Man has it been cold outside! As I sat down to work on this article this morning I received a weather update from the National Weather Service that said we may have snow or wintery mix followed by more cold weather late in the week. I cringe when I think about it but then have to realize, we do live in Missouri, and it is January.

Good Morning Wildcat Nation,
Man has it been cold outside! As I sat down to work on this article this morning I received a weather update from the National Weather Service that said we may have snow or wintery mix followed by more cold weather late in the week. I cringe when I think about it but then have to realize, we do live in Missouri, and it is January.
There is a lot going on in the District; We have students competing in academic and athletic competitions, and dominating in both. The second semester is well underway with our team and students working extremely hard. There are so many great things going on, it is definitely a GREAT time to be a WILDCAT!
As I thought about what to share this week I decided to focus on community and parent communication. This is something that many schools feel they do well, but in reality there is usually a need to improve. Communication is definitely an area of focus for Neosho School District, from the Board of Education to the individual buildings of the District.
The base of communication takes place in the individual buildings with teachers and administrators. Principals have the unique opportunity to share their building’s vision and mission with parents and community on a daily basis. If administrators can communicate the great things that are going on in their buildings and show how it fits the vision and mission of that school, parents can feel confident in the education their child is receiving. Statistics show that good communication between parents and teachers leads to a collaboration that supports student success; This collaboration enables schools to increase parent participation by providing a two way communication tool where parents can share feedback with teachers, volunteer, and contribute to their child’s education. Many times, parent communication is fragmented across different buildings and staff members. Schools use take-home folders, text messaging, email blasts, and school portals as ways to get information home.
As a District we are researching unified communication platforms that all teachers and staff can use to reach and interact with parents, which will provide a trusted source for parent notification and communication. It is the our wish to have a platform in place that will provide families with regular outreach and updates. This type of communication will allow parents and community a one-stop-shop to find out information and communicate back to the teacher, school, or District. It will also allow teachers and administrators the opportunity to send home weekly newsletters that will engage parents about key topics going on in the classroom, buildings, and the entire District.
Research shows that one of the first steps needed for school support is good community and parent communication that gives patrons of the District the opportunity to take part in our progress.  It is the desire of Neosho School District to establish this kind of communication and take every opportunity to show parents and community members the GREAT things that are going on in our schools.
I want the community to see that they are getting a great return on their investment in Neosho School District and to give them a front seat to see the amazing things our students and staff are doing to make our community proud. Neosho Proud!
Have a GREAT week!


Dan Decker is the superintendent of the Neosho Schools. He also writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.