Much of our important work as educators would be lost if we didn't share and engage that work with the parents of our students. New Hampton School invites parent involvement on many different levels which enriches the great work that happens each day in our classrooms, in student houses, on the fields and on the stage.
We are proud of the open, inclusive nature of our New Hampton School community which welcomes students of varied backgrounds, personalities, and talents in a primary effort to help them grow and thrive on campus and beyond. The goal of the Parent Leadership Council is to extend that inclusion to our parents. Not only are our parents encouraged and invited to take part in their son's or daughter's education, but we also invite them to learn about educational opportunities at large, share in shaping the school and the families that fill it.
The first PLC meeting was held in the Fall of 2015 and has continued successfully onward, gathering each semester to highlight a new topic. The meetings often arrange for an outside speaker to shed light on an educational theme. For example, alumnus and Deerfield Academy faculty Stuart Bicknell spoke about adolescent stress. Breakout sessions following the keynote speakers allow greater focus for discussion in small groups with other parents, school administrators and staff.
This spring's PLC meeting will feature Hans Mundahl, former faculty and founder of Hans Mundahl & Associates, a digital strategy consultancy company. Hans will provide insight into the school's strategic planning process and the meeting will allow parent opportunities for involvement and input.
Beyond gatherings to learn about the school and education, the PLC is building a robust parent community and important bridge between parents and the school that will continue to expand our partnership in every student/child's experience. Parents have reflected that they are grateful for the opportunity to connect with fellow parents, spend more time on campus, and better understand their son's or daughter's experience.
Outside of PLC gatherings, we are always seeking parent support and our parents have many opportunities to support the school and share their areas of expertise. Whether providing references for interested parents, volunteering at a phone-a-thon, or sending in baked goods for exam week, we welcome parent participation.