Helping Your Child Succeed

Family-School Partnership:

Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed at Blaker-Kinser

  • Ensure that your child attends school and is on time every day. Teaching and learning happens every period, every day – Every Day Counts! When students absolutely must be absent, ensure the student sees the teacher for make up work the day he/she returns to school.

  • Ask your student what they learned in school that day and don’t accept “nothing” for an answer.

  • Students should read 20 - 30 minutes each evening. If your student doesn’t have a required book that he/she is reading for a class, he/she should check one out from the library. Encourage your student to read for pleasure.

  • Make sure there is a quiet place at home for your student to complete homework and reading. Encourage students to attend Homework Club Tuesday through Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30 for help with homework or just a quiet place to complete assignments.

  • Check your student’s homework calendar nightly. Ask to see the work and compare it to what is on the homework calendar. Read over your student’s homework to make sure it is written neatly and in complete sentences. Read your child's essays to give them another audience for their writing.

  • Remind student to pack their backpack with supplies: binder with dividers, pencils, blue or black pens, erasers, paper.

  • Check to make sure your student has school work and papers in an organized folder or binder. If this is not the case, help him/her organize the work. Work stuffed into a backpack ensures it will be lost or forgotten.

  • Sign up for Parent Portal. This web program allows you to see each teacher’s gradebook via the Internet. Check Parent Portal a few times a week.

  • Check their progress reports. Many teachers will give students a printed progress report listing every assignment and the score on the assignment every 2-3 weeks. Be sure to ask your student about progress reports!

  • Email or call teacher(s) whenever you have a concern. Email and phone numbers are in the Student handbook and on the school’s website:

  • Provide consequences at home if students are not doing their “job” in school. Reward student achievement and effort with special family activities.

  • As a family, discuss movies, TV shows and current events. Ask students what they think about the characters, conflict and setting. Have them defend their thinking.

  • Help them study! Teachers will have students prepare study guides, note cards, and other materials from which to study. Help them to use these to prepare for upcoming tests.

  • Encourage healthy habits. Regular sleeping times, good eating habits and physical exercise are critical for student success. Ensure your child eats three balanced meals a day. Pack a snack for during nutrition break or after school. Teenagers need 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night and regular meals. Applications for Free or Reduced meals at school are available in the office and on the CUSD website.

  • Monitor and set limits on time spent watching TV, using the computer and playing video games. Check out your child’s My Space and Internet accounts. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and to be involved!