Early last school year I worked with our School Council Chair, Alicia Shea and together we wrote this blog post, titled Let’s Stay Connected . It was in response to conversation during a school council meeting on communication between home and school.
With the significant changes to our student population this school year, the same conversations and questions have come from our current School Council members. Conversations about not only HOW teachers communicate with home, but also WHEN can parents expect this communication? This blog post is intended to focus on just that… when parents can expect to hear from their child’s teacher.
While we encourage parents to contact their child’s teacher directly at any time (you can use this staff list from our website) through email or with a quick phone call, we also want to take the initiative to ensure that you are connected with what’s happening in your child’s classroom.
As a Woodhaven Middle School parent, you can expect to hear from your child’s teacher a minimum of once per week. While some teachers prefer to send short, brief daily emails, blog posts or remind texts, others prefer to provide you with a summary of the week at either the beginning or end of each week.
In these emails, blog posts or remind text messages, you can expect to hear about…
- what learning is being explored within your child’s classroom
- when significant assessments (tests, projects, major assignments etc.) are due
- when these assessments have been returned
As questions or concerns arise throughout the year, you can expect to be contacted by your child’s teacher. This may be through a quick, personalized email or via phone. As you can appreciate, in a middle school classroom teachers deal with small challenges throughout the day. We know it’s part of the job! 🙂 The vast majority of these problems are quickly resolved, typically with small interventions and occasionally requiring small consequences. If challenges persist, or are more significant, or significant consequences are used as part of the problem solving process, you will be invited in to the school to discuss these with your child and his/her learning team.
These sorts of daily challenges that kids face in a middle school of over 600 students also provide an opportunity to help facilitate kids’ problem solving problems. We are happy to take advantage of these opportunities to help our students continue to develop their ability to “Do Right”.
You can also expect to receive communication from your child’s teacher or the school with more general information such as the registration process for High School for our Grade 9’s, upcoming Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences and many other events that happen in our busy middle school. While these sorts of events are on our webpage , we try to bring them to your attention directly as well.
I will wrap up by saying, please don’t ever hesitate to give us a call or email, or to make an appointment at the school with any questions or concerns that you have. We are committed to working with you to ensure the learning and well-being of your child.
Mr. S. Patras
Principal, Woodhaven Middle School