We note with interest - and delight - that at many schools, the era has passed when students could quietly get their report cards, enlist the older sibling of a playmate to forge a parent’s signature, and return it to the teacher. That’s not to say that any of us adults ever did that while growing up.

Report card distribution has become a special event at several schools now, such as at Brownwood Middle School where report cards will be handed out this evening at a special parents meeting. Teachers will be available for visits. The PTO will be selling pizza, salad, drink and dessert. A book fair will be open in the library. Then the bands, choirs and cheerleaders will perform to conclude the event.

Report card day is not necessarily the most comfortable time for many students, but it is an important time for their development. But the presentation of grades has never been a time for teachers to “drop a bomb” and move on. In the ideal situation, report cards represent an opportunity for the teachers, students and parents to focus on the educational process together; to celebrate successes; and to identify areas where additional effort is needed. With the busy schedules today’s families have, it’s not always easy to keep that a priority.

Programs such as the 90-minute evening session at Brownwood Middle School and other campuses in the area give everyone with a stake in a youngster’s education the opportunity to take stock, and to do so in a unified manner.

Brownwood Bulletin