Last week were parent-teacher conferences in our district. There has been much research conducted on the importance of parental involvement in the education of children. Research supports that students who have involved parents:
1. earn higher grades and test scores;
2. enroll in higher level programs;
3. are promoted, pass their classes, and earn credits;
4. attend school regularly;
5. have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school;
6. graduate and go on to post secondary education.
(From A NEW WAVE OF EVIDENCE, Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 2002)

This report also states that schools who engage families in ways that improve learning as well as support parental involvement at home and school, have students that make greater gains. With the understanding of the benefits, schools must build partnerships with families, respond to parent concerns, honor family contributions,and share decision-making responsibilities. When this occurs, connections are sustained and improved student achievement takes place.

There are many ways parents can become involved in their child’s schooling, among which are:
1. attend parent-teacher conferences;
2. check parent portal and study wiz to determine a child’s work completion (if this is available in your builidng);
3. volunteer for field trips and special activities;
4. ask your child’s teacher how you can be of help;
5. check announcements and our district website to keep up on activities;
6. serve on a committee by donating time or funds among which are SIAC (School Improvement Advisory Council), PACK, curriculum committees, CTE (Career and Technical Ed) Advisory Council, Band Boosters, Athletic Boosters, and Maquoketa Schools Education Fund;
7. talk with your child daily about school and what s/he is learning, offer help, encourage reading at home, and discuss the importance of education for a successful future.

We, in the Maquoketa Community School District, welcome your participation as we partner to provide life-long learning opportunities for all students and strive towards enabling all learners to develop their potential.