KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - The Hopi Day school has found creative ways to bring parents together each month by hosting a shin dig to allow parents to get together. The idea was developed after low attendance at parent meetings so staff and Principal Thomas came up with the idea to hold a monthly shin dig to get parents to come to the school and be more involved. Dr. Thomas states that food is provided and the students will put on a presentation for the community. He also states that elections are held as well at the meeting where nominations are made at the beginning of the meeting then after everyone gets to know the candidates better the votes are taken at the end of the event so in addition to having a get together school business is taken care of as well. In addition the events serve as an informal parent meeting to address any issues regarding parents. This formula seems to work well because Dr. Thomas states the 'shindigs' are well attended.
The idea to get more parent involvement evolved from brainstorming to get ideas on more parental involvement. He feels parents need to become partners with people in the classroom. So some parents and staff came up with the idea of the shindig to make the activity more social and recreational. He wanted the participants to enjoy themselves so teachers and parents could socialize.
He states that he always welcomes comments and suggests getting it in writing. He feels the staff is a team and family and keeps focused. He says to the parent's 'it's their school if there any complaints he listens and attempts to make adjustments'.