From the desk of Dr. Kirk Lewis

Updates from the Superintendent

Parents as Partners

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Our society experienced a rise in single parent households, an increase in the number of homes in which both parents must work, and a growing population of parents with English language barriers over the past 25 years. Life is different from what most of us knew as children, but parents still love their kids. Even though the culture changed, parents still want to play a meaningful role in their child’s education and desire significant interactions with the schools their children attend.

A Strategic Plan update this week outlined the many parent activities hosted throughout the district. Pasadena ISD’s 62 schools hosted 2,856 distinct parent programs in 2011-12 involving an aggregate of 185,997 parents. Schools offered student-led programs, parent orientation meetings, Family Literacy Nights, parenting classes, ESL classes, Books & Breakfast, computer training, citizenship classes, Helping Your Child with Homework workshops, Anti-Bullying programs, booster clubs and a variety of other types of programs designed to connect our parents with our schools.

Schools can be an intimidating place for many of our parents. We hope that these programs emphasize our commitment to strengthening these critical relationships.

Thanks, Parents, for being so involved in your child’s education.

Author: Dr. Kirk Lewis

Dr. Kirk Lewis serves as Superintendent of the Pasadena Independent School District, a position he has held since April, 2006. Over the past 26 years Dr. Lewis has served as the Deputy Superintendent for Administration, Public Relations and Governmental Affairs; Executive Director for Communications and Community Relations; and Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent.

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