Glenn Hills Middle School will hold a town hall meeting Thursday to discuss changing culture, challenges facing the school and more stringent expectations under the state’s new Common Core curriculum.
Principal Glenn Andrews said it is part of a larger movement to get parents more involved in their children’s education and to bring the school to the community.
“This is just an icebreaker,” Andrews said. “I don’t think we’re talking to parents enough. Part of what’s driving this is the complexity of what children have to learn.”
The forum, to be held at the Barton Village Community Center, will focus on the academic profile of the school, the state’s new Common Core curriculum, promotion policy, discipline and school council, and it will offer a question-and-answer period.
Andrews said he hopes to inform parents about what kinds of standards and content areas are required for each grade level under the state’s new curriculum.
He is creating a feeder school leadership team consisting of the principals of the community’s five surrounding schools. He hopes more communication among all schools and grades will help address some problems systemic in the area.
One of the most critical, he said, is working with parents and surrounding schools on reading comprehension and ability. Students must grasp concepts at a young age to be able to leave high school on their grade level.
“I’m really just trying to build a positive environment in the community,” he said.