Sunday, November 11, 2018
What to Ask at a Parent-Teacher Conference
Effective parent involvement includes a range of actions from reading and talking with children and asking "What did you learn today?" to attending parent-teacher conferences and helping children and youth make good choices about what they do after school and in the summer.
Take advantage of parent-teacher conferences during the school year. Think of some questions and concerns you may have and write them down before your meeting. Keep track of your child's schoolwork to help you with your questions. You are in a position to share important information, as well as ask questions.
Remember, you can and should talk to your child's teacher throughout the year.
QUESTIONS TO ASK FOR STUDENTS IN ALL GRADES:
- Is my child performing at grade level?
- What are my child's strengths and weaknesses in reading, math, and science?
- How much time should my child spend on homework?
- Are my child's assignments completed accurately?
- Does the school have special programs to meet my child's needs?
- Does my child have special learning needs? Are there special classes my child should be in?
- Do you keep a folder of my child's work? If yes, could you review it with me?
- Does my child have close friends? How well does my child get along with the other students?
- What can we do at home to support classroom learning?
- What is the best way to keep in touch with you?
Additional questions for middle and high school students:
- How can I help my child to work independently and make the best use of time?
- How can I help my child prepare for high school?
- What can you tell me about peer pressure and how I can help my child handle difficult situations-drugs, alcohol, and sex?
- What courses should my child take to satisfy graduation requirements?
- Do you have a list of courses my child should take to be ready to enter college?
- If my child plans to attend college, how will the school help with the application process?
- If my child plans to attend college, how will the school help my child find out about financial aid?
Reprinted from the Michigan Department of Education
Upcoming Events at Taylor High School:
- Tryouts for the Girls Basketball Team will begin at 4 p.m. on Monday November 12 in the gym for all levels. All girls that are interested in playing on the freshman, junior varsity or varsity team MUST have a current physical on file.
- Tryouts for Boys Swimming begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday November 12 in the natatorium.
- November 15 marks a half-day for Parent Teacher Conferences, which are scheduled from noon-3 to 5-8 p.m.
- November 16 will be another half-day
Other News! Get your Griffin wear! Makes a great Christmas gift!
Last Thursday some of Taylor High School B.E.L.I.E.F. Academy students attended the sky marketing field trip at Sky Zone.
The students created new companies and advertising campaigns and presented them to the manager and employees of Sky Zone. Each group did an amazing job. One group won the title, Max Air.
They won free passes to their Friday glow party, valued at $30. It was a wonderful day of fun and learning.
Last week the Taylor High School band and choir program held their Spooky fall concert! It was a great event that was well attended.
Mr. Maudlin and The Key-Club at Taylor High School deserves a big thank you for the delicious goodies that were sold at the school last week. The proceeds of the bake sale went to fill the pantry's shelves!
On Wednesday the Taylor High School Griffin Volleyball team finished its season with an end of the year banquet. The Lady Griffins had one of the best season in years! Congrats Ladies!
Taylor Park Elementary School pupils had their first visit with the Fur Angels this week.
Reading with Fur Angels is a program to help children learn to read. The students sit and read to therapy dogs in a positive, fun and non-intimidating environment. Participating students came to the library and read to therapy dogs, Odie and Beau.
Everyone involved loved having the Fur Angels visit.
Second-third and fourth-fifth grade students at Blair Moody Elementary School participate in WIN time.
WIN time, short for “What I Need,” allows time for teachers to group students from several classrooms, based on very specific needs. Skills are taught at a variety of levels, giving students the time and opportunity to get the instruction that they need.
Taylor High School is offering Competitive Cheer for the first time this year, and the school is excited to offer this fundraiser. If the team hits its goal it will earn “free” practice tanks! Please spread the word!
Skilled Trades are among the fastest growing job sectors in the country. Are you interested in learning HVAC, carpentry, cement masonry, ironwork or other general labor skills?
Wayne County Community College District has the programming and worksite training to take your career to the next level. Training is both fast and affordable. You may qualify for special grants. Call 800-713-6433 for more information.
Sunday, November 4, 2018
A reminder from the Taylor High School staff: Students currently fund-raising should check with local businesses to see if they would like to purchase a Poinsettia or Holiday Wreath.
Target for private businesses around the city. In the past, they were really good about either doing yearbook advertising or sponsoring a sport. Most buy Poinsettias or Holiday Wreaths anyway, so maybe you will get to them first.
The classes of 2019 and 2020 are pleased to announce that they will be partnering with Schwartz’ Greenhouse to offer traditional holiday poinsettias and wreaths.
All wreaths are handmade, Frasier Fir and come in 3 sizes. Poinsettias are available in 3 sizes and colors (red, pink, white). We will be taking orders until November 16. Your order will be available for pick-up at Taylor High School (student parking lot) on December 11, between 2:30 - 4 p.m.
All orders must be paid in advance – cash only. If you need special assistance or have any questions, please contact Carly Lundgren-Barnard (Carly.Barnard@taylorschools.net).
Thank you in advance for supporting Taylor High School’s Class of 2019 and 2020.
The students of Johnson Early Childhood Center celebrated Reading and Literacy by having a character parade. The students and staff loved dressing up as their favorite characters and reading books about those characters during their small group time.
Tryouts for the Girls Basketball Team at Taylor High School will begin on Monday, November 12. All girls that are interested in playing on the freshman, junior varsity, or varsity team MUST have a current physical on file. Any girls that have questions can see Coach Putnam in Room 419 for additional information.