Welcome to school year 2012-2013 at Frank Hebron-Harman Elementary School. The faculty and staff join me in extending a warm welcome to all of our new families, as well as our families who are returning this year. We are looking forward to an exciting year filled with learning and fun. This year, we will begin the candidacy phase of the Primary Years Programme of International Baccaulaurate.
Our school prides itself on a home and school partnership to ensure student success. There are three things you can do to help this partnership and help your child succeed. First, find out what your child is expected to learn in his/her current grade. You can do this by familiarizing yourself with the standards that will be taught this year. The standards can be accessed by visiting http://mdk12.org/instruction/curriculum/index.html and clicking on the appropriate subject area and grade. Talk to your child's teacher to find out how your child is progressing toward meeting the standards for his/her grade.
Second, make sure your child attends school every day, providing he/she is not too ill to attend. Children who arrive to school on time every day learn more and experience more success. Poor student attendance goes hand in hand with poor student achievement.
Third, know what homework has been assigned to your child and ensure that it is completed. Homework is an opportunity for students to practice skills that have already been taught, work on projects, and study for upcoming tests. It is also important for children to read and to be read to by an adult daily. Additionally, students should have plenty of opportunities to write and practice real life math skills. Reading, writing and math are critical life skills that must be given priority at school and at home.
There is no doubt that when home and school are working together, we can make a difference in our children's education,and ultimately their lives. Let's all make the commitment to give our children our very best. Please know I am honored to serve you and your children at Frank Hebron-Harman Elementary School!