Message from Superintendent

Message from Superintendent
Posted on 06/26/2018
Message from Superintendent

I hope this finds you well and recovering nicely from the holidays. I wanted to take a few minutes and talk about stress, especially as it relates to school. Stress is part of kids’ lives. While some stress can help motivate them to get work done, too much stress can be overwhelming and can cause problems with health, sleep and brain function. What can we do as parents and adults to help children handle the everyday stress that’s a normal part of a child’s life while at school?

When it comes to HOMEWORK:

Recognize that not all children learn the same way. Different children learn in different ways and have different work styles – some do homework all at once, while others need to take frequent breaks. Discuss with your child the working conditions that will lead to the best homework outcomes.

Work with your child to develop a schedule that will allows time to complete homework, work on projects and study for tests. This schedule should also allow time for attending activities, getting adequate sleep and having time for play.

Be a cheerleader and supporter for your child by providing the necessary supplies and show an active interest in the content your child is learning, but allow the teachers to handle it if your kid fails to do the homework correctly or regularly.

PLAYTIME, DOWNTIME, FAMILY TIME

This may sound a little different coming from an educator, but don’t underestimate the importance of non-academic achievements. An organization called “Challenge Success” emphasizes “that kids – regardless of age — need playtime, downtime and family time each day”. Their research show this acts as a protective factor for long-term academic engagement and overall well-being.

Allow space and rejuvenation between activities. Encourage teens to unwind by listening to music, reading for pleasure and spending time with friends. Kids need time to reflect and dream, explore the world, develop interests, make friends and craft an identity.

Schedule high-quality family time multiple times a week to give kids the experience of unconditional love, acceptance and support. Eat meals together, laugh together, take walks together, swap stories together, and practice family traditions together.

As a family, discuss the characteristics of success that you value most (e.g., compassion, integrity, health). Remind your kids that success is measured over the course of a lifetime, not at the end of a semester.

Explain that there are many different paths to success. Talk about your own path, including your struggles and failures. Your kids need you to be an active part of their everyday life. Monitor them. Guide them. Love them unconditionally. Let them know that they can do whatever the task(s) that lie ahead of them. Knowing you are there supporting them will help kids deal with the stress of everyday living life as a student.

Thank you,

Superintendent Ray Terry