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Community Meeting (Hosted by Rio Grande High School)

Rio Grande High School is hosting a community meeting for parents and guardians of students at Rio Grande HS (as well as its feeder schools) to develop ways to get parents more involved in education.

Mar 24, 2010
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Rio Grande High Commons, 2300 Arenal Road SW
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“Parents are best suited to know what their child’s needs are. We encourage them to come sit at the table and become a part of the process of improving our schools.”

--Terrie Hamilton, president of the Rio Grande High School PTA.

The New Mexico Public Education Department recently found that APS didn’t provide parents of Rio Grande High students with enough notice regarding the “opportunity for meaningful involvement” in the school’s restructuring process last year.

As a result, APS has been directed by the state to conduct a public meeting to develop a plan for meaningful parent involvement in any future restructuring efforts.

That meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on March 24 in the Rio Grande High Commons (map). Parents and guardians of students at RGHS as well as its feeder schools are encouraged to attend the meeting and to be a part of the process.

During the meeting, parents will break into small groups to brainstorm ways they can become more involved in their children’s schools.

“We want parents to come up with ways to become meaningfully involved in the education of their children from pre-school through graduation,” said Terrie Hamilton, president of the RGHS PTO, which is co-sponsoring the event along with representatives from Rio Grande High and APS.

“Fundraising, cheering on our teams and volunteering at school are all great ways to help our kids.  But we also want parents to think about becoming part of the decision-making process. We want them to help determine the direction of their child’s school. We want them to have a say in how their kids are educated.”

Student achievement improves and schools do better when parents are involved. That’s why parents are encouraged to attend the meeting on March 24.