Community
 
STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION AND SPANISH CLUB
Student Government Association is the student council body for the school at MCHS. I was a member while in school at MC and was appointed as a sponsor upon arrival as faculty. I am also the co-sponsor for the Spanish club. Below are some highlights of things I have done in the community with these clubs.
One great way to keep in touch with parents (and even more so for parents to keep in touch with me) is through schoolnotes.com. Basically, I have my own Schoolnotes page on which parents can “sign up”. Once they sign up, anytime I update my Schoolnotes site with assignment due dates, homework reminders, etc. any parent that is signed up to my Schoolnotes will receive an email letting them what I updated. Parents can also email me directly from the site.
Variety Shows: I organized try outs for and scheduling of a Fall and Spring variety show. We had all sorts of talent, ranging from guitar, piano, clogging, interpretive dance, etc. All proceeds benefitted the school’s annual canned food drive and Make A Wish foundation.
 
Shine ‘09: Through the SGA, we went to a JPS elementary school and repainted their library. It made me feel a little better about being a sellout when it came to leaving JPS to work at Madison to come and help out a JPS school.
 
Relay For Life: Through Spanish Club and SGA, raising money for American Cancer Society and then walking all night at the local baseball park.
The biggest difference in parents? Parent/Teacher conferences
WHS - About 5 during the year (discipline related)
MCHS - 20+ so far (grades/performance related)
For me, community involvement and parental contact was the ultimate form of accountability. By being involved in the community, whether it was volunteering or just attending extracurricular activities, students and their parents could see that you really did have an interest in the student’s life and saw their student as more than an average in the gradebook.
 
Through parental contact, a different accountability is established by parents knowing that you, as the teacher, take their child’s education seriously regardless of whether the student does or does not. However, sometimes you will find those parents who do not take their child’s education seriously, and generally, therein lies the problem of the student.