Socorro schools now have way for parents to see grades

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Socorro Consolidated Schools is focusing on bringing parents into a more active role for the 2013-2014 school year.

“One of our big changes is our student information system,” Superintendent Randall Earwood said. “We are looking for a really strong parent component.”

The information system will allow parents to log in on the Internet and view their student’s progress. Earwood said there will be a link to the school’s website, http://www.socorro.k12.nm.us/, for all parents at the beginning of the school year.

This year Socorro schools start a bit later than they have been for the past few years.

“The students start on Aug. 19,” Earwood said. “The start date was getting earlier and earlier in the year and we wanted to push it back.”

One of the factors in the decision to push back the start time was the practical component of cooling systems. The air conditioning systems just get overloaded in early August, Earwood said.

He said it was parent feedback that helped make that decision, as well as the decision to cut out some of the half-days.

The only change in leadership at the schools is that Gilbert Peralta, who served as an assistant principal at the middle school, has been moved to the position of principal for Zimmerly and Midway elementary schools.

“He has quite a challenge in front of him,” Earwood said. “Both schools went down in grades.”

Peralta has been with Socorro schools for more than 20 years, Earwood said. He replaces Susan Comisky in the principal position. Comisky will be an assistant principal at Sarracino Middle School.

“My goal is always concerning student achievement,” Earwood said. “We will be implementing strategies in the classes to impact student achievement. And we will be working with teachers to develop good classroom instructional strategies.”