Teacher Advisor System
The Teacher Advisor System
Your child’s TA is your first and most important contact person at U-32. This person will help you to learn about the system and find the answers to questions you may have. He or she also acts as a support person for both of you whenever it may be appropriate. The relationships between TAs and their families are unique and can add a special dimension to the student’s total experience at U-32.
The role of the TA in your child’s educational experience will change as she/he matures. There are some aspects of this relationship which should always be present, however.
- The TA should COMMUNICATE with you
- The TA should provide you with INFORMATION
- The TA should COOPERATE with you to help provide the best education for your child
- The TA should provide SUPPORT and INTERVENE on behalf of your child when appropriate
- For more information, click here for the U-32 Parent TA Brochure (PDF) or the Student TA Brochure (PDF)
The first communication with your TA will take place just prior to the opening of school when you receive your ‘introduction’ call. You will be able to meet your child’s TA at MEET YOUR TA NIGHT which generally occurs the Tuesday before the opening of school. In September, you will be invited to our fall OPEN HOUSE where you will have an opportunity to talk with your child’s TA and teachers.
Throughout the year, you will receive periodic calls from your TA. You should feel free to contact your TA at any time during the year, whether you have concerns or would just like to talk.
At the mid point of each marking period, Home Reports are mailed home. At this time, you and your TA may need to talk about how things are going. You may feel that your child needs some special help or you may want to have a meeting with some of your child’s teachers. Whatever the situation may be, your initial contact will be made through the TA
Report Cards are distributed by the TA each quarter. A copy is kept in the TA folder. If you have a ‘second parent’ not living in your household that you wish to have copies of documents, make sure your TA is aware so that the appropriate copies may be sent.
It is important to remember that the relationship between parent and TA is a two-way street. The needs of each student differ, and each parent may have a different area of concern. Therefore, it is important to let your TA know about your child and about your expectations. This allows you to work cooperatively in the best interest of your child.
support - intervention
One of the most important functions of the TA is to provide support to his or her students. During the six years that a student spends at U-32, there are going to be times when things don’t work out as well as everyone would like them to. It is hoped that the students will see their TA as the person who can help or who can locate a source of help when necessary. The TA system is supported by three counselors and a number of outside agencies, to which referrals may be made.