Henton: Join us for Parent Academy

As part of our new strategic plan, “Building on Success,” we are looking at new ways to prepare our learners and engage the community.

One of the initiatives that has resulted is “Parent Academy.”

The second session of Parent Academy this school year is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16, 8-11 a.m., at North Branch Area High School. There will be three 45-minute sessions on subjects like the school district’s technology initiatives and ways parents and family members can support the learning of their student with the use of technology — specifically in literacy and math.

There is free child care available for this session, and all sessions. If you would like to attend, please call 651-674-1025 to register. It is just the thing for parents, family members, or guardians of students in our school district.

As I have noted many times previous, technology is playing an increasing role in people’s lives, both at home and at work.

Regardless if a student wants to become a mechanical engineer, or a mechanic, his/her future in the job market will depend on the ability to adjust to, and be comfortable with, technology.

Deb Henton
Deb Henton

As important as it will be in the lives of students, many of us from older generations struggle to be of help due to our own learning curve with technology. Some of us are more comfortable than others, which can lead to a vast difference in the technology exposure students receive at home.

If you feel that you could be doing more to help your student, or would just like a better understanding of technology in general, I

hope you will consider joining us for Parent Academy.

There will be future Parent Academy sessions as well. In February we will host one on the subject of school safety and, in the spring, another will be held on a topic chosen by those who attended Parent Academy this year.

— Dr. Deb Henton is superintendent of  North Branch Area Schools

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