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Elementary School Families

Students, parents, and teachers gather on the first day of school at Bryant-Webster School

There are several ways to get involved early in your student’s progress toward graduation

Becoming ready for college and career doesn’t have to wait until high school! DPS offers supports and services to help students explore their interests and prepare for college and career early. To take advantage of these opportunities, talk with your child’s school counselor and teachers about your child’s interests.

Attendance is the foundation for success

Students learn best when they are in school. When absences add up, students miss valuable lessons and the opportunity to practice. Studies from across the country show that students who have poor attendance are more likely to fall behind in school.

How you can help: Make sure your child consistently attends school every day, and schedule appointments during afterhours and non-school days.

All students contribute to a positive learning environment.

Studies show a direct link between behavior and academic performance; when a student’s behavior is disruptive to his or her own learning, he or she can fall behind. Even at a young age, students can start working on developing their 21st-century skills by learning to focus, getting along with others and growing academically, socially and emotionally.

How you can help: Reinforce good behavior at home, as your child self-awareness and consideration for others. If a disruptive behavioral problem develops, parents and students can build relationships with teachers and work together to set learning and behavioral goals that lead to a solution.

Focus on the Whole Child.

In DPS, we know success goes beyond academic achievements. That’s why we intentionally focus on the Whole Child: to ensure students are Healthy, Supported, Engaged, Challenged, Safe, and Socially and Emotionally Intelligent.

How you can help: As a parent, we encourage you to engage in the Whole Child work by telling your school leader about the needs and opportunities you see for your child or in your school community at large.

Raising the rigor: Proficiency matters.

New skills are built upon skills previously learned, which means being able to read, write and do math at grade level is critical to your child’s academic growth and development. It is important for students and parents to understand learning goals for each class and to understand when extra support is needed. By having a thorough understanding of grade-level content, students are ready for the challenges that come with moving forward to the next grade.

How you can help: You can measure your child’s assessments and proficiency levels on the parent portal, and have conversations with your child’s teacher to discuss their progress.

Challenge your student outside of school.

Look for ways to connect the skills learned in the classroom to everyday challenges.

How you can help:

  • Help your child learn to persevere in solving problems by encouraging a trial-and-error process that involves multiple and creative strategies for discovering solutions.
  • Practice communication skills by talking with your child about their day, homework and how he or she is learning.
  • Practice collaboration by working together to solve everyday problems like reading a restaurant menu or calculating a tip.
  • Practice critical thinking by asking your child to explain their answers, summarize a book or analyze current events.
  • Practice technology skills by supervising computer time or utilizing real-world opportunities like self-checkout at the grocery store or ATMs.
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Bryant-Webster Dual Language ECE-8 family stands outside school