At Hillside, we value Family Engagement and believe it is vital to student success. Parents are their child's first teacher and most importantly the teacher's partner in the education of their students. Parent Engagement is any activities that parents do to help their children succeed in school and life. It includes everything from making sure their child is are prepared to go to school every day, to attending parent meetings and conferences, to volunteering their time and talents in their child's classroom and at the school and finally to the importance and value of parents place on education.
How do students benefit?
When parents are engaged, students have better attendance, increased motivation, better self-esteem, fewer behavioral issues and ultimately higher grades and test scores. The long-term effect is a better chance of graduating from high school and going on to post-secondary education.
How do parents benefit?
When parents are engaged, they have more confidence in the school and its teacher, along with more confidence in their own abilities to help their children outside of the school day.
How do schools benefit?
When parents invest in their school, the teachers and staff feel more supported. In addition, the school has a better reputation in the community, which increases the interest and involvement of all community stakeholders.
How can I get involved?
There are many volunteer opportunities including media helper, tutoring, copying, lots of PTA programs such as All-Pro Dads, Career Day, Science Day, Artist Day and much more. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit our Hillside PTA website or contact your homeroom teacher.