There are many ways to take an active role our school communities.
From helping in the classroom to serving on the Board of Education, your
participation is a welcome and vital contribution to our schools.
Volunteering in the Classroom
Contact your student's teacher or principal to volunteer in the
classroom. In addition, check with your principal and watch your school
newsletter for opportunities to help with special activities like
yearbook, clubs and organizations or ongoing needs like lunchtime
supervision. Athletics, music and art departments often have needs for
parent assistance as well.
Most principals host monthly or quarterly gatherings. Watch your school newsletter and marquee for dates and times.
PTA/Home and School Club
The function of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) varies from
school to school, but in general they are parent organizations that
raise funds to support programs and activities at your child's school.
PTA or Home and School Club meetings are often held monthly, usually in
the evenings. Check with your school office for meeting dates.
Site Council is an elected group of parents, teachers and staff. The
Site Council is responsible for allocating federal and state money to
school programs, develops and refines the school plan each year, sets
goals for student achievement and monitors progress toward those goals.
English Language Advisory Committees meet on every campus. Comprised of staff, teachers and parents, ELAC
reviews and addresses the needs of our English language-learning
students. There is also a DELAC group that meets regarding district-wide
issues concerning English language acquisition.
There are a number of committees
and task forces formed to address the needs and goals of our school
district; many of them include community members and parents. If you are
interested in serving on a committee, contact the Office of the Superintendent.
Board of Education
Our seven-member Board of Education is elected from the areas served by Santa Cruz City Schools. Terms are four years; staggered by represented areas.
The Santa Cruz Education Foundation
is a non-profit, all volunteer organization that promotes excellence in
Santa Cruz City Schools through fund-raising, program awareness and communications.
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