April 1, 2015
What adults expect
of children counts for a lot. We all have
high expectations for our children. We all want our children to grow up to be
confident, caring, and productive individuals. When it comes time for them to
work, we want them to have the skills and knowledge they will need to do the
job well. We also want them to be good neighbors, eventually good parents, and
good citizens in a free society.
We are asking a great deal. But if parents, teachers and other adults dropped
all their expectations, the pressures would still be on. Getting a job that can
support a family would still require high school level reading and math skills.
Voting on health care or welfare reform would still require the ability to
think out complex issues. Right now, the Regents are taking a number of steps
to raise standards for all students in New York State. They’re putting their
expectations up front. I’m asking you to do that, too.
Keep expecting good things to happen.
Clear, high standards are as important for our school as they are for our
students. Praise the success of both. Keep asking, “What does my child need to
do to improve?” Give your child your support. Remember, your interest in what
they do is the most important element in their success.
There are several ways you can make your
expectations clear. Remember, you are the one who really sets the
standards. Look at the work your child does in school.
writing, their art, books they read, mathematics they are working on. Ask
satisfied with my child’s progress?” As a parent, your views count. Your child
needs to know from you that skills really matter.
is important to take care of the fundamentals. Be sure your child has
enough sleep, enough time to complete homework, eats a healthy breakfast, and
arrives to school on time. Monitor television watching and internet use.
to your child. Reading regularly with your child at home can produce more
results than any amount of money invested in school reading programs,
young. Read books that are fun for both of you. Discuss what you’ve read.
Find out about our school’s standards. Get to know what the
expectations are from our school and your child’s teachers.
Kristina Beecher, Principal