Bremen a 'pilot school' for Ind. Parent Pledge

BREMEN — Bruce Jennings, Bremen High School principal, announced last week that the school is a “pilot school” in the newly launched Indiana Parent Pledge program.
Jeff Foster, a player with the Indiana Pacers NBA team, helped make the official launch of the program Oct. 4 in Indianapolis with Tony Bennett, state superintendent of public instruction.
The pledge, Bennett said, is to foster increased and enhanced partnering between parents and their students’ teachers. Parents are being asked to become part of a “parent pledge culture” across the state in which they can use teachers as resources, and vice versa, to improve their children’s learning.
Parents will be asked to sign the pledge, either online at /parentpledge, or through handouts from classrooms. No one is required to sign the pledge, only to make a “firm commitment,” Bennett said, towards academic success of Indiana’s students.
The pledge document includes the following statements:
“As a parent, grandparent or caring adult, I hereby affirm my commitment to the academic achievement and career success of my child. I promise to make the pursuit of knowledge a priority in my household.
“To demonstrate my commitment to this goal, I pledge to adhere to the following principles:
“My child will read with an adult or be encouraged to read independently each day.
“My child will complete all homework assignments given by school instructors and will be encouraged to ask for help when it is needed.
“My child will arrive at school on time, well-rested and prepared for a full day of instruction and learning.
“My child will treat teachers and fellow classmates with respect and compassion. I will make positive behavior the expectation in my household.
“My child will graduate from high school and will understand the importance of a strong education in determining future success.
“I will encourage my child to dream big and always give 100 percent effort.
“I will treat my children’s teachers as a valuable resource and work with them to support academic improvement and classroom behavior expectations.
“I will monitor my child’s academic growth and stay as involved as possible in my child’s education. I will let the teacher know right away if I notice any problems.
“Together, my child and I, in partnership with Indiana’s educators, will make education our #1 priority.”
Bremen parents can look forward to having the opportunity to discuss the school’s participation in the program during parent-teacher conferences and as it evolves locally.