You can help your child succeed at school

Parents, 

I want to thank you for entrusting us with the education of your children. Students are midway into the second quarter. Progress report night is Thursday, November 16, at 5:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. 

First semester exams begin on Monday, December 18. In preparation for those exams, there are four methods to help your student(s) maximize their grades: 1) Use class time wisely, 2) make sure they complete their homework, 3) stay organized, and 4) take good care of themselves. 

First, encourage your student to use class time wisely. Tell them they can master any course content. Encourage them to participate in class. Check to make sure they take good class notes. Explain the importance of being attentive in class. Finally, if they need help, have them take advantage of the scheduled times teachers are available to help. 

Second, when your student gets home, make sure he or she does homework right away. Have them sit and do their homework in a quiet place where you see them do it. For every hour of study, they should take a 10- to 15-minute break to keep their minds alert. When reading students should take notes or highlight major concepts. Last, forming a study group can help them teach each other and remain focused. 

Third, help your students to stay organized. Have them use a computer, notebook, or folder to keep class materials separate for each subject. Check their Crusader Daily Planner to see if they write down dates when assignments/projects are due along with upcoming quizzes or tests. Using the planner effectively helps to reduce procrastination and cramming for tests. 

Last, make sure your student takes good care of themselves. They need to eat breakfast and nutritious meals. Students need to get plenty of sleep; eight hours is optimal. Staying active by exercising, playing a sport or joining a club helps to keep the mind and body fresh. 

By working together, we can help our students to live up to their God-given ability!