Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 17, 2013

Community input: Parents should attend forums

— — Parents across Tazewell County are encouraged to participate in one of several community meetings planned across the region, including a forum tonight beginning at 7 p.m. at Tazewell Middle School.

The meetings are designed to give parents an opportunity to provide input and make suggestions regarding the school system and their child’s school. The hope is to improve communications between parents and the school system, according to Tazewell County School Superintendent Dr. Michaelene Meyer.

All too often parents are not actively involved in their children’s education. And that’s unfortunate. Parents do need to know what is going on at their child’s school. And they need to know what their children are doing in school. Any and all efforts to actively engage parents in their children’s education should be welcomed.

Teachers can influence children for only part of the school day. Once the students leave their classrooms and go home, parents must take over. They need to make sure their children do their homework and get enough sleep to prepare them for the new day. Teachers cannot make sure homework gets done and the children go to bed on time.

Parents are responsible for habits and behavior that occur outside the classroom. This is why communication between parents and teachers is so important.

Meyer is hosting the forum for parents and concerned citizens who may want to make suggestions and share insight into what is going on in the schools, according to Steve Davis, vice chairman of the Tazewell County School Board.

“It will be a way for people to share short and long term goals for our schools and students,” Davis said Monday.

Tonight’s meeting starts at 7 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m. at Tazewell Middle School. Three additional forums will follow. The second session will be held at Richlands Middle School on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m., and a third forum will follow at Graham Middle School on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Parents and concerned citizens also will be encouraged to provide input at the meetings on how to shape the vision of 21st century learning and technology. The school system is hoping to schedule additional community forums in the weeks and months ahead, according to Davis.

We think the community forums are a good idea, and a great way to engage parents in school system activities, and their children’s education. We would encourage all parents to consider attending the community forum scheduled for their respective community.

The more involved parents are in their children’s education the better.

 

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