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Posted September 22, 2017

Tools to Connect

In her weekly message, Supt. Reedy writes about the importance of informing and involving families in the academic journey of their children.

My daughter lives in another state many miles away. I miss her terribly, but we have plenty of tools that allow us to stay connected. We call, text, video chat, and sometimes post. We share pictures and even videos. Not a day goes by that we’re not in touch.

We all know how important it is to stay connected to those we care about. And thanks to technology, it’s easier than ever to do so. You just have to know what tools are available to you, and how to use them.

That’s true for our parents and families, too. Albuquerque Public Schools connects with its community in a variety of ways: district and school websites, robocalls and emails, social media and mobile apps.

These tools – combined with more traditional ways of reaching out such as phone calls and letters home, parent conferences and home visits – help inform and involve families in the academic journey of their children.    

But these tools are useless if our families a) don’t know they’re available to them or b) don’t know how to use them or c) don’t have access to them.  

That’s where you come in. It’s up to the employees of APS – whether you work in a school or not – to make sure the parents and guardians of the students we serve know how to stay informed and in touch.

It’s up to us to keep them in the Contact Zone.  Like our Learning Zones, the Contact Zone aims to personalize education for students, to bring it closer to home.

How many of the families that you serve are using ParentVUE to check their child’s grades and attendance on a regular basis? How many have up-to-date contact information on file and are receiving attendance and emergency notices through SchoolMessenger? How many of those who don't have access to technology at home can jump on a computer at their child's school? If the answer isn’t all of them, that’s a problem.

Today is the end of the first grading period for high schools. (Can you believe it? And middle school is just around the corner!) But parents shouldn’t be waiting on report cards to know how their children are doing in school. By staying informed and in touch, families are better suited to work with their child’s school on identifying possible problems and seeking early intervention and support. It can make a difference in the academic success of their children, of our students.

Communication is key. And you play a key role. So stay in touch!

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