School Advisory Council
According to the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993, each school in the state is to have a School Advisory Council. The Council consists of principal (as co-chair), three teacher representatives (elected by teachers in the school), four parent representatives (elected by the parent body under the auspices of the P.T.A.), and two to four community representatives. In Belmont, council members serve for staggered two-year terms, with election of new members in the early fall (from among all those interested in being on the "ballot"). The role of the Council is to assist the principal in identifying the educational needs of students, adopting educational goals for the school, reviewing the annual budget, and formulating the annual School Improvement Plan (which is subject to review by School Committee). SAC contact information is available here.
There are a variety of ways in which parents or other community members can volunteer at Winn Brook. These include helping:
- in classrooms,
- in the computer lab,
- in the school library,
- on P.T.A. committees,
- on field trips as chaperones.
In terms of classroom volunteers, teachers will alert parents and guardians, via newsletters or at curriculum night, as to whether volunteers are being sought and for what purposes. Parents/guardians may also make known to their child's teacher an interest in volunteering.
Library volunteers are essential in order to help check-in, reshelve, and check-out books that students borrow. There are also other maintenance tasks in the library for which volunteer help is appreciated. Each fall, P.T.A.'s library volunteer coordinators solicit and schedule volunteers. P.T.A. also solicits volunteers for office help. Please visit school library page for more information.
Volunteers are asked to complete a CORI check.
With teacher input, room parents for each classroom are designated by P.T.A. room parent coordinators from the pool of parents and guardians who volunteer. There are often opportunities for those who are not room parents to help with their child's class. Individual teachers have their own way of handling classroom events (e.g. holiday celebrations, field trips, special projects) for which room parents may be contacted to arrange necessary assistance.
In addition to students who reside in the Winn Brook district, there are also some Boston students who attend Winn Brook. Belmont Public Schools has participated for over 25 years in the state-funded METCO program, an urban-suburban exchange program in which students are bused from Boston to Belmont each day. Each Boston family is paired with a Belmont family as "family friends".
Belmont Special Education Advisory Council
The Belmont Special Education Advisory Council welcomes parents with similar interests. In addition, parents are involved in the review of curriculum and are often asked to serve on a curriculum steering committee.