The beginning of August always signifies the start of a new school year for many families. If you are new to Keystone, welcome aboard. If you are coming back to join us for another year, we are glad to see you again. It also means there is a lot happening at Keystone to prepare for the “start” of a new school year. This involves evaluation and reviews of the surveys and information we have collected from you, our Keystone families. As we prepare for this year, we are excited to be launching a new Keystone Elementary program. This program will support younger students (K-5) with a flexible Keystone model, but will require the daily guidance and support of an at home Learning Coach (parent). We have also reviewed some new elective course offerings and updated AP Courses, prepared to launch a Student Success Course and have developed new Keystone Writing and MLA guidelines, which we are preparing to align with all courses and share out to all students through all courses.
I look forward to helping to support you and your student throughout this year. Please join us for our many webinars throughout the year and encourage your students to join in our Open House week planned for later this fall!
– Erica Rhone, Keystone Head of School
Every May, The Keystone School takes time to recognize our teachers, as part of Teacher Appreciation week. During this time, I take time to reflect on why I became a teacher. I think back to my teachers and those that influenced my choice to enter the world of education. I believe that each student has or can find that one teacher who truly makes a difference. Whether it’s the subject area that helps your student connect, or just the way in which the teacher responds that appeals to your student. I hope that each of our Keystone students are able to find that one teacher here at Keystone who makes a difference in their educational journey. If your student is hesitant to reach out and make connections, please help them to take that step forward. Encourage them to pick a teacher, just one, and share a bit more about themselves. These personal connections can really help your student to feel a deeper connection with our school. The more we know about your students and their educational experiences and challenges, the more we can help to focus our support.
If you and your student have found that one teacher who has made a difference, be sure to take time and thank them for it!
Keystone Head of School
This month’s theme at Keystone is focused on Advanced Placement. We think it is important to highlight for Keystone families the opportunities available at Keystone that can help impact their future education pathways. Students who engage and test for any Advanced Placement courses that are accepted by their colleges or universities give themselves the opportunity to get ahead as a Freshman. However, if an Advanced Placement course through Keystone is not something that would interest your student, you could always consider visiting a local community college and select a course which could be considered for a dual credit opportunity. More information on dual credits can be found on www.keystonestrong.com or through the Student Handbook. If you are interested in reading more about AP courses, take a look at the April 2016 newsletter, located here.
Keystone has a number of tools and resources available to both you and your students to help make your educational experience with us a successful one. Take a look at the Resource and Orientation Center and Guidance Services Resource Center in your student’s online classroom and you will find a wealth of information. You will also find a number of resources at www.keystonestrong.com.
We take pride in listening to you, as parents, and working to develop resources and tools that you find to be helpful. You will notice that during your time with Keystone, we will ask either you or your student to complete surveys; at the completion of the Strong Start program, at the completion of each course, on a yearly basis through an annual customer satisfaction survey and at various times throughout the year. While I understand that answering these questions may seem repetitive, the questions we are asking are there to help us improve our support for your experience. If completing surveys is not your cup of tea, then feel free to connect with another member of the Keystone staff and let them know you wish to provide some feedback. This feedback allows the Keystone staff to step back and reassess the tools, services and support we are providing and work on making necessary adjustments to make your experience even better.