Nyack HS PTSA: Coordinated Communication Among Students, Parents and Educators

Reaching out to parents is integral to get a starting point so kids can decide what they’d like to study, and everyone then knows the same amount of information.

Special project advisor Brian Conybeare discusses bridge timeline with members of Nyack HS PTSA/NNYB Outreach

Special project advisor Brian Conybeare discusses bridge timeline with members of Nyack HS PTSA/NNYB Outreach

Nyack High School PTSA Co-president Kevin Graham, several parents and one student met with special project advisor Brian Conybeare recently to discuss the Outreach Team’s presentation at the school last February.

Student representation is important. “A student (chosen by the principal) attends our meetings on a rotating basis,” Graham, whose co-president is Vanessa Reggiardo, said. “One of the things we’re doing as a new executive board is aiming to bring ideas to parents.”

We are an organization dedicated to the educational development and success of all students as well as to the continued improvement of our school environment. The PTSA promotes a close working relationship between parents, guardians, teachers and students that is essential to the education and quality of life for our children.

Graham said Conybeare’s presentation to students last February, bit different from the one seen by PTSA members, helped him better understand the project.

Nyack HS students learn about bus rapid transit and the possibility of light rail on the new bridge/NNYB Outreach

Nyack HS students learn about bus rapid transit and the possibility of light rail on the new bridge/NNYB Outreach

“He talked about the expectations, outlined the steps of the process, and dispelled rumors that tolls would be $18,” Graham said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we (parents) got a clearer view of the project,” which he sees during his commute to Elmsford.

When the PTSA invites speakers — like the Rockland County Department of Mental Health — to talk with students, parents hear the presentation at another time. “It’s important for parents to learn what their kids are talking about at school,” Graham said.

When everyone has baseline knowledge, it’s easier to take learning to the next level: a way to focus on the schools’ needs and how we can accommodate them.

“One of the things we liked about the presentation is that we can use it to inspire kids; it put an upbeat spin on what’s going on,” he said.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

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