Parent involvement still makes a difference during middle school and high school years. Columbia Middle School and Columbia Central High School needs parent volunteers just as much as the elementary does. What do you do when the school needs parent volunteers for an event, but your schedule is already busy and your teen is begging for you to say away? “Don’t come to my school,” she says, “let the other parents do it.” It’s tempting to be persuaded. Does your teen really need your involvement anymore?
Research is clear: Parent involvement in education makes a huge difference for kids of all ages. The results can include improved attendance, better behavior and higher grades.
This doesn’t mean you have to be at every school activity. You might help with a dance, for example, but skip a play. You may join the Athletic Boosters, but not help with the Science Fair. In fact, lots of “involvement” happens at home. The National Education Association strongly suggests talking about school, helping with homework and monitoring your teen’s time. These are things you can do every day.
Meanwhile, steps such as visiting the school occasionally and staying in touch with the staff are small but essential. They teach your teen that “School is important,” “I care about your success,” and “Teens, parents and schools are an unbeatable team.” Deep down, teens get these messages, so even when they say, “Don’t come to school,” they’re actually glad you are involved.
Columbia School District offers many areas for parents to get involved. Our upcoming Back-to-School Days are a kick off to the school year. Monday, August 26th from 5 to 6:30 pm is the Columbia Middle School Back to School Open House. Columbia Central High School Freshman and New Student Orientation begin at 6 pm on Tuesday August 27th and the CCHS Open House for all students kicks-off at 7:00 pm. The Columbia Elementary Back-to-School Bash is Tuesday August 27th from 5 to 6:30 pm.
During the Open Houses you will have an opportunity to join the Band Boosters, the Athletic Boosters and the PTO, meet your child or teen’s teachers, and get reacquainted with old friends. After school begins if you have time during the school day, you may want to become a mentor in the Brooklyn Buddies Reading Program or volunteer on the playground. If you are interested in registering your child to attend Columbia School District, please call 517-592-6641 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .