Survey for Parents of High School Students

Pelham School District is gathering information that will contribute to the development of strategic goals which will guide the district’s work in the next 3-5 years.  Please take a few minutes before February 18th to respond to these statements and questions as the parent of a high school student. If you have children in more than one district school, you may choose to complete only one survey or to complete a survey for each school. Thank you for anonymously sharing your thoughts and for making a positive contribution to the school district. 

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* 1. My child's high school is a caring place that fosters kindness and respect for all.

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* 2. It is evident that technology is used as a tool to enhance student learning and to foster creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.

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* 3. Opportunities for parents to volunteer to support students' activities, school goals and district work are well communicated and meaningful.

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* 4. Teachers understand, appreciate and respect students' diversity of thought, learning styles, and abilities.

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* 5. Pelham faculty members are lifelong learners who implement new ideas, know current research, and work toward continuous professional growth.

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* 6. Respect for people's differences is fostered at my child's school.

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* 7. My child is excited about learning in school.

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* 8. My child's school holds high expectations for every learner.

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* 9. The high school's climate and culture create a positive learning environment.

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* 10. The continuum of special education services is broad enough to meet the needs of students in a least restrictive, appropriate and rigorous way.

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* 11. Faculty and administrators are very responsive to my questions, concerns, and/or constructive criticism.

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* 12. Opportunities for parent engagement at the school level are plentiful and of high quality.

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* 13. I am aware of and comfortable with the safety and security measures in place at the high school. 

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* 14. Parent resources and information to support my child's learning are plentiful and easily accessed.

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* 15. Communication from the high school administration is highly effective. I know what is happening, what is being celebrated and promoted and how I can support the work of the school. 

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* 16. Communication from the superintendent is highly effective. I know what the district is working on, what it is celebrating and what is important for our students and staff and why.  

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* 17. Communication from my child's teachers is highly effective. Teachers communicate proactively  about my child's learning, wellness, needs and growth.

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* 18. Special education and support services meet my expectations.

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* 19. I have confidence in the Board of Education.

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* 20. Counseling services and programs serve my child well.

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* 21. My child is generally content and enjoys high school.

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* 22. The high school is a safe, orderly and secure place for learning.

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* 23. I am confident that my child is receiving an excellent education.

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* 24. Exploration of ideas, creativity, love of learning, and intellectual curiosity are highly valued.

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* 25. All high school students have opportunities to participate in meaningful co-curricular activities (after school clubs, music, arts, leadership, etc.) 

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* 26. Students are taught and experience the value of community service.

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* 27. High school students have easy access to technology to support their learning.

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* 28. My child experiences high levels of stress due to academic pressures.

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* 29. My child and I had the necessary school information and supports to make the  transition from 8th to 9th grade a smooth and positive one. 

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* 30. My child experiences high levels of stress due to multiple commitments and too many responsibilities.

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* 31. My child's homework load is reasonable and appropriate overall.

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* 32. My child has at least one trusted adult at school in whom he/she can confide or from whom he/she would seek assistance if in a difficult situation.

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* 33. School counselors encourage students to take the most challenging and appropriate coursework.

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* 34. Faculty members encourage students to take the most challenging courses/classes possible.

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* 35. Students in need of additional support are identified, well served, and closely monitored.

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* 36. The academic program is preparing my child for success in the 21st century global society.

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* 37. Critical thinking and creativity are emphasized more than preparation for standardized tests.

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* 38. I am proud that my child attends Pelham High School.

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* 39. The academic program is current, rich in options and opportunities, and rigorous.

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* 40. Teachers provide the support necessary for students'  academic success.

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* 41. Faculty members are consistent in holding high expectations for all learners.

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* 42. Students receive the necessary information and guidance for a thorough college application and admissions process.

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* 43. Families receive the necessary information and guidance for a thorough college application and admissions process.

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* 44. Students are well prepared for post-secondary studies or work. 

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* 45. Social and emotional skill development is emphasized.

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* 46. Recommended resources for me to support my child's mental health and well-being are plentiful, specific and easy to access.

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* 47. If I were to have concerns about my child's mental health, I would know who to reach out to at school and would feel comfortable doing so. 

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* 48. Information from the school keeps me well informed about issues, social trends among teens, opportunities for students beyond the school day and "the big picture" of raising a teenager. Communication goes far beyond the nuts and bolts of events listings, menus and calendars.

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* 49. When a student makes a poor choice behaviorally in school, the response is both disciplinary and counseling/teaching so that better choices are made in the future.

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* 50. Students clearly know the behavior that is expected and the behavior that will not be accepted within the culture of the school. 

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* 51. The quality of food (nutritious, appealing, desirable) served in the cafeteria is:

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* 52. Students are comfortable using nursing services at the school and the quality of services is professional, caring and student-centered. 

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* 53. Students are taught digital skills and they are expected to use those skills to deepen their learning and expand their creativity. 

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* 54. Students and families receive information about the college search and application processes in a timely manner (early enough to make plans, do research and anticipate required steps) . 

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* 55. In order to be well prepared learners,  thinkers, contributors and citizens, I believe our students should be learning more about:

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* 56. The three best things about my child's high school are: ( Please do not include names.)

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* 57. Three things which need to be improved upon are: (Please do not include names.)

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* 58. If I were setting the district's strategic goals for the next three to five years, I would set goals which focus on: 

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