Parents to go back to school this evening

Leslie D. Rose @DvilleNewsie

     Donaldsonville High School (DHS) parents are invited to an evening of learning and triumphs at their children’s high school Thursday for an event titled Parent Literacy Night.

     According to DHS assistant principal, Charie D. Breaux Mitchell-Worley, M.Ed., the purpose of Parent Literacy Night is to educate parents about programs, opportunities and successes at DHS. 

     “We want parents to know what we know,” Worley said. “If they are knowledgeable, they are better able to help their children take advantage of the opportunities offered on campus.”

     Highlighted items on the agenda include discussions about core subject areas and electives, standardized testing, FAFSA, ACT prep, career and technical opportunities, after-school tutoring, available social services and counseling, the freshmen academy and parental involvement opportunities, among other things.

     “Each and everyday, our team walk the halls of DHS with an immense amount of pride,” Worley said. “Even though we face challenges, we know that our work is not in vain. We have not only educated and opened doors of opportunity, but have basically saved lives and rebuilt hope. However, we realized that our feat would be much, much greater if there was an elevation in parental involvement at our school. This is why we need our parents to attend Parent Literacy Night.”

     DHS officials research-based facts about parental involvement include students producing better grades, test scores and attendance. Other research shows that parental involvement helps students strengthen self esteem and encourages them to become more self-disciplined and show more motivation, along with other positive behavioral attributes.

     “When parents are involved, students achieve more with less difficulties,” Worley said. “Therefore, it is our hope that this event builds knowledgeable parents who will feel more like partners rather than outsiders because this is their school too.” 

     To Worley’s point, the overall data suggests that with parental involvement, students make better transitions, making them less likely to drop out of school and more likely to do better because parents and professionals are working together to bridge the gap between the culture at home and the culture at school.

     “Our effort is an attempt to build relationships with our parents,” Worley said. “Strong partnerships with parents grant opportunities to bridge students’ home and school lives.  This ultimately produces better outcomes for the ‘whole child.’ When referencing the ‘whole child,’ it refers not only to academic learning, but social and emotional needs as well. There are two sources of experts in students’ lives. They are those who are working with students at home, and those who are working with students at school. School life and home life should not act as separate entities. They should function as one system.”

     Parent Literacy Night will be held on Thursday, Jan. 28 beginning at 6 p.m.