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Teachers association says parent should get involved

August 31, 1999|By BRUCE HAMILTON

Parents who want their youngsters to succeed in school should get to know their teachers, according to the Washington County Teachers Association.

In the coming weeks, schools will sponsor open houses and back-to-school nights, which are opportunities for parents to hear details about curriculum and student achievement and meet staff.

The association encourages parents to form partnerships with educators. "Teachers appreciate knowing parents are open to hearing feedback on how the student is progressing," said Sharon Chirgott, WCTA president.

A good relationship between parent and teacher is vital, she said. "If it's a supportive and collaborative alliance, kids just simply can't do poorly."

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Parents should also make it a point to meet other school employees, such as cafeteria staff, secretaries and bus drivers, the WCTA says.

"It is important to build relationships with the whole system," Chirgott said.

Students benefit when parents participate in their education, and praise helps ensure achievement, Chirgott said. She recommended parents emphasize reading and homework and regularly schedule teacher conferences.

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