December 2016 Superintendent Message

It’s a busy and exciting time of the year with student performances, end of first semester approaching, and winter sports starting in our district. Children are always excited to show us what they have learned. The upcoming holiday performances are a great time to experience the joys of Christmas and affirm the work of our students. Here is a link to all of our upcoming arts performances and we hope you will be able to join us.

Many parents ask me how they can best help their students learn. So, I thought I would take a minute and outline some highlights from a great article about how to join your child on their learning journey.

  1. Teach your child that failure is a stepping-stone to success
  2. Make learning an activity your child loves
  3. Allow your child to follow their passion
  4. Make academic subjects feel relevant to your child
  5. Involve games in learning as much as possible
  6. Motivate children by consequence rather than punishment
  7. Improve your child’s depth of processing
  8. Equip your child with switching off and relaxation techniques
  9. Allow your child (safe) access to the internet
  10. Allow them the space to learn empathy

The partnership between school and home is critical. Our students spend a lot of time with their families and a lot of time with their teachers. This partnership can help students reach their full potential and make the learning journey fun. We all want our students to be successful and we have common goals and aspirations for them. Feel free to contact your teacher and school any time you have questions, want to volunteer, or just want to thank them for their efforts.


As we move into December my hope for you is that this holiday season is rewarding and gives your family time to reflect on the blessings of 2016. Please don’t hesitate anytime you have questions. Feel free to call my office, 336-786-8355, and I’ll be glad to take the time to sit down with you.