With the end of the first quarter of school approaching on October 23rd, I want to encourage parents to be actively engaged in open communication with your student’s teacher(s). When parents and teachers communicate on a regular basis, the students’ academic perform is significantly enhanced. Please visit with your classroom teachers in person, by phone or email. Most teacher prefer to communicate through email because it allows for less disruption in their classroom. Teachers’ emails are available on the GCSD web page at http://www.garfield.k12.ut.us/. The individual school webpages can be accessed under the “Schools” tab. Please know, parents can access their students’ grades, attendance, SAGE test scores, and lunch balances online using the district’s ASPIRE system (formally known as SIS). Parents can create ASPIRE login accounts by accessing the “Parent & Student” tab on the district webpage and select “create parent ASPIRE account.” If you need help with this process, please contact LyNese in the district office at 435-676-8821. Many times as parents, we overlook the importance of communicating with our students’ teachers. However, research conducted by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory in 2002 found that students with involved parents, no matter what their income or background, were more likely to
- Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs.
- Be promoted, pass their classes and earn credits.
- Attend school regularly.
- Have better social skills, show improved behavior and adapt well to school.
- Graduate and go on to postsecondary education.
Source: https://www.sedl.org/connections/resources/evidence.pdf (p.7)
I understand each of us want the best educational experience for our children. The key to providing these opportunities to our students is through open communication with your students’ teacher(s).