Sunday, September 23, 2018

Generation Z...

As with any generation of youngsters, we all receive a label of some kind. Our current group of students has been tagged with the label of 'Generation Z', and is predicted to do some of histories most amazing things. One of these, is directly related to the utilization of technology and development of new ideas. Researchers have claimed that most of the jobs our children will hold when they enter the work force, do not exist at this current point in time. Another reality of our current generation is that they are entering and staying in college longer than any other generation. The ability to decide what they may want to do with their careers is becoming more and more challenging. On the flip side, we are also seeing an increase of children that do not have any desire to attend college and industry fields that finding success by hiring students right out of high school. Like many things in society today, trade professions and others that do not require a college degree are seeing a renaissance. The children of Generation Z have more opportunities in front of them than any generation we have known. As with any teacher, parent, or grand-parent; at times it can be a challenge to relate to younger generations. You can frequently hear adults saying things like, "I just don't understand," when observing a group of youngsters. However, that doesn't mean we should stop offering our advice and experiences with our children. Although it may not seem like they are listening, the conversations that parents have with their children as they grow are stored in memory and used throughout life. Children of this generation seem to either have the ability to enter the real world immediately out of high school seemingly very prepared for the challenges, or they flourish in their mid to late 20's after years of college. Regardless of when they are ready, the consistent message from experts is that our youth need their parents and support. If you would like more detailed information or ideas on how you may be able to help connect with younger generations, I would recommend reading some of thoughts of Dr. Tim Elmore. There is not magic answer to ensuring that our children flourish as adults, but there many people out there that can help us based on the experiences that they have had. After all, Generation Z is our future and our future depends on the children of today! 

 School Health Update

The deadline for students to obtain their required immunizations for the 2018-2019 school year has passed. Beginning on Monday, September 24, any student who's immunization record is not current, will be barred from school attendance. This is not the route we prefer to take as we all know it is not best for kids. Most times, appointments for vaccinations can be delayed by matters outside the control of a family. Regardless, we have been cited last year for not complying strictly with this health regulation and the fine for students attending school without documented vaccinations is significant. If you need more information about what your student needs (if anything), please speak to your school nurse or family physician. A summary of the requirements from the health department is available by clicking the link below. Thank you for your understanding and support of meeting these laws. 

Parent Portal

This is a reminder for anyone that is not currently on Parent Portal. Parent Portal is an online method for families to access our student management system, SchoolTool. While parent portal is most beneficial to secondary students (grades 7-12), there are benefits and uses for all student families. Also, this will be the platform that we utilize to deliver the report cards for 2018-2019. In order to obtain your child's progress reports and report cards this year, you will need an account for parent portal. Once you log in, and a report has been published, you will easily be able to view these reports in your portal. If you do not already have an account, and would like to sign up for an account, please contact your child's school.