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Center Elementary Parents Learn While Students Play

Center Elementary recently hosted Parent University, a great night of learning for all parents! Principal Tyler A. Bennett welcomed parents by stating, “We are here tonight to teach you about grade level and curriculum expectations while building relationships with you all and getting to know your students on a more personal level.”

Mrs. Susan Tison, Coordinator of Parent and Family Engagement, gave instructions on how the evening would unfold while informing parents about the various childcare stations for children, aged babies to fifth grade.

The evening started with a short “Get to Know Your PTO” meeting led by Mrs. Amanda Haley, PTO president. Haley explained a few of the goals and fundraisers that PTO has planned to support Center students this year. Students in grades 1-5 stayed with teachers in the multipurpose room to sing and dance to a dance video, while others chose to play board games, cards, and basketball. Kindergarten students worked hard on the new computer assisted technology program, iRead, while smaller children (babies to preschool age) played with puzzles, blocks, and Legos.

The evening progressed with parents attending grade level or technology presentations. Some of the topics discussed were how to access various computer programs on the school’s website, data and assessment procedures, and information about building communication with school staff to support student academic achievement. 

At the end of the evening, parents, students, and staff ate together and enjoyed getting to know one another better. Donations from the following local businesses provided the hot dog snack supper: Davis Corner Market, (owners Austin and Janice Davis), Maryland Fried Chicken (owner Alicia Johnson), The Coke Plant, and Kroger. Center Elementary staff recognizes the importance of not only building relationships with parent and students, but also the community.

Mrs. Tison stated, “Our next parent training will focus on our school’s reading goal to increase academic achievement. Parents will be invited into the teacher’s classroom to participate in hands-on reading and study skill strategies. If you are not an educator, it can be a challenge to know how to support your child at home. We want to bridge support to our parents so they know exactly what we are doing at school, so they can mirror the same strategies at home. We are very excited as we will begin our first workshop with our Kindergarten parents. Parents will learn how to play a sight word game with their child along with tips on how to transition from sight words to reading books.”


(L to R) Trista, Sarah, Allie, Mr. Chris Klaeger, and Alyssa 



4th grade parents Andrea and Jay Bennett




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