Top Tips for Parents


1)     Do check the planner often in the beginning and then weekly as the year goes on.  Blank boxes anywhere should raise concern.  If there is no HW for that night, we write the word “none.”  (Check the website if you need any work clarified)


2)     Do spot check folders, book bags and even lockers to be sure your child is following all the prompts for when and where to put their papers away in their correct places.


3)     Do help your child review for tests, quizzes or what was learned that day.  The more they verbalize the material the better they are able to retain and transfer the material on assessments.  Ask questions from the index cards, notes, old quizzes or study guides.


4)    Do encourage and monitor “reviewing” as material is taught.  Many students who really have to “study” for their grades don’t do well when the only studying that is done is right before the assessment.


5)     Do follow up with the teacher to see if work is being completed.  Encourage the teacher to let you know if work isn’t being done. (If you’ve been told already that this is a concern) Your child will love that we are in constant communication with each other.


6)    Do encourage your child to speak to the teacher when they are not sure of material that was taught or have any other concerns. This builds their confidence and builds the relationship between the teacher and student.

7)     Do expect to see and sign all grades given no matter what the grade is. This will be a good time for you to discuss with your child how they are doing, what works and doesn’t work for them when they study.  It also gives you a chance to praise them when they’ve tried their best.  If you ask them how they think they did, they are more often willing to tell you when it isn’t their best effort.  There should never be a surprise come report card time if all procedures are followed.





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