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District kicks off conversation about school culture and climate

April 7, 2019 -- Arkport is excited to announce our participation in an initiative with the New York State Education Department to promote a healthy and positive school climate. As part of this effort, the school district is entering the second phase of its strategic planning by embarking on a new ThoughtExchange campaign focused on the culture and climate in our school, starting Monday, April 7. 

School climate is the attitude or collective mood of the people in a school, particularly as it relates to their sense of safety and acceptance. Research has shown that when schools and districts focus on improving school climate, students are more likely to engage in the curriculum, develop positive relationships and demonstrate positive behaviors. 

Over the next six weeks, you will have the opportunity to participate in three ThoughtExchanges on Engagement, Safety and Environment to help Arkport build a positive school climate to promote the health and well-being of all students and staff.

The first exchange opens Monday, April 8, and focuses on School Environment.

What goes into a positive school environment?

  • Appropriate facilities
  • Well-managed classrooms
  • Physical and mental health support
  • Clear and fair disciplinary policy

We want to hear from you! What are we doing well and what can we do to improve our school environment for students and staff? Hearing from you directly will provide us with important perspectives as we work toward improving the climate for learning.

This exchange will be open until Wednesday, April 17. Please share your thoughts and then rate the thoughts of others.

Thank you for collaborating with our District on this important initiative.