A strong parent/community and school relationship will strengthen your child’s ability to be successful. We know that everyone is busy but there are many ways to get involved in your child’s schooling.
First and foremost, join the PTA at your child’s school. They have monthly meeting and discuss what is going on in the schools and it provides many opportunities for you to help out during the day and at special activities.
Secondly, you have the opportunity to serve on the school’s Building Leadership Team, we call this the BLT. During these meetings staff and parent representatives discuss student academic data and progress and determine what is important and what strategies will be used to improve progress.
You can join the BASB – Barberton All Sports Boosters. They have monthly meeting and discuss fundraising and opportunities to support all athletes and sports.
You can join the Band boosters and support our outstanding music programs.
Dads, at the elementary schools they have a group called the Watch DOGS – Dads of great students. They do many wonderful things for the students and staff at the elementary schools. You can also volunteer to be a mentor or to read to students.
At the district level, you can get on the FACT committee and meet with the treasurer to discuss district finances and how we work every day to be fiscally responsible. You can get on the BAC – the Business Advisory Council and discuss how local business and industry can support, work with and drive programing in the schools. You can get on the Community Connector Committee where we discuss school district academics goals, initiatives, and programing. Finally, you can always set up a time to come in and talk to me if you ever have any questions, suggestions, and/or concerns about what we doing in the Barberton City School District.
If you are unable to attend or get involved with any of the activities that I have mentioned, you can be involved in your child education by attending parent/teacher conference, we have expanded conferences to evenings and day times (check our calendar). You can access progress book at any time that is convenient for you to get a detailed report about your child’s academic progress and attendance. You can get on the secure site to monitor your child’s internet history. You can get on the district vocabulary site and go over your child’s vocabulary words with them. Parents can attend afterschool activities and programing such as, financial aid night (FAFSA), educational programing on topics such as, “the opioid epidemic” schools funding, suicide awareness, early childhood and mentoring. You can attend musical performances, the Tri-Arts Festival, and a multitude of athletic activities. It is my hope in the future to provide more programing and education events for our families. Let me know if you have any suggestions.
If you do not have a student in the system that’s okay, we want you to be involved in what we do and be on our team. You can join the community connectors group, the FACT group, or stop in to meet with me for a discussion. Periodically, I will have community meetings at businesses such as McDonald’s, Giant Eagle and Durbin’s. You are welcome to come. If you have an idea and/or suggestions we would love to hear it. We are always striving to meet the needs of the community and do a better job.
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