Grading and Reporting Practices Communication:
This document contains information on how students are graded, as well as opportunities for makeups and re-dos.
Ten Ways to Support Your Child’s Academic Potential
1. Read, read, read. One of the most important things a parent can do to help their child succeed in school is to read to them at home. Teachers agree that reading is the key to success in school (and beyond!) for a child and it begins with their first teacher – their parents.
2. Use everyday experiences as teaching opportunities. Daily routines and situations are all practical opportunities for learning. It is important to encourage your child to ask “why?” It is as equally important that you not give your child the answers, but help them work through the question with them.
3. Know what your child is studying at school. Look at their assignment book, ask them what they have been discussing at school, examine their textbooks and other materials brought home.
4. Don’t just look for A’s. Encourage your child to do their best, but be willing to accept that that may not always mean an A grade…and that it is okay. Know that not everything comes naturally or easy for every child. Everyone is unique and it is natural for your child to show interest in some subjects and need help in others.
5. Take care of the basics. Make sure your child has enough sleep, nutritious food, good hygiene and regular medical care.
6. Talk to your child’s teacher regularly. It is important for parents to support their child by attending conferences, school-sponsored parent activities/workshops and other events, whenever possible.
7. What’s your child’s motivation? Empower your child to make the right choices not out of fear of punishment, but because they see the value of doing their best.
8. Allow your child to succeed – and fail – on their own. The most successful students are those who learn to be responsible, dependable and organized through trial and error. Sometimes the best lessons on life come from failures or learning how not to do something.
9. Practice discipline and respect at home. Make sure respect is something you talk about and display at home.
10. Praise and encourage. For a child to do well at school, he needs to believe in himself, to have confidence that no matter what his report card says, he is valuable and loved.
Helpful Tips and Homework Tricks
- Remove distractions – do homework in a quiet place that does not have distractions. Turn off the TV; don’t try to do homework in a room where siblings are playing.
- Establish a routine – set a specific “homework time” such as right after dinner. Get into the habit of completing homework BEFORE watching TV, enjoying the computer or using the phone, etc.
- Prioritize – work on those assignments that are due the next day. Then tackle the tasks that are due later. Use a planner/scheduling board so that projects are not left until the last minute to be completed.
- Get organized for tomorrow – pack your backpack before going to bed. Even the best homework effort doesn’t do much good if it is left on the kitchen table!!
- Keep supplies handy – make sure you have everything you need to get homework done and not have to start and stop to get what you need.
- Develop good study habits – schedule enough time for completing assignments every night and not run into the “last minute” approach to getting the work done.