March 2017

March, 2017

We are now ¾ of the way through our 2016-17 school year as Friday, March 3rd marks the end of the 3rd nine weeks.  Only one week or two left of the basketball season and then on to our spring sports.  Monday, March 6th will be the spring parent/teacher conferences for both Hanover and Linn Schools from 4:00-7:30pm. And only a week later will be both schools Spring Break from March 20th through March 24th.  

To help generate some positive interaction between the parent and your son or daughter going into the last nine weeks, please keep in mind that although parents conscientiously send their children off to school every day and expect them to do well, they can add an important extra ingredient that will boost their children's success. Parent participation is the ingredient that makes the difference. Parents' active involvement with their child's education at home and in school brings great rewards and has can have a significant impact on their children's child's lives. According to research studies, the children of involved parents: 
are absent less frequently
behave better
do better academically from pre-school through high school
go farther in school
go to better schools
Research also shows that a home environment that encourages learning is even more important than parents' income, education level, or cultural background. By actively participating in their child's education at home and in school, parents send some critical messages to their child; they're demonstrating their interest in his/her activities and reinforcing the idea that school is important. 
Becoming involved – laying the groundwork in the elementary school years.  The reality is that some parents have more time than others to become involved, but it's important for even very busy parents to examine their priorities and carve out some time, even if it's brief. The National Education Association recommends some specific ways for parents to become more involved in their child's education.

At home: 
Read to your child — reading aloud is the most important activity that parents can do to increase their child's chance of reading success
Discuss the books and stories you read to your child 
Help your child organize his/her time
Limit television viewing on school nights
Talk to your child regularly about what's going on in school
Check homework every night
At school: Meet with a teacher or other school staff member to determine where, when and how help is needed and where your interests fit in. Volunteer time. Parents can: 
Be classroom helpers
Tutor or read with individual children 
Assist children with special needs 
Help in special labs, such as computer or science
Plan and work in fundraising
Plan and accompany classes on field trips
Help out with arts and crafts workshops
Assist with a special interest club or drama group
Work as a library assistant; help with story time
Participate in parent-teacher associations and school decisions
Become an advocate for better education in your community and state
Endless possibilities
In adolescence, children become more independent and usually don’t want their parents in school. In middle and high school, students have to deal with more courses and more teachers in a more impersonal way, so parent involvement, although less direct, is still critical. Parents can participate in events at school, monitor homework, provide experiences and materials that supplement course work, and help children with organizational strategies. Parents can influence their children’s academic progress by encouragement, reinforcement, and modeling. Children learn from their parents’ own learning styles and activities, such as discussions, newspapers and other reading materials, television habits and quests for information and knowledge.
When parents contribute effort and time, they have the opportunity to interact with teachers, administrators, and other parents. They can learn first-hand about the daily activities and the social culture of the school, both of which help them understand what their child's life is like. 
The child and the school both benefit, and parents serve as role models as they demonstrate the importance of community participation. In addition to improving academic progress, parental involvement pays off in other significant ways. Numerous studies have shown that parents' involvement is a protective factor against adolescent tobacco use, depression, eating disorders, academic struggles, and other problems. By staying involved with their child and/or teenager, parents can be a source of support, create a climate for discussing tough issues and serve as role models for responsible and empathic behavior.
Thank you,
Brian Cordel, USD223 Superintendent