Area Coffees
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Posted on 03/29/2019
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   Each year Fort Zumwalt’s district level administrators schedule four community meetings, we call them Area Coffees. Each includes principals from one boundary area of the district: North in November, West in January, South in February and East in March. Residents and parents have the chance to hear updates from around the district, learn about a new initiative or program and participate in small-group discussions. If we don’t have the answer that night, our administrators do their best to call or email when they do.

small group conversation   It’s a great chance for us to connect with you about what we’re doing, what you’d like us to do and, most importantly, how we can continue to work together to strengthen our schools and our community.

   This year Superintendent Dr. Bernard DuBray updated attendees on construction projects made possible by the passage of Proposition 3 last April. Attendees also got a guided tour of the 1-to-1 computer initiative at our middle schools from Assistant Superintendent Jen Waters and Director of Technology J.B. Mette. In 2019-2020, the 1-to-1 program will expand to our high schools, putting a Chromebook into the hands of every student grades 6 - 12 for use at school and at home.

   “Whether they are entering the trades, going to college, it doesn’t matter,” South Middle Principal Dr. Buddy Entwistle told attendees in February. “You are going to need to be able to use technology. We want to give students the tools to continue their education when they are finished in Fort Zumwalt.”

   In March, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Paul Myers explained that 1-to-1 is about so much more than the devices. “In education, the part that has been missing up to now is how you use those devices to collaborate and work with others. That’s what’s great about this program. It marries technology with curriculum. It’s about more than just how you use the device, it’s about how you use it collaboratively to get that instruction.”

Seniors tour ECC   Topics during the small group discussions are always wide ranging. This year parents asked about everything from the cell phone discipline policy to elementary math curriculum to class sizes to social emotional learning.

     Similarly, the district hosts two luncheons for residents ages 55 and older. Each September and March “Soup’s On!” connects residents who might not have children in our schools with updates and new programs or initiatives. This soup luncheon with our superintendents also provides these residents an opportunity to ask their questions.

   Studies show parent involvement strengthens students and helps them achieve. Connecting with our patrons strengthens our community and our schools. Watch for next year’s schedule and connect with us on one of these channels:

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