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Objective 6: Engage Students in School & Community

Haussler:

This should be done by Jim Haussler and others, but I'll take a stab at it…

Student involvement in their schools and community is an important goal in the Bismarck Public School District. There are hundreds of studies that show the benefits of student involvement in such things as sports, music, art, drama and clubs. These include increased academic achievement, higher attendance and graduation rates, higher educational aspirations and rates of future success, increased self esteem, decreased discipline problems, better time management skills, and greater school pride and satisfaction.

Approximately 87% of our students in grades K to 12 participate in at least one school or community extracurricular activity, according to a parent survey conducted in June 2008.

Here are some opportunities students can access in our schools and community:

Activities (Athletics & Fine Arts)


Elementary (K-6)
Parks and Recreation sponsors most after-school activities held in our schools for students in grades K-6. Other community offerings are listed twice a month in the Friday Flier.

Secondary (7-12)
For a list of school district-sponsored fine arts or sports opportunities for students in grades 7-12, go to www.bismarckschools.org under the Activities, Parents or Students links

Clubs


Middle school and senior high school web pages list clubs that students can participate in, such as Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Environmental Club, writing, math and foreign language clubs, etc. To find a specific school, go to www.bismarckschools.org under the School link.

Community Service


BPS students do a variety of classroom, school and club community service projects, whether it's donating canned goods for needy families or cleaning up the school grounds. In sports, all varsity students must participate in a team community service project each year for a minimum of two hours. High school students must also complete 10 hours of community service annually to be in the National Honor Society.


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