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2015-07 Student Success in School

May282015

2015-07 Student Success in School

 

by Pamela Schuster, Chilton Elementary School Principal

Every year I ask parents at the first 4K parent meeting "What is the highest indicator of student success in school?" Most will reply "Reading to your child." I agree that this is important – but then I ask – "What may be even more important than that?" Eventually someone will answer "Being involved in your child's education." Based on my past thirty years' experience as an educator, that is also a great answer! Research shows that when parents are involved students have: higher grades-test scores- and graduation rates, better school attendance, increased motivation, better self-esteem, lower rates of suspension, decreased use of drugs and alcohol, and fewer instances of violent behavior. There are so many ways for parents, teachers, and the community to be involved and to work together for the success of our students. In this article, I will highlight just a few examples from this past school year.

Some of you may have been guests at our 1st Friday of the month Early Riser Readers events. These had a monthly theme and students and their families were invited to come, have a bit of breakfast, and then enjoy reading time. These were well attended with about 100-165 people participating each month. Sometimes students wanted to attend Early Riser Readers, but an adult could not attend with them. That is when members from the Kiwanis stepped in as volunteers to read with these students. Many times, students from the daycare also attended and the Kiwanis volunteers read with them, as well. Thank you to Kiwanis members: Carl and Larelda Siebert, Charles Zarnoth and Richard Schmidt for their dedicated attendance at our Early Riser Reader mornings!

Another reading program which operated throughout the school year with community members' support was our Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP). We had 15 RSVP volunteers (Tutoring Tigers) matched with over 32 children throughout the school year. These volunteers met with students weekly to listen to students read and assist with their reading skills. The students eagerly anticipate their "grandma or grandpa" reader coming each week to spend time and read with them. They loved the one-to-one interaction sharing books and playing "games". Thank you to RSVP volunteers: Ginny Schneider, Karen Martens, Mercedes Schuster, Janice Marx, Shirley Lisowe, Mary Pagel, Pat Gasch, Bobbie Whittaker, Ann Gasch, Jan Nett, Adella Anhalt, Jean Reider, Alice Ruhland, Bonnie Weber and Sue Kuehn for making a difference in the lives of Chilton students!

Family Reading and Technology nights were offered monthly as a way to provide opportunities for families to spend time together either reading or using various forms of technology. In addition, the Elementary school hosted a "Read-Around-The School" evening and a Math Family Night. Both of these activities allowed for families to come to school in the evening and participate in an evening of fun and engaging learning events. A Bingo Bash for Books, supported in part with PTA funds, was planned for May 21st. Students and their families were welcomed back to school in the evening to play Bingo and win books, at their reading level, for their summer reading pleasure. Thanks to the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for all of the support they give to our schools! (Joining this organization would be a great way to become involved with your child's education.)

During the year we have had community members come into the school and provide wonderful presentations for students. These ranged from dental hygiene, to banking, and fire safety. Parents also volunteered their time throughout the year and assisted teachers in classrooms, worked with small groups of children, chaperoned field trips, slept overnight at the 4th Grade Reading Sleepover, or sent items from home to use in school projects. The list is endless. All of this parent and community involvement and engagement is vital to our schools and provides the support needed for successful students! Thank you to all who have supported your children and your school throughout this school year!

Please consider getting involved in volunteering in our schools next school year. Interested parents or community members are welcome to contact me, Mrs. Pam Schuster at: schusterp@chilton.k12.wi.us, to learn more about ways to volunteer your time and talents for student success in our schools!

by Pamela Schuster

Chilton Elementary School Principal

 

 Every year I ask parents at the first 4K parent meeting “What is the highest indicator of student success in school?”  Most will reply “Reading to your child.” I agree that this is important – but then I ask – “What may be even more important than that?”   Eventually someone will answer “Being involved in your child’s education.”   Based on my past thirty years’ experience as an educator, that is also a great answer!  Research shows that when parents are involved students have: higher grades-test scores- and graduation rates, better school attendance, increased motivation, better self-esteem, lower rates of suspension, decreased use of drugs and alcohol, and fewer instances of violent behavior.  There are so many ways for parents, teachers, and the community to be involved and to work together for the success of our students.  In this article, I will highlight just a few examples from this past school year.

 

Some of you may have been guests at our 1st Friday of the month Early Riser Readers events.  These had a monthly theme and students and their families were invited to come, have a bit of breakfast, and then enjoy reading time.  These were well attended with about 100-165 people participating each month.  Sometimes students wanted to attend Early Riser Readers, but an adult could not attend with them.  That is when members from the Kiwanis stepped in as volunteers to read with these students.  Many times, students from the daycare also attended and the Kiwanis volunteers read with them, as well.  Thank you to Kiwanis members:  Carl and Larelda Siebert, Charles Zarnoth and Richard Schmidt for their dedicated attendance at our Early Riser Reader mornings!

 

Another reading program which operated throughout the school year with community members’ support was our Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP).  We had 15 RSVP volunteers (Tutoring Tigers) matched with over 32 children throughout the school year.  These volunteers met with students weekly to listen to students read and assist with their reading skills.  The students eagerly anticipate their “grandma or grandpa” reader coming each week to spend time and read with them.  They loved the one-to-one interaction sharing books and playing “games”. Thank you to RSVP volunteers:  Ginny Schneider, Karen Martens, Mercedes Schuster, Janice Marx, Shirley Lisowe, Mary Pagel, Pat Gasch, Bobbie Whittaker, Ann Gasch, Jan Nett, Adella Anhalt, Jean Reider, Alice Ruhland, Bonnie Weber and Sue Kuehn for making a difference in the lives of Chilton students!

 

Family Reading and Technology nights were offered monthly as a way to provide opportunities for families to spend time together either reading or using various forms of technology.  In addition, the Elementary school hosted a “Read-Around-The School” evening and a Math Family Night.  Both of these activities allowed for families to come to school in the evening and participate in an evening of fun and engaging learning events.  A Bingo Bash for Books, supported in part with PTA funds, was planned for May 21st.  Students and their families were welcomed back to school in the evening to play Bingo and win books, at their reading level, for their summer reading pleasure.  Thanks to the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for all of the support they give to our schools! (Joining this organization would be a great way to become involved with your child’s education.)

 

During the year we have had community members come into the school and provide wonderful presentations for students. These ranged from dental hygiene, to banking, and fire safety.  Parents also volunteered their time throughout the year and assisted teachers in classrooms, worked with small groups of children, chaperoned field trips, slept overnight at the 4th Grade Reading Sleepover, or sent items from home to use in school projects.  The list is endless.  All of this parent and community involvement and engagement is vital to our schools and provides the support needed for successful students!  Thank you to all who have supported your children and your school throughout this school year!

 

Please consider getting involved in volunteering in our schools next school year.  Interested parents or community members are welcome to contact me, Mrs. Pam Schuster at:  schusterp@chilton.k12.wi.us, to learn more about ways to volunteer your time and talents for student success in our schools!

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