American Education Week

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Nov. 15-19 is American Education Week. It is designed to spotlight the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education from kindergarten through college, and the need for everyone to do his or her part in making public schools great.

Socorro’s educators want to invite our community to really be a part of American Education Week this year. We are proud of what we have accomplished in the last several years. But that is not good enough for us. We continue to try to serve our community and our students better each year than we did the year before. There is no question that for our public schools to truly serve our public well, we also need a high degree of engagement from our community.
During the week of Nov. 15-19 school staff and school parent involvement committees will be adding some activities and invitations to their typically busy schedule. Parents are especially invited to participate with their child at school on Tuesday, Nov. 16. The high school is also sponsoring a science night that evening. Community members are invited to teach classes on Thursday, Nov. 18.
If you are not sure what you might teach, consider talking with students about what you do as a career and how your education has helped you to be prepared to do that. You all help us educate our children by helping our students see that our community values education.  Throughout that week, please consider taking the time to encourage or thank an educator who you see doing great things for our students and our community. Socorro Consolidated Schools staff spends many hours working with our students and many more hours preparing, assessing, improving, and planning so that the time spent with our students is increasingly more valuable.  
We can do even more and do even better with your help. We encourage you to become involved in ways that work for you. Are you pleased with something that you have seen a teacher, a student, a school doing? Drop us a note and let us know. Are we not visibly reacting to a situation that you feel needs more attention — a bully, homework load, communication, programs offered to students, schedules and calendars? Don’t leave us in the dark about your feelings. Educators all go into this profession wanting to do the best we can for our communities, and we welcome the opportunity to work with and hear from you. Call or e-mail with ideas about how we might serve you or our students better.
Each school has a parent involvement committee. Call and ask how to become a part of one. We would love to work with you in that role. Volunteer in the classroom, the library, the playground, or the lunchroom. Show our students that you are there to help them get a better education. Just can’t find that extra time to be at school between working to get food on the table and caring for your family? Don’t dismay. We really appreciate every way you help your children be more successful in school. Read to them. Set aside quiet time where they are required each day to read or work on homework, and then ask them to tell you what they have learned. Remind them routinely that education is very important to their future and that you are proud of their accomplishments at school. Call or e-mail us if you have questions or concerns about your child’s progress.
Thanks for doing whatever you can to help us celebrate American Education Week. The theme this year is Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility. Socorro Schools is proud of the fact that we have a graduation rate significantly above the state average, that we have fewer students needing remediation at our state universities than the state as a whole does, that we have many successful graduates who have gone on to do good things in this community and across the country. We know we could not have that success without working with our community. We aspire to even greater things, and we know that means we need even more engaging, involved relationships with the members of our community. Consider becoming involved in a small way or a larger way during American Education Week and throughout the rest of the 2010-2011 year.

To call our schools:
Midway, 835-1098
San Antonio, 835-1758
Parkview, 835-1086
Zimmerly, 835-1436
Sarracino, 835-0283
Socorro High, 835-0700
District, 835-0300
To e-mail a staff member, send an email in the format of first initial last name @socorro.k12.nm.us.  For example, my e-mail is cwilson@socorro.k12.nm.us and I am Cheryl Wilson, the superintendent. We would love to hear from you!