Parenting Resources

Parents Are Important

  • Chatham Middle School's administration and staff appreciate the importance of parents in a child's success.  Research shows that parents have a major influence on student achievement. When parents are involved, regardless of income or background, children are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, enroll in higher-level programs, attend school regularly, have better social skills, show improved behavior, graduate, and go on to college.

    How can I help my child?

    • Set an example by reading at home and engaging in other learning activities
    • Play games together that require planning ahead and problem solving (ex. Scrabble, Dominoes), rather than pure luck (ex. The Game of Life)
    • Communicate openly
    • Express high but realistic expectations for achievement
    • Encourage your child to work hard in school
    • Regularly discuss education, careers, life skills, and interests
    • Regularly affirm your child's personal worth through positive messages