Please contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org if you ever have any questions or concerns. If you feel you need to speak with me in person about your son or daughter, please request an interview at email@example.com and suggest a day and time. If I need to contact you for any reason, I will use the contact information you have provided the school that may or may not be on PowerSchool at the moment. To ensure that that information is correct and that I have your name and contact details, I would like each parent to fill out the following online form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1wJdxujzA_f_foIzwsOVnlriKy_AZqI1i7DVZHbYUi8M/viewform. I really appreciate it!
There are four main things that you, as a parent or guardian, can do to ensure your child is doing well in my class:
- Talk to your child regularly about their studies.
- Check my blog after every class at ajarnwilliam.wordpress.com for the course syllabus, standards, essential questions, and announcements about homework, projects, tests, etc. There is also a page for parents to get ideas about how to help their child who may be struggling in school.
- Check PowerSchool every week to see both the progress of your child and if your child needs to redo or hand in missing assessments.
- Look at your child’s work in their Social Studies Portfolio (S.S.P.) as well as their online work.
Parents, my blog and PowerSchool will help you to monitor whether or not your child has assignments that need to be completed or improved. In my opinion, PowerSchool should be checked once a week to see if there are missing assignments or assignments that should be redone due to low marks. A red “L” means that an assignment was/is late and a yellow “M” means the assignment is missing because your child did not turn it in or complete it satisfactorily. (Please note that the notifications for lateness and missing assignments may change in newer versions of PowerSchool.) If you see that an assignment is missing, please insist that your child completes it. If we work together, your child should be able to achieve greater success.
I believe in middle school that both parents and students are jointly responsible in making sure that homework is completed and brought to class on time. If a student is not doing their homework regularly for whatever reason, I believe that parents must check daily to see that their child is completing their homework. In my opinion, this means checking my blog to see what homework there is and then asking to see the completed homework as well as making sure it gets put in the school bag for the following day.
I apologize, but I cannot give out my phone number as that is against school policy. However, if you check my blog, PowerSchool and look at your child’s portfolio regularly, you should have a very clear idea about how your child is doing in my class. If you have any questions or concerns, I would encourage you to contact me directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org because it is a quick and clear way of communicating. (Please contact me directly rather than speak to other people in the office. Please do not pass any notes to your child because notes often get undelivered.)
Please note that all attendance policies and consequences for misbehavior can be found in the Wells International School Student Handbook. However, I would appreciate it if you or your child notified me of their absence as soon as possible. I will also notify you if there is an issue of major concern that needs to be dealt with.
Please also allow your child to bring ICT (laptop, iPad, smartphone, etc.) to school when necessary for class. I will often post such needs on my blog. There is also a section that may be of interest to you: “PARENTS: What You Can Do to Help Your Child Succeed.”
I look forward to meeting you and speaking to you at future parent-teacher interviews. All the best to you and your family!
William Jones, B.A., B.Ed.