Working together, we can make it a great school year
by Jerome Wassmann
Jun 27, 2010 | 1043 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Not many of us give a lot of thought to what is involved in getting our city and county schools ready for students to return to the classroom following their summer vacation. I know when I was a student more years ago than I like to recall I thought how great it would be to be a teacher or administrator because you had three months vacation before you had to return to work. I know that the "break" has been reduced somewhat with school now beginning shortly after the first of August. But we also didn't have spring break, teacher in service days and other days off during the school year so probably total time off, at least for students, is about the same.

However even though there are few students during the summer there is ample activity at all schools. And much of the preparation is done during these summer months. In fact a lot of this activity is going on right now.

Maintenance crews in both the city and county are doing repair work, painting, cleaning, refinishing floors and the list could go on and on. There is also bus maintenance that needs to be taken care of. And when you realize how many buses are required to see that the students get to their respective schools you can see what kind of job that can be. Then you have principals that are planning for the incoming students. They need to know how many students they will have in each grade and how many faculty members are going to be needed. They also are responsible for all study materials for each grade so that when the bell rings for school on the first day everything is ready for both teacher and student.

The educating of our children is an awesome responsibility and one that is not taken lightly by administration and faculty. They have a very tough job and need the support of all of us. Whether we have students in the systems or whether we don't.

Opening day is just around the corner and all of us need to do what we can to see that the new school year runs smoothly at all of our schools and help in any way we can.

I know there are many households where both parents work so it can be somewhat harder for them to be involved in their student's school activities. But we can attend evening meetings, encourage them with how important it is to do their homework and do it on time, and support them when they participate in extra curricular activities like sports, band, cheerleading, glee club, chorus and so many more. I know I always looked forward to my parents being at many of my school activities. It also shows your children that you are very interested in their success in school and in school activities.

Yes, there may be ups and downs during the school year but your support of faculty, administration and student is very important to everyone's success.

We hope you will take the time and opportunity to make an effort to let all those involved in your child's education know how much you appreciate all they do to see that your son or daughter is successful not only in school but in an environment that is conducive to learning.

We also encourage all students to do the best they can by listening, participating in class and asking questions when they do not understand. The teacher is there to help and is always more than willing to see that you understand the work.

We also encourage all drivers to be extra cautious when school starts. Be aware of little ones that may forget to look both ways before going into the street.

With everyone accepting and carrying out their responsibility for a successful year, it will be a great one!

Jerome Wassmann is editor and publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle