This page has answers to some of the most frequently asked questions I've received over the years from parents (and sometimes from students, too). If you have a question that you don't see listed here, contact me and I'll be happy to answer it.

"What can I do at home to help my child succeed in school?"

There are many things that parents can do to help their child at home. Here are a few helpful tips.

  • Ask your child about his/her day at school every day. I'm sure that you already do this, but something this simple shows the interest and support from a parent that a child routinely needs. It also opens up discussion about what was learned in school, leading to memory recall and comprehension.

  • Make sure that your child has a quiet place where homework can be done without interruption.

  • Read every night with your child, and casually use some discussion questions and prompts to help guide your reading time together. Don't make the main focus of your reading time about asking questions though. This should be a time for enjoying stories together, not a time to test. Just throw in a question or two here and there when it feels natural.

  • Make sure your child is practicing his/her math facts every week. This can be done with flashcards, or with websites like XtraMath.

  • Log in to ProgressBook weekly to keep tabs on your child's grades.

  • Check out the parent resources section of this website for more helpful information and links.

  • Contact me to set up a time to discuss your child's progress if you feel it is necessary.

"What happens if my child is absent?"

With remote learning, being "absent" this year certainly doesn't mean what it has in the past. Students who are too sick to attend class remotely still need to be called off. Please contact the office at BEW to do this.

Students who are too sick to participate in remote schoolwork will have sufficient time to make up any assignment(s). All assignments will be posted in Google Classroom, along with their due dates. If more time is needed due to an illness, please contact me and let me know.

"What is the class grading scale?"

Barberton Elementary West uses a plus, check, and minus system for grades in second grade. Check the grades section of this website to learn more about the percentage equivalent of this system, and how these grades are put into ProgressBook.

"Is there extra credit?"

Opportunities for extra credit will likely not happen in second grade. If for some reason an extra credit opportunity does come up though, parents and students will be made well aware.

"How can I check my child's progress?"

You can check this by going to the Parent Access portion of ProgressBook. Click on the grades section of our website to find out more information about the input of grades and logging in to check them.

"Can we talk about my child's progress?"

Sure thing. Contact me with any questions you have, and I will be happy to answer them. We can also set up a time to chat during my office hours if you'd like.

"I'm finding little random pictures all over this website. What's the deal?"

You mean little pictures that seem...out of place? Like they have nothing to do with what you're reading about? Like those crayons over there to the right?? Well then, you're finding items for the scavenger hunt without even realizing it!