English/Language Arts

From the Desk of Mrs. Wylie...

"It takes a whole village to raise a child", is an old Igbo and Yoruba proverb that speaks to my personal philosophy and insight on the school, parents and community partnerships.

“When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.” That’s the conclusion of A New Wave of Evidence, a report from Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (2002).

The report, a creation of research on parent involvement over the past decade, also found that, regardless of family income or background, students with involved parents are more likely to:

· Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs

· Be promoted, pass their classes, and earn credits

· Attend school regularly

· Have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school

· Graduate and go on to postsecondary education

(see A New Wave of Evidence, Southwest Educational Development Laboratory , 2002 ).

Southwest Academy has a tradition of hardworking parents that supports the school’s vision.  As a result of our strong PTA and community partners, the district provided  additional lap top carts ,for our reading intervention Program, I-Ready and  updated our Wi-Fi .  This was only possible because of the collaborative work of our parents, students, teachers and community partners.