Parents get online help at high school
By Jamie Anfenson-Comeau
This year, Eunice High will be using technology to help parents become more involved in their children’s education.
TeacherEase, an online gradebook and attendance program, was piloted at Eunice High by several teachers last year.
The response, from parents, students and faculty, was so positive, that the decision was made to go school-wide with the program this year, Eunice High librarian and English teacher Kristie McLemore said.
Eunice is the first school in the parish to adopt TeacherEase, funded through a high school redesign grant, school-wide.
The program allows teachers to send class-wide or school-wide reminders and announcements, and allows them to keep in touch with parents, provided they have the parents’ email address.
“It’s much better than phone calls,” McLemore said. “Teachers often have very little time during their day to call, and often parents are unavailable at that time. This is a much better way to get a hold of parents quickly.”
In addition, parents can log into the site, at www.teacherease.com, and can view their children’s grades, homework assignments, missing work and behavior logs; the attendance portion of TeacherEase is being piloted this fall.
“As a parent myself, I love it. I can really keep a good grip on how my daughter’s doing,” McLemore said.
Parents can also easily email teachers regarding concerns they have.
“I think that parents, once they see it, will really like it,” McLemore said. “It’s really very simple, and easy to use.”
All it takes is for parents to give the school an email address they can be reached at.
“A lot of the kids don’t want to give their parents’ email,” McLemore said, adding, “We just want to make sure parents know about this and it’s available. They can call me in the library or they can call the front office and give their email address. It only takes a few minutes to set up.”
Students can also access their records and get a look at their grades.
“It’s really popular with students too,” McLemore said. “Last spring (during the pilot) they’d come into the library so they could check their grades and see how they did on their tests.”