In September 2020, Superintendent Sabatino Cimato announced the creation of a new Parent Cabinet, which would include the leaders of all parent/teacher organizations in the district. Parent Cabinet meets four times per year to discuss important topics and provide parent leaders with the opportunity to ask questions and share best practices. Parent Cabinet met for the first time on October 30, 2020.
The Ken-Ton School District is fortunate to have very active parent/teacher groups. These are outstanding organizations that play a critical role in our school district community. They work tirelessly to offer new opportunities for our students, foster stronger relationships between our schools and families, and play an active role in school-level planning. These groups are committed to building strong school/family partnerships, supporting parents at all grade levels, and enhancing the educational experiences of students.
Parent Cabinet includes the President/Co-Presidents of each PTA (Parent/Teacher Association) and HSA (Home/School Association), which represent all nine schools, as well as the District PTSA (Parent/Teacher/Student Association) Council and SEPTO (Special Education Parent/Teacher Organization). Each school may bring up to two representatives.
Sharing Best Practices:
The following links will take you to Google Documents where parent/teacher organizations will have the opportunity to share information that could be helpful for other organizations. If you need assistance accessing these documents, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent Cabinet Meeting Summaries:
- October 30, 2020: First meeting of the Parent Cabinet, held at the Kenmore Middle School Building. Topics included the hybrid phase-in plan, winter athletics, daily health screening, COVID Dashboard, bus driver shortage, and questions from parent representatives.
- December 2, 2020: Second meeting of the 2020-21 school year, held virtually via Zoom. Topics included the Governor's Orange Zone designation and what it meant for schools, development of the district's COVID-19 in-school testing program necessitated by the Orange Zone designation, and questions from parent representatives.
- February 3, 2021: Third meeting of the 2020-21 school year, held at the Kenmore Middle School Building. Topics included the lifing of the Orange Zone designation and reopening of schools, safety, athletics, and budget planning for the future, as well as questions from parent representatives and updates from each organization.
- April 14, 2021: Fourth and final meeting of the 2020-21 school year, held at the Kenmore Middle School Building. Topics included the revised NYSDOH guidance for social distancing in classrooms, the planned return of Gr. K-4 students to five-day attendance, and new guidance/requirements related to end-of-year celebrations, as well as questions from parent representatives.