Parkway e-News Story

Parkway Encourages Parent & Citizen Involvement

When schools and families work together, children are more inclined to succeed. Parkway offers numerous opportunities for parents and citizens to volunteer at the school and district levels.***** 

Alumni Association – A nonprofit organization of Parkway graduates working to encourage communication among alumni and foster programs that serve and support the Parkway community. One or two evening meetings per year. Contact: Jan Misuraca at (314) 415-8074. www.parkwayalumni.org

– Volunteers are needed to provide positive news and photos of students, staff and school activities to Public Affairs and the media. Meet on a weekday morning in fall for training and once more later in the year. Contact: Cathy Kelly at (314) 415-8078.

Area Advisories – Two venues are offered to parents and citizens depending on the area of the district in which they reside--Central/North or South/West. Each group will meet once each semester on a weekday to discuss current topics of interest and share thoughts on major district plans and projects. The first meetings will be held from 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at North High (Central/North) and Thursday, Sept. 25 at West High (South/West). Contact: Diana Stewart (314) 415-8069.
Government Relations Committee – Parents and citizens interested in legislative and policy issues affecting Parkway are welcome to participate. There are opportunities for advocacy; meeting notes are emailed and posted on the Web site. School representatives are asked to report on issues to/from their PTOs. Five luncheon meetings are held on Fridays throughout the school year. The first meeting is at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 27. Contact: Diana Stewart, (314) 415-8069. www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/gov

OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring –
Mature adults are trained to help elementary students with reading skills for one hour every week. Training begins in September. Contact: Barb Clark at (314) 415-8121.
Parents Advisory Council for Children with Disabilities – Parkway parents committed to securing quality education for students with special needs receive support and information through monthly meetings. Representatives meet regularly with district administrators to discuss issues pertaining to children with disabilities. Contact: Steve Colombo at (314) 415-8071 or email paccd@pkwy.k12.mo.us. Web site www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/paccd
Parent/Teacher Organizations Provide volunteer opportunities for direct involvement in school plans, programs and activities. Contact: School principals. www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/schools/schools.cfm
Safety Network – Established by the board of education to promote safe conditions in Parkway. Volunteers participate in annual safety audits and are involved in school safety and emergency preparedness activities, including the Block Homes program. Meetings vary as needed. Contact: Fred Crawford at (314) 415-8320.
(Coming Soon!) Parkway Long-Range Planning Committees
Three long-range planning committees will form in early 2009. Committees will focus on three major district goal areas: Student Achievement; School Climate (safety and health); and Technology/Fa­cilities. Each group will review and monitor progress toward district goals and make recom­mendations for improvement. Members will include parent and community representa­tives and district staff. Watch for application information in Parkway eNews and local media. Contact: Diana Stewart at (314) 415-8069.