I want to welcome everyone back to school! Yesterday, I had the opportunity to walk through the halls of our schools and experience first-hand the excitement of our staff members and students as they settled into their classrooms. It looks like we are off to a great beginning! School staff are not the only people that can help our students get off to a good start. There are things that parents can do to make sure the 2016 – 2017 school year is a successful one. Here are a few ideas to help you and your child as the new school year begins.
- Visit the school and meet your child’s teacher(s). If there are issues that may impact your child at school, make sure to share this information with the teacher(s) and if necessary, the building principal.
- Review the school routine with your child. Talk about catching the bus, going to after-school care, and any extra-curricular activities. Make sure your child and his or her teacher(s) are aware of any changes in the normal after-school routine. This is best accomplished through a note to the teacher.
- Make sure your child is prepared for classes. This includes having the necessary supplies and books. Organize supplies, lunch money, snacks, etc. the night before to ensure a smoother start to the morning.
- Discuss safety issues with your child as they relate to school. If children are walking or riding a bike, make sure they are in a group and know to stay together. Remind them never to approach strangers and to let school officials know if they are confronted by someone they don’t know. If they are taking a bus, discuss the bus route, getting to the bus stop on time, and how to deal with various weather conditions.
- Teach you child to organize their time. Show them how to use a planner to keep track of homework assignments and other schedule related issues such as long term projects, upcoming tests, and after school activities.
- Make sure your child has an appropriate work space for studying and completing homework.
- Explain to your child the importance of completing homework on time. Setting aside a specific time every day for school work helps your child get into a routine. Remind your child that right now school is their most important “job.”
We are fortunate in Huber Heights to have a supportive community and a school district staff that is committed to the success of our students. Our teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, maintenance, custodial, transportation, nutrition services, clerical, and office support personnel worked very hard to make sure that the 2016– 2017 school year got off to a great start. I am looking forward to a very exciting school year and I want to thank everyone for helping to make our first day back to school a success. If you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.
Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.
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