Developmental Asset #12: School Boundaries

Just as it’s important that teens be given clear boundaries and consequences at home, it is equally important that they be held accountable in their school environment. If you are a Phoenix family, your teens may not spend very much time on site at school, but they are still held to standards of respectful behaviour while they are here. They, and you, are also responsible for submitting work on time, attending meetings, and interacting appropriately with Phoenix staff. Whether you are with Phoenix or with another educational institution, here are some ways you can take action to make sure your teen is receiving and respecting boundaries at school.

 

  1. Lead by example. Be respectful of staff, rules, deadlines, facilities, and other families, and make sure your children are as well.

 

  1. Keep communication open with your child’s Learning Coach about deadlines and expectations.

 

  1.  Review your teen’s work after every study session to make sure that the work is getting done and that progress is being made.

 

  1. School should feel safe for children. Talk to them about their school experience, and if you find out that bullying is going on, or have any other safety concern, report it.

 

RECOMMENDED READING: RECOMMENDED READING: Safe Places to Learn: 21 Lessons to Help Students Promote a Caring School Climate by Paul Sulley

 

Search Institute has identified 40 building blocks of healthy development, known as Developmental Assets, that help adolescents to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. Visit us here every Wednesday to read about different ways that you, your family, and your community can take action to help equip our young people develop resilience and achieve success in life.

Developmental Asset #6: Parental Involvement in Schooling

If you are a Phoenix family, this is part of your way of life. One of our core philosophies at Phoenix is that parents are the primary educators of their children. From Grade 7 on, students need to be given more opportunities to work independently, but that does not mean they can learn effectively without adult supervision. As the primary educators of your teens, you are the ones to hold them accountable, to make sure they are making progress, and to advocate for them when problems arise. Here are a few ways you can remain positively involved in the education of your adolescent.

 

  1. Instead of asking your teen whether they have finished their work, have them show you. You should be reviewing their work after every study session to make sure that the work is getting done and that progress is being made. If they are not making progress in a certain area, contact their Learning Coach. It is crucial to hold your teen accountable.

 

  1. Keep communication open with your child’s Learning Coach about deadlines and expectations. If you have a question or concern about your child’s learning, take initiative and get in touch with their Learning Coach to make a plan. Don’t just wait to hear from them.

 

  1. Find ways to spend time on site at Phoenix and be present for your child’s learning here. Consider volunteering with us or joining one of our clubs.

 

Search Institute has identified 40 building blocks of healthy development, known as Developmental Assets, that help adolescents to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. Visit us here every Wednesday to read about different ways that you, your family, and your community can take action to help equip our young people develop resilience and achieve success in life.

Developmental Asset #5: Caring School Climate

If you’re a Phoenix family, you’ve already got this one pretty well covered! Anytime young people gather in one place, though, it’s important to keep an eye out for bullying, peer pressure, and other interpersonal conflicts. This applies not just to schools, but to clubs, sports teams, church groups, and any other group to which your adolescent belongs. Here are a few things you can do to help make sure those environments are safe for your adolescents.

 

  1. Talk with your kids. Ask them about their friends. Ask them what it’s like for them in the library, in the locker room, on the bus, etc., and keep talking about it, even if they don’t seem anxious to respond.

 

  1. If you find out that bullying is going on at school or in any other organization, report it.

 

  1. If you find out that your own child is bullying or being bullied, do not react with visible anger, fear, or disappointment. These reactions stress out your child and make them less likely to communicate openly with you. Begin by listening carefully and respectfully to your child’s point of view. Then work together to come up with a plan going forward.

 

RECOMMENDED READING: Safe Places to Learn: 21 Lessons to Help Students Promote a Caring School Climate by Paul Sulley

 

Search Institute has identified 40 building blocks of healthy development, known as Developmental Assets, that help adolescents to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. Visit us here every Wednesday to read about different ways that you, your family, and your community can take action to help equip our young people develop resilience and achieve success in life.

And they’re out of the gate!

We checked the stable and decided to buy a few new horses for the upcoming year. We reworked the rest of the herd and trained hard. And now we feel ready for the race!

The day is almost here! The ponies have been groomed, their hooves have been cleaned and their manes are braided. They are tacked up in new colours and are ready to run. 

They are being brought up to the gate. The horses and their handlers are nervous. Sweat drips and the horses coats glisten in the sunlight! There is some prancing, whinnying and pawing at the ground! But otherwise all are silently waiting. 
Tomorrow when the gun sounds, the gate will drop and … Phoenix will be open for registration! 😀

Yup, that’s right! We are accepting students for the 2017-2018 school year into:

  • Kindergarten
  • BlendEd grades 1-9
  • Home education grades 1-12

Get your application online or from the front desk! Be sure to read the handbook for changes to the programs. 

… and they’re off!

Star Stories is open!!

Come explore the outer reaches of space…and your own imagination!

 

Here are some “behind the scenes” shots of the build and creation of Star Stories.

Peru is Open!!

Come visit beautiful Peru! Your ChopShop Monkeys have done a splendid job of creating Machu Picchu, rain forest, market, Nazca Lines and the coast!

See you there!

Take a Course or three. . . for FREE!

The Calgary Public Library has just added a new feature! You can now take Lynda courses for free! This service would normally cost students $19.99 to 29.99 per month but as a Calgary Public Library card holder, you can access all the course you want for free!

What is Lynda?

Access thousands of expert-led  short-format online video courses on business skills, web design, photography, home and office software, graphic design, media and much more.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Free course content may be accessed only by using your library card at the Lynda.com link on the Calgary Public Library website;  not by directly visiting the lynda.com homepage or app.

This is super cool! Check it out!