Fleetwood Area School District Report By Dr. Paul Eaken The Importance of Parent Involvement

Later this month, prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, all of our schools will be inviting parents to meet with their child’s teacher to discuss progress in school. These meetings are an important part of the communication between home and school that is necessary to ensure that each student’s learning needs are met. This is true regardless of whether your child is in the primary grades or finishing high school.

Please take the time to come to your child’s school and meet with his/her teacher. Speak with your child’s guidance counselor if you note concerns across different classes or years, or if your child is having social or emotional concerns.

Research has consistently found that children whose parents participate in their education have higher achievement than children whose parents are not involved. One of the most important ways of being involved in your child’s education is to engage your child in learning activities at home. This can be as simple as reading to your child, which can be very beneficial even for older children. You can also read the same book your child is reading and discuss it. Another easy way is to talk with your child about everyday things such as the changing seasons, how germs can make people sick, or what they learned in their after school activity. Your questions and discussion clearly communicates that learning is important.

Parents should also support their children with their school work. Asking your child about school each day communicates that you care about their education. It also helps you identify when your child is struggling with a class. Children need a quiet place where they can complete homework. This can be at home or at the local library if you have limited space or do not have the resources needed (such as Internet access). Parental support should include advocating for your child, such as asking the teacher to provide some additional help when needed or speaking with the guidance counselor.

Studies have shown that parents who are involved in their child’s education contribute to their child’s achievement, consistent school attendance, increased motivation, better self-esteem, fewer discipline problems, and decreased use of drugs and alcohol. So stay involved in the day-to-day education of your child.

Upcoming Events in the Fleetwood Area School District

November 26 – Early Dismissal for Elementary and Middle Schools for Parent Conferences

November 27 – No School for Elementary and Middle Schools, Early Dismissal for High School for Parent Conferences

November 28, 29 & December 2 – No School, Thanksgiving Recess

The Board of Education will hold meetings on November 12th and 19th at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Paul Eaken is superintendent for Fleetwood Area School District.