How to Get Involved in Your Child's Education
- KNOW the school policies and expectations.
- K-6 Handbook
- Junior High Handbook
- High School Handbook
- TALK to your child’s teachers—you are an important part of your child’s education.
- Ask to see a sample of your child’s work
- Ask the teacher questions like:
- Is my child learning to read and write?
- What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses?
- What can I do at home to make sure that my child is successful?
- Curriculum Preview Night (offered at the very beginning of each school year)
- Parent/Teacher Conferences (varies by school)
- Open House (offered at the very beginning of the school year)
- School events such as athletics, concerts, festivals, dances, and plays
- JOIN IN:
- Classroom Volunteer
- Room Mom/Dad
- Library/Cafeteria volunteer
- Recess volunteer
- Field Trip chaperone
- Assistance with interpreting/translating
- PTO (Parent Teacher Organization)
- READ to your child and have him or her read to you every day for at least 15 minutes
- Ask your child to retell a story in his or her own words by telling what happened first, second, and third
- Look for opportunities in everyday places to build your child’s vocabulary
- Be sure your child has a library card - many libraries have book clubs and family activities that make reading fun for the entire family
- ASK questions when you are not sure about something. We are here to help!
Federal and State Law
- Three main federal court cases provide the legal foundation for providing equal educational opportunity to English Learners: Lau v. Nichols (1973), Castaneda v. Pickard (1981), Plyer v. Doe (1982).
- In compliance with federal and state law, Sycamore Community Schools provides services to English Learners (ELs) who qualify for ESOL services.
- For more information on these laws, please visit this website which provides information on the legal provisions for the education of English Language Learners.
Ohio Department of Education/Lau Resource Center (click here to be redirected to ODE/LAU)
- Ensures equal opportunities for English Learners in the state of Ohio.