The Comal ISD Council of PTAs hosted “Parents Unite,” parent summits, on three consecutive evenings in March with district-wide participation. Developed for parents with students who are transitioning from elementary to middle school and middle to high school, these evenings offered participants the opportunity to ask questions and learn from parents, students, school counselors and experts who have been through the “transition” years and learned how to navigate them.
Each evening featured a keynote speaker with a personal story and a focus on social media and cyberbullying including Kelly Newcom with Brave Parenting, Mandy Majors of nextTalk, and Maurine Molak with David’s Legacy Foundation. The keynotes were followed by breakout sessions offering opportunities for one-on-one dialogue with students, school staff and administrators.
“From the fabulous keynote speaker to the smaller breakout sessions, this was an awesome event,” said Saretta Cavazos, a parent with students in the district. “I was engaged in the conversations, and my husband and I left feeling grateful that we are in this school district which cares about our entire family and will work as a team with us.”
In fact, organizing these three events took a team effort, and Council board members worked closely with Karen Stevens, director of student support services with Comal ISD, in order, to make them a success.
“Located at each of the high schools, these first summits were very well received by parents I spoke with,” Stevens said. “Several parents asked for the sessions to be extended and appreciated the student panelists who were able to ease their minds when it came to these transition years. This was an excellent starting point for the Council and the District, and we look forward to continuing our partnership.”
With this success, the Council is planning next year’s Parents Unite summits and anticipates them growing every year, said Council President Michelle Ross.
“Our goal for these events was to start an honest dialogue between the schools, students and parents about the social issues our students face daily,” Ross said. “This year’s summits were only the beginning. We are excited about continuing the conversation and serving every student in our District which is the mission of PTA.”