John Baldwin Elementary School

Principal's Message

Oct. 3, 2018

John Baldwin Community,

One of our goals in our Single Plan for Student Achievement addresses our school climate. More specifically, it calls upon our school community to foster an environment where our students feel safe, included, and where they are provided opportunities to give input in their learning. With this in mind, at the beginning of the year, I spoke with our 5th grade teachers about facilitating a discussion with our students to get their feedback on our school climate and to get some suggestions on how adults and students could improve things on our campus.

Last week, our 5th grade students participated in a grade level assembly where they analyzed John Baldwin student responses from the 2017-18 School Engagement Survey. While the survey highlighted many positives aspects about our school climate, it also revealed that some students reported having been teased or made fun for a variety of reasons, including because of their weight or the clothes they wore. Some of our students also reported being excluded in activities or being pushed, shoved, or kicked at recess. In discussions facilitated by teachers, staff, and members of our Cougar Ed Fund and Parent Teacher Association, students were asked how these statements made them feel, what they thought adults could do to support them, and what they could do to help support one another. The intent of this discussion was to initiate a dialogue, give students a voice, and to truly listen to what they had to say. Students provided quite a bit of feedback during the discussions. They felt it was important for them to stand up for one another. Others felt it important to articulate, "That's not how we do things here at John Baldwin." They also wanted to be given the opportunity to try to solve a problem on their own, and then, if it wasn't successful, to seek support from an adult.

While all of the world's problems weren't resolved in this one meeting, it was a first step. It was also inspiring to see our students taking an interest in making our campus a better place for everyone. Our 5th grade teachers said this information will be a catalyst for many future conversations in their classrooms.

Sincerely,
Joe

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John Baldwin Community,

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Sept. 19, 2018

John Baldwin Community,

On behalf of our parent leadership groups, I wanted to offer my sincere gratitude to all of our families that have completed our online registration and donated to classroom ...more

Sept. 12, 2018

John Baldwin Community,

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Sept. 5, 2018

John Baldwin Community,
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John Baldwin Families,

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John Baldwin Community,

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Aug. 16, 2018

John Baldwin Families,

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BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHTS:

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