of school as the occasion for holding special Pastries for Parents days.
In addition, the school presents monthly Parents and Pastries events. Connect confections to a student display or performance -- or simply to an opportunity to visit students' classrooms -- and you're sure to have a real crowd pleaser. They create costumes and decorations, play the roles of monsters, and collect admission.
They even create a tamed-down version of the haunted house for younger students. The line usually snakes right out the front door. Many schools, however, are transforming those conferences by having students play an active role in sharing their learning progress with their parents.
Maybe the traditional parent-teacher conference is the route your school takes. Student-led or parent-teacher conferences can be extra special if you have desserts and beverages available for parents as they wait for scheduled conferences.
At Doctors Inlet Elementary School in Middleburg, Florida, teachers also make themselves available for a parent-teacher conference night. All the ingredients are provided by stores in the community, and other businesses provide ribbons so the light poles throughout the community are decorated.
With that in mind, wouldn't this month be the perfect time to focus student learning and a special parent night on the heritage of Native Americans?
The event is organized by the school's eighth-grade history teachers and draws about people. In addition to the student projects, local tribal representatives present displays and dance demonstrations.
Another important November event is Children's Book Week. What better time to hold a special night to emphasize the importance of reading? That's what one group of students and teachers in Oklahoma did.
In that article, you will find activity ideas and tips for organizing a fantastic literature event of your own. Many schools use this opportunity to combine a special Parents and Pastries day with activities focused on the great things going on behind their doors.
Our schedules are overloaded. But what would the holidays be without the annual holiday concert? It's a staple that puts the spotlight on a large number of students while it reminds us of the real reasons for the holiday season. Use your school's holiday spectacular to emphasize the different cultural celebrations of the season.
And, while you're at it, be sure to consider the local nursing facility or homeless shelter; take the show on the road and share the good will. Or charge an admission to the holiday concert -- say, one nonperishable food item or a cash donation that will be turned over to the local food pantry.
Does January seem boring after all the hoopla of December? This month -- or any month, for that matter -- is a great time for an International Day or Multicultural Fair.
At Riverview, each homeroom is assigned a different country.
The students research the country and have eight school days to prepare a display and food. All of them are members of Education World's "Principal Files" team. Would you like to be a "P-Files" team member? Would you be willing to contribute to future article of a practical or topical nature?The mission of the Wappingers Central School District is to empower all of our students with the competencies and confidence to challenge themselves, to pursue their passions, and to realize their potential while growing as responsible members of their community.
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Go to our recent media releases. The next regular Kansas State Board of Education meeting is Nov. 13 and 14 in Coffeyville. Members will conduct a brief business meeting on Tuesday, then tour buildings in Coffeyville USD participating in school redesign. May 03, · A provision of the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would sharply cut Medicaid funds for special education programs across the country.
Special education teachers work with students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. They adapt general education lessons and teach various subjects, such as reading, writing, and math, to students with mild and moderate disabilities.
The school district’s special education plan is an action plan that describes the local Board of School Director’s commitment, over the upcoming three years, to ensure that a quality education will be provided to each of its students with a disability eligible for special education.