Parents became learners along with their students at Conniston Middle School last week during the school’s Florida State Assessment Family Night.
More than 200 Conniston students and family members enjoyed a dinner of pasta, salad and dessert provided by Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Center for Integrative Science Learning. Serving as volunteers for the event were 21 PBA students, one faculty member and two staff members.
PBA students also provided child care for families while parents learned about the new Florida State Assessment. Sessions also addressed such topics as promoting success and family support and finding resources.
Conniston is located on Parker Avenue in West Palm Beach, between Southern Boulevard and Belvedere Road. The area is a focus of the Parker Avenue Consortium, which consists of Palm Beach Atlantic University, the City of West Palm Beach and the Palm Beach County School District.
The Consortium, along with other private and public partners, exists to marshal resources to benefit students in kindergarten through college and their families in order to bring vitality to the neighborhood.
This is the fourth year in which PBA’s Center for Integrative Science Learning has been involved in this family-centered activity. The center is supported by a grant from the Quantum Foundation. It includes faculty who are former K-12 teachers and administrators and professors with terminal degrees in education, mathematics, physics, biology and chemistry.