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Parent Tips for Involvement in Your Student’s Education in MS and HS

Many parents want to be involved in their child’s education but many don’t know where to start. For others it just comes naturally but for those who don’t know quite how to become involved, here are a few tips.

Get to know the teachers. Ask questions about what they expect from their students and their parents. Ask about what you can do to support them in the classroom. Be sure and ask about the best way to contact them.

Get involved in the school as a volunteer. All clubs and organizations love volunteers. Band, chior, athletics, chess, cheerleading and others are looking for parents to help with fund raising and supervision on trips. Don’t wait for them to ask you. Call and volunteer.

Visit the school when they have open houses and conferences. Go to events and meetings so people in the school know who you are.

Put a school calendar in your home. You can print it from the school’s website or buy one. Get important dates from the school and keep those where you will see them. It will remind you to get involved.

Change you talk from “I want my child to go to college” to “I expect my child to go to college.” You child will rise to expectations.

Roger Chamberlain
Roger Chamberlain works for a university helping low income and under represented high school students prepare for and be successful in college.
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