What are the steps I should take as a parent to help my child be as successful as possible in school?
Research shows that the number one factor that influences a child’s success in school is the participation and involvement of the parent. Families are very busy in today’s society, and it often easy to assume the school can and should take care of everything that pertains to a child’s education. At Carpenter we will certainly do our best to provide your child with the best education possible, but as a parent your actions will directly influence how much your child will benefit from that education. There are a number of things you can do to work with us as a team to make sure your child gets the very most of his or her time at Carpenter:
- Make sure your child is punctual, attends school regularly, and is prepared everyday for school
- Establish a quiet time for homework and review it daily with your child; read with your child daily
- Establish an early consistent bedtime that assures adequate rest for your child
- Monitor television habits for age appropriate material and to make sure excessive television viewing does not interfere with your child’s rest or homework
- Know how your child is doing academically and socially in school by communicating with teachers on a regular basis; schedule a conference with the teacher about any concerns with schoolwork or behavior
- Check your child’s folder daily for information sent home from school; check, sign, and place important papers back in the folder
- Read the weekly parent newsletter to stay informed of what’s going on at the school
- Attend Special Parent Nights and monthly PTO Meetings as scheduled by the school
- Consider volunteering at school at least 3 hours a month
- Support the school in its efforts to maintain proper discipline and support the school’s dress code
- Keep the school informed of any significant changes that will affect your child’s learning
- Communicate positive values and character traits, such as respect, hard work, and responsibility; express high expectations and offer praise for your child’s achievements and/or improvements in behavior and/or academics
- Familiarize yourself with the learning standards for your child’s grade level, which can be obtained by contacting the school or by checking the Texas Education Agency web site at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/teks/index.html
What kinds of things do you expect of the students?
Students can make sure they get the most of their education experience by following these guidelines and expectations.
- Come to school ready to learn, prepared with the necessary supplies and ready to do their best
- Listen, follow directions, and participate in class discussions without being disruptive
- Complete class work and homework neatly and return it to the teacher on time
- Ask for help when they do not understand
- Be respectful to teachers, fellow classmates, and other staff members
- Read at home with parents every night
- Be honest and respect the rights of others
- Share papers with parents immediately, and when asked, return signed papers to the teachers the next day
- Allow the teachers and staff to help work through problems
- Follow all school and class rules
- Contribute their individual talents to make Carpenter Elementary a better place
What should be my expectations for the staff at Carpenter Elementary?
You should have the highest of expectations for the staff at Carpenter Elementary. They are committed professionals who have dedicated their lives to the education of children. You can expect that we, the staff of Carpenter, will:
- Provide the highest quality education to prepare our students for academic, social, and emotional success
- Help students improve their academic skills in reading, writing, science, social studies, and math
- Provide frequent assessment and continuous feedback on how your child is progressing academically
- Help to determine the needs of your child. (Bilingual, ESL, Special Education, Gifted & Talented, At Risk, Dyslexia)
- Adjust the instructional program to meet the academic needs of your child
- Seek your cooperation as parents to work in partnership with the school to promote student development
- Schedule parent/teacher conferences as deemed necessary to the academic success of the student
- Hold special parental involvement nights to assist parents with skills to help their children at home
- Be available to you to discuss your child’s learning and unique circumstances
- Provide a safe, secure learning environment in which students develop behaviors for life-long success
As a parent, what’s the most important thing I should know about Carpenter Elementary?
We are here 100% for you and your child. We want learning to be fun. We want your children to feel they have a very important place here, and that they are welcome and loved. We want you, the parents, to also feel as though you are a part of our school. We want our students to learn as much as they can, and leave our school with the confidence and skills they’ll need to be successful in life. We know, however, that we can’t do this alone and the only way we can achieve our goals is through a strong partnership with our students’ first teachers . . .their parents. We look forward to working with you, and please know that we welcome your comments and suggestions on how we can make Carpenter a great place for kids.