"It is important to me that parents know they are a very significant part of their child's success in school," says Elizabeth Ussatis, a fourth-grade teacher at Washington Elementary School in Valley City. Guided by this aim and in collaboration with her team teacher, Mrs. Ussatis was able to secure a grant to implement "Science and Math Understanding Reaches Families." The program provides students with take-home "paks" that bring parents and children together to undertake week-long activities that are followed up by parents' nights at the school. Another initiative of Mrs. Ussatis is the Elementary Science Olympiad for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students. The two-day competition, staffed in part by parent volunteers, includes a variety of academic events and culminates in a celebration of student team achievement. In 1995, Mrs. Ussatis received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching from the National Science Foundation.
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