Saturday, November 6, 2010

Adams 14 Celebrates Parent Involvement Day

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Nov. 5, 2010) – Adams County School District 14 (Adams 14), which serves nearly 7,500 students annually, celebrated National Parent Involvement Day on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010.

The District commemorated this occasion by inviting all parents and caregivers to their child’s school to hear the benefits of family engagement, and tips for enhancing education at home.

“We are thrilled that so many parents came to schools across our District Friday morning, to celebrate and recognize the fundamental role parents play in their child’s academic success,” said Dr. Susan Chandler, Adams 14 Superintendent. “We are appreciative to have active parent and caregiver support to enable and enhance student achievement throughout the District.”

More than 30 years of research regarding the academic benefits of family participation reveals that students earn higher grades, receive higher test scores, attend school more regularly, complete more homework, demonstrate more positive attitudes and behaviors and graduate from high school at higher rates when families get involved in school.

“It seems simple, but when students are provided a comprehensive approach to education – one that includes effective instruction, enrichment opportunities and support from home – they are truly set up to thrive academically,” said Lynn Heintzman, Adams 14 Chief Academic Officer. “We are developing and implementing Districtwide strategies that enhance parent and caregiver collaboration in our schools.”

Parents and caregivers play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning at school, as well as at home. By promoting positive attitudes about learning, families can have a powerful impact on their child’s literacy and long-term academic success. Some tips for family engagement include:

* Participating in school events and functions, parent/teacher conferences and decision making teams;
* Arranging for appropriate study time at home, and creating a suitable learning space;
* Modeling desired behaviors; reading with your child and encouraging learning throughout the day;
* Monitoring homework and being available to answer questions.

View pictures from Adams 14’s celebration of National Parent Involvement Day online. To learn more about National Parent Involvement Day, visit

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