Every school needs more community support. Research has proven that schools with a greater support entity thrive compared to those who do not have such support. School support comes from a variety of places both internally and externally. Each one of the effective leaders will find ways to get the entire community to support the school. It will highlight the school’s successes, focus on individual teacher’s efforts, and give student recognition. It will also deal with challenges that the school is facing and needs that we have. Writing the newspaper column will allow the public the opportunity to see what is going on within the school on a weekly basis. It will allow them the opportunity to see both the successes and obstacles that the school is facing.  We will have open house/game night every third Thursday night of each month from 6-7 p.m. Each of the teachers will design games or activities geared towards the particular subject area they are teaching at the time. Both students and parents will be invited to come in and participate in the activities together. This will allow parents the opportunity to come into their children’s classroom, visit with their teachers, and participate in activities about subject areas that they are currently learning.

Promoting school support

Each Thursday a group of 10 parents will be invited to eat lunch with myself. We will have lunch in a conference room and talk about issues that are current with the school. This allows parents the opportunity to become comfortable with me and to express both concerns and positives about our school. It also allows the school to be more personalized and gives them the opportunity to provide input.  Each nine weeks students will be selected to participate in our greeter program. There will be two students greeting per class period. Those students will greet all visitors at the door, walk them to the office, and assist them as needed. This program will make visitors seem more welcomed. It will also allow the school to have a more friendly and personalized environment. Good first impressions are important. Most people will come away with a good first impression with friendly greeters at the door. This will allow the staff to sit down together once a month and relax while they eat. It will provide an opportunity for relationships and friendships to develop. It will provide a time for the staff to pull together and have some fun. Each month we will recognize a special teacher. The teacher of the month will be voted on by the faculty. Each teacher who wins the award will receive recognition in the paper, their own personal parking space for the month, a $50 gift card to the mall, and a $25 gift card for a nice restaurant. This will allow individual teachers to be recognized for their hard work and dedication to education. It will mean more to that individual since they were voted on by their peers. It will allow that teacher to feel good about themselves and the jobs that they are doing.