State PTA president urges parental involvement

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State PTA president urges parental involvement
By MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia PTA President Janelle Sperry urged parents to get involved in their children’s education this upcoming year.

“I think that one thing that, as a parent, we can do to help our children in school is just to become more educated ourselves on what’s impacting their education.” said Sperry.

When schools host activities, Sperry motivates parents to attend to help support the school as well as the PTA.

“By having a PTA that has a lot of free activities, you’re allowing those parents to start engaging into the school itself. You get bit by a bug. You get bit by a PTA bug, and once you start coming to those activities and realize how important it is and how much better your children are doing in school, you start to get more volunteers. It just seems to grow and grow.” he said.

With the many programs schools follow, such as Common Core, Sperry believes it’s a good idea for parents to keep up so they can help their kids whenever they can.

“There’s much negativity that we hear about common core,” said Sperry. “I think many people believe it just means standardized testing, but there’s so much more to it than that. It’s basically a set of high quality academic standards. The standards are like learning goals that outline what every student should know and should be able to do at the end of each grade.”

With involvement in the PTA, parents opinions on the school system can be heard and recognized.

“I think it’s more that we just have to ask questions instead of maybe hearing what’s on Facebook and in the media about the negativity of Common Core, maybe get to the root of what exactly it is and find out that we can ask our teachers and principals what exactly it means.” Sperry explained.