2013-14 Beginning of the School Year Message
Something I have always loved about education is the fresh sense of renewal that accompanies the start of each new school year. As the 2013-14 school year kicks off our teachers and staff has renewed their commitment to work diligently to provide all students with a challenging, relevant educational program.
We are very proud of our strong academic program, as well as the varied and interesting elective courses offered to our students. The staff at Mesa has a well-developed belief system that drives everything we do at our school. Developmentally, we are committed to the idea that the middle school years are the most important years of our student’s lives, not only in their physical and social growth, but also in their intellectual and educational development. We hold ourselves accountable to an elevated standard of instruction, and we hold our students equally accountable to high academic and behavioral standards. Believing that a safe and secure environment is a prerequisite to effective instruction and learning, we strive to provide a stable, yet flexible atmosphere that will meet the changing needs of our students. We believe that an effective partnership between school and home is essential to the success of our children.
To this end, you can provide your child with a structured schedule right away to ensure a successful start to the new school year. Include your child’s input in creating this after school schedule. Remember, no input from your child equals resistance. Be positive and give frequent feedback on the job they are doing. Here are some suggestions to make homework easier and meaningful:
- Schedule a time each night just for completing homework. This should be quiet time not in front of the TV or other distractions
- Find a quiet place to work and have supplies like pencil and paper handy.
- Be available to look over papers and discuss your child’s questions and concerns. If your child has attempted an assignment several times and is “stuck” give him/her some help, but do not do the work yourself.
- When you observe your child displaying good homework habits, reinforce this behavior with praise.
- When possible, relate homework to every day skills such as taking responsibility, following directions, beginning and completing a task, and managing time.
- Read to or with your child and invite your child to read to you, particularly if your child struggles with reading. Let your child see you reading, as you are the most powerful role model in your child’s life.
Our commitment to honor the traditions of the past and charter the future at Costa Mesa remain a top priority.We look forward to working with you as a school community to maintain the highest levels of student achievement, campus pride and customer service. Welcome to what is sure to be a great 2013/2014 school year Mustangs!
Dr. Aaron Peralta