Let your conscience
be your guide
Folks, It looks like we have two choices. If you believe a man should marry a man and a woman should marry a woman; and if you agree the killing of thousands of unborn children is fine, and you like a party that God is not welcome in; I sincerely hope you will consider a second choice.
A party which will support Constitutional government, create jobs, with a leader that will not play golf and take vacations all the time, and a party in which our Lord and Savior God Almighty is always welcome; then I say to you; Let your conscience be your guide.
Jim Knowles, Meridian
Know your child's achievement levels
During my professional educational career it was always important for me, as well as students, teachers, parents and administrators, should know their children's achievement levels in math, reading and language arts.
Students can be in one grade and working above level, or below level. Do you know your child's levels in all of the major subjects? You can't look at a report card and tell the levels. You must ask your child's teacher!
Students can be in grades K-12 and not working at the same levels. An example: A fifth grader could be working on three different levels in math, reading and language arts. Another example: An eighth grader can easily be working on the ninth grade level in math, the tenth grade level in reading and the sixth grade level in language arts.
As soon as possible parents should find out the levels their children are working. The specific levels in the areas mentioned above. Do not accept below, or above level. Even if your child is in special education you need to know the same information.
You must know the level and areas of weakness if you are going to help them. If they are on level, or above level, let them know how proud you are of them and that you are expecting them to continue.
If they are working below level in any area, you and your child has work to do. If they are working below level in two or more areas, it is time to call 911 for help! Any way you can get it. You have no time to lose. Students struggle when they enter junior high school and high school below level.
Recently I had a flashback when a student I thought was on the honor roll, could not read or write well. That brought back memories when I was a teacher, assistant principal and principal, when I wondered how he got that far in school without the skills to be successful.
Listen to your child read, check his homework and get involved in the education of your child.
All of us are familiar with the Global Position System (GPS). Parents should also be familiar with the Student Position Level (SPL).
Robert Markham, Meridian