Utah Student Planning Guide Grades 7-8 - page 22

A New Wave Of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on Student Achievement
Parents and students alike might be a bit anxious
about the move to junior high when everything
changes – or so it might seem. The school is
bigger, there’s more homework – from more than
one teacher – and students are going through a lot
of personal changes, maybe even rejecting your
help and involvement in their lives.
This is no time to step back!
Research* shows
that students with involved parents are more
likely to:
Earn higher grades and test scores;
Enroll in higher level programs;
Attend school regularly;
Have better social skills;
Graduate from high school on time; and –
Go on to 1, 2, 4 or more years of college.
Get involved at a level that suits you and your
If your school administration isn’t
reaching out to you, reach out to them. Find out
what you can do to help, and how best to
contribute to your child’s success and the success
of the school.
If you can only commit to
one in-person appearance
at school this year, be
there for your student’s
planning meeting!
A note to parents
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