Every Monday during the school year on Cherokee County School District social media, we share advice for school success from one of our top teachers. Here are a few of their suggestions to help you and your children get the new school year off to a great start.
– Barbara P. Jacoby serves as chief communications officer for the Cherokee County School District, and is a CCSD parent with four children.
“‘Prepare your kid for the path – not the path for your kid.’ Learning, like life, isn’t easy. Failure is inevitable. I would challenge parents to help their kids learn how to take ownership of their shortcomings, be humble and appreciative, and respond with dignity when adversity hits.”
— Josh Thomas, Cherokee High
“Parents have to let their children take risks and learn from failures. Each day of learning brings new challenges, and students must learn how to dig deep and persevere through these challenges. Students who are able to overcome obstacles will be better prepared for future careers and life in general.”
— Vickie Cater, Little River Elementary
“Encouragement and involvement are two extremely important things children need from their parents. Students need someone who will encourage them to continue trying to overcome difficult situations. Giving up is too easy, especially without positive encouragement.”
— Cary Johnson, E.T. Booth Middle
“Parents can show their children the value of the word ‘yet.’ Help them see that even though they don’t know how to do something ‘yet,’ they can persist. This will help them build their confidence and help them see that success comes through effort and continual development.”
— Autumn Hamilton, i-Grad Virtual Academy
“Parents are essential for fostering a love for learning. Allowing children the opportunity to explore, to read, to talk and to share is critical. Talking to your children about what they are learning and offering support encourages children to be their best. Parents are a child’s first teacher.”
— Makay Morgan, Holly Springs Elementary STEM Academy
“Reading is such an important life skill, and parents can help by making reading a fun and positive experience for their child. This can be a fun bedtime story, a parent reading a book aloud or a parent and child sharing the reading. A trip to the public library also can be a fun time to choose books for this special reading time.”
— Tiffany Bearden, Ball Ground Elementary STEM Academy
“Parents can help their children by teaching them how to respect one another, themselves and the adults with whom they interact. I would encourage every parent to set time aside to talk with their students about how their school day went, what they are learning or find interesting about their studies, and to encourage them to dream and explore.”
— Christine Van de Cayzeele, Woodstock Middle