Notes from the Principal's Desk: May 15, 2018
19. Nineteen. Nineteen is the number of school days left before we wrap up the end of the 2017-2018 school year! It can be hard to believe that the school year went by so quick. At this time of year, it can be difficult to keep students motivated and finish the year strong. Below, I would like to share what teachers are trying to do to finish the year strong and share some ideas for what parents can do to help their children finish the year on a high note.
As the end of the year draws closer, Cathedral faculty are careful not to go into "autopilot" mode. Instead the faculty set one or two goals to make it through the end of the year to help maintain motivation, not only for themselves, but for the students as well. By focusing on what needs to be done and not procrastinating, the teachers are less likely to feel overwhelmed by the many responsibilities facing them at the end of the year. Furthermore, this is the time of year where teachers begin to see the fruits of their labor in the relationship building they have done with their with students. By leveraging these relationships, teachers continue to set high expectations for those in their classrooms. Teachers also begin planning for summer math, summer reading, and drafts of class lists. This helps provide focus for the teachers in regards to instruction and allows them to begin thinking intentionally about next year. If you are curious, please know you will learn more about summer math and reading requirements once we enter June.
As we approach exams next week, there are some strategies that parents can employ at home which some might find useful.
- First, conduct a quick school supply check. Pencils wear out, notebooks get full, markers run out of ink, glue sticks turn up empty. Conducting a quick school supply check can ensure that your son or daughter has the supplies they need to be successful at the end of the year.
- Second, try to model a positive attitude about finishing school. If children hear their parents speaking about the importance of completing homework, studying for exams and maintaining a positive attitude about attending school they will be more likely to adopt this philosophy.
- Third, aim to stick to your routine. Longer days mean increased daylight hours and after school activities. It can be hard to set reasonable bedtimes that allow time for homework. By sticking to regular bedtimes, parents can set their children up for success when it is time to go to school in the morning.
- Finally, set some SMART goals. Remember, SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely. Perhaps it is moving up a reading level, memorizing math facts, or setting a goal for days with positive behavior. Working with your child to set these goals can be insightful as you discover what they identify as areas of growth.
This afternoon I meet with some staff from the Archdiocese as we explore the possibility of offering a summer robotics program. I hope that the meeting is fruitful and I have something positive to share with members of our community. So, stay tuned and spread the word!