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10 Ideas to Help Your Child Succeed at School

1.  Meet your child's teacher/s.- If you have not met your child's teacher/s, to this point, setting up an appointment to do so in a face to face setting can be very beneficial.  Make it clear that you want to be contacted if any problems develop. Also, get to know who is at your child's school; introduce yourself to the secretarial staff, administration, nursing department, coaches, sponsors, etc. There are many
individuals who are there to help your child and you.

2.  Communicate with the school- Ask questions if you have concerns or simply communicate to seek advice from teachers, administrators, nurses, counselors that may benefit your child; you should feel free to call or email with any questions that you may have.  Going directly to the source, when you have any concerns, is always the best and most productive option.

3.  Demonstrate a positive attitude about school and education - What we say and do greatly impacts our children's beliefs and ideas about what is important and what is not.  Showing that we value
education, our teachers, staff, administration, faculty, homework, grades, projects, activities, can have a very positive impact on a child's success in school.

4.  Check the Parent Portal on a regular basis- Monitor your child's test scores and homework on the Parent Portal (located on our website) to keep up to date on your child's progress throughout the quarter/semester.  This allows you to have conversations with your child and their teacher as to any concerns/questions that you may have and to insure that progress and dialogue is made.

5.  Make sure that your child gets their homework completed- Let your child know that you think their education is important.  Set aside a time and place that this is done on a daily basis. Find homework help for your child, if needed. The school can help you find avenues for this.

6.  Learn what the school offers -Read the information that is sent home via mail or email, along with what is on the school's website.  Talk to other parents and the various organizations to see what might be available for your child to participate.  It is very beneficial to one's success, both in school and at home, to be involved in some type of activity, group, or organization.

7.  Encourage your child to read- This helps students in all subject areas and is a life-long opportunity to learn.

8.  Talk with your child- Talking and listening to your child, each day, helps you to know what is going on in their lives, as well as allows the child to establish their communication skills with others.

9.  Encourage your child to take responsibility- Part of what is on a child's job description is that they will be prone to make mistakes throughout the course of a school year and their lives. There are not many ways to avoid this completely; but the main value that can be taught, is to understand that they are
accountable and to take responsibility for the action that has been caused and not to be consumed by the actions of others.

10.  Get to know your child's friends/parents- Knowing who your child spends a majority of their time with can help you learn a lot about your child.  Getting to know their parents, as well as your child's friends, can give you additional avenues of information regarding your child, especially in the teenage years, when they do not share as much information with you, as they once may have.