Starting school on a successful note is a goal shared by teachers, parents, and students.
Also shared, advice on how to make it happen. Superintendents in both South Bend and Mishawaka say remember one word - communication.
She’s swinging into full gear and starting off the school year right. Eleven year-old Tiffany Barnett says she's ready and that means striking a balance between playtime at softball practice and homework time. There is one subject she's worried about, math.
She says, “I'm not good at division problems.”
Mishawaka Superintendent, Steve Mills says an issue like this should be brought to the teacher's attention during week one.
Mills says, “Parents can be very helpful to teachers in supporting the teaching going on in the classroom and just keeping teachers informed on any special needs the child has.”
Mills says parents should take advantage of today's constant access to communication. He says, “ We have phones in each classroom and during non-teaching time you can call into the classroom and when teachers have breaks they can call back and everyone emails today."
Tiffany says, “I'm glad he cares about my teacher and cares that I go to school for what I work for.”
Her dad pats himself on the back for being involved in his daughter's educational experience, but admits he has a little work to do too.
William Barnett says, “I always follow up with my kids and ask what's going on in the classroom, but as far as getting a hold of teachers and making extra talks with them sometimes, it’s not as often as I should.”
Mills says a free-flow of communication between student, parent, and teacher is crucial for a student's success.
He says communicate-and communicate often. “You're much better off to ask and make that contact than wonder and not make contact.”
Taking advantage of parent connect is also strongly suggested.
It's an on-line tool that allows parents to access their child's grades and attendance.