Parent involvement is essential to how district leadership views its mission in the community. In fact, one of the district’s core beliefs is “Home, school, and community relationships drive student success.” We value the input of parents and the voice you bring to the decision-making process for your child’s education.
For the last several years, the district has supported and promoted the Parent Advisory Council, which was made up of a parent representative from each school in the district. The district provided opportunities on a quarterly basis for these representatives to learn about district initiatives from staff members.
During the 2016-17 school year, the average attendance at the meetings was around 15 parent representatives, several of whom no longer have children in the district. While the presence and input of these faithful attendees is certainly appreciated, we would like to ensure that we reach as many parents as possible.
Therefore, we will be trying a different format for parent involvement during the 2017-18 school year. We will be hosting four “Community Conversations” at different locations across the county. These one-hour meetings will offer parents the opportunity to hear about current initiatives and to ask questions about specific concerns. The superintendent and appropriate staff members will be on hand to provide information and answers. While there will be a brief overview at the beginning of each meeting, we hope that the evening results in a rich conversation and dialogue about topics of importance to parents.
The Community Conversations will be held from 6-7 p.m. in the media center of the following schools:
- September 13, Sedge Garden Elementary
- November 16, Gibson Elementary
- February 21, Clemmons Middle
- May 9, Career Center
While parents are welcome to attend any session, we encourage you to attend the one closest to your home school. The overview will include a video clip recorded by Dr. Beverly Emory, and it will be available for PTAs to share with members at individual school meetings. So, even if you do not attend each meeting in person, you can still have the benefit of hearing/seeing the current concerns of the district.
We are excited about the possibilities this new format may bring! We look forward to welcoming you to Community Conversations!