Whole Child, Whole Community
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's Call to Action for the Whole Child has been heard and is at the core of South Kitsap School District's improvement efforts. It is clear in our vision, our use of resources, our partnerships, our staffing decisions, and our district goals that meeting the needs of the whole child drives our decisions. Here are just a few examples:
- Research tells us that students have better grades and attendance when their health needs are met. South Kitsap's Backpacks for Kids program supplies nearly 100 backpacks full of food every weekend, and the summer lunch program served over 4,000 free lunches last year. In addition, South Kitsap is currently working to identify partners to provide students and their families with urgent medical care at the school-based clinic.
- Research tells us that students are more likely to succeed, less likely to be absent or drop out, and less likely to be disruptive if they are connected to their school and community. South Kitsap’s PAL's mentoring program ensures that each student is connected to at least one caring and consistently present adult. In addition, South Kitsap's after-school and pre-K programs work with children and adults to develop essential skills.
Research tells us that students are willing to work harder to meet high expectations. South Kitsap recognizes that all adults, not just teachers, working with students at school must believe that each student is capable of success—no exceptions. They have created a professional development team within the district that continues to train each staff member on how to continuously challenge students.
To learn more about the Association for Supervision and Curriculum development's Whole Child Program, click on the link below.