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PRESIDENT’S VIEW By Rita Muratalla Bullitt County Schools Caring for the WHOLE CHILD Initiatives throughout the state are helping our students achieve at high levels to become productive citizens in this global economy. families. After they left, I felt such pride in our schools and was ready to share what was learned with our teachers. Our teachers have a belief system that shares the mission of positively educating the whole child. They read the book, embraced many of the ideas (including home visits) and set out on their adventure. Our students and parents were accepting and thanked us many times for taking the time out of our busy lives to visit them without judgment or bad news. This started out positively and has been a practice for many years. This year we are going to make home visits after school starts and our parents have had a chance to visit the school during open house; this way our teachers will already know how to assist our students’ individual needs. Throughout the year our teachers make at least one positive contact a month with each student. They send postcards, call home and make home visits. Students know they care and are motivated by this to work harder. Transitioning to school at any level is challenging for students and families. Many do not feel comfortable in a school setting and need the positive interaction between school and home. Schools across Kentucky are conducting open houses, parent days and camps to ease the minds of our stakeholders. One successful activity for back to school at the elementary level is an orientation for incoming kindergarteners and their families. The new students and their families visit the classrooms and rotate between each one to meet all of the teachers and instructional assistants. The students participate in a hands-on activity while the parents move to another room to meet with the administration. Students feel secure and safe and parents feel comforted by this attention to detail. Before school dismissed for the year, the fifth graders from our feeder schools came to visit and took a tour of the school, assisted by our Student Leadership Team. The Student Leadership Team created the agenda and escorted the students and parents throughout the building, encouraging leadership focuses on the whole child. This is what has made Kentucky stand out among the many states in the nation. Many of our students come to school without their basic needs having been met. We must be ready to go above and beyond to meet these basic needs. Although we assume that students have food, water, shelter, safety and love, we are in some cases mistaken. It starts with the basics, but what we as educators really want is for our students to reach self-actualization and find their own motivation to be creative problem solvers who can accept the facts. Below you will find a few initiatives that I have heard of throughout the state. Schools are using these to help all of our students achieve at high levels to become productive citizens in this global economy. A few years ago, our district was honored to have Kelly E. Middleton and Elizabeth A. Petitt come to share their book, Who Cares? Before we attended the workshop we read the book. It took little time to read and affirmed what we were doing. It brought ideas to mind that would make a better transition for students and S chools across Kentucky practice positive customer service daily. Successful schools have a positive culture that 12 • Kentucky School Leader Fall 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Kentucky School Leader - Fall 2012

Editor’s Note
2012 Fred Award Winner: Jon Foote
2012 Leadership Awards
Hearts of Grace
President’s View: Caring for the Whole Child
Building a Bridge
2012 Student Video Contest
Lawrence County: Working Together for the Community
Breckinridge County Backpack Program
From the Executive Director’s Desk: How Much Should Schools Do?
Index of Advertisers/

Kentucky School Leader - Fall 2012