Parent meeting draws huge response; anti-bullying emphasized

Open house and parent night drew 424 parents to the Southwest Campus during a night filled with information, fun and social activity.

Kindergarten-through fifth-grade campus director Twilet Alexander led the proceedings at the multi-purpose center where guests received parent/student handbooks and learned about changes to standardized testing this year. She also focused on homework, makeup homework, after-school and Saturday tutorials and data-driven student assessments.

Other agenda items included proper dress code, school day hours, tips on how to contact staff, school visits, attendance, transportation, school nurse information, special programs, volunteering and cheerleading.

And as on the other two campuses earlier this week, the campus director spent a considerable amount of time discussing the district’s anti-bullying campaign, which is receiving high-priority attention this year.

“We want parents to know that kids should be able to communicate with them immediately if they feel they are being bullied,” said Mrs. Alexander, who also directs the special education and English as a Second Language programs. “Mom or dad needs to inform us immediately of a problem so we can nip it in the bud.”

Signs are posted on all three campuses that urge people to treat each other with respect and kindness “all day, every day.”

Pre-K through 5th grade parents also spent time visiting their children’s classrooms and picking up chocolate variety packs for a fund-raising campaign that started Thursday, Sept. 1, and continues through Sept. 26. Teachers had fun showcasing their classrooms and introducing parents to technology that enhances student learning. Food and drink were served during the three-hour orientation.

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