Back To The School Year


August 2016 CST.indd

By Kathryn M. Miller ~ It’s back-to-school time in the Valley, and once the supplies have been purchased, the new threads picked out and the perfect backpack chosen, reality sets in…and maybe some first-day nerves. Whether it is the first day of kindergarten, high school, at a new school, or just the unknowns of a new year, back-to-school jitters can happen – for students and parents alike. So we asked educators and administrators from Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) for some tips on how to begin the school year on a positive note.

At the top of the checklist: preparation.

LearningFun“Back to school is an exciting time, but some children may feel apprehensive about transitioning from a summer break schedule to a school schedule. Maintaining a routine with a consistent bed time, wake up time and meal times can help kids get ready for a fun and exciting school experience,” says Matt Schenk, principal at Horseshoe Trails Elementary School.

Of course, it is not only students who may feel first day nerves. How can parents extinguish their own anxiety?

“Come to school and meet the teacher. And, just breathe! The kids are ready for school,” says Nancy Shaver, principal at Lone Mountain Elementary School.

Positive homework routines are also key. Make sure children have a quiet and well-lit area to complete assignments, and check in with children about homework assignments and offer assistance where needed.

And finally, remember that learning can be fun.

“Share the joy of learning with your child,” says Dr. Micah Korb, principal at Desert Sun Academy. “Tell your child about an enjoyable learning experience in your life and how it has impacted you. Sharing positive memories about learning will encourage your child to have their own.”

The CCUSD goes back to school August 11. For more information, visit www.ccusd93.org. |CST

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