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Parent Involvement = Student Success

Parents can help their children do well in school. And although time and money are sometimes in short supply, this article includes some easy steps you can take to help your child’s school experience be a good one.

Tips:

  • Get involved at school. Join the PTA or similar organization and volunteer.
  • Be supportive of school and education.
  • Be supportive of your child.
  • Help your child choose classes.
  • Get involved at home. Control TV use, homework, etc.
  • Encourage reading and writing.
  • Use the summer for educational activities. Visit museums or colleges.
  • Use community resources as they are needed.

 

Parent Teacher Conferences

More than likely, your student has an advisor at school, maybe a teacher, coach or academic counselor. Plan to meet with the academic advisor at least twice a year to discuss course work, schedules and your teen’s future.

Parent-teacher conferences are an important way for parents to find out how their teens are doing in school and how well prepared they are for the next step. Here are some questions you can ask to make the most of your session:

 

Student Success Mini-Magazines

Each year, the state of Indiana publishes and distributes Student Success Mini-Magazines for students at each grade level.  These magazines are distributed at school and designed to help prepare students for the coming years. Ask to see your student’s copy. You can also call Learn More Indiana toll-free at 1-800-992-2076 for a copy or order materials online

       Homework Help 
       There’s no doubt: homework matters.  If your child runs into problems, be sure to check out the resources below to get your child back on track. 

  • Rose-Hulman Homework Hotline: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Homework Hotline provides free math and science homework help to Indiana students in grades 6-12. Students may call The Homework Hotline toll-free at 1-877-ASK-ROSE from 7 PM to 10 PM (EST)
  • Indiana Public Libraries: Many public libraries have Web sites with extensive resources online. Look for your local library on the list of Indiana public libraries offered by the Indiana State Library.
  • BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper: Part of the Discovery Channel’s Discovery School Web site. Students can find links for homework help in all subject areas.
  • Homework Spot: In addition to subject area help, this Web site contains study tips, special theme reports on topics such as “The Ocean,” “The Middle Ages,” and “Natural Disasters,” and a “You Asked For It” question and answer section.

 

        Study Skills 
        Good grades increase opportunities for your child. They open doors to college and to careers. You can help your child get better grades by improving study skills.        Set Goals

Goals can provide students with a plan to achieve something positive. Work together with your student to set goals to ensure they are realistic and measurable.

  • Work on big goals first. Help your child to create positive, precise and realistic goals. Write them down. Goals should be not too difficult but not too easy.
  • Break down the big goal into manageable parts. Have your child write down the smaller steps or mini-goals needed to reach the larger goal. Set up deadlines and discuss your child’s progress often.
  • Create a plan to tackle the mini-goals. Explain the value of practice and training in meeting goals. Work with your child to schedule time for study rather than cramming for tests or assignment deadlines. Help your student form a study group as well as set aside time for uninterrupted time for homework.

 

      Get Organized

Good organization sharpens your student’s study skills. Different colored file folders and assignments and notes filed in a class-specific notebook are signs of organization.

  • The Notebook. Notebooks make learning materials easy to find. Folders and binders with dividers are great to organize notes, assignments and test results. Encourage your student to have separate, labeled notebooks for each class.
  • Assignments. Suggest writing down assignments for all classes in one designated place. Include due dates and important information for each one. Encourage your student to ask the teacher to explain unclear assignments and keep records of the grades received. Notice the types of assignments that need more work and make sure your student asks teachers for help.

 

       Create a Study Environment

Real learning takes time and attention. Reinforce a consistent approach to learning by creating a specific place and routine time for studying. Don’t forget to allow for breaks!

  • Set a Place. Choose a place that is quiet with few distractions and that has pens, pencils, paper, a dictionary and a ruler at hand. Study space should be well lighted and have music if it helps your child concentrate.
  • Set a Time. Designate study time when your child is alert, fresh and relaxed and, ideally, at the same time daily. Don’t forget short breaks to refresh the mind and schedule the first one before studying begins. During the break, suggest a walk outdoors or deep breathing exercises. Research studies show that physical well-being promotes mental well-being and renewed energy

What is Parent University?

Parent University is a community collaborative led by IMSA WEST SCHOOL and the PTO to help our parents become full partners in their children’s education.
 
IMSA WEST SCHOOL partners with community partners and organizations along with our fabulous
staff of educators to offer learning sessions, activities and family events that will equip our parents
with new or additional skills, knowledge, resources and confidence.
 
Parent University will provide an array of learning sessions/classes to appeal to all our parents.  Some examples include back to school orientations; In-services on state standards/curriculum, assessments and instructions; navigating our school’s web pages; English learner classes; Personal Growth classes; Health and Wellness classes; and Parenting Awareness Classes.  All of which will empower you as a parent to raise confident, educated children ready for this global society.
 
 
 
 
 
PARENT UNIVERSITY ACTIVITIES
 
  • OCTOBER 30TH 5-7PM TRUNK OR TREAT
  • NOVEMBER 4TH, 9:00-11:00AM, ELECTRONIC GAMES FOR HOME AND RESOURCES
  • JANUARY 13TH, 9:00-11:00AM, AT-HOME EDUCATION RESOURCES.
  • FEBRUARY 10TH, 9:00-11:00AM, NWEA/IREAD/ISTEP (COINCIDES WITH PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES)
  • MARCH 3RD, 9:00-11:00AM, HEALTH CARE
  • APRIL 12TH, 4-7PM, LITERACY NIGHT (LED BY JACKSON, HOT DOGS PROVIDED)
  • Session Concept SIS and DOJO (Getting Connected) (No school day) 
  • Parent University Saturday, 9 am-1 pm.
  • Parent meeting about science Fair (PU event) 
  • Thursday, 3:15-5:00 pm
  • Parent University Session on Promotion Policies (No school day) 
  • Learning about Intervention and Promotion Policies. Parent University Saturday, 9:30 am-11:30 am.
  •  Parent University Session Technology Safety (No school day) 
  • Parent University Saturday, 9:30 am- 11:30 am.
  • Parent University Movie Night – Movie Night (Drive-in) Sponsored by Parent University Wednesday, 4:30-6:00 pm
  • Parent Session: Testing for Success: IREAD TEST Testing for Success regarding IREAD testing. Third Grade team will facilitate with PU committee helping. Wednesday, March 6th, 3:15-5:00 pm
  • Parent meeting regarding ILEARN testing (No school day) 
  • Parent meeting regarding ILEARN testing. (No school day) Saturday, 9:30 am-11:30 am Mr. Dunn will facilitate with APAs helping
  • Parent Session Social Emotional Learning (No school day) Parent University Saturday, 9:30 am -11:30 am.
 

Home visits

Why do we visit homes?The goal of a home visit is to help strengthen relationships between parents and teachers. Home visits are an effective way for teachers to help get parents involved in their child’s education and to let parents and children know how much we care. We have experienced the benefits of home visits. As the relationship between the teachers and families improve, the kids begin doing better academically and socially.

Please call your child’s teacher to schedule a home visit today!

 
Here are more benefits:· Strengthened parent/teacher relationships,

· Increase in overall student achievement scores,

· Decrease in student suspensions

· Increase in student attendance

· Feeling of trust, mutual respect, empowerment, and accountability by parents, students and staff.

Schools within the Concepts network report that home visits are one of the most effective way of building a stronger relationship with students and their families.