Letter to Herbison Woods School Families
School Improvement Plan (SIP) Update in Relation to MEAP Scores.
Dear Herbison Woods’ families:
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year!
Herbison Woods’ staff is Capturing Kids’ Hearts! What exactly does that mean? The teaching staff at Herbison Woods’ attended Capturing Kids’ Hearts, a three day training that provides tools for administrators and staff to build positive, productive, trusting relationships — among themselves and with their students. The skills learned can transform the classroom and school environment, paving the way for high performance.
We want students to know that we are happy they are at school and are an important member of our school family. Engaging with students first thing is essential for students to have a successful day. Teachers will greet each student at the door with a handshake, affirm each student, and welcome the students into their class, by giving them their full attention, first thing.
Teachers will establish an atmosphere of trust in which the students feel safe to learn from their mistakes. Each class will collaboratively create a class social contract by answering the following questions:
· How do you want to be treated by me (teacher)?
· How do you want to treat each other?
· How do you think I (teacher) want to be treated by you (students)?
· How do we want to treat each other when there is a conflict?
The social contract provides consistency because everyone knows the rules—what is acceptable and what is not, as well as the consequences. This common understanding provides the students the foundation for positive interactions with the teacher and with each other. The social contract also creates self-managing classrooms as each student takes responsibility for his or her own behavior, and students become empowered because they experience encouragement and support.
This school year is underway and we are committed to helping each child reach his/her potential by first building a positive, productive and trusting relationship with your child!
“If you have a child’s heart, you have his head.”™ - Flip Flippen
Keep in touch –
Mrs. Vicky Milner, Principal