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2018-2019 School Year: Academic Excellence and High Expectations By Latasha Schraeder

I hope the first few weeks of school have been both engaging and rewarding! Now, it is time to reflect and make slight adjustments. Educators and students have begun to settle into routines for the year and form relationships. As a parent, it is your responsibility to reach out to your child’s teacher to introduce yourself, express your expectations for the school year, and talk with teachers about your student’s individual needs. For example, my son can sometimes be anxious and also needs extra support in reading. Each year I share this with his teachers so, as a team, we can support him and make his road to academic achievement less difficult.

The beginning of the school year is the time to make sure your child is meeting both academic and behavioral expectations at school. During the next month, closely monitor your student’s homework and teacher feedback. This is a time of adjustment. Therefore minor changes, misunderstandings and redirection are expected. Also, this is the time to make it clear to teachers and administrators your intentions to be an active, positive part of your student’s educational team. I challenge you to set the bar high!

At this point in the school year, do not be afraid to ask questions or make suggestions about your student’s academic day. Make an appointment to visit the classroom to become familiar with the daily routine. Become a member of the PTO or find other ways to volunteer at school. Get involved! As a working mother, I understand there are only so many hours in the day. However, it is important to make an effort to spend a few hours each month at school. Be visible. It is worth the investment. I promise. I am hopeful this school year will be filled with many small victories and that precious childhood memories will be made.

Be your child’s fiercest advocate.