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Student, Family, and Teacher Responsibilities at MPA

These student-parent-teacher agreements were jointly developed with students, parents and family members. They outline how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share in the responsibility for improved student achievement and accomplishing our vision for their futures.

MPA Parent & Guardian's Responsibilities

We believe that parents & family are the child’s first and most important teachers. We will encourage learning and success in school. As a parent or guardian, I will support my child’s learning in the following ways:

  • Bring and pick up my child on time every day. 
  • Read or hear all school rules and expectations of respect, and follow them
  • Talk with my child about his/her school activities every day.
  • Promote positive use of my child’s extracurricular time.
  • Have my child read at least 30 minutes every day. (books, newspapers, blogs, magazines—not social media)
  • Monitor and provide healthy limits to the amount of time my child spends with technology for  entertainment.
  • Make sure that my child gets enough sleep and has a healthy diet.
  • Provide a quiet place and time for my child to do schoolwork, and we will ensure the work is returned to school..
  • Participate in decisions related to the education of my child.
  • Promptly respond to messages from Madison Park Academy.
  • Help my child’s school however we can.
  • Attend back to school night, parent conferences, open house, and other school events whenever possible.
  • Volunteer at the school site or in my child’s classroom if possible.
  • Contact the school whenever we have concerns. Make an effort to be aware of my child’s grades through “Jupiter.” (I can contact their advisor for login information, but I should check for grades emailed to me every week)
  • If my contact information (phone, email, address, etc) changes I will update the school by contacting the office or attendance clerk. Please do this within a week of your change so you do not miss important communications.

Student Responsibilities

Student DO’s

  • Do Respect (you get what you give)
  • Do have fun (within limits)
  • Do you (be yourself)
  • Do be open to new things (like a new program or class)
  • Do be inspired and inspirational
  • Do be imaginative and creative
  • Do be responsible, watch your language, be in control
  • Do be a leader (take the first step)
  • Do be accepting of others 
  • Do share
  • Do be kind to the space (pick up after yourself)
  • Read at home for 30 minutes every day (books, newspapers, blogs, magazines—not social media)

Student DUH’s

  • We want to lift each other up, and keep each other safe.  Do not use, possess, or sell alcohol or drugs at MPA. 
  • We aim for healthy relationships that are connected and loving while respecting everyone's boundaries. Do not engage in any sexual activity or intimate touching at MPA.  
  • MPA is a place of safety, belonging and possibility. Weapons (guns, knives, tasers) of any kind will not be tolerated. 
  • Do respect each other's property. If it does not belong to you, don’t take it.
  • MPA is for YOU. Take care of it- do not mark up, destroy, or harm anything in the MPA building or grounds.
  • We want MPA to be a safe place for everyone. Respect people’s dignity and your own. 
  • Do not intimidate people with your words, gestures, or body language. Don’t hate, use slurs of any kind or foul language. Don’t be messy by spreading rumors or starting fights. 
  • Help us build a community that promotes openness and comfort and accountability for everyone. If you are asked respectfully by staff to follow directions, please do so.
  • We are committed to everyone’s emotional, physical and relational health. Do not make threats of violence or harm of any kind at MPA. 
  • We welcome and include everyone at MPA. MPA is a neutral zone. Gang, turf, and color representation is not welcome here. 
  • Please silence phones and electronics when asked respectfully by staff. 
  • Do eat and drink during passing periods, breaks, and lunch. Put food and drink away during class. And pick up after yourself. 
  • Be yourself and show your style while wearing your uniform. 
  • Wear a mask. It is required so that we can keep all of our community safe.

Teacher Responsibilities

Teacher DO’s

  • Check your bias on how you treat students. Do not make assumptions or favor students. All students are unique and deserve to be treated as individuals. We are not the same as our other relatives and siblings. 
  • Have patience with students. Do not give up on them. We need staff who have our back and are always rooting for us. 
  • Use a variety of teaching strategies. Do not use direct instruction the whole time. We do not learn well that way. Use strategies and activities that are collaborative and engaging. 
  • Make students feel safe asking questions. Students need to feel like they can and should ask questions of their teachers, not like a burden. Also, help students when asked. Do not ignore students who need help. Develop a system for asking for help. Explain it to us, and stick to it. 
  • Make reasonable groups. Give choice when possible. Ask students about classmates they cannot work with and honor that. Some students have beef with other students that cannot be resolved in class and it will get in the way of learning. 
  • Do recognize that staff have power over students. Do not abuse that power. Do not use grades to leverage your control or as a way to get students to do what you want. 
  • Treat students as you want to be treated. Do not have double standards for rules. If we cannot use our phones in class, please respect that rule and do not use yours. 
  • Talk with all students with respect. Do not talk back to students who are disrespectful. You’re the adult. Talk to them privately about their behavior. (Praise openly. Discipline privately.) Ask for help if you need it.
  • Make sure students feel comfortable. Notice if you are making them uncomfortable. 
  • Have good control of your class (classroom management). Don’t hold the class back for the few students who are not meeting expectations (unless an emergency or safety issue).This gets in the way of our learning. 
  • Don’t be messy. We all have bad days. Do not take out your own bad days on students.  
  • Set appropriate boundaries with your students.
  • Be a learner. Create opportunities for students to provide feedback about lessons and teaching. Trust that students are experts of their own experience. Students have a lot to teach adults. Ask questions and learn from us. 
  • Take accountability for your actions. We all make mistakes. Acknowledge and learn from them.

Teacher DUH’s

  • Be on time 
  • Be respectful
  • Be encouraging 
  • Be empathetic
  • Be creative and imaginative
  • Be patient 
  • Be yourself and be honest- Keep it real! We want to get to know you.
  • Be prepared with your lessons and be organized
  • Be friendly, and welcoming- get to know students!  
  • Make learning FUN 
  • Make the topic of lessons relevant to students
  • Wear a mask. It is required so that we can keep all of our community safe.