Needham Public School Superintendent’s Blog: Hey Parents: Let’s Get Involved!
October 31, 2021
Recently, a parent asked me if the district has considered COVID surveillance testing as a way to monitor the health and well-being of students in our schools.
Well yes. When I explained that surveillance testing, along with many other health and safety issues related to COVID, had in fact been an important part of ongoing conversations and the topic of several school committee meetings over the past 18 years. recent months, the parent expressed surprise.
“Is there a way,” the parent asked, “to have more communication and to get involved? I often hear parents say they want to get more involved or don’t know how to get involved in their child’s school or education.
Sometimes parents or community members say they want there to be “more transparency” about how the affairs of the school are conducted.
So let me take this opportunity at the start of the school year to share some ways that parents and families can stay in touch and get involved in the life of Needham Public Schools.
• Join your school’s Parent Teacher Council (PTC) and plan and participate in events, programs and meetings geared to the needs of students and staff. The CPE meetings offer parents the opportunity to connect with the principal and meet other families. Each school’s website has a link to that school’s PTC, including agents and information.
• The Consultative Council of Parents for Special Education or SEPAC is another way to get involved and learn more about NPS special education services and to meet and interact with other parents and staff who share ideas, programs and advocate for needs. students and families.
• The Advisory Council for Parents of English Learners or ELPAC provides a forum for families and parents of students whose first language is not English. This school year, over 28 languages are spoken by our English learning students, and ELPAC is a great way for families to stay informed.
• Our Boston resident families can participate in all of the above groups as well as the Needham METCO Parents Council. Meetings are typically held in Boston (and more recently via Zoom) and are a great way for parents and families to learn about Needham Public Schools and share ideas and suggestions.
• Each school has a School council made up of staff, parents, community members and, in Pollard and at the high school, student representatives. The school council advises the principal on the implementation of the school improvement plan and meets regularly to learn about the challenges and opportunities facing the school community. To learn more about Needham School Boards, check out recent training for all school board members: 2021-22 Formation of the school council
• Support organizations are another great way to stay connected and get involved in the lives of your high school students. The NHS Rocket Boosters providing funds and supporting athletics at Needham High and Friends of NHS Music defends and supports high school musical and theatrical productions and events.
• The Needham School Committee is the elected body that oversees the public schools in Needham and establishes and reviews the educational goals, programs, budget and policies for schools in the district, in accordance with the requirements of the law and the nationwide goals and standards. state established by the Massachusetts Board of Education. The Committee generally meets twice a month and all meetings are open to the public and accessible on local cable television.
Representatives of your school committee want to hear from you, so contact [email protected] establishes and reviews educational goals, programs, budget and policies for schools in the district as required by law and the state. goals and standards set by the Massachusetts Board of Education. The Committee generally meets twice a month and all meetings are open to the public and accessible on local cable television.
The representatives of your school committee want to hear from you, so contact [email protected]
• I often send emails and tweets to families, students and the community on topics of interest, including weather related news and updates. Please make sure you sign up to receive emails and connect to twitter for updates!
• I often send emails and tweets to families, students and the community on topics of interest, including weather related news and updates.
This press release was produced by Needham Public School Principal’s Blog. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.