Mr. John P. Conwell

Phone: (907) 581-3151


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Mr. John P. Conwell

Superintendent's Report to the Board of Education

October 19, 2017

A public school is a complex organization. Its many component parts must work perfectly in sync to ensure that effective classroom instruction results in optimum learning for students. Studies show that successful schools utilize a variety of methods for communicating performance expectations, learning progress and assessment results to its students and their parents. At Unalaska schools, one of our goals is to promote ongoing communication between school and home.

The first of two opportunities for parents and guardians to meet face-to-face with their child’s teacher is November 1-2, 2017. Conferences are scheduled soon after first quarter report cards are available so that parents and teachers can work together to identify and correct any possible problems early in the school year. Parents may also schedule a time to meet with a building principal if they would like to discuss their child’s standardized test results or other issues.

A Student Assistance Team (SAT) is available in each school to address concerns about an individual student’s academic progress. This team is comprised of the building principal, the school counselor and one or two teachers. The goal of the SAT is to help student’s get back on track with a plan that may include instructional interventions. The team may suggest strategies for teachers to consider to assist the struggling student. In some cases, the student may be referred for special education or English as a second language services.

A great way for parents to monitor their child’s progress is to log onto FamilyLink through the school district’s website at Parents can request a login name and a password from the school counselor which gives access to their child’s grades on homework assignments and tests. Some teachers post homework assignments on a Google calendar for convenient access.

Notes from school to home, newsletters and daily planners are also proven methods that the schools use to keep the lines of communication open between parents and teachers. Parents are invited to Email, call or schedule a meeting with their child’s teacher or principal anytime there is a concern with their child’s progress in school.