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Cathy Edmondson

Community Engagement Coordinator

1 Academy Park

Albany, NY 12207

Phone: 475-6067

Fax: 475-6069


 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming in February: New York State tests and what they mean for your child (and you!)

Parent University meetings will resume in February and the topic of the month is New York State tests. City School District of Albany staff will be on hand to discuss and answer questions about the upcoming state tests in English language arts and math.

 

Parents and guardians are welcome to attend any of the four February meetings. All will be held at 5:30 p.m. and will include dinner and door prizes.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 1 -- William S. Hackett Middle School library

  • Thursday, Feb. 9 -- North Albany Academy cafeteria

  • Thursday, Feb. 16 -- Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School music room

  • Tuesday, Feb. 28 -- West Hill Middle School cafeteria

State English language arts tests will be given the last week of March. State math tests will be given the first week of May.

 

What is Parent University?

The philosophy of Parent University is that parenting, like other types of education, is a lifelong learning process.

 

We know that children tend to do better in school when their parents or guardians are involved in their education. With that in mind, Parent University helps parents and guardians understand how to work effectively with their child's teachers and others at school. Parent University also offers monthly trainings and workshops on a variety of subjects parents want to know about (see calendar at right). The programs are free and conducted by local experts in their fields.

 

The City School District of Albany launched its Parent University program in the spring of 2015, and it continues to grow and evolve. We launched the project in all our middle schools, since this is the point at which parent involvement tends to drop off dramatically. Middle school also is a time when many students' grades, attitudes and behaviors take a turn for the worse -- a trend here in Albany, throughout the state and across the nation. 

 

Goals of Parent University

  • To connect more parents and guardians to their children's school

  • To create productive and open relationships between parents and guardians, children and schools

  • To empower parents to raise children who are successful in school and in life

  • To provide parents with tools to raise confident, successful children prepared to live and work in the 21st century.

Links to helpful information

 

Articles from the Harvard Family Research Council

Family Engagement Blog from the Harvard Family Research Council

Information about Common Core


Mark your calendar:
Parent University meetings
  
SEPTEMBER
Topics: Ways to keep up with your child's educaiton and the Student Code of Conduct
9/7 William S Hackett Middle School, 5:30 p.m.
9/14 North Albany Academy, 5:30 p.m.
9/22 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 5:30 p.m.
9/29 West Hill Middle School, 5:30 p.m.
OCTOBER
Topic:
Bullying, cyberbullying and your child
10/5 William S. Hackett Middle School, 5:30 p.m.
10/13 North Albany Academy, 5:30 p.m.
10/20 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 5:30 p.m.
10/27 West Hill Middle School, 5:30 p.m.
NOVEMBER
Topic: Changes to middle-school enrollment, the proposal for 50 North Lark Street and the Jan. 10 vote
11/2 William S. Hackett Middle School, 5:30 p.m.
11/10 West Hill Middle School, 5:30 p.m.
11/17 North Albany Academy, 5:30 p.m.
11/30 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 5:30 p.m.
FEBRUARY
Topic: State exams and your child
2/1 William S. Hackett Middle School, 5:30 p.m.
2/9 North Albany Academy, 5:30 p.m.
2/16 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 5:30 p.m.
2/23 West Hill Middle School, 5:30 p.m.
MARCH
Topic: Yoga and relaxation
3/1 William S. Hackett Middle School, 5:30 p.m.
3/9 North Albany Academy, 5:30 p.m.
3/16 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 5:30 p.m.
3/23 West Hill Middle School, 5:30 p.m.
APRIL
Topic: What you need to know about Albany High School
4/5 William S. Hackett Middle School, 5:30 p.m.
4/13 West Hill Middle School, 5:30 p.m.
4/20 North Albany Academy, 5:30 p.m.
4/27 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 5:30 p.m.
MAY
Topic: Year-end Parent University celebration for all schools
5/17 Albany High School, 5:30 p.m.

 

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