Inaugural Parent University To Provide Learning Experience For Parents, Students

The Fulton City School District, as part of the Community Schools Grant, STLE3 Grant and the Title 1 Grant, will hold its first Parent University on April 11.

“We’re inviting community organizations and teacher leaders to offer some insight into several areas, including academic, social and emotional,” said FCSD STLE3 Instructional Program Coordinator Mary Ann DeMar. “All these areas affect a child’s education, and by having parents, teachers and community leaders come together as partners, we are able to spend time communicating and learning together to better address the needs of our children.”

District officials hope that parents will take advantage of the opportunity to go to “school” while their child participates in learning activities simultaneously.

Throughout the event, teachers will discuss learning strategies, Common Core Standards, best practices and ways to improve communication between child and parent.

Community members will also have the opportunity to interact with board of education members.

Additionally, representatives from Oswego County Opportunities, the Department of Social Services, Farnham Family Services and other local agencies will be on hand to discuss their specialty areas.

“Parents can choose which sessions they want to attend,” DeMar said. “There will be separate areas and different blocks of time that will allow parents to learn and collaborate around a variety of topics.”

Although the event is called Parent University, there are several activities planned for students, who are welcome to attend. Arts and crafts, age-specific learning activities, and other events will be held during the day for children.

The Parent University will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 11 at the Fulton Junior High School.

The event is open to all parents, students and community members within the Fulton City School District.

Thirteen seminar sessions will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Participants will be able to choose from six topics during each of the sessions. Session topics include:

  • Board of Education Round Table Discussion
  • C.O. Crisis Intervention Services in the Fulton City School District
  • Interpreting Your Child’s STAR Assessment Report
  • Basic Computer Skills for Parents
  • Juggling it All – Time, Stress Management and Working Together
  • Trends in the Use of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
  • Math – What you need to Know?
  • Teens and Technology
  • Keeping Children Safe in Our Community
  • ELA – Vocabulary
  • Technology Devices
  • How will the Pathway to Graduation and Changes to Part 100 Affect the Existing Diploma Requirements for my Child

Supervised activities for children ages 4 – 12 are available. Reservations for the free children’s activities must be made by April 8.

Free lunch will be provided by Tully’s and Slice ‘n’ Go.

Transportation will be available from the following locations: Volney School, Fairgrieve School, Price Chopper, Airport Road, Tractor Supply and Lanigan School. Please call ahead to make arrangements.

Information, Registration and Transportation can be obtained by calling 593-5517 or register online at

Register in advance and be entered to win a family gift basket. The first 100 people to arrive will receive extra tickets for prizes!

Parent University is sponsored by the Fulton City School District Title 1, STLE 3 Grant and Community Schools Grant.

For more information call 593-5517.