The Family & Community Partnership Office: Be Informed, Be Prepared, Be Involved
Why Family Engagement is Important
Research indicates that family engagement is one of the most important factors to a child’s academic achievement. After all, parents know their children better than anyone else.
The Federal Way Public Schools Family and Community Partnership Office exists to support students’ success by supporting parents. We work hard to build effective partnerships between parents, community and staff.
Family engagement can take many forms. It may involve activities in the school, at home, or even at another location. If you don’t think you have the time, energy, or personality to be involved with your child’s school – please read “You Can Promote Your Student’s Success in School.”
Federal Way Public Schools supports family engagement to encourage students to reach their maximum learning potential.
Who We Are
The Family and Community Partnership Department is headed by Director Trise Moore and includes several full-time school-based family liaisons. There’s also a large group of dedicated parent volunteers who lead parent information sessions and serve as an advisory group to the department.
Family liaisons serve as a bridge between school staff and parents. They are tasked with reaching out to all parents, but in particular those whose children are transitioning into or out of elementary school.
Current liaisons are:
- Elizabeth Bagnell, Valhalla
- Patty Samora, Lake Grove
- Nury Stemple, Sunnycrest
- Greta Holtz, Wildwood
- Maria Dahl, Mark Twain
- Rosa Peña, Olympic View
- Emiliano Sanchez, Panther Lake
- Emma Scott, Silver Lake
Read more about our family liaisons:
What We Do
Our office coordinates parent activities to help us share (and learn!) ideas for developing the learning potential of all children.
- We give parents tips for navigating the school system
- We share ideas to help parents be effective advocates
- We share family engagement opportunities and practices
- We offer parents ways to share their insights and ideas with schools
- We also provide tools so parents can support their students
- We support teachers and staff who are working to engage parents in our schools.
Here’s a video from a home visit program piloted at Illahee Middle School with the support of the Family Partnership Office, and now being expanded to other schools in the district:
…and a short clip of parents sharing their ideas during the Partnership 101 Workshop:
To become more aware of how you as a parent can support your child’s academic success visit the Parent Leadership Institute website.
If you have ideas for other ways we can partner with parents, please contact Trise Moore our Family & Community Partnership Director at 253-945-2273 or email@example.com. We look forward to hearing your ideas on how we can develop and maintain effective parent and family partnerships.