From the Superintendent's Desk

Parents,

The school year is off to a roaring start at Ravenna Public Schools! The students and the staff are starting to settle into a routine, as they begin their studies for the year. The staff is working hard to help students master the 5 behavioral expectations we have defined for Ravenna Public Schools Students. We call these 5 behavioral expectations “The Ravenna Way”.

The Ravenna Way…We do our best every day!

1. Arrive to class prepared and on time

2. Use work time appropriately

3. Complete assigned task on time with proficiency

4. Demonstrate respect for people and property

5. Respond appropriately to staff directives

Parents will have a great opportunity to discuss their students’ progress towards attainment of these 5 behavioral expectations with classroom teachers during Parent Teachers Conferences. Conferences will be held on Thursday, September 20th, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and on Friday, September 21st, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 (noon). There will be a 2:00 PM student dismissal on September 20th and no school for students on Friday, September 21st, to facilitate Parent Teachers Conferences.

As parents prepare for Parent Teachers Conferences, consider the following tips:

1) Ask your child how he or she is feeling about their classroom experience before going to conferences. Your student is an excellent barometer for how things are going in your child’s classroom.

2) Write down any questions you want to be sure to ask during the conference.

3) Ask your most important questions first. Time is usually a factor in conferences. So, ask your most important questions first to ensure you get an answer.

4) Relax and be yourself. Be open and honest with teachers about your concerns and joys.

5) Ask for explanations of anything that you don’t understand. In this age of testing and assessment, teachers may present you with assessment or testing data that you are not familiar with or you may not understand. Ask for an explanation. It’s important to understand this important information.

6) Ask your child’s teacher for ways you can support instruction and behavior at home.

7) Remain calm and cooperative in trying to understand and accept the teacher’s perception of your student’s ability and behavioral skill set.

8) Talk about positive points about the classroom with the teacher that your student has shared with you.

9) Talk with your child about the information you received at conferences after coming home.

10) Keep in touch with the teacher to follow up on any concerns. In this day and age of technology, it is easy to communicate with teachers via the phone or email. Teachers want to hear from you, and they want the opportunity to follow up on your concerns.

We look forward to seeing all parents at Parent Teachers Conference on September 20th and September 21st. We at Ravenna Public Schools realize that education is a joint effort between the parents and the school. We look forward to working with parents for the purpose of promoting the intellectual, social, and behavioral growth of our children during the 2018-19 School Year. Together, we’ll teach students “The Ravenna Way” and help each of them to do their best ever day!