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Carlos and Verlina Gordon are familiar faces at Westminster. Whether it's to check on Carlos Jr.'s progress or to discuss Carlina's science project, the Gordons take a hands-on approach to their children's education. They even help out on as many activities and field trips as they can. So it's no surprise that the Gordons are thrilled to have teachers who share their passion, and who go above and beyond to enhance the parent-educator relationship. In fact, they've been so happy with their experience, they're already calling their youngest child, "A future Westminster student."
Westminster Community Charter School (WCCS) believes that education is the shared responsibility of the students, parents, family, school and community and that the academic achievement and success of our students depend on the strength of the partnerships developed among these stakeholders. For the purpose of this policy, parent is defined as any parent, guardian, and/or person in parental relation to a child or children. All parents in the district will be encouraged to become involved in the educational processes of their child(ren).
Students, who are at the center of these partnerships, have unique skills, talents and learning styles and ultimately are responsible for their own academic achievement. Parents and families provide their children with the foundation of their values, and aspirations. Parents' knowledge of their children's unique histories, traditions, experiences, learning styles, resources and challenges is a valuable resource which is critical to their children's successful achievement in school.
To ensure success for all of our students, WCCS will support parent involvement by providing a continuum of opportunities including all six of the following types taken directly from the Joyce L. Epstein model of the National Network of Partnership Schools at John Hopkins University:
"Parenting: Assist families with parenting and child-rearing skills, understanding child and adolescent development, and setting home conditions that support children as students each age and grade level. Assist schools in understanding families.
Communicating: Communicate with families about school programs and student progress through effective school-to-home and home-to-school communications.
Volunteering: Improve recruitment, training, work, and schedules to involve families as volunteers and audiences at the school or in other locations to support students and school programs.
Learning at Home: Involve families with their children in learning activities at home, including homework and other curriculum-linked activities and decisions.
Decision Making: Include families as participants in school decisions, governance, and advocacy through PTA/PTO, school councils, committees, and other parent organizations.
Collaborating with the Community: Coordinate resources and services for families, students, and the school with businesses, agencies, and other groups and provide services to the community."