COMPILED BY KIMBERLY EWERTZ
In August, summer temps still call for air conditioning and dips in the swimming pool. But most school districts begin the new academic year mid month. With leisurely summer days quickly coming to an end, we asked local parents and kids what they like best and worst about the start of a new school year.
A Successful School Year Always Starts At Home
GUSD offers orientations to help students acclimate to classes
As the new school year begins, most parents hope their children will have a successful year. According to educational experts, the groundwork for that success begins at home.
Patricia Mondragon, assistant principal of South Valley Middle School, said the parents’ role in education is key.
“What’s really going to set the foundation for a successful year is the parents making sure they give the children the structure needed to be successful,” she said.
Research shows the more parents are involved, the better their kids do in school, explained Dr. Deborah A. Flores, superintendent of Gilroy Unified School District.
“It’s really an important role as … READ MORE
Mothers Prepare Kids For Start Of New School Year
CUSD teachers spend summer working on academic plans
If you have children in the Campbell Union School District, now is the time to get into back-to-school mode. With fall just around the corner, the first day of school for CUSD students is Wed. Aug. 19.
Many parents, such as Jill Cook of Campbell, will spend the next two weeks ensuring their children are ready for the first day of school. Cook plans to let daughter Jamie, 8, a third-grader at Village School, do a little shopping at one of her favorite stores, Justice, before school starts.
“I promised her I would take her to pick up a couple of new outfits,” Cook said.
She will also let her son Ryan, 11, … READ MORE
Balance Words Of Correction With More Encouragement
MUSD campuses get facelifts, new construction projects move forward
KRISTI PARKER JOHNSON
Seven to one: seven words of encouragement for every word of correction.
That’s the formula parents should follow as they communicate with their children, and the key to ensuring their children are successful in school, according to Morgan Hill Unified School District Superintendent Steve Betando.
With the new academic year launching Aug. 13, Betando offered these and other words of wisdom to parents.
“Communicate with your children,” he said. “Talk about what they’ve done during the day. Balance words of correction with encouragement.”
While most students spent their summer thinking about anything but school, Betando and his staff were busy preparing for the start of the next school year. Teachers spent their summer vacations taking … READ MORE
All Classrooms Spiffed Up, Ready For New School Year
Student orientations, meet-the-teacher events scheduled at LGUSD
Pretty soon we’ll say good-bye to summer. The days will get a little shorter and the nights a little cooler. If you’re a parent, the start of fall means one thing–it’s time for your kid or kiddos to go back to school after a couple of months of hiatus that were likely filled with summer camps and travel.
If you live in Los Gatos, the first day of school for the Los Gatos Union School District is Monday, Aug. 17.
Parents of elementary school students will have the opportunity to bring their kids to meet their new teachers on Aug. 14. Also, the R.J. Fisher Middle … READ MORE
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