BY DR. TRACEY HANKINS
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
GASCONADE COUNTY R-1
The first quarter of the year will come to a close on Friday, October 13, 2017. Whether you have a kindergarten child who has learned what it means to come every day to school or a senior who knows the routine, the school years seem to pass quickly. At many dinner tables across our district one might ask, “What did you do at school today?” and many times as parents we hear the answer, “Nothing.” As parents, we know that this is not the case. Are we asking the right questions? Do we have the knowledge about what is going on in our child’s classroom to ask more specific questions? If not, how do we attain that knowledge?
The answer is clear. Teachers and principals in each of our buildings are working to educate parents about the standards and learning for our students. As educators we understand that we are your source of information. We encourage you to look at your child’s homework or the book he/she is reading and to then ask him/her questions related to the work. “What is your book about?” “Who are the characters and what are their roles?” “Tell me about…” When your child begins a new process of learning in his/her class, ask him/her to teach it to you. Engaging in conversation about school lets your child know that an education is important to you.
Parent-teacher conferences are quickly approaching on October 26th. I encourage you to come to your child’s conference with questions for the teacher/s. What do you want to know about your child’s school experience? While this is a time set aside for communication, communication does not stop here! Throughout the year, I urge you to keep in touch with your child’s teacher/s. We are your partner in assisting your child to reach his/her goal, to prepare the students for higher education in a college or technical school, and to prepare them for the workforce.