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Superintendent's Corner

About Our District

Welcome to Hardin-Central C-2 School District. Over the years, our district has combined with several neighboring schools to form the district we are today. Because of this, we are proud of our “Strength in Numbers.”

Message from the Superintendent

Superintendent’s Corner

Trey Cavanah

Hardin-Central C2        

Parent Involvement with Schools

As the 2019-2020 school year is upon us, I have put together some pieces of parental and educational advice that has benefited myself and other parents for activities and school.  I often emphasize the importance of parents being involved in their child’s education process, and these pieces of advice are centered on parental involvement.  The following are just a few examples of parental advice offered by most educators:

 

Don’t let your child miss out on learning

            Whether your child is in preschool or sixth grade, a freshman or senior, it’s important to get them in the habit of going to school on time every day.  According to experts, missing school regularly-especially in the early grades- can hurt both the students who miss class and their classmates.  When students miss school, they miss out on learning.  When they return, they have to work hard to catch up…it doesn’t take long for these students to fall behind.  Studies have shown that students who have high levels of attendance are not only more successful students in areas of educational achievement, they also have more success in their post school years including their chosen careers. 

 

Establish healthy limits on your child’s use of mobile devices

            Young children spend an average of 48 minutes each day using a tablet or smartphone.  Monitoring their screen time on these devices can be tricky, it’s no longer as simple as turning off the TV and computer.  Ways to monitor screen time are as follows:

  • Establish blackout times- Set periods each day when all screens are off.  If your child knows that 3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. is “tech-free” time, for example, he may get out of the habit of reaching for a mobile device during those hours.
  • Power down before bed- Screens and sleep do not mix.  In fact, screens make falling asleep harder.  Have your child stop using electronic devices at least one hour before bed time and also, do not let the child keep the device in their room overnight.
  • Leave the tablet at home- When running errands or sitting in a waiting room, interact with your child to use these opportunities for learning.  Ask trivia questions, discuss current events, or play guessing games that help stimulate brain functions and strengthen the parent-child bond.

 

Learning to work with others leads to academic success

            Your student will be expected to work with others throughout their academic career.  So whether there is a group project in Social Studies, or a role in the school play, or playing on an athletic team, they’ll be more successful if they know how to be a team player.  To help your student be more of a contributor to their learning teams at school you could incorporate one or more of the following:

  • Teach fair ways to make decisions.  Have your child play “rock, paper, scissors” to see who gets the computer first, or flip a coin for the front seat. 
  • Praise your child when you see them being a team player.  “That was nice of you to let your brother choose the movie to watch.”
  • Allow family members to take turns making decisions- from television programs to selections for dinner, each member should feel like they contribute in some way.

 

A routine helps your child take responsibility for homework

You want your student to take responsibility for completing homework- and creating a homework routine can do just that.  To establish an effective routine, make sure your child has:

  • A well-lit study area- This can be a desktop or tabletop.  If it’s at the kitchen table, make the kitchen off limits to others during study time.
  • A set study time- When does your student prefer to do homework?  Right after school or after dinner?  Experiment, then schedule the time that works best for them.
  • A homework survival kit- Include all of the supplies they might need to complete their homework- pencils, pens, erasers, markers, glue, scissors, etc.
  • Standby support- Encourage your child to get the phone numbers of classmates when they have homework questions.

 

Overprotective parents hinder independence

When children are born, it’s the job of the parents to nurture and protect them in every way they can.  Once they reach elementary school and beyond, they become capable and are able to do lots of things for themselves.  Unfortunately, many parents (myself included) still try to protect their children from everything.  All of that well-intended “protection” can smother a child’s budding independence.  Overprotective parenting makes it difficult for children to learn effective skills for success in school such as communication, negotiation, perseverance, responsibility and decision making.  To avoid the many pitfalls of overprotective parenting:

  • Don’t do everything for your child.  Let them do things for themselves.  Will they make mistakes? Probably, but they will learn from those mistakes.
  • Don’t drop everything to rescue your child when he or she forgets things.  If they leave their homework or gym clothes at home, don’t rush them up to the school.  Let them face the consequences.
  • Don’t try to negotiate a better grade for your child.  If you or your child are confused about a grade received, let your child talk with the teacher first.  If questions still remain, reach out to the teacher for clarification on the grade.

 

To all area students, parents and educators- I wish you the best for a healthy, happy and productive 2019-2020 school year! 

Sincerely,

Trey Cavanah

Superintendent

Hardin-Central C-2 School District

 

 

 

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