The first week of the 2016-2017 school year is now behind us. This year, our teachers and staff will be working hard with each and every student to ensure that we are on track to meet our established academic goals. We believe in all of our students and their capacity to learn and achieve academic success. Educational research clearly documents that when families support student learning at home, there is a definite increase in grades, attendance, attitude, behavior, homework completion, social skills, state test results, and college attendance. Midvale Elementary is pleased with our decision to implement two new programs at our school this year. The first new program is called Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT).
APTT is an additional approach to supporting all students in reaching their full academic potential. These APTT meetings will take the place of our traditional Parent Teacher Conferences. The goal of the APTT model is to promote family teacher collaboration to drive student achievement.
I want to personally invite you to join us by attending three rounds of APTT meetings this year. Every teacher is currently working diligently with their colleagues in preparation for this important meeting with you. They are reviewing and compiling student data and strategically selecting key grade level skill building activities that you can use at home with your student.
All APTT team meetings will be 75 minutes in length. The meetings will cover the following:
•A review of student progress data
•The establishment of academic goals
•A demonstration of activities to use at home with your child
•An opportunity to work with other parents from your child’s class to build community
In an effort to build relationships and create a greater sense of community at our school, Midvale teachers have been invited to participate in a home visit program. The concept behind Parent Teacher Home Visits is simple: Teachers and families come together, in a unique setting, as equal partners, to build trust and form a relationship. This strategy creates space for key partners in a child’s education to share dreams, expectations, experiences and eventually, tools to boost students’ academic and social success.
Teachers will begin reaching out to invite parents and families to participate in home visits in September. We hope that all will accept the invitation to build trust, strengthen relationships, and come together to support our students.
Your partner in your child’s success,
Principal Chip Watts