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
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
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 during the school day presented by the Parent Involvement
Specialist include: "Using Technology;" "An Overview of Testing and How to Help Your Child be Successful."
Parent/child presentations to view productions engaging families in conversation and
incorporating CCSS such as The Wizard’s Apprentice and the Magic Bookmark or informational
presentations such as Helping Drew—an anti bullying production.
Evening workshops presented by district specialists such as the Elementary Substance Awareness
Coordinator on topics including "Gang Awareness,” “Substance Abuse Prevention" and through
community services, such as North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue presenting "Fire Prevention and
Workshops presented by out-of-district consultants
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
Participating in PTA/PTO activities that include fundraisers
such as book fairs, candy drives and plant sales to support the
needs of the school.
Parents are welcomed into the schools to attend "Back to School
Night," and/or "Parents' Night" when they can learn firsthand
from their child's teachers what their child will be doing
throughout the school year and how they can help to ensure their
During “Open House,” parents are invited to visit classrooms
during instructional periods to observe lessons/activities
Attend productions/presentations/award ceremonies that
demonstrate the achievements/participation of their children.
Specific opportunities may also exist on a per school basis.
Your school administrator will be able to provide you with more
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (201) 553-4000 ext. 32115.