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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, October 12, 2006

What can parents do to ensure their child is successful in school?

Advertiser Staff

  • Talk with your child about the importance of school. Ask about teachers, assignments, friends and activities.

  • Establish a line of communication with school staff. Keep in touch with teachers and guidance counselors by scheduling periodic meetings or corresponding regularly to discuss academic expectations and your child's progress.

  • Help with homework. Review assignments so that you will know in which subjects your child is excelling, needs help or lacks enthusiasm. Ask your child's teachers if classroom and homework assignments are posted on the school's Web site.

  • Attend school functions. Participate in events such as open houses and parent-teacher conferences. Find out about volunteer opportunities and how you can become involved in school improvement efforts. Join or start a parent support network.

    Source: U.S. Department of Education, The Achiever, September 2006


    American Indian/Alaska Native students represent about 1 percent of the total student population in the United States. In 2005, this represented approximately 46,000 students at grade 4 and 45,000 at grade 8 who were identified as AI/AN in official school records.

    Source: National Center for Education Statistics



    A new magnet school that is teaching core subjects from a global perspective opened this fall in Danbury, Conn., with 267 students.

    The Western Connecticut Academy of International Studies Magnet School offers kindergartners through fourth-graders an intensive Spanish immersion program as part of a multinational education.

    Housed on the campus of Western Connecticut State University, the school has an amphitheater, a planetarium, SMARTboards and wireless connections to the Internet. As a result of the college connection, the university's professors and students will contribute to enriching the curriculum at the school.

    Source: U.S. Department of Education, The Achiever, October 2006