Last week, I wrote about Progress Book and how this technology tool enhances communication between parents and teachers. As a school district, we recognize that all types of communication are important and we are working hard to communicate with the parents, families, and citizens of our community. It is important that our community members have access to accurate, up-to-date, information about our schools. One opportunity for regular communication is through the Huber Heights Courier. Through the efforts of Mr. Darrell Wacker, Editor of the Huber Heights Courier, we are able to provide information on a weekly basis about our schools, not just in this column, but in the many school-related articles that appear in the Courier.
In addition to the Courier, a quarterly newsletter is sent our with residents’ city water bills. This arrangement allows our school district to save money by eliminating the postage costs. We also publish Warrior Pride, a monthly e-newsletter that is sent to the inbox of anyone who subscribes to it. Warrior Pride showcases student achievements and provides news about upcoming events. To view the most recent edition and sign up to receive your own copy, please go to our website, www.huberheightscityschools.org. Our website also includes information for families such as lunch menus, parking information, and other school-related updates.
We know that effective communication is more than just providing information. It is about opportunities to visit our schools and talk face-to-face with school staff. To that end, we offer parent-teacher conferences twice a year, in the fall and in the spring. Individual buildings also schedule events throughout the school year such as “Grandparents Day”, “Muffins with Mom”, “Donuts with Dad”, Open Houses, and parent coffees with the hope of bringing community members into our schools. As Superintendent, I have “Open Door” hours every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (except on the Thursdays that have a scheduled Board of Education meeting). This is time I have set aside in order to meet with parents and other community members that may have a specific issue they would like to discuss. No appointment is necessary, however if waiting is a problem, appointments can be scheduled.
Huber Heights City Schools is a successful school district in part, because of the support of our community. We hope that with our on-going communication efforts, community support for our schools will continue to grow. As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.