FAQ

Questions
1)  Why is it important for parents to be involved at the Middle School Level?
2)  How will children and Haller Middle School benefit from my involvement?
3)  What are the rules of the program?
4)  What might a participant encounter?
5)  Who can volunteer for Parents On Campus?
6)  Do I have to have a partner to participate?
7)  What times of the school-day are Parents On Campus at Haller needed?
8)  What kind of commitment do I have to make? Do I have to be there every week?
9)  What if I can only come for part of a shift?
10)  What should I do if I will be absent?
11)  Can I bring my younger child with me while I participate?
12)  Are there any requirements of me to participate?
13)  Is training provided?
 
Answers
1)  Q Why is it important for parents to be involved at the Middle School Level?
A
The results of recent research are very clear: When parents are actively involved in their children's education, they do better in school. The valuable, long-lasting effects that parent involvement has on the academic achievement of adolescents indicate that continued parent involvement during middle school is an important source of guidance and support for their development. This program will also give parents valuable insight and a deeper understanding of your child
2)  Q How will children and Haller Middle School benefit from my involvement?
A

When parents become involved, both students and school benefit:

  • Grades and test results are higher;
  • Students' attitudes and behavior are more positive;
  • Academic programs are more successful; and
  • The school, as a whole, is more effective.
3)  Q What are the rules of the program?
A
  1. You are not security guards but are another set of eyes to help facilitate a safe and healthy environment for students in the school.
  2. Your job is to be aware of the basic rules of the school and help maintain that atmosphere with a positive "hit and run" technique.
  3. The most successful programs are done in teams where no one walks alone.
  4. In any crisis situation handle only what you are comfortable with and know the process to communicate for help.
  5. Be a positive role model for youth by showing them respect and good listening skills.
  6. Remember that by being a part of a community we are all responsible for what goes on both positively and negatively.
  7. Always document every incident no matter how minor.
  8. Take time to listen to youth and hear their words.
4)  Q What might a participant encounter?
A
Walking into the halls of a school building can be an intimidating experience sometimes.  Things have changed somewhat since many of us have been in school but these changes are a part of growing up and developing the individual characteristics that make each of us unique and special.

Four of the top things that a participant might encounter regularly are:
  1. Inappropriate language - lingo, current slang's, volume or tone, certain names that students call each other
  2. Playful or aggressive physical contact - pushing, shoving, tripping, dead arm, cutting in line, slamming lockers, bumping into each other
  3. Inappropriate sexual contact (PDA-Public Display of Affection) - kissing, hugging, pinching, touching, holding hands, rubbing, groping
  4. Bullying behavior - purposeful behavior used to hurt of intimidate used by an individual or a group of students
5)  Q Who can volunteer for Parents On Campus?
A
In addition to parents and guardians, all family and community members are welcome. We encourage grandparents and retirees to join us! As with all school volunteers, every participant in the program is subject to a Washington State Patrol Criminal History background check.
6)  Q Do I have to have a partner to participate?
A
No. But if you have someone you
7)  Q What times of the school-day are Parents On Campus at Haller needed?
A
Before school from 7:30-8:00 AM, during lunch from 11:20 AM-12:50 PM and after school from 2:30-3:00 PM. Any time that you can give during those hours is graciously accepted!
8)  Q What kind of commitment do I have to make? Do I have to be there every week?
A
You can set-up a schedule to come when you
9)  Q What if I can only come for part of a shift?
A
Any time you can offer is valuable time!
10)  Q What should I do if I will be absent?
A
Call Diane Scott at 435-8695 or Starr Harrison at 435-6811 and your partner (if you have one), if possible.
11)  Q Can I bring my younger child with me while I participate?
A
No. You
12)  Q Are there any requirements of me to participate?
A
Before your first volunteer day, a completed Washington State Patrol Criminal History background check form will need to be submitted. This is a simple procedure and is standard practice required for any person who volunteers in our schools.
13)  Q Is training provided?
A
Yes. For further details contact Diane Scott at 360-435-8695 or Starr Harrison at 360-435-6811 or by e-mail at steveanddiane49@msn.com or supershine95@hotmail.com.