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Parental Involvement

The West New York School District is dedicated to maximizing all students' potential for success.  As their child's first teacher, promoting and maintaining a positive relationship with parents/grandparents/guardians is vital to the success of our students.

How is the WNY Parental Involvement Program structured?

The West New York Parental Involvement Program has been organized through the research-based frameworks of Dr. Joyce Epstein from the National Network of Partnership 2000 Schools and the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships at Johns Hopkins University.

The six types of parental involvement used in the Epstein model have been adopted by the National PTA and used in establishing National Standards. The organization of the West New York Parental Involvement Program through the six National Standards/Framework is as follows:

Type I-Parenting: Assisting families with parenting and child-rearing skills and setting home conditions to support children as students at each grade level.

Type II-Communicating: Communicate with families about school programs and student progress.

Type III-Volunteering: Involve families as volunteers and audiences at the school or in other locations to support students and school programs.

Type IV-Learning at Home: Involve families with their children in learning activities at home, including homework.

Type V-Decision-Making: Include families as participants in school decisions.

Type VI-Collaborating with the Community: Coordinate resources and services.

What activities are available for parents?

A certified teacher at each elementary school, the Parent Facilitator, and a parent from the school, the Parent Partner, work jointly to organize a variety of parent activities:


Workshops and meetings for parents of middle and high school students are presented at various times throughout the year and are organized directly by the school administration in collaboration with other district and community staff/members. The topics are pertinent to the needs of the students and their families.

Are there opportunities for parents to participate?

Yes, other activities for parent participation include, but are not limited to:

 

How can I get more information about the program?

In addition to the school administrator and the student's teacher, each elementary school has a Parent Involvement Specialist who coordinates the program at that school. More school-specific information will be available at the school’s Main Office. The program supervisor, Eileen Calderone, is also available to assist you. She may be contacted by email at ecalderone@wnyschools.net or by phone at (201) 553-4000 ext. 32115.