Canvas LMS (learning management system) is a great resource for students who miss class, forget to fill out their planners, or misplace documents they received in class. Parents and guardians can also create their own Canvas account and become observers to a student's account.
Know your password to check PowerSchool (for English and Social Studies) and our Summit Personal Learning platform (for Math & Science). This will allow you and your student to keep track of grades and progress in all courses!
Check your child’s progress often. We will help students create an organizational structure for the many demands on their lives. Please check in with your student and regularly have conversations about the curriculum, their progress toward completing focus skill assignments and projects. Bookmark our team homework calendar.
Absences–Parents, please notify the school if your student will be missing class. Find out about things that were practiced or due in class by checking the homework calendar on our team website.
Know how to contact your child’s teachers. Emails are listed on our main team website.
Know about Thumbs Up. Thumbs Up Meetings occur every few weeks. During this time, team teachers, administration, and support staff review each child to note if he/she is doing well academically, socially, behaviorally, and if some support is needed. An action plan is developed if needed. An email is sent after the meeting to the student and parent with praise and/or concerns that the teachers have at that time.
Your school is teaching kids about Mindset. It is important for you to be aware of what it is, why it’s important, and how you can support it.
What is mindset and why is it important? Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck from decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference. Dr. Dweck realized that there are two mindsets: a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.
In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.
In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all people who have achieved top performance, had these qualities. Research shows that people with this view reach higher levels of success than people with fixed mindset beliefs.
Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. It enhances relationships, and increases achievement.
How can you support a growth mindset in your children? No parent thinks, “I wonder what I can do today to undermine my children, subvert their effort, turn them off learning, and limit their achievement.” Of course not. Rather, we think, “I would do and give anything, to make my children successful.” Yet, many of the things we do boomerang. Our best intentioned judgments, lessons, and motivating techniques often, unintentionally, send the wrong message.
In fact, every word and action sends a message. The things we do and say tell children how to think about themselves. They can hear a fixed mindset message that says, “You have permanent traits and I’m judging them,” or they can hear a growth mindset message that says, “You are a developing person and I am interested in your growth.”