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    Greetings Samuel P. Massie Academy Family,

    Happy New Year! Feliz Ano Nuevo!

    Our Winter Concert was held on Thursday, December 20, 2018. Ms. Thomas, Mr. Visco and Mr. Washington did a wonderful job preparing our children for their performances. Thank you to the numerous parents and family members who supported our students. At Samuel P. Massie Academy, we definitely have talented children who have an artistic gift. They did a magnificent job and should be commended!

    Progress reports went home on Friday, December 21st.  If your child has poor grades, please contact his/her teacher for assistance. The second quarter closes on Friday, January 25th   and we want all children to make academic gains. It’s necessary for students, parents, and teachers to work collectively in the best interest of children. If you don’t have the SchoolMax access code to view your child’s grades online, please register on the Prince George’s County Public Schools homepage at http://www.1.pgcps.org and follow the directions under the Parent tab. You must have an email address, your child’s nine-digit student ID number, child’s birthdate and the child’s house number and zip code for their primary address.

    Research states, “Parent involvement is the number one factor in student success.” I recently read a parenting editorial. Below please find suggestions for how parents can get involved with their children’s school:

    1. Surprise your child once in a while by volunteering to help at the school.

    2. Read and sign all paperwork you get from school.  Everything at the school affects your child, so make sure you read everything thoroughly and keep in touch with what’s going on.

    3. Send a note to the teacher, or call the teacher at least once a quarter. Most parents only talk to the teacher when there is a problem. How about talking to the teacher when things are going well?  For example, a simple note that says, “My child seems to be doing well in your class. Thank you for your hard work.”

    You might also ask a question, such as “My child seems to be doing well in your class. What area do you see that he/she might improve on?”

    4. Be sure to check your child’s homework every night.  Accountability at home is the most effective way for the children to get their homework done.

    5. Attend all evening events, such as Back to School Night, Open House, PTA, Carnivals, Fundraisers, PARCC Nights, Title 1 Events, STEM Parent Night, Academic Nights, Career Day, etc. It makes a difference for your child to know you made that effort to be there.

    Yours in education,

    Mrs. Michelle H. Pegram

    Principal



    Thought:  Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive: easy to govern, but impossible to enslave. (Peter Brougham)