We host a variety of events to engage our families to increase parent involvement including:
International Food Fair
Awards Banquet at Giando's on the Water
Parent Association outings to restaurants
Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
What is a PA/PTA?
Parent Associations (PAs) are the main way for parents to get involved in their children’s schools. Parent Associations are school-based organizations open to all parents, foster parents, and legally appointed guardians of children currently attending a New York City public school. If a PA decides to include teachers, parent members can elect to become a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA).
Every PA/PTA should be representative of the parents within its school. This includes parents of special education students and English language learners, as well as students who are eligible for Title I, gifted and talented services, and magnet programs.
PA/PTA roles in schools:
The PA/PTA helps parents become involved in their children’s education, share ideas, and enrich their school communities. While the specific roles of PA/PTAs vary, among their responsibilities are electing parent members to serve on School Leadership Teams and Community Education Councils, conducting outreach to get other parents involved in school life, and supporting school activities like Parent-Teacher Conferences, open houses, curriculum nights and District Family Day events. Each PA develops its own bylaws, elects officers, and holds regular meetings.
How do I join my school’s PA/PTA?
All parents are automatically members of their school’s PA/PTA. For more specific information on how to get involved, ask your school's parent coordinator or school's principal.
Under State Education Law, Section 2590, every New York City public school is required to form a Parent Association. All PA/PTA bylaws must comply with the current Chancellor’s Regulation A-660.
School Leadership Team
What is a School Leadership Team?
School Leadership Teams (SLTs) are school-based organizations composed of an equal number of parents and staff. They meet at least once a month, and determine the structure for school-based planning and shared decision-making.
SLTs must include as mandatory members: the school principal, the PA/PTA president (or designated co-president), the UFT chapter leader, and an equal number of parents and staff. High school teams must also include at least two students. SLTs may elect to include representatives from community-based organizations.
SLTs’ roles in schools:
The core responsibility of each SLT is to develop the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) that is aligned with the school-based budget. SLTs are strongly encouraged to solicit input from various school community constituencies in order to ensure that all voices are heard regarding the needs of students. Functioning in a collaborative manner, SLTs also help to evaluate the effectiveness of the school’s educational programs and their impact on student achievement. SLTs receive support and guidance as needed from their District Leadership Teams.
How do I join my school’s SLT?
Parent members of an SLT are nominated by the school’s PA. Meetings open to entire school community , parent involvement is welcome and encouraged.
Under State Education Law, Section 2590, all New York City public schools are required to establish School Leadership Teams. SLTs must comply with the current Chancellor’s Regulation A–655.