SDHS Parent Named Semi-Finalist in Parent Involvement Matters Award

SDHS Parent Named Semi-Finalist in Parent Involvement Matters Award
Posted on 05/18/2016

Interim State Superintendent of Schools Jack Smith today announced the 25 semifinalists for the 2016 Parent Involvement Matters Award. Worcester County Public Schools is proud to have Janice Clark, a parent from Stephen Decatur High School, recognized for her involvement.

The Parent Involvement Matters Award (PIMA) Program is the nation’s first statewide initiative of its kind – recognizing parents and legal guardians for their exceptional support of public education. Parents, like Ms. Clark, are nominated for demonstrating significant, positive contributions in their education communities. This is PIMA’s ninth year.

The 2016 Parent Involvement Matters Award will be presented during an evening celebration on Friday, June 3. Five finalists and a statewide winner, selected from the 25 semifinalists detailed below, will be announced during the awards ceremony.

“Maryland schools and students benefit in countless ways from the work of parents and guardians. We honor their work and take pride in the vital role they play in improving classrooms throughout our State,” said Dr. Smith. “A strong school is often a direct reflection of the tireless volunteer work that parents provide.”

The PIMA Program recognizes parents from local school systems across the State of Maryland, nominated for their contributions in one or more of the five areas of parental involvement:  Communication; Volunteering; Learning; Decision Making; and Community Collaboration.

Many of the semifinalists from previous years have become parent involvement advocates on the statewide level – serving as members of task forces, presenters at statewide meetings, and participants in education conventions as well as focus groups.