The meeting, organized by parent involvement coordinator Karen Elston, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at J. Craig Community Center. The goal is to enlighten parents about events systemwide rather than just for their child’s grade level.
“We have a lot going on this year,” Elston said. “In the past, we’ve had annual parent meetings at each school, but since we were accredited as a whole district this year, we are trying to pull all the schools under one roof and make sure people know what’s happening in every school, not just the one their child attends.”
They anticipate 300-400 parents to attend, she said, and hope for community participation as well. Representatives from Central Office administration, City Council, the School Foundation, Chamber of Commerce and other groups will be in attendance, and each school will present its Continuous Improvement Plan, Elston said. PTO booths will be set up with memberships and T-shirts available, as well as Career Tech displays. Babysitting will be provided.
“We want to make this a really big deal for the community,” Elston said. “Especially since parent and community involvement was one of our ‘powerful practices’ noted during our accreditation, we want to continue to build on that.”
Parent visitation month is also set for October, where parents are invited to visit their child’s classroom from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on various days. Visitation at Indian Valley Elementary School is Oct. 2, at Pinecrest Elementary on Oct. 9, at Nichols-Lawson Middle on Oct. 16, and a date at Sylacauga High School is to be determined.
“We’re doing good things as far as parental involvement. I feel like we’re reaching all parents, and they help keep each other informed,” Elston said. “It’s like networking.”
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