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School hosts parent night

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Meridian Elementary School kindergarten teacher Katie Sims speaks with parents Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Meridian's parent teacher night. [Order this photo]
Meridian Elementary School hosted two parent nights this week, on Tuesday, Sept. 11, for students and parents in grades K-2, and on Thursday, Sept. 13, for students and parents in grades 3-5. Parents met with teachers for a brief meeting before attending a chili dinner at the school.

Parents met with their children's teachers to learn more about expectations and goals for the students during the school year.

Teachers discussed different testing that would take place during the school year, different goals the students should be reaching and methods and materials parents can use to help their children at home.

Meridian teacher Christy Stevenson told the parents in her classroom, "We really want parents to be involved in their child's education. We are really encouraged by you being here."

Jennifer Swaim, Title I Building Coordinator at Meridian, said the purpose of the evening was to establish a good connection with the parents and families of their students. Swaim said the parents' presence in the school encourages the child as well.

"When a child sees that their parent cares about the school and their education, the student will start to care as well," Swaim said.

Swaim said the parents appreciate receiving information from the school and getting to know the teachers.

Parent Martin Beasley, whose daughter Emma is in the third grade at Meridian, said he enjoyed coming to the school to interact with the teachers.

"I like the idea that we can all get together," Beasley said. "It's nice that we can interact with the teachers on an informal setting and get an update on how my child is doing."

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