Thanks for thinking about volunteering at Whitman Middle School! Whether you'd like to participate in your child's classroom or in another role at the school, the first step is to fill out the brief, 7 question Volunteer Request Form .
The Whitman PTSA and school leadership are still determining what support will be needed for our teachers, staff and students this year. Our volunteer needs will also vary based on whether or not students are remote, so there is a range of options for helping out at Whitman, including some if should we return to in-person activities and instruction.
New volunteers for Seattle Public Schools will need to complete a volunteer application and screening process and we will send you more details as soon as the district finalizes their new process this year. You can learn more here on the SPS Website. If you were previously certified as a volunteer in the last 2 years, we will let you know if you need to re-apply due to the new processes.
If you have any questions about volunteering or your status, please contact Stacey Symonds, PTSA Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 608.575.0767.
About Volunteering and Involvement
Many research studies have shown that when parents/guardians are involved in their child's education, these students achieve more regardless of socioeconomic status/ethnic background or even their own parent's education level.
Middle school students begin to develop a sense of self and independence that is separate from their families, making parents and guardians unsure how much to be involved or how to be involved. We have many opportunities to help parents build levels of involvement and awareness; here are some easy proposals.
First, join the PTSA. Your membership fees help support your school.
Second, read the weekly newsletter and educate yourself about what is going on at Whitman and respond to requests for volunteers whether it is for a one-time project or on a regular basis. Many opportunities are available for working parents and for those who are caregivers during the day. Opportunities range from baking cookies for an event to helping with gardening for a couple of hours on a Saturday.
Also, keep the lines of communication open. Log onto The Source and check your student's grades and email their teachers. Keep talking with your kids about issues that are important to you. Get to know other parents through attending school events and build community! As you can see, continuing or becoming active in your student's middle school experience is easy and can pay big dividends by staying connected to your student and their school community!