Take a responsibility challenge with your teen -
Being responsible means actually doing what we say we're going to do. In order to behave responsibly toward others, we have to learn to follow through on promises we make to ourselves. To get this lesson across to your teen, take a challenge with him: Each of you choose one thing that's been on your to-do list for at least a week and do it today.
These student achievement tips are parent-approved -
In a survey, parents of high achieving high school students were asked how to raise a child who is successful in school. Their top tips? Stay involved and emphasize the importance of education. Take time to talk with your child and respect her opinions. Give her an ethical foundation. Get her involved with the things that interest her. And let your child know how much you love her.
The West I-10 Chamber of Commerce Appreciation & Awards Gala will be held on Thursday, January 30th. The RISD CTE Department will receive the Chamber’s 2019 Community Appreciation Award. Congratulations to the CTE team and students for their hard work and for giving back!
Help your teen keep track of math's puzzle pieces:
Much of math is like a puzzle. It can be hard to see where the new piece fits until you look at the existing pieces. Don't let your teen lose too many pieces of the puzzle. Even if she has no math homework due the next day, encourage her to work at least a few problems every day. This will reinforce the concepts in her mind, and it can help her see how the next assignment fits in.
Attitude turns a bad experience into a good lesson:
It took Thomas Edison hundreds of tries before he found the right materials for the light bulb. But each time he learned what wouldn't work, Edison got closer to finding out what would, and he kept going. Help your child take that same attitude. When he makes a mistake, ask him what he's learned. Experience is a good teacher, but your child must pay attention.
Improve the rhythm of communication:
Get your teen to talk about a song he likes and you may hear the music (and your teen) in a new way. Ask, "What do you like about this band? Do the words remind you of anything?" You may also want to share a favorite song of your own. You may never love your teen's music, and he may never think that yours is for him, but your conversations will help you each learn something about the other.
Increase privileges along with responsibilities:
Children's responsibilities should grow and change as they get older. When giving your child responsibility for a new chore, emphasize the positive reasons for the change. Praise her for being able to do the job "now that she's so grown up." And as you add responsibilities, consider adding privileges, too. A child who is old enough to wash her clothes is also old enough to decide what to wear in the morning.
Upcoming School Holidays and In-service Days - Monday 2/3, RISD closed. Monday 2/17, no school, teacher in-service day.
Students get more out of reading when they take notes:
Taking notes when reading is one of the secrets to success in high school. Share these tips with your teen to make it easier: Instead of taking notes after every sentence, she should read a section first, then summarize its main ideas. Encourage her to try translating diagrams into words. She should also print. Printing keeps notes legible, and writing notes by hand is more effective for learning than using a computer.
Make reading aloud an interactive activity:
When you read with your child, try these tips to improve his reading comprehension. Pause from time to time to ask questions about the story, such as, "Why do you think the character did that?" Discuss the pictures, too. Look for words that start with the same letter, and talk about the letter's sound. When you finish reading, have your child act out the story.
Check it out! RISD has a new billboard at I-10 and FM 359, near Sierra Classic Homes and across from Steinhausers. The message will be visible to both eastbound and westbound traffic and will rotate to promote RISD events and information.
Plant Selection took place Wednesday, January 22nd at the RISD school greenhouse. Students raise the projects for 63 days until the show March 26, 2020. Good luck to all students competing in the Horticulture Show this year.
1/25 - RJH Ralcon Basketball Tournament in Columbus
The RISD MJROTC will compete in a JROTC drill competition on January 25 at Dayton High School in Dayton, TX. Good luck!
Help your teen avoid getting sidetracked in class:
The teacher is speaking: "Amoebas take in food through a process known as 'active transport.'" Your teen thinks, "What's active transport? Sounds like a truck." Suddenly, he's thinking about 18-wheelers and has forgotten the amoebas. To keep his mind from wandering, encourage your teen to just jot down words or phrases he doesn't understand, circle them and then continue listening. Later, he can get clarification.
Everyone benefits when you get involved at school:
Volunteers work for free, but not for nothing. There are lots of benefits to getting involved at school. You'll learn what's going on and get another perspective on what your child tells you. You'll have things to talk about with your child. You'll have a chance to develop valuable skills, such as project management or fundraising. And you'll be able to make a difference to every child in the school.