High expectations are really good for students.

Good morning, Parents.

I don’t know how the rest of you feel, but sometimes as a parent I get frustrated with all of the running around we have to do with our kids. Sometimes it just feels like there is no end to the chasing from activity to activity. The veteran parents have assured us that it will get better once they get their driver’s licenses, but for now we will just have to find a way to enjoy the business.

I have been reminded, however, in the last month that so many of these activities are really good for our kids. Sitting at Solo Ensemble, and an audition, and the ROV team competition, and a lot of games, I realize that these activities demand a lot from students. The expectations are high, and students have to deal with some pressure. They have to work hard to be prepared if they want to meet those high expectations, and they have to learn to apply the feedback they are provided by their teachers and coaches. As parents, I think we all desperately want our students to learn those soft skills and intangible qualities that will be critical to their success in life after high school. We want them to learn to work hard, to be determined, to show the self-discipline and drive necessary to be fully prepared, to be willing to keep learning from those around them, and to learn to deal with a little pressure.

I really appreciate that these activities have such high expectations. Without those high expectations, none of the qualities we value so much would be demanded or developed to the same degree. We are trying to do the same thing in our classrooms because we believe as we raise expectations, our students are able to grow more as performers and people as they work to meet them.

So while the chasing around gets a little frustrating from time to time, I am thankful for the quality opportunities my kids have to learn and grow in these activities. And I especially appreciative of the activities that demand a bit more of them than they are comfortable with because that really forces them to grow.

Have a great week, and try to keep up with your kids.
Scott

April–

 

Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
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20
NHS Banquet
21
Track @ Home
SB v. SL/KO
So v. RL
22
23
SB v. RL
So @ HG
24
Track @Kewaskum
25
State Solo/Ensemble.
26
27
28
Track @ KO
SB @ CG
So v. OZ
29
30
Track @ Luxemburg
So @EL
SB v. HG
1
No School—Teacher In-Service
SB @EL
2
Prom