PARKLAND MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL PARENT INVOLVEMENT
2018-2019 PARENT INVOLVEMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Nichelle Carroll, Parent Involvement Coordinator
Keila Gudino, Bilingual Parent Involvement Asst.
Christian Tobar, Bilingual Parent Involvement Asst.
Susan Bertoni, Parent
Kizzy Lewis-Philips, Teacher
Kimberly Raynor-Jones, Teacher
Tia Buster, Teacher
Rebecca Johnson, Instructional Facilitator
Amy Samek,Director of Student Services
Spencer Hardy, Principal
Alecia Harvey, Asst. Principal
Lisa Bohrer, Asst. Principal
Harvey Cowden, Asst. Principal
2018-2019 Parkland's School-Parent / Family Compact
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2018-2019 Parkland's Parent Involvement Policy
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7 Ways to Be Involved in Your Child’s Education
Parental involvement is one of the biggest factors in a child’s academic success, and students whose parents are involved in their children’s education are more likely to graduate, go to college, and enjoy learning. Are you looking to get more involved? Here are seven ways to play a more active role in your child’s education.
1) Read to Your Kids: Studies show that reading just 20 minutes a day with your children improves their vocabulary, reading skills, and general knowledge. Take turns reading aloud and having your child read to you.
2) Sit with Your Children During Homework: No kid likes to be left alone doing homework when others are out having fun. Your children will find it easier to concentrate if you are right there with them, and they know they aren’t missing out on anything. Homework can also become a bonding experience.
3) Try Supplemental Activities: If your child is struggling with a particular concept, try to find supplemental online learning activities that can help. Many websites show creative, hands-on teaching methods for every possible educational topic.
4) Make Daily Activities Educational: Take advantage of educational topics as they come up in conversation or day-to-day activities. For example, ask your child to calculate the tip at a restaurant, or identify and weigh vegetables at the supermarket. Or look for resources to mark special days in history and find educational movies to watch together and discuss. Even sporting events can provide educational opportunities.
5) Express a Love of Learning: You can encourage a love of learning by showing your children how excited you are to learn new things. Children pick up on your feelings easily. The more you express interest and enjoyment in educational topics, the more they will too.
6) Learn Together: As children get older and teaching styles change, you may not know all the answers to your children’s homework. But don’t let that stop you from helping! You can use online resources to find the answers alongside them. If you show your children how to look up answers and conduct research, you provide them with learning tools they can use through high school and beyond.
7) Provide Educational Tools and Crafts at Home: Fill your home with creative, educational opportunities and supplies. Have a closet filled with open-ended supplies for art, engineering projects, science experiments, and educational games ready to go. Rather than turning to the TV, iPad, or video games, join your child in a fun and educational craft project instead!
Becoming involved in your child’s education takes time and commitment, but the outcome is worth it.
10 WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR KIDS’ TEACHERS AND SCHOOL…
1. HELP YOUR CHILD ARRIVE ON TIME
It may seem like no big deal, but when a student is late it sets the whole class back. Teachers are often aiming to pack as much learning into the day as possible. The first few minutes are when students learn the overview of the day and what they’re about to learn.
2. READ MATERIALS SENT HOME
Another great way to support your kids’ school is to simply go through your child’s Folder, the School Newsletter, the Parent Portal and any other communication from the school. Staff and teachers spend lots of time compiling information parents need. They WANT to share it with you.
3. RETURN PERMISSION SLIPS PROMPTLY
Teachers send permission slips, volunteer opportunities and conference signup sheets home regularly, but it’s tough to keep track of all the information and the due dates. When a permission slip comes home or a link is sent out online, fill out the slip right away, and add the information to your calendar! Don’t wait for a second notice, a phone call or a reminder. Teachers often don’t have time to contact every parent individually to remind them of upcoming events.
4. FOLLOW SCHOOL RULES
As parents, we want to help our kids learn to follow rules and respect guidelines. One of the most powerful ways is to follow rules ourselves. This means having an awareness of school policies and procedures. Many schools set guidelines about checking students out through the office or bringing a signed note when they leave. Schools often set rules about cell phone usage and contacting students during the day.
5. VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME
Volunteering is awesome. Let’s hear it for the volunteers! As moms, we often feel guilty if we can’t volunteer for every single event. Well, let go of the guilt! You’re not expected to volunteer at every event, so simply offer to do what’s feasible with your schedule