The Importance of a Strong
Our understanding of what we read and hear is determined by the strength of our vocabulary. Improving ones vocabulary is one of the most important academic investments a person can make, however, it is often disregarded. Most people these days use slang words and simple phrases when they speak and write. A strong vocabulary is sometimes overlooked and is considered to be unimportant. Young people who are looking to advance themselves in the (Three E’s- Enrollment, Enlistment, and Employment) need to be careful about their choice of words. A strong vocabulary will improve their communication skills and make them a more convincing candidate no matter what path they choose. Attaining a strong vocabulary begins in early childhood and continues throughout a lifetime. Whether we realize it or not, every time we speak, the language that we use will let others know how educated, competent, and successful we are. Therefore, it is not surprising that studies have shown that a strong vocabulary is directly
linked to success and income potential.
Benefits of a strong vocabulary are:
- Grants you greater respect and credibility - When you use a stronger vocabulary, people will start
to pay more attention to you and begin to follow your lead.
- Improves your communication and equips you to easily
express your ideas - Having
the right words to express your ideas effectively will make a difference
in getting your point across.
- Improves your writing – You will create the impression you intend in your emails and
- Improves your ability to earn high grades at school or
college – You will be writing so well that your grades will likely improve.
- Improves your confidence with words and conversation – You will reduce the amount of stuttering and stammering for the right word and be able to make your point boldly and clearly without losing others’ interest.
- Improves your score on tests such as the SAT & ACT – You will have greater
confidence with an advanced vocabulary when taking these type of tests.
- Improves your spelling
- Empowers you with advanced reading and comprehension skills –You will be able to understand
the words and concepts in most everything you read.
- Improves opportunities for promotion and career
progression – It has been proven by numerous studies that a good vocabulary is a strong predictor of career success. Having this knowledge will give you a distinct edge over your competition.
One of The Barberton City School District’s goals is to strengthen our student’s knowledge base which will begin with vocabulary. If our students have a stronger understanding of words, they will become stronger readers and writers. The new state mandated tests have increased in the rigor of content and vocabulary. Our
teachers and curriculum department have been working extremely hard to develop
lists of words for each subject and each grade level that will be mastered and
built upon from year to year until graduation.
The Barberton City School District has just launched our district-wide
vocabulary website. Please
visit this site at barbertonschools.org. We realize the importance of an advanced vocabulary to a student’s education. We have created a consistent
and measureable vocabulary platform where each subject area has
academic terms that need to be mastered. Teachers, parents and students are encouraged to explore
the site and use it frequently. There are slide decks, word lists and
flashcards for key vocabulary words that students should know based on their
grade level. Together with our parents support, we can make sure our students
have mastered each grade level word bank and create stronger students,
communicators, and leaders.
BCSD inclement weather guidelines
Calling a snow day is always a difficult
decision, and we do not make these decisions lightly. As superintendent of our
school district, my decision to close school is always based on the safety of
our students and staff. Although there are no hard and fast rules when deciding
to close school due to inclement weather, the following conditions are
- The amount of snow on the ground
- The projected amount of snow to fall
- Weather forecast for the school day
- Road conditions
- Wind chill
- Ability of the City of Barberton to plow and salt the streets
- Conditions of school parking lots and sidewalks
When hazardous weather arrives in our community, the most important issue is
the safety of our students and employees. As parents, you have the right to
keep your students home if you feel it is not safe.
If we do close school, my goal will be to make
a decision by 5:30 or 6 a.m. When the decision is made, we will send automatic
phone messages that reach all of our families and staff members; and we will
contact all local radio, TV and newspapers.
Please understand that we make difficult
decisions about snow days with thoughtful, well-researched and conscientious
practices and procedures.