Birth Certificates: Students enrolling in USD 330 for the first time must provide proof of identity, (certified copy of Birth Certificate or certified transcript for transfer students) of enrollment.
The 21st Century Learner and College/Career Readiness
Today, a skilled workforce requires at least a high school diploma and some form of higher education. To succeed in the 21st century, students will need to perform to high standards and acquire mastery of rigorous core subject material. All students will need to gain the cognitive and social skills that enable them to deal with the complex challenges of our age. Considering the pressure of today’s global society; a college degree--whether from a university, community college or trade school—is an essential step for nearly everyone.
There are numerous studies that show children tend to get higher grades, have few behavioral problems, and hold higher aspirations—like going to college—when their parents are involved. These findings hold true across all family income levels and backgrounds. A recent survey of 400 employers across the United States cited professionalism/work ethic, oral/written communication, teamwork and collaboration, and critical thinking and problem solving as the most important skills recently hired graduates from high school and postsecondary institutions need. According to the Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, a very high level of preparation in reading, writing, speaking, mathematics, science, technology, literature, history and the arts will be crucial for most members of the workforce.
What does a 21st century learner and learning environment look like? The environment for learning 21st Century Skills is built upon relationships, relevance, rigor, results and a responsive culture. When looking into the past our society has shifted from a manufacturing based economy to a service based economy, which means that brain power has replaced muscle power. According to the US Department of Labor and Statistics---In 1959, the workforce consisted of 25% professionals, 60% unskilled workers and 15% skilled workers. In 2000, the workforce consisted of 25% professionals, 15% unskilled workers, and 60% of skilled workers. In order to succeed in work and life, the 21st Century learner should master the following skills and knowledge:
*Creativity and Innovation *Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
*Communicating and Collaborating *Flexibility and Adaptability
*Initiative and Adaptability *Initiative and Self-Direction
*Social and Cross Cultural Skills *Productivity and Accountability
*Leadership and Responsibility *Employment and Career Development
*Information, Communication, Technology, and Media Literacy
What can families do to help their child prepare for their future college and/or career needs? It is important that children’s progress be monitored closely from pre-school through high school. All children want to succeed. Children need to be motivated to do well in school by raising expectations. Communicate expectations for achievement and the value of education. Children can be motivated early by showing them organizational techniques, helping them establish relationships with their teachers, being available when then need help in school, and making sure that they have the resources they need.
As children move on into junior high and high school parents should start obtaining information about what financial aid may be available and how to receive it. Parents and students need to understand the college application process, including required testing; various deadlines and what must be included on application forms. The counseling/guidance office can assist with that. Assist your child with career planning. Career planning is a complex lifelong process. From being a kindergartner, learning about the workplace to the career management of economic changes in jobs or employment; to the later years of choosing a retirement career or interest, one needs to think proactively about skills and knowledge needed. From The Educated Child by William Burnett, “Parents need to monitor their child’s progress from preschool through high school. Our system of education is like a pyramid. Success at each level, high school, college and beyond, depends on earlier preparation. Mediocrity at any stage will diminish possibilities for the next. A cracked foundation threatens the whole.”
Mission Valley Elementary
Mr. Fenton's Column
Its May and the school year is coming to a close. We have had a busy past month with field trips, concerts, grandparents day, and our Elementary talent show. With school coming to a close this year on Friday, May 12th I want to focus everyone’s attention on our upcoming events.
May Elementary Events
May 3rd, 1st Grade Field Trip: Discovery Center and Gage Park in Topeka
May 3rd, 3rd Grade Field Trip: KU Natural History Museum and Aquatic Center in Lawrence
May 3rd, 4th Grade Field Trip: Topeka Fire Station, Helping Hands Humane Society, and Aquatic Center in Lawrence
May 3rd, 5th Grade Field Trip: Oz Museum and Park in Wamego
May 4th, 2nd Grade Wax Museum: 1:30 - 3:00 (North Gym)
May 5th, Elementary Field Day: K-2 9:00 - 11:15 & 3rd-5th 1:00-3:15 (May 8th rain day)
May 12th, last day of school
Brett Fenton -- email@example.com
Just a quick reminder:
Attendance Rules and Procedures: Students are expected to be present and punctual for all classes throughout the year. The responsibility of school attendance is with the student and his/her parents. When a student is absent, it is the responsibility of the parents to call the office on the day of the absence. The call should be made before 9:00 a.m. Absences not excused within 24 hours will no longer be eligible to be excused. The office is open at 7:45 a.m. Any student who checks into school after 8:00 a.m. must first report to the office and receive an admit slip. Any student who is counted absent for first hour will be presumed absent for the entire day if they do not sign in at the office and get an admit slip. Students must have parent/ guardian permission to leave school early, either by a phone call or note. Students must check out through the office. If the absence is excused, daily work can be made up for credit. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate the make up work immediately upon return to each class. The classroom teacher will determine the make up work. Students who miss school because of an unexcused absence will not be given credit.
The school will determine whether the absence is excused or unexcused. Kansas Law and USD #330 will accept only the following as valid reasons for excusing an absence:
1. Illness (For a long term illness [verified in writing by a doctor] upon the student’s return to school. A long term illness is any time a student misses 5 consecutive days )
2. Appointment for medical treatment (An appointment card must accompany the student upon return and be given to the office.)
3. A family crisis.
4. Extended absences of the student when expressly requested by the parents or guardian and prior arrangements have been made in preparation of the absence.
Excessive Absence Policy: When a student has been absent five or more times in a semester (excused or unexcused) the parents will be notified in writing of the absences. School administration may request a meeting with the parents to discuss concerns about absenteeism and may request a note from a licensed physician when absences are due to illnesses.
I look forward to continuing to work with the students, parents, and patrons of Mission Valley Elementary. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding Mission Valley Elementary. Brett Fenton -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Message from the Superintendent to 3rd - 6th Graders about State Testing