Why should parents be involved?

Research shows that students do better at school when parents take an active role in their children's education, and parental involvement is an important part of the educational philosophy at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences. Each CSAS family is required to contribute at least 18 hours of parental involvement and to attend two student-led parent/teacher conferences each year.

There are a variety of ways for parents to be involved at CSAS and meet the mandatory participation hours set forth in the Admissions Contract. The family involvement office communicates with regular e-mails.  We use the email address used during the registration process so it is helpful to make sure that information is up to date every year.

CSAS parents are encouraged to complete a minimum of nine hours by the end of the first semester and 95 percent of their hours before March 1. Volunteer hours cannot be recorded without a Record of Volunteer Hours form completed and signed by the faculty member for whom parents volunteer.

The following are some of the approved parent volunteer opportunities for CSAS parents:

  • Chaperoning field trips (a limit of nine hours per family per school year)
  • Attending parent classes
  • Preparing refreshments for school events
  • Serving on the PTSA board of directors and working at PTSA events
  • Working at CSAS athletic events, fine arts performances, and other special activities
  • Completing requested tasks in the teacher workroom
  • Acting as a monitor in hallways, the cafeteria or the car line
  • Working to improve the school buildings and grounds
  • Monthly Saturday parent workdays
  • Completing assigned tasks at home with specific instructions from CSAS faculty or staff

Just a couple of reminders:

  • All hours must be completed and turned in by April 30th at 5:00 pm
  • 18 hours per family is required.
  • Parents, grandparents, step-parents, sibling over 18 can complete hours.
  • 9 hours of the 18 can come from field trips
  • Parents of our seniors must complete 18 hours
  • 2 hours must be educational in nature

Any time you are volunteering, please remember to treat other parents and children with the
respect you would want, we are all working together for the success of our children.

Volunteers should:

  • Sign in and out in the office
  • Wear a name tag while volunteering
  • Do the best job possible and be positive
  • Have fun and enjoy being at CSAS, we appreciate you!

What qualifies for hours:

  • Helping in a classroom
  • Chaperoning field trips (must be supervising other students)
  • Attending Social Session, Paideia Parent nights, or book discussion
  • Saturday workdays
  • Organizing special events, like auctions, fundraisers, performances
  • Working in the parent volunteer office during the school day
  • Helping assist students in the cafeteria during lunch

What does NOT qualify for hours:

  • Attending parent/teacher conferences
  • Watching your child perform
  • Reading with your student
  • Eating lunch with your child
  • Volunteering with groups like Girls scouts or Boy scouts

For even more information or to ask questions, please contact CSAS Parent Volunteer Coordinator Ms. Jennifer White.

Contact her ANYTIME to see where you stand with your hours,

[email protected]

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