- Make attendance and punctuality a priority.
- Encourage a growth mindset by championing learning above talent, hard work, and perseverance.
- Read daily with your child.
- Limit and monitor screen time and use.
- Ensure your child gets adequate rest (9-12 hours per day).
- Become acquainted with your child's teachers and promptly communicate any concerns.
- Model and teach respect for the law, the authority of the school, and the rights and property of others.
Know and understand school rules. Be aware of the consequences for violations and encourage your child to accept responsibility for their actions and to find ways to better the situation.
- Familiarize yourself with current statewide academic standards.
- Provide a positive homework environment.
Here are some other ideas on how to foster your child's emotional, social, and academic development:
- Set routines in your home.
- Consider your child's developmental abilities when parenting.
- Build emotional resilience in your child.
- Foster a healthy sense of self-esteem in your child.
- Provide adequate time for your child to exercise.
- Encourage healthy eating habits.
- Guide your child to develop socially acceptable standards of behavior, to exercise self-control, and to be accountable for his/her actions.
- Know about the entertainment choices your child is making and talk with them about what they see or read.
Family Resource Center of Central Oregon provides local parenting support.
The Council of the Great City Schools' parent roadmaps (linked below)provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8. These parent roadmaps for each grade level also provide three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year so that students will be college and career ready upon their graduation from high school.
Black Butte School District generously provides funding for middle school students (grades 5th-8th) to participate in sports programs sponsored by Sisters Middle School and/or Sisters Parks and Recreation District. All eligable BBS students are encouraged to apply for this "Pay to Play" program. Click here to learn more about the program's requirements and application form.
Health and Safety Links
When to stay home from school: Due to Covid-19, the State of Oregon has developed more detailed guidelines for families on when it is safe for their children to be at school. The link provides information on a variety of symptoms and when it is safe for a child to return to school after experiencing them.
Safe Schools Child Abuse Prevention Training for Schools and Families: The Safe Schools training is designed to meet the requirements of Senate Bill 379: Child Abuse Identification, Prevention and Reporting and is required for all Black Butte School District employees. It is also designed to be accessible to families.