Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Parent Partnerships

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! Our goal at the Graettinger-Terril Middle School is for all of our students to take pride in their school, and to perform at a high academic level. After reviewing student grades over the 2nd trimester, I’m asking for teachers to improve communication with parents and your help and support to raise the performance level of our students.

Beginning March 29th, we will begin having Academic Assistance, rather than Monday School. Rather than notifying you weekly of missing assignments, we will be notifying you if your child has a D or F in any of their classes (you will receive the letter the same day you would have for Monday School). If they do, they will be required to stay the following Monday night for Academic Assistance with the teacher in the class they are struggling in (even if their grade is improved before Monday).

As parents and guardians I’m asking you to do the following (if you are not already):

1. Talk to your child and reinforce your expectations about their academic performance.

2. Check your child’s grades online weekly and talk to them if you have a concern with their grades. There is a vast amount of research that shows parent involvement is a key factor in their child’s academic success.

3. Ask your child to see their planner. If it is blank, and they are not doing well in classes, require them to use it.

4. Support the teachers educating your child.

We know that your child is the greatest asset that you have. We are very fortunate that you allow us to share them with you every day. Together, we can improve the education your child is receiving. If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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