Category Archives: Helpful Information

Questions to Ask During the Parent-Teacher Conference

  • What subject does my student like most? Least?
  • What can I do to help my student with subjects he finds difficult?
  • How can I help my student study? Prepare for class? Improve his work? A good time to ask these questions is when the teacher gives you samples of your son’s or daughter’s work.
  • Is my student trying as hard as he/she can?
  • Does my student participate in class discussions and activities?
  • Is my student in different classes or groups for different subjects? Which ones? How are the groups determined?
  • How well does my student get along with others?
  • Has my student missed classes?
  • Have you noticed changes in the way my student acts? For example, have you noticed squinting, tiredness, or moodiness that might be a sign of physical or other problems?
  • How are you measuring my student’s progress? Through tests? Portfolios? Class participation? Projects?
  • What kinds of tests do you give? What do the tests show about my student’s progress? How does my student handle taking tests?
          – Tip Sheet including questions above [PDF]
Ed100 – Parent-Teacher Conferences: Common Sense Standards and More                  [Ed100 Parent Leader Guide]

Screenagers Documentary on Social Media

Screenagers Documentary on Social Media
Followed by a facilitated discussion with SCUSD Social Worker.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Mission City Center for Performing Arts
(next to Wilcox High School)
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Free – Students Invited too!
Please RSVP
Sponsored by Wilcox High School PTSA
Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

“Real Parents, Real Kids, Real Talk” Parent-Teen Communication

This is an open and honest discussion of best communication techniques with teens, behavior management and why sometimes we need to let our kids fail…come hear our speaker, Susan Stone Belton as she provides parents
wisdom and not just theory.
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017
7:00 pm
Mission City Center for Performing Arts
(next to Wilcox High School)
3250 Monroe St [map]
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Free
Space is limited, please RSVP
Sponsored by Wilcox High School PTSA

Can My PTA Help the Harvey Flood Victims?

PTAs are prohibited from making personal gifts to a specified family or individual.

PTAs may participate in community relief efforts by making a monetary donation to a relief organization recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. Organizations such as the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and United Way handle donations for relief efforts under benevolent fund procedures, which means that funds are received for disbursement to a broad class of potential recipients.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Texas PTA
Yahoo

Help Your Student Succeed

It’s back-to-school time! Read on for a few tips to make this school year the best yet for your child:

  • Family engagement is the key to success – Decades of research proves that family engagement helps kids perform better in school and overall in their lives. Read with your child, help them with homework, stay connected with their teachers to help your child do their very best, ask questions about your child’s day and ensure they are prepared and on time for school each day. And join your local PTA! Parent engagement impacts student success and well-being far more than parents’ income, education or ZIP code.
  • Be prepared for the school year – Give your student the best head-start they can get by being ready for the new school year when school begins. Connect with local organizations and resources to ensure your child has school supplies, new clothes and anything else they need, be sure to know when their school day begins and ends, connect with other parents in your area and keep yourself organized to make school mornings easier on your family.
  • Engage with PTA – Join a local PTA at your child’s school or start your own! Download and print the “Why PTA” flier – available in six languages – to learn why your school needs a PTA. Encourage other parents at your child’s school to become more involved in their child’s education by joining the PTA. Learn more here.

Look Before You Lock – Important Safety Tips for Parents This Summer

As summer temperatures begin to rise, families will start making preparations for summer vacation and outings. For many, summertime is often the most fun, but unfortunately, it can also be the most dangerous – especially for children. Whether enjoying the outdoors, a road trip or a day of family fun, it’s important to keep in mind the dangers that are associated with kids in hot vehicles.
Heatstroke is one of the leading causes of death among children.Children can overheat up to five times faster than adults – leaving a child in a vehicle that can rise 20 degrees in temperature within only 10 minutes or 50 degrees in an hour can cause serious injuries and could turn into a tragedy.

While the outside temperature may be 60 degrees, the temperature inside your car can reach 110 degrees. On a 100-degree day, it can be 160 degrees inside.

Leaving a child alone in an unattended vehicle is illegal in California, and the consequences are serious — severe injury or death of child caused by heatstroke, being arrested and jailed, and a lifetime of regret. From 1998-2014, a total of 636 children lost their lives as a result of heatstroke in hot vehicles. Sadly, 2017 has already witnessed two child heatstroke deaths.
To avoid contributing to these astonishing statistics, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) reminds parents, caregivers and other family members to keep the following important tips in mind this summer:
  • Get into a routine – develop a habit of always checking the backseat before you lock it and walk away.
  • Place a stuffed animal next to you, or your phone, briefcase or purse near your child’s safety seat – this will be a gentle reminder that your child is in the car.
  • Set a daily routine check – if others are in charge of dropping your child off, request that daycare providers contact you if your child is ever late to arrive or never arrives.
  • Do not assume that parking in a shaded area is safer or cooler. This can be equally as dangerous for your child.
  • Teach your child that vehicles are not a play area. Keep your vehicle locked and always keep your keys out of reach. Three in 10 heatstroke deaths happen when an unattended child gets access to a vehicle.
If you see a child left alone in a vehicle, call 911 immediately, get the child out of the car, spray the child with cool water, stay with them until help arrives, and have someone else search for the driver or ask the facility to page them. Heatstroke can occur in outside temperatures as low as 57 degrees – do not assume that a lower outdoor temperature means they are safe.