It was a role reversal at S.C. Lee Junior High School as parents headed back to class instead of the students.
Through the school’s new Parent University, parents learned how to track their students’ assignments, grades, attendance and behavior in school.
Sixth-grade teachers Michael Tate and Robert Turner demonstrated how to access team homework and tutoring schedules on the school’s website. They also explained the Zeros Aren’t Permitted program known as ZAP.
“Lessons and assignments are building blocks. If a student misses mastering important concepts, they will have more difficulty with later lessons. This program will help to bridge that gap,” explained Tate.
Students who have uncompleted assignments in several courses are given an opportunity to catch up on Thursday evenings or Saturday mornings through specialized tutoring.
Parents can access the information through the school district’s online portal, Skyward Family Access, using any device with internet access.
Parents with an active email address are able to communicate with teachers and easily track their students’ grades, homework, attendance, discipline reports and assignments.
Once the parent account is established, it remains active until the student graduates or withdraws from the Cove school district.
School counselors Sylvia Dewald and Maggie Velarde demonstrated the program and provided parents with their passwords.
Parents not able to attend the training may contact the student services office at S.C. Lee to obtain a parent password.
The meeting concluded with a demonstration of a Schoology parent account. Schoology is the school district’s new learning management system that teachers use to post lesson materials and assignments digitally to which students have access from any internet-connected device.
The parent account allows parents to view these lesson materials, assignments, quizzes, discussions, and their own child’s assignment submissions’ grades within Schoology. Parents may create an account using an access code given to those in attendance.
Parents with more than one child in the Cove school district may link each student account to one parent account but must have a separate access code for each child.
Parents should contact their child’s teachers to request a parent access code, said Principal Kayleen Love.
“Finding ways to get information into the parents’ hands has long been a goal of ours at S.C. Lee,” Love said. “We decided that having a standing meeting that offered information on topics that parents and families would find helpful would be one of the best things we could do to strengthen the school-home relationship.”
S.C. Lee’s next Parent University is scheduled for Oct. 20. Notifications will be sent through the S.C. Lee Remind group using class code @scleejhs.