There are many factors at play in a child’s education. One of them includes the level of family engagement and the presence of parents. On Oct. 28th, parent night was an evening where between 40 and 45 family members and students attended. They came to Edward H. White High School’s auditorium to hear about grading, other tips about academics, college preparation and extracurricular activities.

     “We want you to be a well-rounded student and involved in community service,” Tammy Ruffian, a grades 10-12 school counselor, said. She was transparent about GPA requirements to graduate, explained the academic rigors and talked about electives. Ruffian talked about the college Quest program, which is something that occurs every Tuesday after school. It’s an hour-long session where students are welcome to talk about colleges and college scholarships. “It was very informative because I got more information about websites for scholarships, and a little more insight on graduation requirements” Debbie Taylor, a mother of a freshman at Ed White, said.

Near the end, speakers came up to the front and discussed their services. A representative from Wells Fargo spoke as well as an employee from Communities in Schools. City Year Program Manager, Tom Sunchuk, introduced Team Leader, Channing Ashley to speak on behalf of the Wells Fargo Team serving at Ed White. Channing gave a brief synopsis on what City Year’s mission is and the team’s role in the school. She was fired up and enthusiastic to share all of the positive and impactful initiatives the team has had since starting school on August 18th. 

“Parent night is important because much research shows that a big factor in student academic success is engaged parents or family members,” Tom said. This was the first parent night that the City Year team had been a part of at the high school. The team hopes to see more family engagement in the future and to be a part of these events moving forward.

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