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Parents Rally for Student Success at Ranum Middle School

Becoming the third middle school in Westminster Public Schools to take advantage of the Parent Academy for Students Success (PASS), Ranum Middle School graduated 54 parents from the program during an emotional ceremony last week.  Among this semester's graduates, nearly half (23) of the parents had perfect attendance as they learned skills to help their children succeed in school.  This is the fourth graduating class in WPS.  The others were at Scott Carpenter Middle School, Shaw Heights Middle School and Westminster High School. To date, PASS has graduated more than 300 parents.parents stand on stage as they receive their PASS graduation certificates

At the graduation ceremony on Dec. 4, Principal Shannon Willy welcomed the graduates and thanked them for their commitment to their childrens’ education.

“The most important thing is watching the parents here at Ranum and our parents across the district take leadership roles and advocating for your children,” said Willy.

PASS is based on the nationally recognized 30-year Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) program from California. During the nine-week program, parents learn about a variety of skills and topics on how to support their students as they progress towards post-secondary education. Topics include:

  • How to better communicate with their children
  • Registering for the right classes
  • Options after high school graduation
  • Financial aid for post-secondary education

Keynote speaker, Board of Education Secretary Ken Ciancio spoke of the impact these parents are making in not only their students’ lives, but also their school and community.  

“You have over the past couple of months taken a more active role in the success of your child’s education and their life after graduation,” said Ciancio. “Thank you for your commitment to your child, your school and your community. Today our school district is better because of you.”

PASS will continue in 2019 with the first elementary group at Hodgkins Elementary. There will be two information sessions on Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Classes are offered in both English and Spanish, and all WPS families are invited to attend. PASS is being offered at a different school every semester, with the goal of bringing the program to every school community across the district over the next six years.

For more information, and to enroll in the next session, visit