It takes a village

Cary Ashby • May 31, 2019 at 6:00 PM

This year Pleasant Elementary earned the designation of “High Progress School of Honor” from the Ohio Department of Education.

The Schools of Honor program recognizes schools that have sustained high achievement and substantial progress. We have an amazing, dedicated and committed staff who believe all students can achieve at a high level. Our success is a product of the partnership between school, home and community. Students are our top priority. We do our best each and every day to provide an excellent educational environment for our students to learn through this partnership.

The old proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” refers to an entire community of different people interacting with children in order for children to experience and grow in a safe environment. Our accomplishments aren’t in isolation, but in our continued partnerships. The right partnership is certainly a recipe for success.

Families are the foundation that holds the educational framework together. In a research report, Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) concluded: “When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.”

Consider the following benefits to students who have involved parents, according to SEDL:

• Higher grades and test scores, enrollment in more advanced programs

• Grade promotions, earn more credits

• Better school attendance and homework completion rates

• Improved social skills and behavior allows students to acclimate better to school environments

• Higher self-esteem

• High school graduation and advancement to post-secondary education

Each year, we send a School-Parent Partnership Agreement (Compact) which is an important agreement between the home and school. It is a way to define goals, expectations and shared responsibilities of the school and parents as equal partners for student learning. It is a way for the school and parents to help each other provide a good education for all students. Families, students, teachers and administrators promise to work together.

We all have essential roles to play in promoting children’s positive development and academic performance. As partners, we create important opportunities for children to develop socially, emotionally, and academically in a positive school climate.

We have an exciting opportunity to offer this fall to our parents. Pleasant Elementary will launch a Pleasant Parent Academy. The academy will empower families by sharing useful information, strategies to support students, connecting parents to available resources and typical development information, through workshops, meaningful meetings and discussions.

In conjunction with the Pleasant Parent Academy, we will create the following committees to support our parent academy: Parent advisory council, curriculum committee and Friends of Pleasant academy committee. We are committed to involving parents and families as partners in our ongoing endeavor of continuous improvement.

I invite you to become part of this exciting, engaging and educating journey with us. Whether you are a parent, guardian, business person, counselor, volunteer, or community member, we need you to be an ingredient that will make our Pleasant Parent Academy a success. If you are willing to join us, call Pleasant at 419-668-4134.

Local columnist V. Janice Smith is the Pleasant Elementary principal. 

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