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Student Survey Parent Letter and Results!

posted Oct 19, 2013, 6:11 PM by DMS DeKalb Middle School   [ updated Oct 19, 2013, 6:18 PM ]

Dear parents, guardians, and community stakeholders,

We are continually striving to offer our students the best educational opportunities possible. Our school district is committed to continual improvement both in the quality of the instruction we provide, and the ultimate success of our students. 

Although it may be hard to imagine, we have already begun planning for the 2014-15 school year. To ensure that we are offering everything our students need to be successful in the classroom, we decided to ask our students how they best learn in the classroom. To do this, we created a survey for them to complete. Out of 894 students, 740 responded. That is an 83% response rate! Attached to this letter, you will find the results of that survey along with a summary of our conclusions. As we interpret the results, we know we have to meet the needs of all of our students. This mandate, coupled with our ever-changing 21st century workplace environment, has forced us to adapt on a yearly basis. In short, we believe the results of our survey show that many of our students learn best when they are in charge of their own learning, are asked to work on projects, labs, and activities, and can collaborate with peers. As we move forward and continue to plan for next year, we will update you as we make decisions on how best to increase the number of opportunities our students have to experience student-centered, project based learning with a community focus. In this type of learning environment, we believe our students will have opportunities to collaborate with peers, solve real world problems, and develop 21st century work-place skills.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
Matt Vince, Associate Principal