Dear Gladiator Parents/Guardians, August, 2019
Greetings from Widefield High School! It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that I welcome you all to the 2019-2020 school year. A new year holds such promise and potential for us all.
As students either transition in to high school or continue their high school career, I am often reminded of the important role that parents and guardians play in the education of their children. One of the questions I am asked the most by parents is, “What can I do to help my child be successful at high school?” The following information from the article “Twenty Ways You Can Help Your Children Succeed At School” from Colorin Colorado gives some insight on ways parents can help their child be successful at school.
1. Develop a partnership with your child’s teachers and school staff
It is important to meet your child’s teachers and get to know who’s who at your child’s school. A good way to do this is by attending open house and any other informational meetings that the school might hold.
2. Support your child academically
Feel free to ask the teachers how well your child is doing in their classes. Also, let your child know that you think education is important and that homework needs to be done each day. You can help with this by setting aside a special place to study and removing distractions such as the television, video games, and social interactions on cell phones during homework times. Research shows that children tend to spend far more time watching TV, playing video games, and using the Internet than they do completing homework or other school-related activities.
3. Get involved with your child’s school
Read information that the school sends home and look for ways to contribute to the school community. Also, if something concerns you about your child’s learning or behavior, feel free to ask the teacher, counselor, or administration about it and seek their advice.
4. Support your child’s learning at home
Demonstrate a positive attitude about education to your children. What we say and do in our daily lives can help them develop positive attitudes toward school and learning and build confidence in themselves as learners. Also, encourage your child to read. Helping your child become a reader is the single most important thing that you can do to help your child to succeed in school and in life.
While this is not an exhaustive list of how to help your child be successful in school, hopefully these tips will give you something to consider as we begin the school year.
We are delighted to have you as a partner in your child’s educational journey. I would encourage you to stay involved in your child’s education by joining our Building Advisory and Accountability Committee (BAAC), getting involved in our many fine programs, and as always, by showing an interest in your child’s education when he/she gets home from school in the afternoon. As the year progresses, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. I am convinced that by working together we can truly foster success for all students.
On behalf of the Widefield High School staff, I would like to thank all of the families and community members in advance for the dedication and commitment to our school and students. I know, with the enthusiasm of the entire Widefield community, we will have a successful year and help our children achieve their dreams.
Aaron G. Hoffman