On June 20, 2019, parents were invited to receive updates concerning the 2019 PAISD Summer School Program during a working lunch at the Port Arthur Administration from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Mrs. Tracey Gabriel, who coordinated the Jumpstart, PK-2 program shared wonderful updates concerning what had been done and what would be done for the remainder of the summer program. Mrs. Tamela Hebert, who served as the principal for Summer of Academic Refinement School (SOAR) at Tyrrell Elementary, shared a vast amount of information to parents concerning this program. She also shared sites where parents could go to see the progress of their children. Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Melvin Getwood, shared updates concerning the Secondary Summer School. He shared information concerning credits and how the students are working to ensure they obtain what is needed. He also shared the many opportunities that are available for students to achieve success.
The Port Arthur Children's Librarian, Mrs. Carolyn Thibodeaux, shared an amazing pictorial video of the many activities that have been going on at the library during the summer and showed how they are involving the students from the Port Arthur ISD. She then brought in a special guest, Mr. Mickey Smith, Jr. to encourage the parents and community members. This young man is an educator, musician, author, public speaker and much more. He demonstrated how he learned to master playing the saxophone through diligence and hard work! He has written a book explaining this as well as encouraging others to reach their dreams.
Dr. LaWanda Finney and Mr. Ricardo Celis gave parents/community an opportunity to add more information to the district policy which has been discussed throughout the entire school year. Parents were also given a survey shared by the Statewide Parent/Family Engagement Initiative on their website for parents to evaluate the Title 1 Program for the 2018-2019 School Year. Parents also had an opportunity to share input at the May PTA/Title 1 Joint Meeting and will have another opportunity to share information at the District's One Stop Registration which will be held July 24, 2019 at the Memorial 9th Grade Academy located at 3505 S/Sgt. Lucian Adams Dr. Port Arthur, TX 77642.
Many other upcoming activities were shared with parents at the meeting. For example, City Council of PTAs President, Mrs. Germain Eddie encouraged everyone to become a PTA member and shared the upcoming dates of the 2019-2020 PTA meetings and invited everyone to attend the sessions.
Mr. Ricardo Celis served also as the Spanish translator for the entire meeting. A light lunch was served by gracious hostesses (hard working central office employees), Tawana Johnson, Trisha Bush (both Federal Funding Dept.), Elvira Narcisse (retired), and Tammie Rose (Special Education Dept.)
Signatures of attendees were taken by Tamara Anderson (Kelley Services) and Gzele Clark (parent).
During the meeting, parents had an opportunity to also receive information from Reyna Burns and Amber Buchanan, who set up a table and shared information from Community Health Choice.