Principal's Corner

 

Principal

April 1, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am writing to share the exciting news that we are partnering with Yondr to make our school a phone-free space. We understand that cell phones have great utility, but cell phone use has increasingly become a source of distraction, antisocial behavior, and conflict both at home and at school. 

The Maxson Middle School community believe in maintaining a safe and effective educational environment for all of its students. Research shows that the mere presence of cellphones in the classroom can be detrimental to student performance. According to a survey and report from Common Sense Media that involved 1,240 interviews with parents and their 12 to 18-year-old children, 50% of teens feel attached to their mobile devices, and 59% of their parents agree that their kids have a problem putting their devices down (U.S. News & World Report).

The Yondr program employs a simple, easy-to-use case that stores a cell phone and requires an unlocking base to open. When students enter the classroom, they will place their phone in a Yondr case which is then locked. Students maintain possession of their phones but will not be able to use them until they are unlocked at the end of the school day 

We believe this will allow our students to be:

  • Engaged in classroom activities and assignments
  • Less dependent on electronics to do classwork
  • Less likely to engage in conversations around bullying
  • Less likely to be distracted and procrastinate on assignments in class

In an effort to best serve your child, we will need your full support in adoption of the Yondr program at our school. We want to assure our families that you can reach your student at the main office at 908-731-4310 Please save this number for easy access. 

Thank you for your continued support in ensuring a safe and healthy learning environment for our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school directly.

Mr. "Stans"