Establishing collaboration between parents and teachers can only serve to benefit our students. At Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, FL, Dominique Craft, the Dean of Curriculum for the Lower School engages parents in a book club. This time the discussion centered on a book by award winning author Wendy Mogel, PhD, called Voice Lessons. Mrs. Craft has written a review of this book and taken notes on this month’s conversation.
The start of a new school year is exciting, and it can be a little overwhelming. To a high school student, the academic pressure can feel especially heavy. Don Paige, Head of the Upper School at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida, has some tips for parents to help high schoolers make the most of academics.
The world of apps is always changing. It can be difficult to keep up with the ones that can improve your own
productivity, not to mention knowing the ones that your children like to use. Smartphones and iPad devices have become fixtures in student’s social and academic lives, and it is important to know how your student is using them.
As an Apple Distinguished School, Shorecrest Preparatory School integrates many different apps into the curriculum through student iPads. Of course, students will download their own apps, as well. Over the last few school years, faculty and administrators have noticed that some apps are used more often and sometimes inappropriately.
Empathy among young people is a popular conversational theme these days. Indeed, educators across the country have noticed a need to teach basic moral values in the classroom. An article by teacher Paul Barnwell in “The Atlantic”, expounds the reasons for that trend, and gives examples of teachers taking lessons outside the classroom and into the community to give students valuable moral insight. Mr. Barnwell notes that while schools say high moral standards are embedded in a rigorous curriculum, it’s rare to see those values in action.
At Shorecrest Preparatory School, in St. Petersburg, Florida, the core values held by the school are actively modeled. The largest single demonstration of our community's commitment to Responsibility, Respect, Integrity, Knowledge and Compassion happens every year at the holiday season. Students, faculty, administrators and parents join together to provide gifts to children in foster care.
Volunteer opportunities are often a way to be of service to others, to stretch our comfort zone and reach out to the wider community. It's important to remember that volunteering can start very close to home in the parent school partnership. Within your child's educational environment, there are daily opportunities to do a task small or large that makes students and schools stronger. Parent involvement in schools is widely recognized by educationally focused institutions like PBS. You can find a whole page dedicated to tips and ideas for parent involvement in schools at www.pbs.org. The introduction to that page reads, "Parents are the cornerstone to helping kids get a good education."