In response to M. Gause’s column, Zero Tolerance is the wrong approach, (May 23 North Star) I want to say thank you to school administration and staff in caring about our kids.
The purpose of education is to “provide students with the opportunity to realize their potential and develop into highly skilled knowledgeable, caring citizens who contribute to their society.” “Enhancing student achievement and well-being,” are the goals as stated in the Ontario Education Act.
At Parry Sound High School (PSHS) it is with the leadership of school administration, guidance and dedication of staff and supportive parents and school community that our kids continue to achieve to the best of their ability and enjoy a rich, positive high school experience.
PSHS students graduate aspiring to their dreams in various post-secondary streams, apprenticeship programs, college and university. In comparison to other jurisdictions PSHS students continue to rise to the bar on EQAO assessment as our school is being featured as an ‘exemplary school’ to others in the province.
This is only one indication of student achievement at PSHS but worth noting.
Thanks to the time and dedication of staff and volunteer parents students have the opportunity to participate in various activities from clubs, music, drama and sports activities. One only has to turn to the Panther Press to see the array of activities enjoyed by PSHS students or to catch glimpse of school events and achievements on the street sign as we drive by.
Or more recently attend the school music concert or Student Art fest.
As a parent with children at different levels in the education system I have come to appreciate the time and dedication staff and school administration put into caring for all of our children scholastically, but also just as importantly or even more so, caring for them as individuals, so ‘they’ can be the best they can be.
To M. Gause I extent an invitation to come out and see the great things happening at PSHS!
Parent of Parry Sound High School student and graduates