Welcome to the Home of the Panthers!
Parkview is a school with a population of about 550 students. Our reputation is one of academic excellence combined with extensive complementary options and an ever growing athletics program. We are a district site for a variety of programs such as English Language Learning, Interactions and Community Mental Health. Here at Parkview School, we are committed to the academic and personal success of all students. The success of our students depends on the cooperation and extreme dedication of school staff, teachers, students, parents and the community. The high expectations we set at school lead to excellent results for all our students, both in school and in the community.
Parents, Parents, Parents
Realtors have a saying that goes like this: the three most important things in real estate are location, location, and location. I would like to borrow the premise of that phrase and state that the three most important things in education are parents, parents and parents. I have heard it said before that good parenting can sometimes make up for bad education, but good education can never make up for bad parenting. How true this is. Parental involvement in a child’s life is critical to the success of the child at every level… social, emotional, and intellectual.
We at Parkview School believe that the role the parent plays in the child’s educational development is absolutely paramount. We realize that the family naturally provides the most influential and effective context for basic life-long learning and teaching. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children, coach them in skill development, and contribute time and talents in a variety of other ways (for example, saying NO to excessive technology, or fostering good work habits at home). William J. Bennett in “The Educated Child” reinforces these ideals. He states “parents are children’s first and most important teachers. Raising your child is your number one job. Seeing that they get a good education is, in many respects, the crux of that task. For good or ill, you are always your child’s most influential teacher. Even when they reache school age, you are still the dean at home, the chief academic officer.
The more involved you are, the better your child’s chances of getting a good education.” Bennett goes on to list several principles for parents of educated children, and here are a few:
- Parents are the first and most important teachers.
- Your teaching must not stop when schooling starts.
- The early years build the foundation for all later learning.
- Learning requires discipline; discipline requires values.
- Follow your common sense.
- Content matters: What children study determines how well they learn.
- Excess television (or technology) is the enemy of good education.
- Aim high, expect much and children will prosper.
Thank you for your involvement with your child’s education. Parkview School appreciates all the hard work you do for your children each and every day. Keep up the excellent work!
Mr. D. Beharry