Ten Parent Tips for a Successful School Year
1. 1. Attend open house in August. Meet the teachers. Listen to their goals. Ask questions.
2. 2. Read all of the papers that come the first day of school. I know there are a lot. Many of these papers are very important and contain a great deal of information.
3. 3. Join the PTA. Being involved in middle school is as important as being involved in kindergarten.
4. 4. Attend all parent nights. Play an active role in participating with your child in all activities for parents.
5. 5. Go to parent conferences. Even if your child is doing well, it is good to hear good things about how well he or she is doing. If your child is struggling, find out why and how you can help him or her to be successful.
6. 6. Ask each night how your child’s day was and keep prodding when they give you the answer of “fine.” Ask, ask again, and keep asking. Your child will eventually break down and answer with a different answer.
7. 7. Look in your child’s book bag. Read their agenda. All students will receive an agenda and many times students will write down what assignments they have. Look in the back and see how many times your child left class each day. Inquire as to why? What did they miss when they were out? Question, question more, and question again!
8. 8. Build a relationship with your child’s teachers. Email them. Call them. Meet with them periodically. The more you know, the better you can help.
9. 9. Make sure your child is prepared for school. Provide school supplies. Have them in bed off their cell phone at a decent hour.
10. 10. Ensure your child attends school all day, every day. Each minute your child misses of class, they lose out on new knowledge to help them have a successful future. School starts at 7:50 this year. Students will be in school for seven hours and twenty-five minutes. Nothing else is more important than the education they are receiving.