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Middle School Archive

Parent involvement in middle school can be a challenge; we'll help you meet it. The articles below have tons of ideas and tips for connecting with middle school parents. Find more helpful tools and info on the Middle School Involvement resources page.

  • Middle School: Staying Involved

    Elementary students love it when their parents volunteer at school during the day. Middle schoolers, not so much. A new report by Duke University researchers may help middle school parents and PTOs looking for the best way to stay involved.
  • Bike Drive Energizes Community

    By collecting and repairing bicycles for low-income families, PTO Today's 2009 Parent Group of the Year for Outstanding Community Service Project turned a simple annual event into a community-building exercise.
  • Make It an A+ Year!

    PTOs can make even more of a difference for schools with good planning, good communication, and a focus on building student achievement.
  • Administrator Makes Schools Family-Friendly

    A former principal encourages PTOs to work together with their schools' leaders to engage all parents.
  • Adjusting to Middle School Involvement

    Ways to maintain an active role even after the kids get older.
  • Community Service: Knitting for a Cause

    PTO Today’s 2008 Outstanding Community Service Project turned a fundraiser into a heartwarming event: Students knitted hats in all sizes for patients at the local children’s hospital, then delivered them personally.
  • Family Event: Fun and Eco-games

    PTO Today’s 2008 Outstanding Family Event was a green festival that combined learning and fun, included a large number of parent volunteers, and helped strengthen the connection between the middle school and home.
  • National Runner-up: Building on a Strong Foundation

    A group that was already successful reevaluated—and revamped—all of its programs and systems to become even better, making it PTO Today’s 2008 Parent Group of the Year national runner-up.
  • Make Your Group a Resource

    If people think of your group as welcoming and helpful, they'll turn there first when they have questions—and the PTO will gain their support and loyalty.
  • Making School-Church Partnerships Work

    Handled well, relationships with local religious organizations can lead to positive outcomes for schools and students.
  • Service Groups Lend a Hand

    Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary, and other community organizations can provide a lot of help to parent groups.
  • Halloween Festival Builds Community

    Every October, a 140-student school in Michigan throws a party for a thousand people.
  • PTO Wins With Tournament

    Teams of students compete in a basketball tournament that has become a rallying point for the entire middle school.
  • School Store Stocked for Success

    Students learn money management behind the counter of a cafeteria store filled with school supplies and other goodies.
  • Protect Volunteers From Legal Risks

    Having a few key policies in place can minimize the risks to parent volunteers.
  • Teachers Influence Involvement

    Want more parents to get involved at your school? Personal invitations from teachers may be the way to go.
  • Involvement Ranks Last in School Reform

    Parent involvement may be a focus of the No Child Left Behind Act’s school improvement prescriptions, but it’s the least likely to be implemented, according to a 2007 report issued by the Rand Corp.
  • Get Dads Involved

    You can get dads connected and volunteering. It just takes a concerted effort and a different approach than you use for moms.
  • How's Your Q Score?

    When parents think about your PTO, what kind of feeling do they get? Marketers call that a Q score; here's why it matters.
  • Prisoners Help Renovate School

    PTO leaders coordinate with the state's prison work-release program for a minimum-security makeover of the school's building.
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