Throughout Leavenworth USD 453 this week, Parent-Teacher Conferences are being held. It is important for families to remember the valuable insight these conversations provide into the academic progress of their student. These conferences are a great way for parents to become actively engaged in their child's education.
The research surrounding the benefits of family engagement shows that students with involved parents are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores. These students are also more likely to graduate and pursue post-secondary education. Students with involved parents show more positive attitudes toward school and behave better both in and out of school.
Beyond Parent-Teacher Conferences there are many ways for parents to stay engaged with their child at home and promote academic success. The following are some tips. Have conversations with your child about school and everyday events. Take a few moments each day to talk with your child about their school day and/or things that they are interested in. Encourage leisure reading. Promote reading as a fun activity in your household. If children see their parents reading for leisure they are more likely to become interested in reading themselves. Monitor television watching and peer activities. Be mindful of the programming your child is watching on television and the things their friends and classmates are doing. If a child sees their parent is concerned about these things they are less likely to participate in negative behaviors.
Express interest in your child's academic progress. It is often unspoken that a child is expected to do well in school. Sometimes the only motivation a child needs to succeed is for a parent to set high expectations for academic progress. Tell your child what you hope they will achieve in school and in life beyond high school.
The schedule is as follows:
Leavenworth High School and Warren Middle School
Oct. 9, – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Oct. 10, – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 5 p.m.
All Elementary Schools and West Intermediate School: Oct. 9, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Oct. 10, – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 5 p.m.
As a reminder, there will be no school for students Oct. 10, or Oct. 11.