Parents

Need help with district devices? 

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For technology help with district-provided Chromebooks, mobile hotspots and iPads, see our page Technology support: Get help with district devices. There, you can find the support request form and resources for setting up and using district-provided technology.

 

Volunteer/background check

We have a new volunteer/background check. This background form is not only for volunteers but it is also for anyone wanting to go to parties, field day, or anything that you would do in the classroom or with students/staff. If you chose not to fill it out you would only be able to attend breakfast/lunch, awards assemblies, and parent/teacher conferences. You may fill out this form in our Front Office, or at home by clicking this link http://www.garlandisd.net/volunteer/apply.asp For any question you may contact your student's teacher or our front office staff.

Please take a minute to review our parent involvement policy.

For parents

Hickman tip

Parents, please continue your responsibility of helping your child keep consistent procedures with his or her homework. When one understands and completes one's homework, it helps reinforce what he or she is learning in school each day. Please help them make the connection between effort and achievement. This can be a pleasant experience for you and your child to share. Research findings show that parents are their children’s first and most important teachers.

What parents do to help their children learn is more important to their academic success than how much money the family earns. Parents can do many things at home to help their children succeed in school. One of the ways to enrich the “curriculum of your home” is for parents to; provide books, supplies, and a special place for studying, follow routines for meals, bedtime, and homework, MONITOR the amount of time spent watching TV, and assign after-school jobs.

Research shows that home efforts can greatly improve student achievement.

Thank-you for your continued help and support.

Reading comic cards

Putting comic strips in order is a great way for your youngster to practice sequencing skills. Play this game with two or more people. Ingredients: comic strips, scissors, old playing cards, tape, bag.

Have your child carefully clip 5 to 10 comics from the newspaper and cut each one into separate panels. (Note: Choose comics with the same number of panels.) Let her/him tape each panel to an old playing card.

Start by giving each player the first panel of a comic. Place the remaining cards in the bag. Take turns drawing panels from the bag. If it goes with your comic, keep it. If not, put it back in the bag. The first person to collect one comic strip and assemble it in the correct order wins.

Special programs to increase reading fluency

Research indicates that there are five major areas when learning to read. The five key areas include phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency.

What is reading fluency? The three components of fluency are as follows:
Accuracy: the ability to read words correctly in text
Rate: the speed a person reads text
Prosody: the ability to read a passage with feeling, stress, intonation and pauses

Reading fluency is the ability to read the printed word accurately as well as quickly. Additionally, reading fluency includes the speed as well as rate of reading. Also, fluency encompasses the ability to read materials with expression. Meyer and Felton have defined fluency as "the ability to read connected text rapidly, smoothly, effortlessly and automatically with a small amount of attention to the mechanics of reading, which include decoding skills." In other words a person should be able to read words by sight. This ability is one of the keys to skilled reading. Fluent reading acts as a bridge between decoding and comprehension. Because fluent readers do not have to focus on decoding the words, they can concentrate on what the text means. Fluency is not a set rate; it is ever changing depending on what is being read, familiarity with the words and the amount of practice with a passage.

Research indicates that repeated and monitored oral reading improves fluency and overall reading achievement. Other activities for increasing reading rate include partner reading, listening to taped books or stories using a finger to point at words as they are read, choral reading, oral reading by a parent, echo reading, or reading in phrases.

Speech tip

Create an environment which encourages communication!

  • Be a model for correct pronunciation but don’t make your child repeat after you when he/she has said something incorrectly.
  • Read with your child and talk about what you read. Connect what you read to your child’s or family’s own experiences.
  • Talk about things as they happen.
  • Listen carefully and give your child enough time to speak.
  • Don’t interrupt.
  • Use a slow, natural rate of speech yourself when speaking to your child.
  • Give your child the opportunity to make verbal choices, such as “do you want an apple or an orange?”
  • Play guessing games like “I Spy” and other word games.
  • Play rhyming word games and read books written in rhyme to your child.
  • Use open-ended questions like “What should we buy at the store?”

Get fit

Exercising requires some planning and preparation. According to Dr. James Sackett of Carrell Memorial Clinic, Dallas, children need approximately 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Walking to and from school instead of riding in the car is one simple activity that you can do together with your child to increase fitness. To break up monotony you can walk backwards, walk faster, skip, hop or run. The whole family can GET FIT!

Anonymous Alerts®

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Report bullying and other urgent student concerns quickly and anonymously to school officials with Anonymous Alerts®.

Find out more about Anonymous Alerts® and other ways to get in touch on the district share & report page.

Free medical care

Students can receive virtual doctor visits straight from the school clinic or from home. 

Sign up for Hazel Health at 
my.hazel.co/patient/signup and
complete the Hazel Health consent form - PDF version to access these services.

Visit Health Services for additional details.

Be a Garland ISD VIP 

With a special VIP pass, community members can get free general admission to many athletic and Fine Arts events at district facilities.

Visit the Garland ISD VIP pass page for more details.

District policies

To support our mission of providing an exceptional education to all students, we have created policies designed to help your student have the best possible education experience.

Visit the Policies page on the district website for additional polices and related information.