Last week, all of our students took the annual student survey (questions found here) which allows us, in the famous words of the late Aretha Franklin, find out what it means to me (each student)! The survey gives us a chance to gain a perspective on how our students are feeling about several parts of their day here at South and provide an opportunity to see how students view the overall climate and culture here. A few new twists to the survey this year include:
- Our building academic and behavior goal are tied together with this goal:
- 2018-19 Behavior Goal: 85% or more of our students will agree or strongly agree that their classmates are generally respectful to them.
- 2018-19 Academic Goal: All SMS students will show growth in producing clear and coherent writing.
- Students will not only get to view the data from the survey this year, but they will work together to come up with reasons why the data is the way it is and/or provide us suggestions (Academic goal connection: through clear and coherent writing!) on how to continue to improve what we do at South.
- We will now take the survey quarterly and engage students, staff and parents in conversation around the data, sharing celebrations and putting ideas into action.
This week in Advisory, our teachers will engage students in a “I do. We do.” activity in which students will review some of the recent data (below) from the Quarter 1 survey and collaboratively produce a response to one of the prompts below. I am very excited to see what ideas our students have to make South MS THE place to learn, grow, laugh and learn. If you would like to be a part of the conversation too, our Parent Advisory Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00pm. This will be one of our agenda items so email me to RSVP. Together, we can IMPACT our students, teachers and learning community in amazing ways.
Student prompts we will be using this week:
What idea do you have to make every student at South MS feel respected
What is a reason why a student or students do not feel respected at South MS?