The focus of the March 2, 2015, Waubonsie Valley High School (WVHS) PAGES (Parents Advocating for the Greater Enrichment of Students) group meeting was to recap the February meeting and discuss focus areas for the 2015-2016 school year. Ms. Mary Kassir, Foreign Languages teacher at WVHS, and leader of the Spanish parents’ group plus parents representing this group attended this meeting. The following items were discussed:
The status of the Spring 2015 ACT Test Prep course (sponsored by the 100 Black Men of Chicago (100BMC)) was discussed by Mr. Tyrone Thompson:
- The spring 2015 course was cancelled since only 13 students registered (a minimum of 25 students needed to register).
- Plans are underway to offer this course during the summer of 2015.
Proposed rules for PAGES Officers Elections was presented by Mrs. Toshia Moss:
- More information can be found at http://wvpages.org/?p=310
Before discussing future focus areas Mr. Tyrone Thompson recapped the history of PAGES:
- 5 – 6 months during 2013 were spent planning the inception of PAGES with WVHS administrators
- 2013 – 2014 school year (first full year) PAGES focused on defining its mission statement.
- 2014 – 2015 school year (second year) PAGES is focusing on leading activities/workshops to enlighten parents
- Holiday Dinner
- Equity Presentation
- Knowledge Sharing Meeting with representatives of Nequa Valley High School’s PATHS and Meta Valley’s BSA.
- Mrs. Carla Julius recapped the discussion points from this meeting
- Benefit of AP Classes
- Per Ms. Kassir it appears that enrollment of minority students in AP Spanish, AP Human Geography, AP History, and AP Psychology courses increased; Perhaps the Benefit of AP Classes workshop contributed to this increase.
Meeting participants made the following suggestions for future PAGES’ focus areas/endeavors:
- Increase support for students taking AP classes (i.e. late buses, etc.).
- Increase student access to tutoring:
- Dr. Curry-Nkansah and Mr. Collier expressed interest in leading this effort
- Take advantage of tutoring resources offered by NAACP and other groups
- Work closely with counselors.
- Ask BSA parents to attend PAGES meetings; continue to build PAGES partnership with BSA.
- Poll parents to identify to determine meeting days that work for most people (i.e. day of week and time).
- Establish a PAGES presence at WVHS events.
- Increase collaboration and knowledge transfer with teachers and parents who are leading other groups that mentor minor students.
- Explore PAGES obtaining 501(c)3 tax-exempt status.
As always PAGES encourages you to be informed, get involved, and consider the following:
- Participate in PAGES meetings/events. Meetings are the first Monday of every school month in the LMC at WVHS. The next meeting is on April 6, 2015. http://wvpages.org/. The focus of this meeting will be on electing officers for the 2015 – 2016 school year and continuing the discussion on future focus areas.