Lorraine Hightower, President
Mountain View Elementary's PTA
Family-School Partnerships: Happy New Year! As we move into 2014, the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) will continue to focus our efforts on strengthening the family-school partnerships at Mountain View Elementary to improve student success. Research shows that "no matter what their family income or background may be ~ students with involved parents or caregivers are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, attend school regularly, have better social skills, and graduate and go on to postsecondary education*.) This month the PTA will create a "PTA School of Excellence Team" who will work to implement programs and initiatives that enhance the relationship between our families and the school to improve student learning. This School of Excellence Team will include our Principal, Teacher Representatives, PTA Board Members, PTA Parents and other members of our community. Areas of focus will be determined based on the feedback that was obtained from our parents and staff through the October National PTA "family-school partnership survey." If you are interested in being a team participant, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bullying: In support of Loudoun County School's "Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS)" initiative, the PTA is pleased to sponsor two anti-bullying assembly programs, along with an evening Parent Workshop, on January 16, 2014. Paul Hadfield (Licensed Counselor), of The Bully Plan, will entertain and educate our students through his "Everyone Belongs" presentation during the day and address important topics such as cyber bullying and gossip at 7pm in his "Taking Care" parent only assembly.
Watch D.O.G.S: Another important family-school initiative that the PTA will launch this month is the Watch D.O.G.S. ("Dads of Great Students") program. WATCH D.O.G.S. is a program of the National Center for Fathering focusing on prevention of violence in schools by using the positive influence of fathers and father-figures to provide an unobtrusive presence in the schools, and to be a positive role-model for students.
Through WATCH D.O.G.S. participation:
We gratefully thank the twenty plus Mountain View Dads who have already signed up to participate as one of our Watch D.O.G.S! If you would like more information or would like to sign up, please contact our "Top Dog" Derrick Jaastad at email@example.com or plan to attend the Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Party Launch on January 23rd.
*Henderson, A., & Mapp, K(2002). A new wave of evidence: The impact of school, family, and community connections on student achievement. Austin, TX: Southwest Educational Development Laboratory.