Who is excited about having a full week of school?
In addition to the joy of restarting our year and restoring our routines, we also had an opportunity this week to reconnect to our parents. As promised back in September, we took some time this week to offer what we hope will be the first in a series of “Parent Connect” workshops to better inform parents, to solicit feedback from parents and – in the future – to help parents with hands-on guidance for navigating the educational journey at OJCS.
This week’s focus was following up on specific questions and concerns that have arisen as a result of our embrace of innovative technology, online platforms, etc., as part of our larger work of preparing students for their next schools of choice and beyond. The slideshow below guided these conversations. Although not everything may be perfectly clear from the slides alone, you will hopefully note that we attempted to anchor the conversation in our “North Stars” and in ongoing changes in education. We then pivoted into ways those changes are taking shape at OJCS and ended with targeted conversations about issues of parental concern such as “Privacy”, “Screen Time”, and “Supervision”.
We are grateful to the parents who attended for their feedback! We also welcome your feedback – either by commentary here on the blog, or email, phone calls, etc. With what we have heard, thus far, we believe there would be continued value in providing interested parents with hands-on advice on how to navigate the internet at home (firewalls, apps for supervision, etc.), and a dedicated workshop to homework support. Stay tuned.
We can’t wait to see what we can accomplish with five whole days of school!