Mission Bay High, San Diego, California
Bachelor of Science in History/Education, Northern Arizona University
Master of Science in Special Education, St. Cloud State University
Administration Licensure, St. Mary's University
Dear Park Brook Families,
Happy New Year! As we enter 2017 I want to encourage a few specific ways that families can help their children achieve their dreams. Research does not support homework as a means to increase academic growth, and therefore, that is not one of my strategies to increase academic growth. The following items I believe will increase the academic growth of for your child and maximize their learning when they are in school: sleep, eat, exercise, read, and be to school on time. Families, in my opinion, are important for kids. My goal is to not add to a burden of a family with additional ‘things’ to do, but rather ideas to support you.
When students are well rested, they are prepared for learning and positive behaviors. The latest research also indicates that sleep is essential for moving new learning to memory. Students at the elementary level should receive between 9 and 12 hours of sleep every night.
Eating together as a family without the television on is important for kids. Some research has indicated that eating together is one common trait of success. I view the time eating together as a time to hear from your children, have meaningful conversations, and for them to hear from the adults in their lives.
Exercise and fitness are researched means to increase academic growth and positive behaviors. We have a number of opportunities here at Park Brook for students to be active. Encourage your child to get outside and play! Go for a walk, play together, build a snowman, go sledding, …
Read to your child or have your child read at least twenty minutes every day. Reading to a child increases a child’s vocabulary and is a great benefit to children as they are learning to read. Reading with a child should be fun, so if a child tries to read and they don’t know a word, read the word for them. If you enjoy a book with your child, they will also experience how enjoyable reading can and should be. As kids get older, you could have an engaging chapter book that you read to your child. Students need to read OR be read to if they are going to make the reading growth that we desire.
Please have your children to school by 8:40 every day. We have a number of students who are late and the students who are late miss out on instruction. Being on time helps your child begin the day with the rest of the class and have a smooth start to the day.
My goal is to have all students make exceptional academic growth this year and from visiting with parents, I know that parents want their children to make strong academic growth as well. Over the next couple of months we will have several opportunities outside of the school day that you may want to consider for your child.
During the 2015-2016 school year, according to the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) and the data from the Minnesota Department of Education:
*Out of 25 schools in the Osseo Area Schools, Park Brook ranked 22 out of the 25 for academic growth rate. (1 being the lowest growth, and 25 being the highest growth),
*Out of 25 schools in the Osseo Area Schools, Park Brook had the highest growth rate for closing the academic achievement gap,
*86% of Park Brook Elementary students ranked in the high growth rate in math,
*83% of Park Brook Elementary students ranked in the high growth rate in reading.
During the 2014-2015 school year, the percentage of students meeting or exceeding their expected growth at Park Brook compared to the other 17 elementary schools in the Osseo Area Schools: