Dear Parents and Community Partners:
Children thrive when their environment is safe, secure, and supportive of education. Whether at home or in the classroom, adult involvement and encouragement have an enormously positive impact on a child’s learning process. For your children, you are the vital link between the classroom and the world beyond. As Superintendent of the St. Johns County School District, I encourage you to take an active role in your children’s school career. The following parent resource guide provides information on the steps parents can take for effective, meaningful participation.
- Defines terms commonly used by educators
- Gives examples of skills your children will be taught in each grade
- Explains what will happen if your children fall behind and what help is offered to catch up
- Suggests what parents, as partners in the learning process, can do at home
I encourage you to use the guide as a starting point for extended communication with teachers, school and district administrators, and most importantly, with your children. Each day, show your interest in their education. Empty the book bag and look at what your children are learning. Review their schoolwork. Talk to them about what they have learned that day. Talk to their teachers by phone, by email or face to face. Ask questions and stay involved.
After more than thirty years, research continues to be positive and convincing – families have a major influence on their children’s academic achievement in school and throughout life. When parents talk to their children about school, expect them to do well, help them plan for college and career, and make sure that out-of-school activities are constructive, their children tend to do well in school and in life. Students with involved parents, no matter what their income or background, are more likely to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.
I applaud you for making your children’s education a family priority.
Dr. Joseph G. Joyner Superintendent of Schools