OK~ Our local school is working on doing some re-aligning of grades, etc. We will have a 5/6 building, 7/8building and then 9-12 building. We have, in the past, had two Middle School buildings 6-8. This left an issue with how to work the PTO (Parent Teacher Organizations) in both schools. Answer, combine in to one 7-12 building. First meeting, the tension was interesting; you could feel it between both parent groups. With a little bit of time and understanding as to how this will work, I do know that people will come together.
Several parents stated concerns that people won't want to participate for a high school PTO sponsored activity because they have a 7th grader, tadatada....the whining continued. Well, this is part of the problem in our schools today. If everybody would step back, take a deep breath and realize we here for our kids and to support our school. It doesn't matter what grade my child is in, I am choosing to partake in this group to support the school.
Point being, we as parents, need to be respectful! We need to work towards working together and making it work. NEVER did I think I would hear from someone, "We have too many people here. We will never get anything done!" This person should have been singing the praises- as it's AWESOME to have a group of maybe 40 parents willing to support a 7-12 PTO! In the grand scheme of more than 1500 kids (40 is not that great). I know this will work out, people will accept each other- it's just too bad that a little more respect wasn't shown at meeting #1! Our kids are what count, let's get our act together and make it work. After All, It's All In A Mom's Day, Right?