Parent Tips to Improve Student Learning

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The Site Based Team is dedicated to improving student learning, enhancing the student and staff work environment, and expanding involvement between parents, community and school.

Research shows that family support is more important to school success than a student’s economic status, IQ or school setting.

  • Talk to your child about school. Make it a habit to ask questions about what is going on in your child’s academic and social setting. Find time when your child wants to talk, such as driving in the car or late at night. Encourage your student to be open-minded and to meet new people.
  • Stress the importance of education. Let your child know that their education is important to you and why it should be important to them as well.
  • Help your child to build and use time management and organizational skills. Assist them in establishing a daily routine for doing homework and provide an ideal environment for them to work in.
  • Be prepared for anything! Provide various materials that may be needed in projects, such as pencils, paper, markers and poster board. This may even require a trip to the supply store the evening before a project is due. If this is financially difficult, students may apply for a scholarship for materials at the ASB office.
  • Encourage them to complete their homework before TV, computer or social activities. Limit TV and computer time and have a variety of reading materials (newspapers, magazines) in your home. You can also find good books on tape at the library.
  • Require your student to attend all classes (even 6th period) every day!
  • Reward your students’ personal best efforts, good grades and behavior! Rent a favorite movie or have them invite friends over for pizza.
  • Hold high but realistic expectations. Seeing that you believe in them enables them to feel more capable and willing to take positive risks.
  • Help your teen identify interests and abilities in preparation for future goal setting (technical school, college, Peace Corps, etc.) Have them explore classes through drafting, marketing and art to find their passion. The library at CHS has resources. You should come look at them as well.
  • Encourage your student to be involved in school clubs (The Red Cross, Cultural Awareness, Future Farmers of America, DECA) and other extracurricular activities.
  • Support your student by being involved in the school. Read the school newsletter and check the school website for information. Attend Open House to hear YOUR student’s teacher expectations. Attend Parent Organization, Site Team and Boosters meetings to stay informed.
  • Sign up to help with activities to be a part of the school. ie: volunteer in the library, share your career in a classroom, mail the newsletter.
  • Stay involved in your students’ activities. Go to band concerts, athletic competitions and drama productions.
  • Set clear and consistent boundaries and consistently enforce them.
    Get to know your children’s friends and their parents and keep a list of their phone numbers. Always know WHERE your child is going. Require them to phone you if the destination changes.


For more information

Site Team Co-Chairs Teri Poff at 956-8000 or Sue Anderson at [email protected]