What's the best school? One in which parents are involved

What is the best school for my child?

As the Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) school liaison officer, I am asked that question more often than any other. It is also one of the questions for which there is no definitive answer.

So many variables go into what makes a school “good.” No website rating, performance score or school report card will paint the whole picture for a parent. One variable is certain, however: The school that will be best for your child is the school in which you will be involved.

I recently sent a quick note to my son’s 11th grade English teacher. It was simple — just a few words asking her to give me more information about a discipline note my son had brought home. She responded with an email that ended with, “Thank you for advocating for your son. I don’t get many notes from parents asking for more information.”

I didn’t see this as advocating. I know my son can be a handful, and I wasn’t questioning whether he should have been disciplined. I just wanted to know what I needed to talk to him about to be sure he was following class rules.

I realized then that the simple note let her know that I cared. I was involved.

Even at 16 years old, my student also needs to know that I am connected to his school and his teachers.

No matter your child’s grade level and no matter your daily responsibilities, there is always an opportunity to be involved in your child’s education. Being involved sends a message to your child that education is a priority to you and that you consider school a worthwhile cause.

There are always opportunities to volunteer in schools, join and attend parent-teacher meetings or help with fundraising campaigns. Additionally, in our modern age of technology, there are numerous ways for parents to stay connected even if they cannot step foot on a school campus.

Many teachers have and use email. If you can’t get to a phone during the school day, email lets you confer with your child’s teacher whenever it is convenient for you. Tell your child that you’ve emailed the teacher, as this will let your child know that you are not out of the loop.

Online grading systems are in place in most middle and high schools and even some elementary schools. With a user name and password, you can access your child’s grade daily. No longer do parents need to wait for a report card to see how a student is doing. This gives parents an opportunity to reinforce excellent behavior and assist students who need help before too much time passes.

Some teachers have also found websites to be useful communication tools. Teachers will post their daily assignments, important class events and long-term project timelines on their website. Parents can view these pages anywhere they have Internet access — whether they are in the home with the child or on deployment. Your students will be impressed if you know what they did in school today when you are halfway around the world.

With all that technology has to offer parents who want to be involved in their child’s education, nothing takes away from the personal contact you can make with your child every day. Even better than “How was your day?” you can ask, “What is something you learned today?” or “What are you looking forward to in school tomorrow?” This might initiate a conversation about your child’s education that you would not otherwise have had.

— For more information on how you can stay connected with your child’s education, or for any K-12 school-related issues, call the NBVC school liaison officer, Monica James, at 805-989-5211 or email monica.james@navy.mil.

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