Fruitvale ISD Students and Families,
As a parent of a high school, junior high and elementary student, I know how difficult it is to prioritize school work at home after a long day. So, just how important is it that you work with your children at home with their school work?

Studies of families show that what the family does with the children is more important to student success than family income or the education level of the parents. The benefits for students when parents are actively involved in schools include:

• Higher grades and test scores
• Better attendance and more homework completed
• Fewer placements in special education
• More positive attitudes and behaviors
• Higher graduation rates
• Greater enrollment in post-secondary education

Parent involvement is more than good attendance at school-sponsored events and volunteer programs. The strongest support for learning occurs at home through positive parenting, nightly reading, homework policies, and high expectations.

I know my children's success depends on my support each day. My youngest daughter; when putting money in her bank last year, said she was saving to go to princess college, because we talk about college in our home as if it were high school, everyone in our house is doing it.

Parents, grandparents, you are your child's greatest example and teacher. Support what they are learning in school, it can make a tremendous difference. In fact, research suggests that adult support may be the single most important aspect of how children succeed in school and life.

If we can better support you with working with your child at home contact your child’s teacher, we want you and your child to experience success in the work you are doing at home. Thanks for your support of Fruitvale ISD.

Rebecca Bain