Parent leaders representing the Commonwealth's public schools vowed to further strengthen their roles in supporting and complementing school leaders and education policymakers' ongoing effort in promoting student achievement.
During yesterday's gathering of the State Parent Advisory Council of the Public School System, parent leaders acknowledged their “direct roles in allowing children to learn and succeed while in school.”
“In the past four [school] years we saw how our students continue to perform well with our state mandated testing. The outcome is a shared success both for our schools and our parents,” Education Commissioner Rita A. Sablan, Ph.D, said yesterday. “We can replicate this success this school year once again with you as our partners standing alongside us.”
Since school year 2008-2009, student performance in the Stanford Achievement Test and Standards-Based Achievement continue to increase. At the closing of the last school year, both SAT 10 and SBA results were at all-time highs.
This is coupled with a high percentage of high school graduates pursuing college and career.
Yesterday, parent leaders acknowledged the need to sustain the momentum.
“What our children have achieved in the last school year.and in the past four years is about being there for them. This new school year let us continue this commitment in supporting [PSS],” said William S. Reyes Elementary School PTSA president Janice A. Tenorio.
The parent advisory council also elected its new set of leaders to serve for a one-year term.
Tenorio was unanimously voted as president. She succeeds Editha Taimanao from Rota.
“As Dr. Sablan pointed out, education is also about partnership. Let us remain committed and involved in improving student learning,” Tenorio said.
Laura Manglona, Sinapalo Elementary School PTSA president, was re-elected vice president.
Elected state secretary was parent Fausia Dela Cruz, president of San Antonio Elementary School PTSA.
Tinian Junior Senior High School PTSA president Augusta Famaw was re-elected treasurer.
In yesterday's meeting, Sablan also hailed Kimo Rosario's contribution to the promotion of parental involvement and the community partnership strategy of PSS. Rosario was the former state parental engagement coordinator for PSS.
“I would like to commend Kimo Rosario for his effective role in the last two years. He did a lot particularly in officially starting many parent/community-related activities that are now in place,” Sablan said. “Thank you Kimo for your commitment and good work.”
Rosario is now the vice principal of Kagman High School.
Frances Ulloa was named interim state parental involvement coordinator. (PSS)