I am a firm believer that

parents need to be active in

the education of their children. 

I know first hand how important

it is for the child to see active

involvement and interest from

their parents.  This relationship

develops before the child is in

school.  It starts with a parent

reading nursery rhymes to

their children as bedtime

stories.  The educational relationship continues through high school, college and the career paths children decide to take.  No matter what the age level of the child is, the development of children depends upon the amount of interest the parents show in their children’s education and social development.
           

The evidence of student achievement and parental involvement is no longer in dispute.  Studies have proven that when parents are involved in their children's education at home and in school, their children do better in school.  At Baltic, we believe that all our students are provided the opportunity to succeed.  However, it is up to the students and their parents to make the most of this opportunity.  We will continue to strive to keep parents informed and involved.
           

Studies to date show the following important facts:

  • The more extensive the parent involvement, the higher the student level of achievement.
  • When parents are involved, students achieve more, regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnic/racial background, or the parents' education level.
  • When parents are involved in their students' education, those students have higher grades and test scores, better attendance, and complete homework more consistently.
  • When parents are involved, students exhibit more positive attitudes and behavior.
  • Student behaviors, such as alcohol use, violence, and anti-social behavior decrease as parent involvement increases.
  • Middle school and high school students whose parents remain involved, make better transitions, maintain the quality of their work, and develop realistic plans for their future.  Students whose parents are not involved are more likely to drop out of school.


The most accurate predictor of a student's achievement in school is not income or social status, but the extent to which that student's family is able to (1) create a home environment that encourages learning (2) communicate high, yet reasonable, expectations for their children's achievement and future careers; and (3) become involved in their children's education at school and in the community.

In July of 2006, former Dallas Cowboy offensive lineman, Rayfield Wright, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  In his induction speech he stated, “Parents, teach your children well.  Remember that you are the windows through which your children view the world…Your example will stir their hearts and souls.”  Wright’s comment is a powerful statement that illustrates the importance that parents play in the lives of their children.


I ask that our all parents to stay actively involved in the lives of their children.  Be inquisitive as to what they are doing in school and out of school.  I believe that the more you stay in touch with your children, the better your relationship will be with them, and the better their chances to succeed and pursue their dreams.


Jim Aisenbrey


Secondary School Principal

Baltic School District

  

Secondary Principal's 

Message



PO Box 309                         High School  (605) 529-5461

1 Bulldog Avenue               Elementary   (605) 529-5464

Baltic, SD  57003               Fax                 (605) 529-5443

BALTIC SCHOOL DISTRICT        

"Preparing All Students to be Successful in Life"

Superintendent’s Welcome

On behalf of the school board, staff, and students of the Baltic School District, I am honored to welcome you to Baltic.  The mission of the Baltic School District is to prepare students to be successful in life.  We are successful in accomplishing this mission due to the close partnership we have formed with our students, parents, staff, and other community members as together we strive to provide a world class education for our students.
                                                   Baltic students are educated                                                      in one PK-12 modern facility                                                      located at One Bulldog                                                              Avenue in Baltic, South                                                              Dakota.  The high school                                                           and gymnasium were                                                                constructed in 1988 with the                                                      PK-8 addition and commons                                                      area completed in 2006.                                                            These attractive, spacious,                                                        and technology rich facilities                                                      allow our students to achieve                                                    to their maximum potential                                                        and serve as  a focal point for                                                    our entire community.

Baltic’s commitment to education begins at the pre-school level with the district operating a pre-school for 3 and 4 year olds and continues with all-day everyday kindergarten.  We are proud of our ability to provide small class sizes and a highly trained teaching staff committed to excellence.  Baltic Elementary School, which includes grades PreK-5 has been named a Distinguished School by the South Dakota Department of Education every year since 2004, as was Baltic Middle School in 2006, and Baltic High School in 2005, 2006, and 2009.

In addition to small class sizes and a wide variety of 21st Century curricular programs, the Baltic School District offers several special opportunities for our students, including a Challenge Program for gifted K-8 students, Spanish language instruction for elementary students, and a One-to-One Laptop Computer Program for students in grades 9-12.  We are also excited to announce that in 2010-11, the Baltic School District will be joining the Sioux Falls Career and Technical Academy that will offer classes in auto tech, auto repair, welding, health careers, culinary arts, construction, and engineering.

Our comprehensive educational program also includes a wide variety of co-curricular programs.  These programs include opportunities for students to participate in athletics, drama and other speech activities, vocal and instrumental music, FCCLA and FFA, yearbook, and Quiz Bowl.  One of the advantages of a small school such as Baltic is that students have the opportunity to participate in numerous activities rather than specializing in one activity.

I would be very happy to visit personally with you about our school and community, and I also invite you to visit our school website at www.baltic.k12.sd.us for more information.


Robert A. Sittig


Superintendent/Elementary Principal
Baltic School District