Newport teachers use home visits to build relationships with their students before school starts

08/10/2016 07:45 PM

NEWPORT – Teachers in the Newport Independent School District were out meeting their students and families face-to-face at their homes on Wednesday as part of the 4th annual Home Visit Day.

All teachers and administrators in the district take part in the activity with the goal of developing relationships with the students and their families prior to the start of school on August 15.

Newport Superintendent Kelly Middleton says the goal is to try to set the students up for academic success.

“Every bit of research says that no significant learning occurs without a significant relationship,” Middleton said. “What we find with students in poverty, the relationship is even more crucial.”

The Newport district is 90 percent free and reduced lunch.

Second grade teacher Samantha Grayson feels that visiting her students before the start of school benefits her in designing a curriculum to reach her students.

“We get an idea of what they like, and as a teacher, you can kind of plan things that will spark their interest,” Grayson said.

High school business teacher Jennifer Michael likes the idea of giving students a familiar face to go to for the first day of school, which in many instances, can be intimidating.

“This is giving them a familiar face to go to on that first day of school, if they get lost, or if they need something, if they’re worried, they have my face or a teacher’s face to go find if they need something,” Michael said.

The day concluded with a Back 2 School Bash at the football stadium where parents, students and visitors met teachers, administrators and staff.

The event included free food, games, inflatables and activities.


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