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St. Croix District Debuts Parent University

March 10, 2009 – St. Croix District debuts Parent University, a place for parents to exchange ideas with parenting experts and visit with other parents in the community. "The intent of the Parent University is to encourage, support and inform parents, grandparents, caretakers and community members through a variety of class offerings. Through the program they can take a more active role in their children's learning, ultimately resulting in increased student engagement in the classroom," according to a press release from St. Croix District Director for School Community Relations Janet Brow.
"Comprised of a series of informational workshops, the program offers a broad variety of topics related to raising children, education and social issues affecting our families and community," she said. "Child-care services and homework assistance will be offered for children from ages 4-14 (however, children must be potty trained). Transportation to and from the St. Croix Vocational Complex will also be offered for parents that pre-register and indicate their need."
District Superintendent Gary Molloy said, "We at the District are very excited about the Parent University. This initiative is a great way to start improving parental and community involvement in the district. Additionally, it will help all stakeholders to be focused on their individual roles, get a better understanding of the issues and challenges, so that we can collectively work together on developing the whole child and ultimately improve student achievement."
Classes will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday from 6-8 p.m., beginning on Tuesday, March 24 through Wednesday, April 8. Graduation ceremonies will take place on Sunday, April 19.
Classes offerings include: Understanding How Public Schools Operate; Reading at Home; I Love You and the Answer Is Still No; Raising Boys; Is Homework a Nightmare In Your Home?; The ELL Child; Understanding Testing and Making AYP; Special Needs Children; Helping Children Manage Their Emotions and Conflicts With Others; Transitioning From Middle School to High School; Helping Children With Science Fair Projects; Engaging Parents in Drop-Out Prevention; Time Out; Learning More About Ourselves As Parents; Getting Ready For College; Identifying Gangs and Methods of Intervention With Gangs.
Parents are asked to pre-register and registration forms have already been sent home with students. They are asked to return them to their child's school no later than Monday, March 16. Forms are also available at Plaza Extra East/West, Traxco Race Track, the Department of Education's main office, the Departments of Human Services, Labor and Health, local churches and all fire stations.
For more information or an application, they can also contact Janet Brow at 773-1095, ext. 7094.

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