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Newport Independent Schools continue an award-winning tradition — Home Visit Day

The Newport Independent Schools continued its award-winning annual tradition of teachers and staff spreading out across the city to meet with students and parents in their homes during Home Visit Day on Tuesday.

Home Visit Day was from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Newport Primary School team ready for home visits

The visits are an opportunity for students to meet and get to know the teachers they will have during the 2019-20 school year, which begins Aug. 14th.

Lunch was served by event sponsor Pompilio’s Italian Restaurant, the legendary Newport restaurant that is owned and operated by Newport High School alumni Larry Geiger and Joe Bristow.
Newport is one of the few school districts in the nation to take the innovative step of visiting students at their homes before the start of the school year.

Last year, The Kentucky School Boards Association honored the Home Visit Program by giving the 2018  Public Education Achieves in Kentucky (PEAK) Award to the Newport Independent Schools.
“Home Visit Day is great for not just the students, but also the teachers,” said Newport Independent School District Superintendent Kelly Middleton. “The teachers come away with a greater knowledge of each of their students and families, knowledge which could take an entire year to discover.
“Each teacher will have a better knowledge of the gifts of each of their children and how they can better reach each child,” Superintendent Middleton said.

“We have also found that by going to meet the families on their turf, the relationship between teachers and parents improve. Thus our staff seems to gain more empathy for the students they serve.”

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  1. jack combs says:

    Great article! Thank you teachers.

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