Hello SAISD Parents,
Welcome back as we start a new semester for our children. This week I would like to go over a couple of different issues. The first one may be sensitive, but I feel that it’s essential that as parents, we get our education as well. So, if any of my parents didn’t get a chance to graduate or obtain a GED, it’s never too late, you can find help at the Texas Workforce Commission. If you call, please ask for the Adult Basic Education in Texas. This program also offers Adult Preparation classes, which can help you prepare for the test. Parents, if you need to contact them, you can call T-Call at 800-441- READ (7323) or email them at (email@example.com). I want you to know that it’s never too late to get an education.
The next thing I want to talk about is how many parents have children that often come home with negative comments about a particular teacher? This seems to be a topic that I am frequently asked about, so let's see if we can figure this out together. I would love to hear from the parents and the students. When our children get into their middle and high school years, it's hard to figure out why they might be doing better in one class than in another. Parents, if any of you are experiencing this, my advice to you is to reach out to all the teachers. Then after receiving the response, sit down with your child and ask what is it that I can do to help you in this class. Then I would email the teacher to set up a conference so that you can address your concerns if you're unable to find a solution then contact the principal. The most important thing is to follow through and listen to our children. I also found a program that helps parents, students, and teachers, along with school administrators; it's called "The Opportunity Myth." This program gives us all the tools we need to have a successful conference that will help us create a better educational experience for our children. The idea is fantastic, and it's working for many parents, so I encourage you to read the flyer below, and let's start giving our children a chance to speak up and tell us how they’re feeling about their education.
Lastly, Parents we have some exciting news, Sam Houston has a new football coach. The new coach is Quincey Stewart, who has been at Duncanville, a 6A school whom he helped them win back to back championships, and on top of that, he played in the NFL. Parents, Coach Stewart, is on a mission to revive our football team. It's an honor to have a coach with this much experience and who is also coming in with a positive attitude for our Eastside Community. So, as your 8th graders are picking their high school electives, know that at Sam Houston, we offer many programs such as STEM, Culinary Arts, Sports, Band, and ROTC. If any parent or student needs me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a Blessed a Week,
As a parent or family member, you have the opportunity to be an invaluable partner in shaping your child’s school experiences. You have the right to know what’s happening in your child’s classroom and school, and to raise questions and concerns.
This is not a checklist. Rather, it is a collection of tools and resources to support productive conversations with your child’s teachers and school leaders, and to advocate for improvements in students’ school experiences like those discussed in The Opportunity Myth:
Share your child’s academic or career goals with their teachers, both for the school year and for the long-term.
Share feedback about your child’s school experiences, both positive and negative, with your child’s teachers and school leaders. Work with your child’s school to ensure they act on the feedback you and your child have shared.
Ask your child about what they’re learning in school and check out the assignments they bring home. Familiarize yourself with the kinds of assignments you should expect at your child’s grade level, and check to see if they seem to be experiencing grade-level content. Learning Heroes’ Readiness Roadmap is a good resource, as is our student work library. For parents who speak Spanish, Univision’s Clave al Éxito will be a useful resource as well.
Ask your child’s teachers and school leaders about how their current schoolwork will prepare them to reach their academic and career goals. Does your child have a chance to think deeply in their classes? To solve problems creatively? To read high-quality texts (or listen to them before they are able to read independently), and analyze them in conversation and writing? Talk to their teachers if you think your child should be doing more of the thinking in their classroom.
Ask your child’s teachers and school leaders directly whether your child will be college and career ready when they graduate, based on their performance in class today. Is your child on grade level? Request that your child’s school answers that question directly and provides accessible information about whether your child is meeting grade-level standards for college readiness. If report cards don’t directly answer that question, ask that they be redesigned to include information about college readiness. This guide can help you prepare for a meeting with your child’s teachers.
Share your concerns with the principal of your child’s school or your local school board if your child isn’t receiving high-quality schoolwork or you aren’t able to access clear information about whether your child is on grade level. Organize with your local Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) or other parent forums to demand high-quality experiences for your students. This form language can provide a starting point for addressing concerns with your child’s principal or school board.
For more tools and resources, visit tntp.org/studentexperiencetoolkit