Now anything is possible!
That is the theme of an exciting parent education program that we rolled out last week at Scott Carpenter Middle School. It’s called PASS, which stands for Parent Academy for Student Success and is modeled after a very successful program in California that has dramatically improved student graduation rates and increased the number of students going to college. PASS is the focus of one of the stories in this edition of What’s Up WPS and I encourage you to read it.
While PASS is a new program for the District, the idea that parents play a critical role in their child’s education is nothing new to Westminster Public Schools. As I often say, "no one can do it alone." PASS is a great example of collaborative work between parents, teachers, students and schools.
Still another example of our collaborative “family” approach to education in Westminster Public Schools is the resolution passed last week by our Board of Education that focuses on the safety and well-being of all our students. As the resolution makes clear, the District does not tolerate bullying or harassment of any sort and our schools should be viewed as a safe caring place for all students.
Westminster Pubic Schools has always prided itself on its commitment to diversity and respect for all opinions, but given the political tensions found across the country, the Board felt it was appropriate to publically reaffirm our core values.
I’m proud of them for taking this step.
Dr. Pamela Swanson
Superintendent of Schools