Message From the ED, 3/13

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As we approach the latter third of this year, I want to first thank you for the numerous conversations you've had with your scholar, for the ways in which you have spent hours with them to make sure they're reading and doing their homework, the numerous emails and remind texts you've sent to teachers and other parents trying to support your scholars, and your continued commitment to CHCS.

I am writing to you because for us to do more and be more, I need more from you.  We all often talk about excellence and providing our children with a superior education.  Sometimes I wish I had a silver bullet - one magical thing that would make the school a raving success.  But then I remind myself that great schools are not built with one 100% solution, but rather 100 one percent solutions.  It is the magic of having 100 different things converge in the same way at the same time, for one lofty goal.  And here, what loftier goal can we have than the greatness of our children?  To this end, I need to ask three things from you all.

  • Check your scholar's behavior sheet every night and sign it.

    •  This lets your scholar know that in addition to being accountable for what they do at school (good and bad), they are also accountable for those actions at home.  If there are positive reports, please praise your children for the good that they have done and encourage them to continue.  If they receive negative reports please talk to them about what can be done differently and better the next day.

  • Wait until 3:30 PM to pick up your child.

    • Last week alone we had 149 early dismissals.  With an average of scholars being picked up one hour early, that's about 149 hours of instruction that was missed.  To get a sense of how much time this is, let's look at it as if it were one scholar.  That would add up to six weeks of missed instruction (Five hours a day).  That's one and a half months of instruction.  If we extrapolate for the year, that would be 60 months or five years worth of missed instruction.  Now, of course, that time is spread over many scholars, but just to give you a sense of how much time is lost, it is equivalent to five years of a child's education.

    • Each time a scholar is picked up early, not only does it impact that scholar's instruction, but the teacher must stop their instruction, inform the scholar, sometimes call into another class to find the scholar, and set that scholar up with their homework and anything else they'll need.  This takes away seconds, minutes, and eventually hours from other scholars. 

  • Bring your scholar to school by 8:40 AM.

    • Last week alone there were 123 tardies.  On average scholars are about thirty minutes late to school.  That adds up to about sixty hours of instruction that is missed.  That's equivalent to two and a half weeks of missed instruction.  If we extrapolate for the year, that would add to about two years of missed instruction.

    • Each time a scholar comes to school late, the teacher has to stop what they're doing to inform the late scholar of what they missed and has to repeat the directions already given.  This takes away seconds, minutes, and eventually hours from other scholars.

Between early dismissals and tardies, as a school, we are missing about seven years of instruction... With that level of attendance, can we realistically become a great school?  Now I'm not even talking about absences...  Parents/guardians, it is going to take 100 one percent solutions.  Our instruction will need to improve, our communication will need to improve, our focus on our trifocus of the arts, agriculture, and the environment will need to improve along with many other areas.  Above are three actions you can take to help us get to that 100%.  Raising children and advancing scholars is truly a team sport, and we appreciate your role in this journey.

Thank you,

Chaz Patterson