Parent and Family Engagement

November 2022

Jordan Hill Elementary

November is Parent Engagement Month

Why parent engagement is important!

Researchers have found that student success in the classroom is most heavily influenced by a parents’ ability to:

  1. Encourage learning and education
  2. Set high – but not unrealistic – educational standards and goals
  3. Become involved in school and community activities

Researchers have also found that students who do benefit from strong parental involvement have:

  • Higher overall achievement, regardless of socioeconomic, ethnic or racial background.
  • A higher completion level on homework.
  • A higher level of self-esteem in all aspects of life.
  • Better social behavior and lower probability that they will get into trouble outside of school.
  • Greater comfort navigating different cultural environments between home and school.
  • Less likelihood of being placed in special education courses.
  • Less probability of dropping out of high school.


We encourage you to get involved at Jordan Hill Elementary and to take advantage of resources available to you as a parent of a student in a Title I school. Each month, you will receive a newsletter with helpful information to help you to help your child become more academically successful! Together as partners in your child's education, we can do great things!

SAVE THE DATE: STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES

Jordan Hill is excited to return to Student-Led Conferences on Thursday, October 27, 2022 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm! This is a drop-in event, with your child leading the conference! Learn about goals, strengths and areas of improvement, and what students have learned this year! Be prepared to be impressed!


THE BOOK FAIR WILL BE OPEN FROM 3:00 - 6:00 PM ON OCTOBER 27TH,

CONFERENCE DAY!

Getting Ready for Student-Led Conferences or a Parent-Teacher Conference

The goal of the parent-teacher conferences is to help form a partnership between school and home to promote academic success for all students!

Getting Ready for the Conference

  • Review work samples, report cards, progress reports or other items sent home by the teacher
  • Review school policies and the handbook
  • Talk with your child about why you are having the conference and what you hope to learn at the conference. Get your child's input as to strengths, weaknesses, and areas of concern.
  • Determine a list of questions to ask your child's teacher:
Questions to ask your child's teacher: (These questions are general and should work at all grade level.)
  • What are my child's academic strengths and weaknesses?
  • Do you have any concerns about my child's progress so far this year?
  • Is my child performing at grade level? If not, in what subjects does my child need extra help?
  • What measures are in place to help my child research mastery on grade-level standards?
  • What can I do at home to make sure my child reaches mastery on grade-level or course-level standards?
  • What is my child's Lexile Level? Why is this important?
  • How can I support literacy at home?
  • If my child reachers grade-level expectations quickly, what is being done to extend and accelerate learning for my child?
  • What are the top five skills my child needs to be successful this year? How can I help make sure that my child has these skills?
  • What questions should I ask my child about school and learning each day?
  • How will you communicate with me? How would you like me to communicate with you?
  • What can I do at home to support you in the classroom?
  • How is my child adjusting socially and emotionally this year?
At the conference:
  • Listen to your child's or the teacher's comments
  • Ask questions about your child's progress
  • Look for positive points that you can build on to help your child succeed
  • Get clarification on anything you don't understand
  • Ask teacher to help you develop specific goals and actions for your child if needed
After the conference:
  • Talk with your child about what you and the teacher discussed
  • Talk about any plans or goals for improvement you might have
  • Talk to your child about building on strengths and improving weaknesses
  • Keep in touch with the teacher on a regular basis to find out about progress your child is making

What if I have more questions after the Student-Led Conferences? How Can I Schedule a Parent-Teacher Conference?

Individual conferences with your child's teacher may be scheduled by contacting your child's teacher. You may reach out through Class DoJo, phone call, or email. Each teacher's email address is with the following format: firstname.lastname@gscs.org; for example, Minnie Mouse's email would be minnie.mouse@gscs.org. The school phone number is 770-229-3777.

Georgia Standards of Excellence

The Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) provide a consistent framework to prepare students for success in college and/or the 21st century workplace. For more information go to https://www.georgiastandards.org/Georgia-Standards


  • How are Georgia Standards of Excellence used in educating my child(ren)?
The Georgia Standards of Excellence are an expected achievement level indicator at each grade level or in each subject by which progress and mastery of academic concepts are measured. Each standard notes the expected grade or course level tasks that students should be able to demonstrate to show mastery. Standards in grades K-5 build on previous grades and also indicate new concepts introduced at each grade level. For students in grade 3-5 the End-of-Grade Milestones are used to measure progress towards mastery on grade level standards. Middle school standards outline mastery in subject areas and mastery is measured on the End-of-Grade Milestones.For high students, standards are specific to the course content and are measured using the End-of-Course Milestones.

In Case You Missed It!

If you missed our Annual Title I Meeting or Literacy Night, the presentations may be accessed through the links below, by visiting the JHE Parent Engagement group page on Facebook, or through the Parent Resources page on the JHE website. As always, please reach out if you have questions. I can be reached at dixie.johnston@gscs.org or 770-229-3777.


Annual Meeting

Literacy Night

Ways Parents Can Become More Engaged at Jordan Hill Elementary

Volunteers are needed and welcome at The Hill! All volunteers must be approved through GSCS; begin the process here! You will need to complete the online application, complete the criminal background check form, submit $10 with the form to the school, and view the mandated reporter video.


Where is help needed?


  • Teachers are most in need of volunteers to make copies and laminate.
  • Library/media center = shelve books, assist students, help prepare for classes, and BOOKFAIR!! Book Fair is October 24 - 28, 2022.
  • There are volunteer possibilities that you can do from home, too!


Contact Dixie Johnston, Media Specialist and Parent Liaison, at dixie.johnston@gscs.org or 770-229-3777 if you need help getting started or if you are approved and want to volunteer!