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September 1, 2012

Take steps to ensure student success

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3) Day planners are sanity savers for college students and professionals but keeping one as early as middle school is a good starting place. South Kortright Central School Guidance Counselor Jo Boring suggested day planners as help for students who are moving from a homeroom-based classroom to class- and room-switching schedules. This is a stress-reducing resource that helps keep the days in order, tracks when assignments are due, marks changes in the regular schedule and highlights other important dates.

4) If possible to do before school begins, plan a gathering at a local park or playground with other children in the classroom and their parents. Boring suggested this as well as play time on weekends with your child and classmates to help build friendships. Those bonds help make school more enjoyable for shy or reluctant socializers and establish possible study and project partners. For parents, this is the foundation for learning more about what goes on at school for conversation topics in the future.

5) Young children who are not quite ready for the day-planner routine often have announcements, graded homework, new assignments and notes from teachers all stuffed into their backpacks. Make a daily routine of looking through the pack. That is Tammi Smith’s advice for parents of young children. In middle school and high school there is a tendency to not share many details of the day with parents, but the conversations about what went on at school helps with student success.

6) Study and homework before television, texting and games is a goal that is much easier said than done these days, but this advice makes every list on school-year success.  South Kortright Central School Superintendent Pat Norton-White is also a parent and teacher. Norton-White talked about the importance of limiting the computer, games and television time. Monitoring how much time is spent using any electronic devices is difficult, but they become a key component of teaching children about time management and having priorities.

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