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Public Comments Tonight!

PASS Parents and Friends – (Dan here – a little sheepishly – I dropped the ball a little bit.) It just came to my attention that the School Board’s public comment session on the FY’19 SCPS budget is TONIGHT (Thursday, February 15th) at 7:00 p.m. at the

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Developing a needs-based budget

PASS Parents and Friends — We’d like to introduce you to our newest board member, Katie Freakley. Katie has two children at WWR and a third who will be be there in a few years. Katie just finished a four-year term on the School Board, and has

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Grandparents As Parents

We named this organization “Parents’ Alliance for Strong Schools” because, back in early 2015, we believed that parents of children in SCPS were a group that could be powerful advocates for education if they were properly informed. We weren’t wrong about that, but along the way, we’ve

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Great opportunity on short notice — event tomorrow!!

PASS Parents and Friends — We just became aware of a workshop being held tomorrow in Edinburg that may of interest to many of you. The workshop is sponsored by the Edinburg United Methodist Parish but the event is nonsectarian and covers topics that we have been

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Discipline, Part 7: Final Thoughts

PASS Parents and Friends — The writer H.L. Mencken famously said. “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” As we complete our series on discipline, I feel like Mencken might have been talking about my own ideas with respect to

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Discipline, Part 6: Cyberbullying

PASS Parents and Friends — We are coming to the end of our series on discipline issues in the schools, but before we wrap up, PASS Board Member Jonathan Nateghi-Asli (who is a teacher in another division) has some advice on how to recognize and respond to

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iscipline, Part 5 — Effects of Disruptive Behavior

PASS Parents and Friends — Some of you have been following our ongoing discussions about discipline. A few days ago, we received the insights of one former SCPS teacher, Curt Hoover. We would like to provide you with one more teacher perspective. Ken Sheck was a teacher

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Discipline, Part 4: Perspective of a Teacher

PASS Parents and Friends — We are continuing our series on discipline and behavior. Curt Hoover is a former teacher at PMMS — and a current PASS Board Member. He conveys an essential point — the only real tool teachers and administrators have to discipline kids is

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Part 3 — Helping Children with Trauma

PASS Parents and Friends— Last night, we had a post from Gina Stetter about the emotional trauma and difficulties that children are bringing into the classroom today. Today, we will post her summary of steps SCPS and our county are taking to try to address this, while

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Discipline, Part 2: Understanding the Children

PASS Parents and Friends – Our e-mail on Saturday about the discipline situation generated more interest than anything we’ve written in a while. We envisioned a series on this topic. The piece below was written by Gina Stetter, a former teacher and principal who is currently Director

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