As we enter the month of April, it is impressive to see so many of our students deeply involved in their school work and participating in a variety of co-curricular activities. Your support and collaboration on these endeavors helps to assure your child’s success in all that he/she does. On that note, I want to thank everyone for the support in assisting with attendance and disciplinary issues. Working together parents and teachers, the administration has a greater chance of success in keeping students on the right track.
We speak frequently with our students about the importance of instructional time and generally see a dip in achievement from students who miss class time. Instructional time is paramount to student success and nearly impossible to replicate outside of the classroom. Graduation is right around the corner. Any senior suspended or assigned Saturday School during the 4th quarter will be denied participation and attendance in the Commencement activities. All students are expected to maintain proper attendance and comply with our Code of Conduct and Dress Code as outlined in the 2016-2017 Parent-Student Handbook.
As we near the end of the school year and all the related activities and celebrations that accompany it, you will hear this message over and over again: alcohol and drug related accidents are the number one cause of death of young adults in this country. Monitor your child’s whereabouts and insist that all parties are drug and alcohol free. It’s not only prudent; it’s the law. Parents often call me asking for advice on how to keep their children from using alcohol and drugs. My advice is to get involved in your students’ life. Don’t just assume they are making the right decisions. Be a parent; you are not their best friend. Ask questions. If they are going out, verify where they are going. Call the other parents to check out the details. We all want to trust our kids, but we need to let them know the boundaries and let them know we are concerned by checking on their activities.
Assistant Principal/Director of Data and Assessment
West Geauga High School