Re-1 Schools look for ‘Parent Promise’ to stay involved |

Re-1 Schools look for ‘Parent Promise’ to stay involved

Schools can’t go it alone when it comes to challenging and inspiring students to learn. It takes parents to complete the team approach.

That’s the primary message behind a Roaring Fork School District Re-1 community forum taking place at Carbondale Middle School Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m.

The forum invites parents from Re-1 schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt to hear about the district’s educational goals and policies, and to ask questions of school board members and administrators.

The purpose is two-fold, Re-1 Superintendent Judy Haptonstall said.

“One is to give parents a chance to ask questions about district strategies,” she said. “We also want to listen to parents about some things we could do to engage and invite parents into the schools to be a part of their child’s education.”

In preparing for the meeting, the Re-1 school board drew up a “Parent Promise.” The promise is both a commitment by teachers and school district officials to provide an exceptional learning environment, along with a challenge to parents to be part of their child’s education.

While schools strive to select and clearly define learning targets for each grade level, and to use individualized instruction to address students’ diverse learning styles, learning extends beyond the classroom, according to the Parent Promise that will be discussed Thursday.

“At the start of instruction, teachers explain to students what is required of them in order to demonstrate proficient or advanced levels of learning,” it explains. “Homework is assigned with a clearly defined purpose of extending or preparing for learning.”

To keep parents in the loop, they are provided with quarterly report cards and Internet access through a special Parent Portal to update their student’s progress.

In turn, the district strongly encourages parents to:

• ask children frequently about their learning;

• be involved from kindergarten through high school, by volunteering if possible, and participating in school events;

• contact teachers with any concerns;

• stay informed about how your child is doing in school; and,

• make sure your child comes to school well fed, rested and ready to learn.

As for the students themselves, they are expected to: strive to do their best work at all times, set challenging goals and chart their progress toward those goals, access additional support if needed, and arrive on time and be ready to learn.

The district held community forums last spring to discuss the changes to the school calendar, and wanted to continue them this year to address a variety of topics.

“It is a good idea to educate parents about what they can expect to see in the classrooms and involve them more,” Haptonstall said. “You can never do too much outreach.”

Thursday’s forum will also include a special effort to reach out to Spanish-speaking parents by spreading the word about the event through Latino parent liaisons in the schools, and by providing translators at the meeting.

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