Helping your child to succeed in school . . .
  • Provide a good place to study. Students need a good place to study that is quiet, well-lit, and comfortable. 
  •  Help your child set academic goals. Sit down with your son or daughter and together decide what grade he/she should be able to earn in each course. Setting goals will give your child something specific to work towards. Be sure that the goals you set are realistic. 
  • Use rewards and consequences to encourage change. Make it a point to recognize extra effort and to acknowledge each academic success. Students need to understand that, in school and in life, there are consequences for poor performance and/or bad behavior. 
  • Attend all parent programs. When you attend and orientation, open house, or parent meeting, you learn valuable information about your child’s school. You also show your child that education is important to you, and that you’re interested in his/her academic progress. 
  • Insist on daily attendance. When students are allowed to miss school regularly, they get the message that school is not that important and are setting future habits. Talk with your child or with the guidance counselor, if you see a pattern of excuses for not wanting to attend school. 
  • See all midterm reports and report cards. Students will always receive progress reports and report cards. The dates for these are posted on the district website. If ever there is a change in these reports going home (there usually is not) the district will post it on the on the district website. If you do not receive a progress report or a report card, do not assume that someone will call you if there is a problem. 
  • Help with time management. Students in middle and high school tend to have an increase in homework. Encourage your child to use his/her time wisely and to get started on homework during free time during the school day. Students should develop a habit of creating a study plan at the end of each day. 
  • Deal effectively with homework. Parents should realize that the completion of homework is the responsibility of the student. A parent’s job is to find out what motivates an individual student to take on the responsibility of completing homework and have consequences set for when the student does not complete his/her homework.