1.Talking to your teen about their school day – which teacher teaches which subject, what they learned in each subject etc.
2. Volunteering for a school breakfast program and/or assisting with fundraisers – getting involved where you can and when you can.
3. Communication between school and home, teachers and parents – contacting teachers through the main office, obtaining their email through school website,
4. Join school council or a committee – be upfront and realistic about your time. Even if you attend a school council meeting a couple times a year, it could help keep you updated on things happening in the school and current plans.
5. Attending parent/teacher interviews – How is your teen progressing to date? Are there areas for improvement? Attending Curriculum Night- What is your teen studying this semester?
6. Checking the Student Information System (SIS) – for your child’s period by period attendance updates, report card marks and time tables.
7. Make attending school events a priority – this can be anything from a school fundraising event to a school play
8. Read the same book your child has to read for English – This give you a great opportunity to discuss things together and also learn from your child’s insights
9. Providing parent voice/feedback when the opportunity arises – being part of parent focus groups to provide parent perspective and issues of concern, completing school survey (Tell Them From Me fall 2015).