Parents key to student achievement

Posted by Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 8/27/2018 3:00:00 PM

Research proves what school principals and classroom teachers know first-hand: students achieve when parents or guardians are actively and consistently involved in their child’s school. Like a mirror, your child will reflect the value you place on education.


When parents are engaged, students achieve greater success! Here are ways parents can help their students:


  • Remember the importance of attendance -- every student, every class, every day. Peoria Public School principals and teachers build creative, positive incentive programs for high attendance rates, but the real incentive comes from home. When you make sure your student gets a good night’s rest and wakes up each day in time to prepare for school and catch their bus or walk, you let your child know that their education is a top priority.

  • Read with your students. Studies have shown that literacy skills are strongly correlated with academic success, and reading aloud to very young children can help promote kindergarten readiness. Of course, reading is important for students of all ages. Survey findings from Scholastic show kids of all ages want books that make them laugh, so ask your child’s teacher or a librarian for fun recommendations.

  • Attend your child’s Back-to-School night. Over the next month, each Peoria Public School will host a Back-to-School night. If you haven’t already, make the time to meet your student’s teachers, guidance counselor and principal. Learn about your student’s behavior and academic expectations, and how you can help them succeed.

  • Get involved in your school’s Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). Involvement in your school’s PTO makes everyone’s jobs easier – your job as a parent and our job as educators. Parenting is full of challenges. Forming friendships and being allies with other parents will make your job easier. PTOs also are an invaluable source of help and support for school staff. Your school PTO will begin meeting in coming weeks, and our district-wide PTO Council will meet Tuesday. Take the time to attend meetings and events and interact with your PTO through social media.
  • The Peoria Public Schools Foundation offers ways to take school involvement to another level. PPS students need real-world career information from adults in a wide variety of professions. Horizons Program mentors spend 60-to-90 minutes meeting with groups of students during lunch time sharing their professional stories. Through the PPS Foundation Adopt-A-School program your business, employer, civic group or faith organization can partner with your student’s school. The Adopt-A-School coordinator will work with you to design a partnership that fits your resources and the school’s needs, whether a one-time event or an ongoing program.

Finally, the first Parent University for 2018-2019 will be Thursday, September 27, 5 to 8 p.m. at Tanner’s Orchard. Watch and the district social media for details in coming weeks. 

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