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Membership priority for Parent-Teacher group

November 17, 2014

by Lindsay Atkins

A plan to build the membership of the Parent Teacher Student Association for Albany High School was discussed Monday night at their monthly meeting. The association counts only 39 members now compared with more than 60 members in past years, according to a member of the board.

The meeting, held in the Media Center at the high school, included a discussion about what measures might be taken to involve more parents and staff.

“We need to get the word out, every means possible, email, SNN, report cards,” said Rene Dixon, the current president of the association.

The group also intends to promote the meetings at events such as the Curriculum Fair on Wednesday and at parent/teacher conferences on Friday. The School News Notifier, SNN, is also another tool that the organization plans to use to get the word out. It sends out emails to parents who are signed up with certain schools.

“Parents are not as involved in the high school level as the middle school, elementary school level,” Dixon told The Pine Hills blog.

She said that there is more information in high school for parents to understand and that students do not always bring home everything that the school gives them to show their parents. Her son graduated in June and Dixon will step down on December 31.

One of the reasons parents are not as involved with high school as in earlier schools, said  incoming president  Christina Wiley is because  “Parents think that it is their time to step back a bit.”

The Albany High PTSA meeting on November 17/Lindsay Atkins

The Albany High PTSA meeting on November 17/Lindsay Atkins

“Our wish is for more parents at meetings so we can become a bolder body,” said Charles Parmalee, the organization’s treasurer.

Parmalee has had four children go through the school system and has been involved since they started attending school. He also said that membership for the association for adults is $10 and $5 for students.

The handful of people at the meeting also discussed fundraising strategies and ideas. They are currently competing with the Junior class who are raising money for their prom. Members are trying to fundraise from anywhere they can and ideas for fundraising included having one of the Booster Club’s 50/50 raffles go towards the parent group.

Parents also discussed the increased number of tardies their students have been receiving. Parents raised their concerns and questions about their students not making it to class on time. The inclement weather and buses being late/early were among some of the concerns that parents had. With snow coming many parents are worried that their students tardiness will increase. Administrative workers at the meeting said that they try to give an announcement to teachers that tell them to expect late students during such situations.

Wiley said that new security measures were implemented due to a recent incident at Abrookin School, where a student got through security with a weapon. She said that this may be one reason why student lateness has become an issue lately as it will take students a bit longer to get to their first class.

Other topics discussed were upcoming events such as National Parent Involvement day on Thursday and a Welcome/Remembrance for those impacted by suicide on Saturday. They also talked about the marching band going to Ireland to march in the Dublin St. Patrick’s day parade.

The next meeting will be December 8at 6:45 p.m. in the Media Center/Library at Albany High School. -30-

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