Mr. David W. Jones
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As the calendar turns to February, we have so many things to consider in our school community. The school year is flying by, and everyone is working as hard as possible to be certain teaching and learning continues at high levels. Last month, I shared the importance of being “Responsible” for our actions. This month, I am sharing a second PBIS pillar of the Mason Way, Respect.
What does “Respect” look like at Mason?
Students at Mason learn through many forums that “Respect” is holding the opportunities we have to learn from and interact with others in high regard. We speak about treating others as we would like to be treated. Conflict is inevitable in life. Our counselors hold lessons in each class throughout the year on how to resolve conflict in respectful ways. Counselors and administrators provide students with procedures for getting additional help from adults when necessary. The goal is for all to feel valued and to value the opportunities we have. Teachers and administrators model and take every opportunity to teach the ideas around “respecting” others.
We also teach that there are always consequences for our actions and that not all consequences are bad. Students learn that good consequences come from good actions and that negative consequences come from negative actions. We remind students that it is important to learn from all consequences. We want to build on what we learned from doing the right thing and learn to adjust our behavior when we have made a choice that results in a negative consequence.
When students feel respected by those around them, they will learn at higher levels. They will not only learn the AKS, but they will learn the soft skills so necessary in today’s world. Students will collaborate with others more effectively and have more opportunities as they grow.
Mason Elementary School and Gwinnett County Public Schools are committed to providing your children with a high-quality education that prepares them for the future. To do that effectively, we need to partner with you to develop a clear strategic direction. That’s why we’re holding focus groups on our Strategic Priorities for 2020-2030 — and we’d like you to join us!
This is an opportunity to share candid feedback on the 10 components of our current Strategic Priorities (2010-2020): students; employees; parents and guardians; governance and leadership; curriculum, instruction, and assessment; facilities and operations; financial stewardship; information management and technology; communication; and public image and community pride. The feedback will help inform our direction for 2020-2030.
Parent focus groups will be held at:
- February 19 at 7:30 a.m.
- February 20 at 3:30 p.m.
- February 20 at 7:30 p.m.
- February 21 at 11:30 a.m.
- February 21 at 5:30 p.m.
If you’re interested in participating, please register by February 11 at https://survey.k12insight.com/r/GCPS2030. Independent research and communications firm K12 Insight will randomly select participants from registrants, facilitate the focus groups, and compile the results to ensure confidentiality. The final reports will include only overall themes, not individual responses.
Thank you for all that you do at home to support your child’s learning and the idea of “Respect” and for considering joining one of the focus groups. The Promise of Gwinnett is working together to ensure a future filled with promise for all students.
David W. Jones
Dr. M. H. Mason Elementary School