The Role of Issaquah Middle School Parents
The task of connecting parents and families and schools to support student learning must be more than a polite nod to political correctness. Today, both families and educators find themselves strapped for time. Many families and parents find this age a difficult time as their middle school children struggle with their identities. At IMS we are dedicated to our parents as well as our students, and we work to involve all of our parents in the educational process of their children. We need them to do more than just volunteering, fundraising, or participating on committees, even though those contributions are absolutely invaluable. Middle school years are a time when parents need to allow their students to take responsibility for their school work, their actions, and their goals. Our parents’ role in nurturing independent, self-assured individuals is invaluable. We also want parents to feel supported within our school culture. Parenting middle school youth is a challenge and IMS can help parents feel self-confident as they support, encourage, and help students at home. We strive to hear our parents’ voices within our school decision-making, and we want our parents to share their experiences and connect with other families. IMS parents help us by connecting us to the community and by bringing the community to us. What a wonderful partnership we have!
Parent and Community Participation and Expectations
Site Council, which meets regularly, is composed of IMS teachers, parents, students, staff and administrators. This group advises the principal on how to advance student learning through strong shared planning, communications and problem-solving.
The Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) welcomes all parents to participate. This group has a monthly meeting where community input is sought and school information is shared. The PTSA president meets monthly with the principal to share parent, community, and school information. Parents are urged to contact PTSA Board members if they have questions or concerns or if they wish to get involved. Parent volunteers, an integral part of the IMS program, make an important enrichment contribution to students’ education.