Dear Canfield Families,
As summer draws to an end, we begin to think about the Canfield Fair, as well as the start of a new school. Many of you will be sending your youngsters off for the first time, while others will be entering their final year as parents in the Canfield Schools. As the father of a high school senior, I can tell you that time really does go by in the blink of the eye, so enjoy every moment.
As we being the 2018-2019 school year, we will not rest on our laurels. Rather, we will continue to work to provide the best educational experience for every Canfield student, while being fiscally responsible. We take assessments and standardized tests seriously, but we know they are just one measure of success. We demand rigor in the classroom but know that quality co-curricular and extra-curricular activities complement and increase lifelong success. We know that students will stumble, but with extra help can regain their footing and be successful. A quality education is one that allows individuals to have choices as they graduate from high school and know that whatever that choice is, they will be well-prepared for success.
New for 2018-2019:
- student section at Cardinal Stadium
- alarm system on doors without key fob access
- energy efficient lighting throughout the district
- walk up ticket window for the athletic department to reduce access into the school
- privately funded baseball scoreboard
- concrete replacement at CHS
- landscaping enhancements throughout the district
- backflow valves district-wide to reduce contamination to the water source
It is our hope that you will take advantage of the Open Houses as well as Parent Teacher Conferences to be part of your child’s educational journey. We believe that communicating with teachers is important.
10 Ways to Communicate with Your Child’s Teacher:
- Meet your child’s teacher early in the school year. Don’t wait for a problem.
- Ask teachers about their goals, rules, and limits, and how often you can expect to hear from them.
- Tell teachers about your child – special interests, strengths & weaknesses, along with any changes in his/her life.
- Get involved at school. Volunteer in the classroom and for special events.
- Make sure the school knows your schedule and how to reach you.
- Let teachers know the good things your child says about them.
- Ask questions when you have concerns and stay informed about school events.
- When requesting a meeting, state your general topic so the teacher can be prepared.
- Avoid automatically taking sides, whether the teacher’s or your child’s. Try to stay objective and state your observations only.
- Stay calm – never accuse or attack. Share what you would like to see happen. Be specific and ask for details.
Remember, as your child enters CHS, they will become more independent and will learn how to problem solve as they are becoming young adults. It is our responsibility as parents to help guide and facilitate this transition so that our children can be independent. I have witnessed this transition with my own daughter.
I also would like to remind you that the district uses our website as the hub of our communication. With this being said, I hope that you will come here for information or go to the source, rather than take to social media. There is a movement taking hold across the country which states, “More Social, Less Media.” In my opinion, we need to take this statement to heart. We need to communicate more with individuals face to face and rely less on Social Media. Social media is often slanted and can cause more harm than good. I have and will continue to keep our parents informed. Please remember that my communication is based on fact, not hearsay.
I look forward to seeing you throughout the year and never forget, it’s a great time to be a Cardinal!
Alex G. Geordan, Superintendent
Canfield Local Schools