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Parental Involvement

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To find the PTA/PTO group at your school, contact the school's office.
For a list of school contact information, click here.

The administration of MNPS recognizes the value and importance of parental involvement at the school and district level. There are many opportunities to help students, teachers and schools succeed. All parents are invited to become involved in their child's school and provide feedback at every level. Read the MNPS Parent Involvement Policy.

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
  • district wide
  • school level
  • classroom level
  • office level
  • special events
  • parent groups*
  • mentoring/tutoring
  • Title 1 Advisory Committee
  • before/after care
  • language translators
  • outreach to ELL
  • hall monitors
  • sports events
  • school plays
  • costume creation
  • fundraisers
  • cafeteria and bus duty
  • community education

PTA/PTO

One of the most important areas of parental involvement is having a voice in policy and procedure through parent groups at school and District levels. The vehicle for parents to have proactive input, give feedback and evaluate schools is through the parent/teacher organization (PTO, PTA, PTSA, etc) at each school. For more information about local parent organizations, visit the state PTA organization or the national Parent Teacher Organization. Click here for important forms that your PTO/PTA/PTSA must complete.

Cluster Groups

PTA/PTO organizations select one representative and one alternate to represent their school cluster at the Cluster Parent Group (CPG). The representatives communicate their school's concerns and ideas to their CPG and report information learned at the CPG meeting back to their school.

The Cluster Parent Group works on issues and concerns such as encouraging schools to work together to smooth students’ transition from elementary to middle to high school. Increased parental coordination among schools results in stronger schools and stronger clusters.

Parent Advisory Council

The Director's Parents Advisory Council (PAC) is comprised of two representatives from each of the 120 schools within MNPS. PAC meets as a collective body of 240 representatives every other month with the Director of Schools and other MNPS administrators to discuss district wide concerns. The alternate months are dedicated to individual cluster meetings (see the twelve geographical clusters) in which the clusters meet to discuss cluster concerns and have training and development sessions.

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