PTSC Update: How to Find Answers

Posted: October 24, 2016 in Building Relationships, Instructional Leadership
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How to Find Answers

 

The world we live in is so different from the world in which I grew up.  Information is at the touch of a finger through a simple search on Google.  It is rare that I find myself struggling to find an answer to a question for very long as most of the time I pull out my phone and Goggle it.  Sometimes I hear a claim made and wonder if it is accurate.  What do I do?  Pull out my phone and Google it!  While it is fantastic to have so much information readily available, it does create a culture of folks that want immediate answers.  It also means that we have to be discriminating in the sources that we read in order to make sure the answer that we have received is accurate and reliable.

So how do you find answers when you need them about your child’s schooling?  The best place to start is with your child’s teacher.  Going to the source of information is the best way to make sure the answer is accurate and reliable.  As was the topic of the last update–the parent/teacher/school relationship is meant to be a team relationship.  As any great coach would tell you–one key aspect on a team is great communication!

What happens if your child is struggling or experiencing difficulty at school?  The answer remains the same–the first place to go is to your child’s teacher.  They will be your first line of help and also the folks with the first-hand knowledge to tackle any issues that may arise.

If you have been working with your child’s teacher and there are continuing issues that you have already discussed with the teacher and have yet to be resolved then your next step is to speak with the building administrator.

It is important to work to follow the chain of command in order to get the most accurate, best solution.  I have often found that when you don’t start with the correct order in the chain of command it takes longer to get to the correct solution, and often it also involves rebuilding that team relationship as trust is violated when the chain of command is not followed.  The other mode of operation that can be an obstacle is talking to other folks about the issue that are not in a position to help provide a solution.  The fastest, most effective way to handle an issue is directly with the person involved.

PTSC Standouts:

Did you catch the article in the NWI Times about Max Kidd donating hair for Wigs for Kids?  Thanks for being an inspiration, Max!

Do you have a standout to include in this section?  Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us to make sure your standout is included.

 

Important Dates:

  • October 24:  Parent/Teacher Conferences and Early Dismissal
  • October 25:  Parent/Teacher Conferences and Early Dismissal
  • October 27-28:  Fall Break–No School
  • November 16:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • November 24-25:  Thanksgiving Break–No School
  • December 21-January 4:  Winter Break–No School
  • January 13:  End of Quarter 2/Semester 1

Things to Know/Do:

  • Now hiring a Computer Technician!  If you know someone who might be interested, send them to the link above!
  • Now hiring substitute teachers! Please contact Linda Dusek at the administration building if you are interested in substitute teaching and she will help you start the application process and discuss qualifications.
  • Do your friends and neighbors know how to find our weekly updates? Even if your neighbors don’t have kids in school tell them about our weekly updates so they can hear the great news of what happens at PTSC!
  • Every Wednesday is a 30-minute delayed start. If we have a 2-hour delay, students will arrive at school 2 hours after the regular start time for the building.
  • We are also looking for bus drivers to drive our extra-curricular runs. If you are interested, please apply online. It’s a great way to earn some money and attend extra-curricular events!
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