Parent Resources-Middle School
You know that you cannot confidently launch your children into today’s world unless they are of strong character and well educated in the use of language, science, and mathematics. They must possess a deep respect for intelligence, achievement, and the skills needed to use them for setting goals and for disciplined work. That respect must be accompanied by intolerance for the shoddy and second-rate masquerading as “good enough.”
You have the right to demand for your children the best our schools and colleges can provide. Your vigilance and your refusal to be satisfied with less than the best are the imperative first steps. But your right to a proper education for your children carries a double responsibility. As surely as you are your child’s first and most influential teacher, your child’s ideas about education and its significance begin with you. You should encourage more diligent study and discourage satisfaction with mediocrity and the attitude that says “let it slide.” Monitor your child’s study; encourage good study habits; nurture your child’s curiosity, creativity, and confidence; and be an active participant in the work of the schools. Above all, exhibit a commitment to continue learning in your own life. Finally, help your children understand that excellence in education cannot be achieved without intellectual and moral integrity coupled with hard work and commitment. Children will look to their parents and teachers as models of such virtues.
Prepare Your Student
As a parent or caregiver, your child's academic achievement depends on your role in preparing your child for school. You can ensure your child's success in learning and life by getting involved early in your child's education. Communication between parent and child is crucial. Your connections to the school and his or her friends will help your child adjust to school. Here are some ideas to help prepare your child for the upcoming year.
Explore the district web site for information about the district and individual schools.
Talk to your child about school and learn about their expectations. Ask them what they think they will like about school.
Purchase school clothes, crayons and pencils well before the start of school and let children be part of this experience.
Be aware that your attitude towards school has an impact on your child. Children will be positive and cheerful if they see that you are that way.
Some students are eligible for school bus transportation. For safety reasons, strict discipline rules must be followed on the bus. Inappropriate behavior will be reported to the Director of Transportation and the Principal. When a student needs to ride a bus other than the one assigned, there must be a written permission that needs to be signed by the office. The bus drivers hand out bus rules to their passengers each fall and review the Bus Referral Policy.
Any student riding a bus different than their own (regular route or shuttle bus) OR who is not a regular passenger must have a BUS PERMIT from the office. Students must have a note from their parents to obtain a bus permit. The bus will not make any additional stops to get off at a different place on the route
DRESS CODE (POLICY 502.1)
The major objective of the school is to provide the best education possible with the facilities, faculty, and resources available to us. Appearing and dressing in good taste for the job at hand will improve the learning atmosphere. Students must be neat, clean, and properly attired. Parents are requested to see that their children come to school groomed and attired in good taste.
Shoes must be worn at all times.
Shoes with wheels are prohibited.
Shorts are permissible, however, tank tops, biking shorts, bare midriffs, swimsuits and other attire of this type are prohibited.
Clothing must cover the body appropriately-no undergarments should be visible.
Clothing or other apparel promoting products illegal for possession and/or use by minors are prohibited.
Clothing displaying obscene material, profanity, and/or reference to subversion is prohibited.
Caps or hats are not to be worn in the school building at any time, during the school day or at any school activity.
Sunglasses are not to be worn in school
Items with sharp projectiles (spiked bracelets and the like) are prohibited
The Principal will make the final decision on matters regarding dress and appearance.
Getting Students Engaged
Parent & Family Involvement
When parents become involved in their child's education, it is a win-win for everyone. Parents become connected to their children, the children perform better at school, and teachers gain needed support in the classroom. We encourage you to volunteer your time and efforts to enrich your child's educational experience.
Ways To be Involved At your Child's School
As a parent, you can become involved at your child's school by
* Volunteering your time
* Becoming a PTA member and attend PTA and parent meetings regularly.
* Staying informed about what is going on in East Sac County Community School District.
* Engage in meaningful, two-way communication between the home and school.
* Make appointments with teachers as needed to discuss your child's progress or concerns.
* Attend parent-teacher conferences with specific questions you want to ask.
* Participate in informal opportunities to talk with and get to know school staff and educators.
* Attend School events
* Volunteer in the classroom
* Attend meetings on learning expectations, assessment and grading procedures.
* Assist your child's teacher in the classroom or on field trips if you are able.
* Voice your support or concerns on any issue that will affect your family.
Whether your child is just starting kindergarten or entering the final year of high school, there are many good reasons and opportunities for you, as parents, to get involved in your child's education.
When parents and educators work together, students have higher grades and better school attendance. Parents can encourage their children to do well in school. Children need to feel like they are a needed member of a group. Do things together as a family, and enroll your kids in after-school activities. Kids want to go to school, and see the value in school when they have a feeling of community, both at home and at school.
Making the Most of your Parent-Teacher Conference
Take advantage of parent-teacher conferences during the school year. Think of some questions and concerns you may have and write them down before your meeting. Keep track of your child’s schoolwork to help you with your questions. You are in a position to share important information as well as ask questions. Remember, you can share and should talk to your child’s teacher throughout the year.
Questions To Ask for Students in All Grades
1. Is my child performing at grade level?
What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses in major subjects - reading, math, and science?
How much time should my child spend on homework?
Are my child’s assignments completed accurately and on time?
Does the school have special programs to meet my child’s needs?
Does my child have special learning needs? Are there special classes my child should be in?
Do you keep a folder of my child’s work? If yes, could you review it with me?
Does my child have close friends? How well does my child get along with the other students?
What can we do at home to support classroom learning?
What is the best way to keep in touch with you?