Time to Get Back to School!
Back to School
Ready to head back to school? We know, we know — it’s still summer! But it’s also time to get ready for homework assignments, play rehearsals, school sports, nightly studying and taking tests!
For Crystal Valley parents who have their hands full switching routines and bedtimes, and scoping out back-to-school sales on everything from backpacks and school supplies to clothes and computers, we’re here to lend a hand.
One tip we keep finding is how “getting organized” can help ease anxiety. Lifehacker.com suggests de-cluttering homework spaces, and inspiring younger children with “Get Ready for School” checklists. For teens and college students, try this web-based Semester Planner and time management scheduler. (Can we just add that deactivating distracting apps might also help?!)
What Makes a Great School?
It’s popular to grouse about public schools these days but Education World found at least “50 Signs Your School is a Great School!” after polling a pride of principals.
Their list celebrates the little things that make a school praiseworthy — things that can’t be tracked on standardized tests. Like janitors taking it upon themselves to landscape and beautify school grounds, children celebrating one another’s successes, not just their own, and teachers tutoring slower students without compensation.
In the Douglas County School District, teachers aim to provide each student with a “world-class” education, giving them the opportunity not just to meet Colorado Academic Standards, but also to build 21st century skills and practice high-level thinking, to prepare them for the college or the career pathway of their choice.
To learn more about your child’s school, visit GreatSchools.org. The website allows parents to check out the ratings and reviews of the schools their children attend. Initially created to help parents get involved in their children’s education, GreatSchools is the country’s leading source of information on school performance, with listings of 200,000 public and private schools, more than one million parent ratings and reviews, and over 40 million unique visitors a year.
Crystal Valley: Great Community, Great Schools
When you’re looking for the best community for your family, schools can be an important consideration. In Douglas County, the school district offers families their choice of schools to attend, and provides a curriculum that removes the emphasis on a single standardized test, in favor of teaching thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration.
Visit Crystal Valley today and learn why life here just makes you happy!