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The Home Stretch

posted May 13, 2019, 10:40 AM by Greg Landry   [ updated May 13, 2019, 10:41 AM ]

The 2019 Home Stretch
We all can't believe that there are only a few weeks left of school this year. It has been an amazing year for student growth and for opportunities to show that RAISE is the Craze. Our young All-Star students have worked so very hard to learn and to demonstrate their very best behavior in class. Our teachers and staff have loved their time with the children and we have been impressed by the student effort and the support from you all at home. We have quite a few activities scheduled for the end of the year to celebrate reaching our goals and to celebrate our friendships and relationships with one another. We hope to see you all very soon!

Positive Communication About School

posted Feb 5, 2019, 9:25 AM by Greg Landry


Atkinson staff takes pride in responding to parent & guardian concerns in a timely and respectful manner. When a school problem arises that relates to your child (or if you have any questions about daily routines), the following process should be followed:

  1. Contact your child's teacher first. Depending on what was shared at home, the teacher will often be able to provide another side of a story that brings about understanding. If a student is having a hard time with content or peers, our teachers are famous for making adjustments to their instruction or management to help students in any way they can.
  2. Contact the principal next. Often, the issue could be a larger one that extends beyond a child's particular classroom. It might be a concern about behavior, communication, curriculum, playground conditions or a number of other bigger issues. The principal can email, talk on the phone or certainly meet in person to share our thoughts on the matter in order to help with the problem.
  3. Consider the next level. If there ever is an issue that cannot be solved at the school level and needs to be brought to the superintendent level, it should be done in collaboration. Over time, there have been problems that required input from the system's leadership and these matters have been worked on together. Attempts to solve a problem should be made at the school level before it's brought to the superintendent or school committee level.

Social media can be an efficient and effective communication tool, however, we ask that you please consider the potentially detrimental effect a particular post could have on students, parents/guardians, staff and/or the school community. Thank you very much for reflecting on this process and for supporting the school in so many ways throughout the year!

FERPA Rules in Schools

posted Oct 4, 2018, 11:07 AM by Greg Landry   [ updated Feb 5, 2019, 9:26 AM ]

Please read the following entry about FERPA and school communication. It's important to know how schools can share information. Thank you for taking the time to review this message.

FERPA and School Communication

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Schools that receive federal funding are required by law to keep student information private. FERPA allows parents and legal guardians access to their own child's school information with regard their student’s health, attendance, academics and discipline.

Occasionally, issues arise around discipline, when parents may want information about another student. FERPA does not allow this information to be shared without the full consent of involved parties. Atkinson is limited by this law as to what can be shared with other individuals or parents in the school community.

A school’s responsibility is to protect and maintain privacy of all students, regardless of the situation. In cases that involve what could be deemed as a weapon, parents and guardians often desire to know more, especially if it may impact their child. School administrators are bound by FERPA to maintain student privacy and would be limited in what, if anything, could be shared publicly.

Atkinson Elementary School aims to protect all students with regard to safety and to maintain the privacy of student records. A school community must have trust in their school administration’s ability to manage situations appropriately, while accepting the limited information that is permissible by law.

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