Message From a Parent who “has been there”: Your child will succeed!
Published on PACHS Newsletter for March 2013 Download HERE !
By Michelle Oquendo
Two years ago I was facing some of the same challenges that parents are facing today, with my teenage daughter. She was struggling with high school, failing classes, cutting school, and arriving late. To top it off, she had no support from her teachers or staff. Most importantly, she was about to become a teen parent. Not knowing what our next steps would be, my daughter was referred to Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School. I did not know what to expect. I remember asking myself, “How is this school going to be any different?”
When my daughter began attending Albizu Campos, we had some problems with her transitioning. I was thankful that there was a staff at the high school that had a “we don’t give up on students” type of attitude. Albizu Campos not only showed my daughter individual support, but they also showed our family support. The school offered several programs to engage my daughter in the school community. Programs such as after school programs, tutoring, employment opportunities for the students and even college readiness classes for the parents were offered to all students and their parents or guardians. One thing that consistently stood out was the way they always tried to include the parents and keep us updated and engaged in being a part of our child’s school life.
For those parents still struggling with the question of whether this school is the right school for your child, there is only one way to find out. Get involved in our school, ask questions, pick up your child’s progress reports and report cards, and continue showing your child the support they need at home and at school. If you have access to the internet, check on your child’s attendance and progress through PowerSchool. To all of our parents here at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos, I encourage you to “Rise to The Challenge” as we have asked your child to do. For those of you already involved in this transformation, we thank you and appreciate all you do. Keep up the hard work.
No one said it would be easy, but the best feeling in the world is watching your child cross that stage at graduation with pride. With the help and support from you and your new extended family here at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, your child can and will SUCCEED in life.