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90 PERCENT PARTICIPATION: Parents, teachers build strong alliance

November 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “The heart and soul of our job is parents working with teachers for the benefit of the student.”

Whitley County Consolidated School Superintendant Pat O’Connor stressed the importance of parent involvement in the schools, and that was reflected in the district’s parent-teacher conferences last month.

In the elementary schools, there was more than 90 percent participation in the conferences.

Coesse and Northern Heights both had 97 percent participation, Little Turtle had 95 and Mary Raber brought in 90 percent of parents to conferences.

“That really reflects a strong partnership with parents and teachers,” O’Connor said.

O’Connor said parent involvement has a definite reflection in the child’s performance at school.

“Parental involvement is critical for the success of students,” O’Connor said. “It increases their motivation and chance for success. Children whose parents have high expectations of them are more likely to be successful in class.”

The superintendant also noted that when a student sees that their parents care about what they’re doing, it means a lot to them.

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