District French Review
February 19, 2014
I am writing to tell you about an upcoming opportunity for you to tell us what you think about your school – things you like, things you think are working well, and your suggestions on the kinds of things you might like to see at your school. Your feedback will help us in our ongoing efforts to improve the education experience of all Limestone students, now and into the future.
In addition to sharing your thoughts about your school, we are also hoping to find out what you think about French programming in Limestone. The Board has recently begun a District-wide French Review to ensure high quality, sustainable French as a Second Language programs to serve students within the district, and your input is an important part of this review.
You are invited to share your thoughts using an online engagement process called Thoughtstream. This new and innovative approach to consultation is easy, accessible and transparent. The process consists of two phases. The first phase, which will begin the week of February 24, will ask you four open-ended questions about your school and French programming. The second phase, a few weeks later, will then ask you to rank the common themes that were submitted during the first phase so that you can tell us what is most important to you.
Parents and guardians will receive an invitation to participate via the email address you have provided to your school. Watch your email inbox early next week. If your school doesn’t have your email address, you can still participate by visiting your school website, or the Board website.
The voice of our students is also very important to us. Students in Grades 7-12 who have an active “First Class” email address provided to them by the Board will also be invited to participate. If you, as a parent/guardian, do not wish your child to have this opportunity, please notify your child’s Principal by Wednesday, Feb. 26. Students in Grades 7-12 without an active First Class email may still participate via their school website or the Board website from home. Parents/guardians of students in Grades 4-6 are encouraged to have their children respond to the questions at home via their school website or the Board website.
I do hope you will choose to participate in this consultation process, and help the Board gain real insight and understanding into what you think and what you rate as your top priorities. Your input will help ensure that school and system planning and decision-making are effective in meeting the needs of our students, and the communities we serve.
You can learn more about this process and the French Review on the Board website. There, you can also access some frequently asked questions.
Yours in education,
Director of Education