Parent Information

  • Stay on top your student's grades and classroom activities by:  

    • Logging into Home Access Center for grades and attendance.  Get your access password from your child's school office.  Photo ID is necessary.
    • Signing onto Canvas for assignments and activities.

    Don't have internet access at home?

    • Speak with your child's school about checking out an internet hotspot.

Basic Duties as a Parent

    • Establish clear rules and expectations for your child’s behavior at home and at school.
    • Your child can’t concentrate on learning if she/he’s hungry and tired. Don’t let her/him stay up too late on school nights. Make sure she eats a nutritious breakfast and lunch each day.
    • Never send your child to school if she/he is ill.
    • Be sure your child’s immunizations are up-to-date.
    • If your child is having difficultly in a particular area, ask teachers to suggest specific ways you can help at home.
    • Require your child to attend school. Don’t let her/him miss school for unimportant reasons.
    • Know your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Don’t compare her/him to another child.
    • Take advantage of preschool screening programs offered by most school districts. Early detection is vital if your child has vision, hearing or other problems that could interfere with learning.
    • Set priorities so that your child knows homework is more important than playing or watching TV. His extracurricular activities also should allow time for schoolwork.

Effectively Communicate/Cooperate with Your School

    • Join the PTA
    • Get acquainted with the school principal and your child’s teachers early in the school year.
    • Take part in school activities regularly. Show your interest and support by attending PTA meetings, parent-teacher conferences, school plays, book fairs, etc.
    • Volunteer to help with field trips, class parties, fund-raising events and other special activities at school.
    • Call teachers or school officials if you have questions about assignments, grades or school policies. It’s better to ask questions than to be “in the dark.”
    • Be sure to notify school when your child is absent. Make arrangements to pick up homework during long absences.
    • Notify the school promptly of address, phone or other changes; always be sure the school has information on how educators can reach you during the school day.
    • Notify the school in advance if you cannot attend regular meetings or parent-teacher conferences. If necessary, make special appointments to meet with teachers.
    • Don’t wait until 12th grade to start thinking about your child’s goals and interests. Get acquainted with school counselors and know what courses she/he should be taking to prepare for college or a career.

Encourage Academic Growth

    • Provide a quiet place at home for studying. Have a dictionary and other reference materials available.
    • Expect your child to do her/his best work on homework and school assignments. “It’s OK,” often isn’t good enough.
    • Review your child’s daily schoolwork and homework assignments. Ask her/him questions and praise her/him efforts. This allows you to keep in touch with what she is studying and lets you know when she is having difficulty.
    • Encourage your child to write. Help her/him write thank you notes to relatives, shopping lists, schedules of activities, and stories.
    • Watch TV programs together. Help your child recognize the difference between what is “real” and what is fantasy or “pretend.”
    • Play games with your child. Ask her/him to read the rules to you and to explain them in her/him own words.
    • Encourage young children to play with paper, pencils, crayons, chalk, markers, and paints. These activities develop coordination and creativity.
    • To emphasize important math concepts, use such everyday activities a keeping a growth chart or counting knives and forks when setting the table.
    • Set an example by reading at home. Your child should see you reading books, magazines and newspapers. Read aloud frequently to your young child.
    • Continue to emphasize schoolwork as a priority for older children. Jobs, sports, clubs, and other activities should not be allowed to interfere with learning.

Develop Positive Attitudes/Motivation for Learning

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    • Emphasize positive attitudes and values—honesty, fairness, respect for teachers, respect for the rights of others. Be sure that you set a good example by demonstrating these values.
    • Have regular talk sessions where family members share their interests, problems, and activities. Listen to your child’s questions and ideas and show respect for his thoughts and feelings.
    • Organize household schedules and responsibilities. Everyone should have at least one regular “chore” to finish on time.
    • Take time every day—right after school, at supper, or before bedtime—to talk with your child about what happened at school.
    • Support your child’s interests. If she likes music, for example, encourage her to join the school band, or go to the library and check-out a book on the subject.
    • Visit zoos, museums, historic sites, concerts, and other events.
    • Talk with your child about the future. Help her/him understand that schoolwork is preparation for her/his future.
    • Subscribe to a children’s magazine. Use it yourself to find ideas for educational games and rainy-day activities.
    • Help your child develop a personal library. Give books as presents. Teach her/him to have pride in her/his books and to take care of them.
    • Take pride in your child’s schoolwork. Hang it on the refrigerator. Send sample to relatives. Keep schoolwork in a scrapbook. You and your child will enjoy seeing how she/he has progressed.