WHS parents, teachers to brainstorm educational ideas

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By Bryan Marshall

The two people who know Williamstown High School students best — parents and teachers — will join Dec. 1 to discuss a plan to meet their needs.

The Parents and Teachers Talking Together (PT3) event, which was created in 1994 by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence in Lexington, will be from 4 to 8 p.m. at WHS.

A facilitated conversation between WHS parents and teachers will look to answer two questions, what do we want for our students and what do we need to do to get what we want for our students?

The four-hour collaboration, which includes a free meal, will lead to an action plan the school can follow to reach their goals.

“I truly believe in parent involvement in children’s education,” said Tracy Alsip, a WHS parent helping organize the discussion. “Most parents are more than willing to volunteer during elementary years, however as children grow statistics show that parent involvement takes a nose dive at the middle school years, and is almost non-existent at the high school level. I would love to see this change.”

Alsip said she is still looking for participants for PT3.

Qualifications for parents are they must have a child presently enrolled in either middle or high school at Williamstown.

Teachers who participate can use the event as Professional Development hours as well.

Alsip wanted to bring PT3 to Williamstown after hosting a discussion at another school district that her children previously attended.

To date, the Prichard Committee has sponsored more than 600 sessions with approximately 12,000 participants.

Research shows that young people are more likely to grow up healthy when their parents are involved in their education, said Alsip, citing that only 29 percent of young people, ages 11-18, say their parents are actively involved in helping them succeed in school.

“I believe the ultimate goal is to open the line of communication between teachers and parents to make WHS the best place for our students,” she said. “I hope this will lead to more parental involvement at both the middle and high school level.”

Space is limited for the PT3 event so participants are strongly encouraged to RSVP by calling Alsip at 859-322-8290 or by e-mail at tsa0415@zoomtown.com.