What could be wrong with a survey meant to help our kids succeed?

 It was reported to us that the following survey was given to the students of School District 318 last week there was apparently an attempt to indirectly notify parents, but not to get permission. We at GRV do not pass judgment on it’s content or that parents were not informed prior to distribution of the survey, but rather that this fact may or may not be pertinent to your assessment.
 

 

The Pathway Student Survey – From Itasca Area Initiative for Student Success.
 
The Itasca area leaders want to help young people succeed in school and in life. As one part of that mission, we are asking you to tell us honestly about your life and what it’s like to live here. You are not required to complete this survey.
 
This is NOT a test. Your participation in this survey will not affect your grades in any way. You may skip any question(s) you do not want to answer. No one will know how you respond. Please be honest in your answers. Once we hear from many students, we will share the overall results with you and others in the Itasca area. The results will be used to make this a better place to grow up.
 
I understand that my participation in this survey is voluntary and that I may stop at any time. I also understand that I can ask questions at any time.
 
Which of the following towns do you consider to be your “home town” or where you live some or all of the time? (This may or may not be where you go to school.) You may choose more than one.
Which one of the following towns that you selected do you consider to be your primary “home town”?
 
How old are you? 10 or younger 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 or older.
What grade are you in? 6 7 8 9 10 11 12.
Which of the following best describes you? Female, Male.
Which of the following describes the community where you live right now? In the country or on a farm, On an American Indian reservation, In a small town (under 2,500 residents), In a town of 2,500 to 9,999, In a small city (10,000 to 49,999), Other.
About how long have you lived in your current residence (home, house, apartment, etc.)? Less than 1 year, 1-2 years, 3-4 years, 5-6 years, 7 or more years, I don’t have a regular place where I live.
How many households do you live in during the year? A household is a place you consider to be ”your home.” I live in one household all the time. I spend about the same amount of time in two different households. I live in one household most of the time, but spend some time in another household I live in more than two households.
 
The next set of questions is about the people you live with. First focus on one of the families you are part of. Let’s start with females. Which, if any, of the following ADULT FEMALES (age 18 or older) do you live with MOST OF THE TIME? Select all that apply.
Mother, Female stepparent, Female foster parent, Female grandparent, Older sister, Other female family member, Female legal guardian, Female parent’s boyfriend/partner, Female parent’s girlfriend/partner.
Next, let’s talk about males. Which, if any, of the following ADULT MALES (age 18 or older) do you live with MOST OF THE TIME? Select all that apply.
Father, Male stepparent, Male foster parent, Male grandparent, Older brother, Other male family member, Male legal guardian, Male parent’s girlfriend/partner, Male parent’s boyfriend/partner.
The next set of questions is about the first group of people you live with. Let’s start with females. Which, if any, of the following ADULT FEMALES (age 18 or older) do you live with MOST OF THE TIME? Select all that apply.
Mother, Female stepparent, Female foster parent, Female grandparent, Older sister, Other female family member, Female legal guardian, Female parent’s boyfriend/partner, Female parent’s girlfriend/partner,
Next, let’s talk about males. Which, if any, of the following ADULT MALES (age 18 or older) do you live with MOST OF THE TIME? Select all that apply.
Father, Male stepparent, Male foster parent, Male grandparent, Older brother, Other male family member, Male legal guardian, Male parent’s girlfriend/partner, Male parent’s boyfriend/partner.
The next set of questions is about the second group of people you live with. Let’s start with females. Which, if any, of the following ADULT FEMALES (age 18 or older) do you live with MOST OF THE TIME? Select all that apply. Mother, Female stepparent, Female foster parent, Female grandparent, Older sister, Other female family member, Female legal guardian, Female parent’s boyfriend/partner, Female parent’s girlfriend/partner.
Next, let’s talk about males. Which, if any, of the following ADULT MALES (age 18 or older) do you live with MOST OF THE TIME? Select all that apply.
Father, Male stepparent, Male foster parent, Male grandparent, Older brother, Other male family member, Male legal guardian, Male parent’s girlfriend/partner, Male parent’s boyfriend/partner,
Check either of these statements if they are true for you. Most of the time I live with another adult not listed above. What is your relationship with this adult? ______________________
I do not live with any adults age 18 or older.
 
Which elementary school or schools did you attend? You may pick more than one.
Christian Community School, Cohasset Elementary, Grand Rapids, Floodwood Elementary School,  Forest Lake Elementary, Grand Rapids Grace Christian School, Grand Rapids Itasca Christian Academy, Grand Rapids King Elementary, Deer River Murphy Elementary, Grand Rapids Riverview Elementary, Grand Rapids Southwest Elementary, Grand Rapids St. Joseph Elementary, Grand Rapids Squaw Lake Elementary, Squaw Lake, Home school, Other.
 
INSTRUCTIONS: Below are some qualities you might or might not see in yourself, your family, friends, neighborhood, school, and community. Thinking about now and the past three months, check the response that is most true for you. NOTE: The word “parents” means one or more adults who are responsible for raising you. The words “neighborhood” and “community” mean the people who live near you.
 
Not At All or Rarely, Somewhat or Sometimes, Very or Often Extremely, or Almost Always.
 
1. I tell other people what I believe in.
2. I can shape and influence what happens in my life and future.
3. I like myself.
4. I say no to things that are dangerous or bad for me.
5. I enjoy reading or being read to.
6. I make friends with other people.
7. I care about school.
8. I do my homework.
9. I say no to cigarettes, alcohol, and other drugs.
10. I enjoy learning.
 
Reminder: The word “parents” means one or more adults who are responsible for raising you. The words “neighborhood” and “community” mean the people who live near you.
Not At All or Rarely, Somewhat or Sometimes, Very or Often, Extremely or Almost Always.
 
11. I show my feelings in proper ways.
12. I feel good about my future.
13. I ask my parents for ideas when I need help.
14. I can be disappointed about something, but not get too upset.
15. I find good ways to handle things that are hard in my life.
16. I think it is important to help other people.
17. I feel safe at home.
18. I plan ahead and make good choices.
19. I stay away from bad people and bad things.
20. I solve conflicts without anyone getting hurt.
 
Reminder: The word “parents” means one or more adults who are responsible for raising you. The words “neighborhood” and “community” mean the people who live near you.
Not At All or Rarely, Somewhat or Sometimes, Very or Often, Extremely or Almost Always.
 
21. I feel that people like and respect me.
22. I take responsibility for what I do.
23. I tell the truth, even when it is not easy.
24. I accept people who are different from me.
25. I feel safe at school.
26. I try to learn new things.
27. I think about what I want to do in my life when I grow up.
28. I am told to try things that might be good for me.
29. I do chores at home and help make family decisions.
30. I help to make my school or community a better place.
 
Reminder: The word “parents” means one or more adults who are responsible for raising you. The words “neighborhood” and “community” mean the people who live near you.
Not At All or Rarely, Somewhat or Sometimes, Very or Often, Extremely or Almost Always.
 
31. I do things at a religious place, like a church.
32. I do healthy things like eat good food and exercise.
33. I am told to help others.
34. I am part of a sports activity, a club, or another group.
35. I help fix problems in the world, such as giving food to hungry people or giving money to those who need it.
36. I am given important things to do at home, at school, or in my community.
37. I respect other people.
38. I want to do well in school and my other activities.
39. I am aware of other people’s feelings and needs.
40. I am involved in creative activities like music, theater, or art.
 
Reminder: The word “parents” means one or more adults who are responsible for raising you. The words “neighborhood” and “community” mean the people who live near you.
Not At All or Rarely, Somewhat or Sometimes, Very or Often, Extremely or Almost Always.
 
41. I do things for others in my community.
42. I spend time at home doing things with my parents.
43. I have friends who set good examples for me.
44. I have a school that gives students clear rules.
45. I have adults who are good role models for me.
46. I have a safe neighborhood.
47. I have parents who want me to do my best and help me do it.
48. I have good neighbors who care about me.
49. I have a school that cares about kids and helps them learn.
50. I have teachers who help me do my best.
 
Reminder: The word “parents” means one or more adults who are responsible for raising you. The words “neighborhood” and “community” mean the people who live near.
Not At All or Rarely, Somewhat or Sometimes, Very or Often, Extremely or Almost Always.
 
51. I have other adults in my life – who are not my parents – who care about me.
52. I have a family that sets clear rules for me.
53. I have parents who talk to me about doing well in school.
54. I have a family that gives me love and support.
55. I have neighbors who help watch out for me.
56. I have parents who are good at talking with me about things.
57. I have a school where every student has to follow the same rules.
58. I have a family that knows where I am and what I am doing.
 
About Technology in Your Life How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
Strongly Disagree, Disagree,  Agree, Strongly Agree.
 
1. I can figure out new high-tech products and services without help from others.
2. I seem to have fewer problems than other people in making technology work.
3. Other people come to me for advice on new technologies.
4. I enjoy figuring out how to use new technologies.
 
Which of the following devices, if any, do you have access to in your home? For each device, mark whether you have your own, share it with others but don’t have your own, or don’t have it. Do not have, Share with others, Have my own.
 
5. A desktop or laptop computer.
6. A tablet computer, such as an iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Motorola Xoom, or Kindle Fire.
7. A smartphone, such as an Android or iPhone.
8. What type of Internet or web access do you have in your home, if any? We have broadband (fast) access. We have dial-up access. We do not have web access. I’m not sure.
 
How often, if at all, do you do each of the following?
Rarely, Never, Occasionally, Most Days, or Every Day.
 
9. Surf the Internet or web.
10. Spend time on social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, or Vine.
11. Send and read email.
12. Play online games.
13. Send texts.
14. Use a computer or tablet for other uses or activities.
 
Your Activities in a typical week during the school year, how many hours, if any, do you spend… 0 hours, 1-2 hours, 3-4 hours, 5 or more hours.
 
1. … in clubs or organizations at school (for example, sports, drama, music, hobbies, recreation)?
2. … in clubs or organizations outside of school (for example, sports, drama, music, hobbies, religious, recreation)?
 
When you spend time in these programs, how often do you… ?
Rarely, or Never, Sometimes Often or Very Often.
 
3. … feel safe.
4. … learn skills like teamwork, leadership, or how to resolve conflicts without violence.
5. … develop warm and trusting relationships with peers around your age.
6. … develop warm and trusting relationships with adults.
7. … help make decisions.
8. … do something you are passionate about and that gives you joy and energy.
9. … learn skills that you can use in a future job.
 
How often do you use each of these potential resources in your community? Never, Not in the past 3 months, but at least once, once in the past 3 months, two or more times in the past 3 months.
 
1. Youth programs, such as YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, 4-H, or scouts.
2. Parks.
3. Libraries.
4. Museums.
5. Opportunities to learn school subjects (such as math science, history) outside of school.
6. Places to volunteer, serve others, or get involved in political issues.
7. Music, art, writing, or dance lessons or groups.
8. Sports teams or lessons.
9. Religious organizations, such as a church youth group.
 
In a typical week, about how many days, if any, do you do each of the following?
0 days, 1-3 days, 4-5 days, 6-7 days.
 
10. Sleep at least 8 hours during the night.
11. Engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity.
12. Eat fruits and vegetables.
13. Eat whole grains (such as cereal, whole wheat bread).
14. Drink milk, a milk substitute (such as soy or almond milk), or eat a dairy product such as cheese (not including ice cream).
15. Take time to relax.
 
Please indicate how much each of the following statements is like you?
Not at all like me, A little like me, Somewhat like me,Very like me.
 
1. I have at least one special talent or interest that I really care about and spend time on at least once a week.
2. I practice and try to get better at my talents and interests, even if no one is pushing me.
3. I set short-term goals that help me get to my long-term goals.
4. When I make a decision, I consider how it will affect my future.
5. I try to see the positive side of every situation.
6. I think every assignment I do is important.
7. I never give up.
 
Please indicate how much each of the following statements is like you?
Not at all like me, A little like me, Somewhat like me, Very like me.
 
8. I believe it is okay to make mistakes when you are trying to learn new things or to improve.
9. I am told that I can learn new things, even if they are hard.
10. I enjoy working hard.
11. One of my goals is to master a lot of new skills this year.
 
How much do you agree or disagree with the following sentences?
Strongly Disagree, Disagree Agree, Strongly Agree, Agree.
 
12. People can get smarter by studying and working hard.
13. I like being challenged to learn new things.
14. My friends show respect for others who work hard and do well.
15. I try to imagine the person I will be in the future.
 
About Adults in Your Life. How much do you agree or disagree with the following sentences? Reminder: The words “neighborhood” and “community” mean the people who live near you.
Strongly Disagree, Disagree, Agree, Strongly Agree.
 
1. Adults in my community make me feel important.
2. Adults in my community listen to what I have to say.
3. Adults in my community don’t care about people my age.
4. In my community, I feel like I matter to people.
 
How many adults (other than parents) have you known for two or more years who … ? 0 1-2 3-4 5 or more.
 
5. …give you lots of encouragement whenever they see you.
6. … you look forward to spending time with.
7. … talk with you at least once a month.
 
How often do each of these people help or encourage you to develop your interests, talents, skills, or goals for the future?
Never, Once in a While, Sometimes, or Often.
 
8. Teachers, counselors, or other adults at your school.
9. A leader in a religious organization (such as a church).
10. A coach or other adult in a youth organization or after-school program.
11. A mentor
12. Your parent or parents.
13. Your grandparents or other family members.
14. Your friends.
15. Your neighbors (Your neighbors are people who live near to you).
 
Your Education, Skills, and Future. How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
Strongly Disagree, Disagree, Agree, Strongly Agree.
 
1. I’m certain I can figure out how to do the most difficult schoolwork.
2. Even if the work in school is hard, I can learn it.
3. I’m certain that I can master the skills taught in school this year.
4. I know how to communicate well.
5. I know how to get along with people who are different from me.
6. I know how to use a computer for word processing, data entry, or making presentations.
7. I know how to make a budget and save money.
 
How much are each of the following statements like you?
Not at all like me, A little like me, Like me, A lot like me.
 
8. One of my goals in school is to learn as much as I can.
9. One of my goals is to master a lot of new skills this year.
10. It’s important to me that I improve my academic skills this year, such as reading, writing, and math.
11. What grades do you typically earn in school? Mostly A’s, about half A’s and half B’s, mostly B’s, about half B’s and half C’s, mostly C’s, about half C’s and half D’s, mostly Ds mostly below Ds.
 
How likely is it that you will continue your education in each of the following ways after high school?
Definitely won’t, Probably won’t, Probably will, Definitely will.
 
12. Attend a technical or vocational school.
13. Graduate from a two-year college program.
14. Graduate from a college (four-year program).
15. Attend graduate or professional school after college.
 
Some Final Questions About You and Your Family.
 
Are you of Spanish or Hispanic origin, such as Latin American, Mexican, Puerto Rican, or Cuban? Yes, of Hispanic origin No, not of Hispanic origin, Choose not to answer.
Which the following best describes you? Select one. Mixed race African, or African American, Asian or Pacific Islander, Black, Native American or Alaskan Native, White, Some other race, Choose not to answer.
You indicated that you consider yourself to have a mixed racial background. With which of the following racial groups do you most closely identify? Select all that apply. African or African American, Asian or Pacific Islander, Black, Native American or Alaskan Native, White, Some other race, Choose not to answer.
What other race do you consider yourself?
 
Would you say that you are…? Only straight/heterosexual, Mostly straight/heterosexual, Bisexual Mostly lesbian/gay, Only lesbian/gay, Questioning or not sure.
Do you receive special services in your school on a daily or weekly basis to help you with any of the following? Yes or No.
A learning disability, A physical disability, A mental health issue, A chronic disease or medical condition.
What language do you speak at home most of the time?
Select one. English, Spanish, Ojibwe, Other language.
 
Which of the following statements best describes your family’s financial situation?
Sometimes we can’t buy the things we need. We have just enough money for the things we need. We have no problem buying the things we need, and we can also sometimes buy special things. We have enough money to buy almost anything we want.
Please click the “submit” button below to ensure that your perspectives are heard. Once we hear from many students, we will share the overall results with you and others in the Itasca area. The results will be used to make this a better place to grow up.
 

It seems that most people live their live oblivious to the events around them until they’re hit in the face with the consequences.  The people who want to run our lives aren’t hiding the fact. They’re telling us in detail what they are doing.  Unfortunately, if no one speaks up, they will continue to make decisions that have, and will continue to impact our future in a negative way.

Most people are not listening, or being heard! It is time for a change for the better.  We encourage you to share your voice and opinions at our meetings held the first and third Saturday of every month the Sawmill Inn.

www.GuideStar.org– This is the website to learn more about the survey.

GRV

 

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