The primary purpose of South Dearborn Community Schools is to serve our community by providing students with the finest primary and secondary education possible. At the same time the district serves the community at-large by providing programs and facilities available to everyone, while trying to make the best use it can of the taxpayers’ dollars. We all have a strong stock in education and it’s important we stay informed, involved and, whenever possible, participate in school activities. Following are bits of information to help you stay abreast of things in South Dearborn, and some suggestions on ways you can help make our community-oriented public schools better than ever.
WE WELCOME YOUR VISIT
You’re always welcome. For visits during school hours, simply stop by the principal’s office first for permission to visit classes.
Classroom teachers will gladly meet with you from time to time during the school year to discuss your pupil’s progress. Please make an appointment with the teacher for such meetings. (Teachers are unable to conduct such conferences during the school’s annual Open House.)
BE ACTIVE IN THE P.T.O.
Parent-Teacher Organization brings the home and school into a closer relationship. You can make a real contribution to the success of your schools by being an active P.T.O. member.
SERVE AS A VOLUNTEER
Volunteer workers provide valuable assistance in various areas of the school program. Make your interests known to your school’s principal. It’s his/her job to accept and assign volunteers wherever they can be of best service.
Within the four elementary schools of the district, various teaching methods and strategies are used in each area of the curriculum to provide for the needs of students with mixed abilities. One major objective of elementary school is total language development with emphasis on reading skills, oral and written communication. Components of the program are grammar, composition, and spelling. The language arts curriculum is aligned with Indiana’s standards.
The elementary math program combines the old with the new, as basic math computation and application skills are stressed, along with the understanding of mathematical concepts. The math curriculum also is aligned with Indiana’s standards.
All day Kindergarten programs are offered in each elementary school in the district. Instruction is based on meeting the needs of children in all developmental areas to provide the foundation of future learning. Language development, self-expression, creative thinking, physical and social development are major goals of this program. A student must be at least five years of age on or before August 1, 2009 to officially enroll in a kindergarten program for the 2009-2010 school year.
The middle school instructional program places emphasis on the basic areas of language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Tech classes emphasize career exploration. A fine arts program, band and choral groups, health and physical education also are offered.
SHOULD YOU HAVE A QUESTION …..
When parents or citizens have a question or concern about a child or a school, they are encouraged to contact the district employee most directly involved. Should the response not be satisfactory, an appeal to the next responsible person is appropriate:
- Teacher, Counselor, or Coach
- Principal, Assistant Principal, or Athletic Director
- Administrative Assistant (926-2090)
- Superintendent (926-2090)
- Address the Board of Education