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 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.
Secondary School Principal
Baltic School District
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"
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
Baltic School District