Eastern Town­ships School Board’s sum­mer cam­paign

En­cour­ages its stu­dents to stay in school Back to school for a brighter fu­ture

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Ma­gog

Fora fourth con­sec­u­tive year, the eastern town­ships school board (etsb) has taken a proac­tive ap­proach in en­cour­ag­ing its sec­ondary stu­dents to stay in school. The “back to school for a brighter fu­ture” sum­mer cam­paign, de­vel­oped by the etsb, tar­gets sec­ondary 4 and 5 stu­dents and their par­ents with var­i­ous strate­gies. Our in­ter­nal statis­tic­sshow that close to 60% of the ETSB’s dropouts come from th­ese grade lev­els.

Each year, be­fore school starts, over 900 post­cards are mailed to par­ents of stu­dents en­ter­ing sec­ondary 4 and 5 ask­ing for their help and sup­port in en­cour­ag­ing their child’s tran­si­tion back to school. We know that par­ents can play an im­por­tant role in their child’s ed­u­ca­tional suc­cess. By work­ing as a team, stu­dents can get the sup­port they need to make the right de­ci­sion to pur­sue their stud­ies.

Dur­ing this same pe­riod, close to 100 at-risk stu­dents are con­tacted to touch base with them and see how they are do­ing. This is an op­por­tu­nity to con­nect with them on a per­sonal level and en­cour­age them to con­tinue with their stud­ies. It can also open the door for dis­cussing op­tions and re­sources avail­able to help them suc­ceed at school.

In ad­di­tion, a fol­low-up is done with any high school stu­dent en­rolled who is not present for the be­gin­ning of the school year. The pur­pose is to en­cour­age the stu­dent to re­turn to school and to of­fer in­for­ma­tion about ser­vices avail­able to them. Our ul­ti­mate goal is to have all our stu­dents get a diploma or a qual­i­fi­ca­tion, so that they may have a brighter fu­ture.

Since 2004-2005, the ETSB’s dropout rate has dra­mat­i­cally im­proved, go­ing from 39.4% to 22.8% in 2010-2011. This rep­re­sents an over­all de­crease of 42% de­crease in six years. School per­se­ver­ance is a com­mu­nity af­fair. Par­ents and all adults in­volved with youth have a role to play in ed­u­ca­tional suc­cess. En­cour­age the youth in your com­mu­nity to fin­ish their stud­ies by stay­ing in­formed about their re­turn to class and back to school.

Thank you for your sup­port!

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