Southwest Schools Focusing on Building Relationships to Strengthen Teaching, Learning, and Instruction

 

This year Southwest Schools is focusing on building meaningful relations between not only the teachers and students but among the adults as well. The entire Southwest School district; teachers, administrators and leaders teamed up to learn the skills and methods of M.B. Flippen’s Capturing Kids’ Hearts Training. This three day institute provided participants with the tools needed to build social contracts rather than classroom rules, hold team members and classmates accountable without involving the administrative staff, and specific ways to reinforce positive behavior versus sending students to the office. The overall goal is to form self-managing teams whether it is teachers and administrators in meetings or students in the classroom. Below is an excerpt from the Flippen Group

“If you have a child’s heart, you have his head.”™ – Flip Flippen

Truly remarkable outcomes are possible in a classroom where trust, respect, and caring relationships flourish. But creating such an environment is a tremendous challenge. Capturing Kids’ Hearts is a 3-day off-site learning experience that provides tools for administrators, faculty and staff to build positive, productive, trusting relationships among themselves and with their students. These processes can transform the classroom and campus environment, paving the way for high performance.

Outcomes: Participants will learn proven, repeatable skills that help:

  • Develop safe, trusting, self-managing classrooms
  • Improve classroom attendance by building students’ motivation and helping them take responsibility for their actions and performance
  • Decrease delinquent behaviors such as disruptive outbursts, violent acts, drug use and other risky behavior
  • Utilize the EXCEL Model™ and reinforce the role of emotional intelligence in teaching
  • Develop students’ empathy for diverse cultures and backgroundsOver the course of the first week of school, the faculty at the Phoenix School took this new knowledge to a whole new level and embraced the importance of meaningful relationships by planning activities around the Capturing Kids’ Hearts framework. As you enter any of the classrooms around the Phoenix School sites you will see teachers and students with student created social contracts in prominently posted around the room as well as students who truly feel valued by their teachers, peers, and others on campus.

Prior to the first day of school, teachers from various schools within the district got together to create a social contract on how we wanted our meetings to be run and what that should look like for all members of the team. This also provided teachers with a refresher for when they lead the students in building their very own social contracts. Over the course of the first week of school, the faculty at the Phoenix School took this new knowledge to a whole new level and embraced the importance of meaningful relationships by planning activities around the Capturing Kids’ Hearts framework. As you enter any of the classrooms around the Phoenix School sites you will see teachers and students with student created social contracts in prominently posted around the room as well as students who truly feel valued by their teachers, peers, and others on campus.




Dr. Spyros Catechis Elected to Serve as Secretary for the Society of Psychologists in Management

 

Dr. Spyros Catechis, Founder & CEO of Southwest Schools, has been elected to serve as Secretary for the Society of Psychologists in Management.  SPIM’s mission is to facilitate the growth, development and interaction of psychologists whose primary focus is the application of psychology in management.

To learn more about SPIM, visit http://www.spim.org




Dr. Spyros Catechis Presents at Conference in Oxford, England

 

Dr. Spyros Catechis, Founder & CEO of Southwest Schools, presented a workshop titled: A Box Office Hit: Entrepreneurship at the 14th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations, Said Business School, University of Oxford, England in August 2014.

The workshop addressed the fundamental characteristics of successful entrepreneurs and served as a motivational springboard for individuals interested in launching their own entrepreneurial endeavors.

Said Business School, ranked in the top 3rd of all major business schools,  is an academic department and the business school of the University of Oxford in England. It is the University of Oxford’s center of learning for undergraduate and graduate students in business, management and finance.  The school also extends learning and collaboration opportunities to community and business leaders.   The International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations hosted professionals who utilized the conference platform to share their knowledge and skills.

For more information on the Said Business School, visit http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/




Red Ribbon Week Oct 27th-31st

 

October 27th – 31st is Red Ribbon Week, also known as Drug Awareness Week. Southwest Schools is proud to be a part of the effort to educate and eliminate drugs from our schools, and our young people’s lives.

Why is this so important to us? In the United States alone, addicts and abusers spend $64 billion annually on illicit drugs, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Experts in law enforcement estimate that over 60% of the revenue used to feed addiction comes from crime. In 2009, one out of three drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes who were tested for drugs, had tested positive for at least one prescription medication or illicit drug.

We need to protect our young people from drug abuse and addiction.  Prevention starts with education. Teachers and administrators at Southwest Schools agree substance abuse prevention education is an important first step in making America drug-free.

 

Red Ribbon Week serves as a driving force for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education and a personal commitment to live drug free lives – with the ultimate goal being the creation of drug free America.

 

Links & Resources

Learn About Substance Abuse

Dare (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)




Southwest Schools Receives “Above Standard Achievement” Fiscal Rating

 

Southwest Schools Elementary received a Rating of “Above Standard Achievement” from the Texas Education Agency for its 2013-2014 fiscal year School FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) for its excellence in fiscal management according to state guidelines. The School First Report is based on 20 indicators which gives a district a numerical value. The purpose of the financial accountability rating system, known as the School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST), is to ensure that open-enrollment charter schools are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices and that they improve those practices. The system is designed to encourage Texas public and charter schools to better manage their financial resources in order to provide the maximum allocation possible for direct instructional purposes. Southwest Schools’ Business Department continues to strive for excellence and transparency. This state award is evident that employees are committed to financial responsibility and to meeting state guidelines.

To view the 2013-2014 District Status Detail report, click the document below.

School FIRST Rating 2014




Chat with the Principal

chat with principal

Monthly Dr. Josefa Olivares invites parent for a “Chat with the Principal”. These meetings offer a wealth of information that includes school news/updates, idea exchanges and other topics regarding how parental involvement benefits our children. Octobers “chat” concentrated on how parents can help their children with homework.  Mangum teachers are in attendance as well to answer any questions or concerns that may arise. All Mangum Elementary parents are encouraged to join Dr. Olivares at the next “Chat with the Principal”, November 19th at 8:30am.