District PTA (Cumberland County)
Joyce L. Epstein of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships at Johns Hopkins University (1995) identifies six types of parent involvement opportunities. Each standard produces unique gains for students, contributes to effective programs, and fosters school success. Gains for students are greatest when parents participate in activities in each of the six standard areas. (National PTA, 1997)
Ensure Communication Between Home and School is Regular, Two-Way, and Meaningful
Information is available at the school to include but is not limited to the following upon request:
Contact your child’s principal or teacher for more information on what you as a parent can expect.
Participate in Parenting Skills and Informational Sessions
Cumberland County Schools provides many opportunities at the individual school sites for parent training and assistance.
Sample skill sessions at the school site include but are not limited to:
Contact the school principal, School Improvement Team Chairperson or Parent Facilitator for more information.
Assist in Promoting Student Learning and Academic Success
Our schools can provide many opportunities to assist students with student academic achievement.
Contact the school principal or guidance counselor for more information and opportunities.
Serve as a Parent Volunteer
There are numerous opportunities to serve as a parent volunteer in Cumberland County Schools.
Contact the school principal or teacher for more information or visit the Community Volunteer Services (CVS) Website.
Participate in School Decision-Making and Advocacy
Parents are encouraged to become full partners in the decisions that affect children and families. Cumberland County Schools provide many opportunities at the district level and individual school site for parent advisory involvement.
Contact the school principal, School Improvement Team Chairperson PTA/PTO officers or Parent Facilitator for more information.
Participate as a Community Resource To Strengthen our Schools, Families, and Student Learning
Contact the school principal, or the Cumberland County Schools Communication Department at 910.678.2303 for more information..........................................................................................................................................
Published by Laurie Pender on September 22, 2016
In several columns, I have written about the need for parental involvement. The research is very clear that parental involvement is critical for the success of the child. When parents are involved, the expectation for the student goes up and achievement follows. There are several ways to be involved. The first is to sign up to have access to your child’s records. The principal can give you a password that will allow you to review your child’s records. You can stay up-to-date on grades, attendance, and assignments. It would also allow you to have conversations with your child about the importance of their education. You may contact the school and get a pass word from the principal.
Another way to get involved is to join the PTA. The PTA has existed for over 100 years and has been devoted to parent involvement. Their goal is to be a “powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and strong advocates for the education and wellbeing of children.” They serve as a unified voice for every child in Cumberland County. You can get more information at http://ccdptac.ccs.k12.nc.us. For upcoming events, grant and scholarship opportunities LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
A final way to get involved is to volunteer. Every school website has opportunities for you to help in many ways. With the reduction in our budget, we can use the extra hands in our schools. Please contact your principal to get involved.
We are off to a great start. Parents are cooperating and getting their children to school on time and not checking them out unless it can’t be avoided. The business community is expanding their discounts to our employees through the Work Perks program. Our relationship with the military has never been better.
Thank you for your support and involvement.
Dr. Frank Till
Published by Laurie Pender on September 1, 2015