Principals offer back-to-school prep tips for parents and students

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As the first day of school gets closer, the Hub asked three Dallas ISD principals for tips on how students and their parents could prepare for a successful school year.

Read their replies below:

Principal Eneida Padro

Campus: O.M. Roberts Elementary

Grades Served: PreK–5th grade

Tip 1: Start your child on school-day routines, like going to bed and waking up at a specific time, and reading daily to increase your child’s literacy skills. Re-establishing school-day routines in the last weeks of the summer will result in a smoother transition back to school, which will help them stay on the path towards college and career readiness.

Tip 2: Set your child for success by discussing the upcoming school year and the excitement of having a new teacher and meeting new friends. Preparing them for a new environment will foster independence and confidence the first days of school.

Tip 3: Talk frequently about goals with your child and how school is going to help them achieve those goals. This will set purpose for attending school and will help develop a sense of ownership over their education.

Principal Sheryl Wilson

Campus: Gilbert Cuellar Sr. Elementary

Grades Served: PreK-5th grade

Tip 1: Begin a routine and set a bed time now.

Tip 2: Set aside a quiet area and a time to complete homework.

Tip 3: Read 30 minutes every night. Ask your child questions about what they have read.

Principal Tracie R Washington

Campus: Billy E. Dade Middle School

Grades Served: 6th-8th grade

Tip 1: Get children to bed on time.

Tip 2: Update contact information to ensure constant communication with teachers and school administrators.

Tip 3: Pledge to read at least 20 minutes a night.

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