Published: Aug 05, 2013 6:32 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 05, 2013 6:43 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County public school students head back to the classroom on Thursday, and new Superintendent Dr. Nancy Graham is offering some advice before the first day.

Graham says parent involvement can be a key to your child having a successful school year. She says that doesn't mean parents have to be on campus, but knowing what your child is doing at school can make a great impact. Also, she says you can use technology to keep up with school news, through websites or social media like twitter.

Graham says when a child has an adult actively involved in their education, they tend to do better in the classroom. She says know your child's bus route and walk it with them for safety reasons. She also recommends learning your child's teachers' names, what they do during the day, and don't accept 'I dont know' as an answer.

She says also know who your child's friends are, as that can play a direct role on their classroom behavior.

The first year superintendent says she can never sleep the night before the first day of school and doesn't expect this year to be any different. She says her advice to new teacher is to just breathe and do their best.

Graham says her focus this year is to work on writing, planning for learning, and increasing rigor. She says a successful first day of school would be if all students arrive on time, eat lunch, are where they need to be, and get home safely.

She says she feels she came to the district at a time when teachers and stuff were "hungry for direction and encouragement" and that's what she's given them.