Last night we had our fourth “Community Parent Meeting”, and this time it was held downtown in the hope of making it easier for parents living closer in to town. These meetings have been so valuable in gaining a better insight into the values and concerns our parents have for NIS. We are so fortunate to have so many parents who are able to come together and look at the school with a set of critical eyes as we begin to move forward with future planning and look at what is important about our school community to keep, and what are things we can possibly consider changing.
Although it is difficult to summarize all of the discussions, some similar themes are coming out. Parents appreciate our inclusive and inviting culture, our teachers and staff, the IB curriculum, our many programs, and our diverse community that we are able to serve. Topics for improvement that have come up include the need for more course offerings (particularly languages); a desire for more (or more improved) after school activities and clubs; the need for improved or streamlined communication from school to home; a desire for more ways - either through feedback or reporting - to monitor student progress; the desire for enhanced campus security; a look at school culture in relation to discipline or moral “values” within a multicultural environment; and the need to continue monitoring and finding more ways to improve busing.
Please consider joining the last meeting, to be held on Monday evening, Dec. 9 from 6 pm. Japanese translation will be available for this last meeting. Food will be available from Cezars Kitchen and the sign-up deadline has been extended to Monday morning. The sign-up is here: https://forms.gle/NC1rxMFtDYTSX34w6
We hope to see more families sign-up and help the school in this way as we plan for the future!
- M. Parr, Head of School