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School Board introduces ‘Whole Child’ resolution

The Pulaski County School Board introduced a resolution at its meeting last week to show its support of the “Whole Child” initiative.
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development has called on parents, educators, policymakers and communities to join forces to ensure that children become productive, engaged citizens. The association has proposed a broader definition of achievement and accountability that asks communities to look at the “whole picture” by promoting the development of children who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and academically challenged.
In the Board’s “Whole Child” resolution, its support for policies and actions that address the five basic needs listed above is outlined.
The resolution reads:
“Whereas, the children of Pulaski County Public Schools are our future who will provide the leadership, creativity, and productivity to strengthen and sustain the quality of life in our communities;
“Whereas, Pulaski County Public Schools must ensure our children have the community supports and educational opportunities to succeed in our universities, workplaces and neighborhoods;
“Whereas, each child in Pulaski County Public Schools has the right to enter school healthy and ready to learn;
“Whereas, each child in Pulaski County Public Schools has the right to learn in a safe environment;
“Whereas, each child in Pulaski County Public Schools has a right to be actively engaged in learning and in the community;
“Whereas, each child in Pulaski County Public Schools has a right to access and support from adults who can serve as mentors and advisors;
“Whereas, each child in Pulaski County Public Schools has the right to learn 21st century skills — including art, music and foreign languages —in an intellectually challenging environment;
“Therefore, Pulaski County Public Schools resolves to support the Whole Child Initiative to ensure that all of our children are safe, healthy, engaged, supported and academically challenged.”
Board Chairman Paul Phillips expressed his appreciation for those who worked on writing the resolution, including Assistant Superintendent Tom Brewster, by saying he didn’t think their support could be stated in any better way than it was in the resolution.
School Board member Pam Chitwood said she believes the items addressed in the resolution were things the Pulaski County School System had been trying to do all along, and added, “I think we’ve got our feet firmly on the ground” with this resolution and now the Board is “ready to move forward with it.”
You may contact Jena Hardy at jena@southwesttimes.com

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School Board introduces ‘Whole Child’ resolution

The Pulaski County School Board introduced a resolution at its meeting last week to show its support of the “Whole Child” initiative.
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development has called on parents, educators, policymakers and communities to join forces to ensure that children become productive, engaged citizens. The association has proposed a broader definition of achievement and accountability that asks communities to look at the “whole picture” by promoting the development of children who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and academically challenged.
In the Board’s “Whole Child” resolution, its support for policies and actions that address the five basic needs listed above is outlined.
The resolution reads:
“Whereas, the children of Pulaski County Public Schools are our future who will provide the leadership, creativity, and productivity to strengthen and sustain the quality of life in our communities;
“Whereas, Pulaski County Public Schools must ensure our children have the community supports and educational opportunities to succeed in our universities, workplaces and neighborhoods;
“Whereas, each child in Pulaski County Public Schools has the right to enter school healthy and ready to learn;
“Whereas, each child in Pulaski County Public Schools has the right to learn in a safe environment;
“Whereas, each child in Pulaski County Public Schools has a right to be actively engaged in learning and in the community;
“Whereas, each child in Pulaski County Public Schools has a right to access and support from adults who can serve as mentors and advisors;
“Whereas, each child in Pulaski County Public Schools has the right to learn 21st century skills — including art, music and foreign languages —in an intellectually challenging environment;
“Therefore, Pulaski County Public Schools resolves to support the Whole Child Initiative to ensure that all of our children are safe, healthy, engaged, supported and academically challenged.”
Board Chairman Paul Phillips expressed his appreciation for those who worked on writing the resolution, including Assistant Superintendent Tom Brewster, by saying he didn’t think their support could be stated in any better way than it was in the resolution.
School Board member Pam Chitwood said she believes the items addressed in the resolution were things the Pulaski County School System had been trying to do all along, and added, “I think we’ve got our feet firmly on the ground” with this resolution and now the Board is “ready to move forward with it.”
You may contact Jena Hardy at jena@southwesttimes.com

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