The school office will be closed for the summer from June 1st through July 31st; however we will be checking the office voice mail weekly. The Scott School office will be open on Wednesdays during the summer, from 8:00 - 11:00 a .m.
A few nights ago, I stayed up late with my daughter watching some short My Little Pony videos on my phone. Despite being past her bedtime, I was trying to make up for a few nights when I was not present for the Boger nightly bedtime routine. Just as Fluttershy was exploring cures for Zecora’s Swamp Fever, I got a text from the room across the hall. It was from my wife – a link to an article about the importance of sleep for children. Of course, I pretended not to see it but read it the next day.
While I’d previously been exposed to the research on the connection between sleep and health, it had been a while since I read one specifically connected to elementary aged learners. After reading several additional articles on the topic, I came to the conclusion that the importance of quality sleep for our elementary aged children is generally understated.
In general, adequate sleep on a regular basis leads to improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health (Source – AAP.org). The following chart from “Sleepforkids.org” illustrates the benefits associated with a healthy sleep routine:
When you get enough sleep you can:
Pay attention better in school
Be creative and think of new ideas
Fight sickness so you stay healthy
Be in a good mood
Get along with friends and family
Solve problems better
Without enough sleep you can:
Forget what you learned
Have trouble making good choices
Be grumpy and in a bad mood
Have trouble playing games and sports
Be less patient with brothers, sisters and friends
Have trouble listening to parents and teachers
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests 9 to 12 hours of sleep for children ages 6 to 12. They also suggest that all screens be turned off 30 minutes before bedtime and that TV, computers and other screens not be allowed in children's bedrooms. Lastly, AAP recommends starting early with a bedtime routine such as “brush, book and bed.”
For the record, I wouldn’t trade watching the My Little Pony videos with my daughter for anything. I’m sure we’ll do it again soon. And, I’ll still try to get my children to watch an “extra inning” Cubs game from time to time. These are wonderful experiences whose value cannot be overstated. But, I will try to be more aware of my children’s sleep habits (thanks to my wife!).
Thanks for your partnership in ensuring that every child, every day, is successful – and well rested!
FOCUS 2020 is the strategic plan for comprehensive improvement between 2014 and 2020, designed in response to community feedback, best practice, and a vision for the future. Ultimately, this blueprint will advance the fulfillment of the district’s mission.
FOCUS 2020’s foundation is the Future Focus Community Engagement process that occurred over the course of a year where hundreds of members from across the community provided feedback to the district leadership regarding areas such as facilities, finances, measuring student success, and programs of study. Learn more about Future Focus by clicking on the specific “Quick Link” to the left of this text.
The Blueprint includes four “Strategic Focus” areas, namely to:
Design and implement effective practices that promote learning experiences for all.
Foster a high-performance culture focused on student learning.
Steward resources effectively to promote student learning.
Effective communication and community relations.
Each Strategic Focus then establishes “Commitments.” These commitments are what the district leadership pledges to accomplish within a distinct timeframe. Each commitment then includes a detailed “Action Plan” which will be accessible by the public upon final draft.
District administrators provided an update on Blueprint Commitments to the Board of Education at the July 27, 2015 meeting. To watch that presentation, please click here.