Help your child build for success by JULIE DEVEREAUX Principal, Meadow Ridge Elementary A good part of success in life is to be able to set goals and then be able to attain them. During a lifetime, goals will vary from being able to tie your shoes to creating a new medical cure that will affect millions. As a parent, you have the power to teach your child the important components necessary to set goals and reach them. As we begin another school year, it is your choice as a parent to support your child’s learning, school year, and their success. Here are some suggestions to consider: • Let your child know that school is a priority. • Make attendance job number one. • Listen carefully and let them share school happenings every day. • Show you care and that you are interested in their learning. • Talk about what they are going to learn and how it will be important later in their life. • Encourage your child to treat studying as a daily routine. • Set a time and a place for studying to happen. • Spend a few minutes each evening looking over any paperwork that your child brings home. • Let your child’s teacher know if you can help them out, at school or home. • Communicate with your child’s teacher(s) on a regular basis. • Talk about responsibility and explain what it looks like at their age in life. As a parent, you are the most important role model for your children. Show them what that responsibility looks like in your life. By example is the strongest way to teach. Help your child think about choosing goals for home and school; write those goals down. Be sure to notice and praise when you see them working on their goals. Help and encourage your child to follow through. Talk about the things that you see them doing that will help them achieve their goals. Celebrate when goals are accomplished! Talk about how they feel when they are responsible and achieve their goals. Help them enjoy their success.
by JULIE DEVEREAUX, Principal Meadow Ridge Elementary The North Central Association (NCA) is the largest accrediting association that monitors schools in the United States. It is a non-governmental voluntary membership association of schools. To sustain membership in NCA, schools must meet both membership and improvement criteria annually and engage in continuous school improvement that focuses on improving student performance. Prior to 1990, only the Rockford High School was a member of NCA. In the fall of 1990, a decision was made by the Rockford Public Schools Board of Education to begin the process to accredit all schools in the Rockford district. Since that time, every building has achieved membership and accreditation. The NCA process to school improvement is systematic, data driven, and results in significant improvement over time. The school improvement that has been documented by individual Rockford schools during the last 18 years, is very impressive. In the fall of 2006, the NCA, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE) came together to form one strong and unified organization called AdvancED. In November 2007, an agreement between the Michigan Department of Education and AdvancED was reached to satisfy the state’s requirements while also meeting the school’s AdvancEd accreditation. AdvancEd is the world’s largest education community, representing over 23,000 public and private schools and districts in 30 states and 65 countries, serving over 15 million students. Through AdvancED, NCA has defined shared, research-based accreditation standards that cross state, regional and national boundaries. Accompanying these, standards and accreditation process are intended to enhance quality, reduce duplication of effort with state processes, and simplify procedures. Rockford Public Schools’ next step is to begin a district accreditation process through AdvancED. That process has begun with a Readiness Visit scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 20. To earn AdvancED district accreditation, Rockford will have to: meet the AdvancED accreditation standards; implement a continuous process of improvement; and host an external review team once every five years. This process is rigorous and demonstrates that the Rockford district is focused on raising student achievement, providing safe and enriching learning environments, and maintaining efficient and effective operations staffed by highly qualified educators. This accreditation commission will provide a nationally recognized mark of quality for our district and […]