Parents and guardians of students across the Harlan County School District are invited to school.
In preparation for the upcoming Commonwealth Accountability Testing System, the school district is sponsoring a pair of workshops to help parents understand the test and to provide them with information to help their children be prepared and successful.
“Parents are their children’s first and most important teacher,” said Title I Parent Liaison Jeanne Ann Lee, who will be conducting the workshop.
“Parents, grandparents and other family members have a major influence on their children’s achievement in school and through life,” noted Lee. “When parents talk to their children about school, they do better in the classroom. When parents and other family members expect their children to do well, they most often rise to meet that expectation.”
The window for the CATS assessment runs from April 21 to May 2. During this time there are important things parents can do at home to make certain their children are rested and ready to do their best when they arrive at school to take the tests.
This Parent Power Workshop “Becoming Your Child’s Partner to Proficiency” will be presented on two occasions to better meet the busy schedule of working parents. The first will be held on April 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Central Administrative Office Building, 251 Ball Park Road, Harlan. The second workshop will be held later that day in the same location from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
“This workshop will help answer questions such as, ‘Does spelling count on the test?’ and ‘Who writes these questions, anyway?’ Sample testing questions and how they are scored will be provided, as well as tips for helping your child succeed,” said Lee.
Various door prizes will be awarded. The school with the greatest parent representation at the two meetings will be awarded a Promethean slate for their school valued at $500. The Promethean slate uses technology to actively engage students in learning.
In addition to door prizes, refreshments will be provided.
The training is free. However, pre-registration is encouraged by calling Lee at 573-4330, Ext. 2020, or Ruth Clem at 573-4330, Ext. 0. You may also e-mail your registration to Jeanne.firstname.lastname@example.org Try to register by April 11 at 3 p.m. if possible.
Parents who are unable to attend are encouraged to send a delegate such as a grandparent, aunt, uncle or other significant person in their child’s life.
This is the first of a series of Parent Power Workshops which will be held throughout the 2008-2009 school year.