If you have questions, concerns or you're just curious about a certain class, do not hesitate to contact the teachers. Don't wait till the teachers contact you to raise questions. Most teachers are eager to discuss their students progress within their classroom and they like knowing that you have taken a special interest in your child's abilities.
Make parent-teacher conferences
Email your childs teacher
Follow the school's twitter account for school updates
In NISD, checking grades is extremely simple. All you have to do is login to parent connection and set up an account. You will be able to see your child's grades anytime of day.
Developing a routine at home can help build the necessary skills for your child to be self-motivated and accountable in his/her academics. Setting a certain time after school that is dedicated to reading/homework/self-development can become a part of his/her lifestyle as they grow into adults.