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Home Visits, Class Assemblies, Student-Led Conferences

Martin Petitjean Elementary School

Martin Petitjean Elementary School (Rayne, LA). Martin Petitjean Elementary (MPE) engages parents in three key ways. First, all homeroom teachers make home visits to meet their new students in August prior to school opening. This allows teachers to see firsthand where each student lives and sends the message to parents that the MPE teachers care enough to reach out to them. Second, parents are welcome to attend weekly Synergy Assemblies, featuring individual classes, and parents are specifically invited to attend the assembly when their child’s class is celebrated. Third, parents are strongly encouraged to attend the annual student‐led parent conference day. The first set of invitations goes out two months in advance, allowing parents time to request leave from work. Students write personal invitations to let parents know they are leading the conference. Additionally, teachers are always available to meet with parents throughout the year. School‐to‐home communications include student papers and school news.

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