Friday, October 25, 2013

Make Your Voice Heard:
Vote Early or on November 5

Early voting is under way for the November 5 election. That day, Texans will vote on nine constitutional amendments.

If you live in Dallas County, here are the early voting times at Lakeside Activity Center, 101 Holley Park Drive, Mesquite, 75149:
Saturday, October 26: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 27: 1 to 6 p.m.
Monday-Wednesday, October 28-30: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m
Thursday-Friday, October 31-November 1: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Remember, you must present a valid photo ID to vote. I encourage you to exercise your right to vote and make your voice heard at the ballot box.

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Friday, October 18, 2013

Red Ribbon Week October 21-25 Spreads
Choose to Be Drug Free Message

Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42 percent less likely to use drugs than those who don't, according to the National Family Partnership. Yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.

During Mesquite ISD’s Red Ribbon Week October 21-25, all schools will be providing drug prevention education. Every student will receive a Choose to Be Drug Free pencil, and each campus will hold Red Ribbon Week activities appropriate for the ages of their students.

Learn more about Red Ribbon Week and get resources to help you lead an anti-drug discussion if you haven’t already.

Friday, October 11, 2013

First Report Card Key Checkpoint
for Students and Parents, Too

Although the school year won’t end and final grades won’t be assigned for months, the first report cards issued this week are key. They provide an official checkpoint for students and parents on academic performance. Take time to review this initial performance measure, looking for places to praise excellence and for subjects where improvement is needed.

Parental influence on student success cannot be underestimated. When parents are involved in their children’s education at home, they do better in school.  And when parents are involved in school, children go farther in school — and the schools they go to are better.

Parent/teacher relationships make powerful partnerships. Working with your child’s teachers, you can figure out ways to maximize your child’s academic strengths and build up weaknesses.

Rather than wait for the six-week or semester report cards, we recommend monitoring grades more often through Parent CONNECT. Let’s don’t wait for grades to slip. Address any missed assignments or needs for extra help immediately.

Let’s continue to work together to bring out the best in all of our students.  And keep reminding them of all the benefits good grades will help create for their futures.