Wednesday, November 14, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY -- District to Celebrate National Parent Involvement Day November 15

MEDIA ADVISORY from the San Diego Unified School District, November 14, 2012


WHAT: Schools and departments across the district are celebrating the invaluable role that parents/guardians play in supporting student learning and public education. Four events for your consideration include: “Come to School with Your Student Day” at Serra High School; Parents sharing how their college experiences impacted their career choices with sixth graders at Marston Middle School; Parents/students eating lunch together at Kumeyaay Elementary; and the Community Resource Fair/Parent workshops at Ballard Parent Center.

WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012
7:10 – 7:45 a.m.: Serra High School, 5156 Santo Rd. (92124). Media parking is available in the front parking lot. (See attached map for room location)
10:10 – 11:45 a.m.: Kumeyaay Elementary School, 6475 Antigua Blvd. (92124). Media parking is available in the main lot off Antigua Blvd.
11:25 a.m. – 12 Noon: Marston Middle School, 3799 Clairemont Dr. (92117). Media parking is available on the north side of campus off Clairemont Dr.
1 – 5:30 p.m.: Ballard Parent Center, 2375 Congress St. (92110). Media parking is available on Congress St.

On “Come to School with Your Student Day," parents may shadow their student for the day or just a few classes to get a better understanding of what their child experiences each day. For some, it’s also a chance to relive high school. Serra High is also hosting a workshop for parents on the district’s A-G requirements from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. This is the fourth consecutive year the school has hosted this event. Please check-in at the office before heading to room 231.

Parents and students will be available for interviews in the Family Resource Center, room 231 from 7:10  to 7:45 a.m., along with Serra High's school site operations specialist and event coordinator Jeff Thomas. School starts at 7:30 a.m. Cameras will be allowed to follow parents/students into class from 7:30 to 7:45 a.m. Please check-in at the office before heading to the lunch court.

Parents are invited to eat lunch with their student. Kindergarten lunch (10:10 - 10:30 a.m.), Grades 1-2 lunch (10:45 - 11:05 a.m.), Grades 3-5 lunch (11:25 - 11:45 a.m.).

More parents are expected between 10:10 a.m. and 11:05 a.m. for lunch with the younger students.

In keeping with the school’s focus on creating a college-going culture, parents have been invited to come and speak with classes throughout the day about the role that their college experience played in their career choices. About 20 total speakers will be visiting throughout the day.

Starting at 11:25 a.m., three speakers --a nurse, the manager of a locksmith company, and an IT specialist are scheduled to address Summer Catarius’s sixth graders (room 316). All students in this classroom are cleared for media interviews. San Diego Unified Council of PTAs President Barbara Flannery will also be available for interviews, as well as Principal Elizabeth Cook. Please check-in at the office for an escort to room 316.

COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR/PARENT WORKSHOPS AT BALLARD PARENT CENTER San Diego Unified School District, SDUSD School Psychology Department and the Ballard Parent Center are hosting a Parent/Community Resource Fair and parent workshops at Ballard Center in honor of School Psychology Awareness Week, and as a tribute to Parent Involvement Day.  Workshops include “Reading with Your Kids” and “Positive Behavior Strategies.”

Ballard Parent Center: Bea Fernandez, parent outreach program manager and National Parent Involvement Day event coordinator, school psychologists, and parents will be available for media interviews from 4 - 5 p.m.

BACKGROUND:  National Parent Involvement Day is a joint effort between San Diego Unified School District and the San Diego Unified Council of PTAs to recognize parents/guardians and the invaluable role they play in supporting a child’s learning at home and at school. Research indicates that when parents are strategically involved in children's learning, student achievement significantly improves and schools are more effective.

To recognize the day, schools were encouraged to host celebrations that honor parents/guardians and facilitate further parent engagement. National Parent Involvement Day was started 18 years ago by Project Appleseed.

San Diego Unified School District: Jennifer Cornelius, communications specialist, 619-725-5598 (Desk) 619-847-6029 (Cell)