the number one reason to get involved in the ptso is to benefit your child!!
In doing so, you also help Highland Lakes School. But wait, there are also many other advantages:
Get Connected: There is no better way to know what is happening at HLS!
Tap into a Network: PTSO functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, building rapport and discussing issues that are on your mind. You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences.
Witness Improvement: By getting involved you'll be part of the solutions, helping to make positive changes
Watch Yourself Grow: By volunteering, you put your skills and hobbies to use for a noble cause--your child and all the children in the community.
Your child benefits: When parents get connected to the school, children do better. Research shows children whose parents are involved get better grades, do better on tests, and have fewer discipline problems at school.
YOUR PTSO RUns on volunteers
We use SignUp.com to manage all of our volunteer opportunities. Click the link above to see current signups and see below for district requirements for volunteers.
DVUSD Requirements for Volunteering (2023-2024)
Parents who are already trained:
ALL parents who have ALREADY completed volunteer training, need to fill out paperwork on an ANNUAL basis. No exceptions. All paperwork is digitized this year, access the formshere.
Parents that need Training
Trainings for the year across all campuses can be foundhere:
Trainings only need to be taken once in a person's lifetime and can be done at any DVUSD campus, even if they do not have children attending that school.
Trainings are supposed to be for adults. Parents should find childcare for their littles while they attend trainings.
If you are planning a field trip this year
All chaperones must be volunteer trained AND need to have completed their online paperwork
Overnight chaperones need to have a valid fingerprint clearance card and copy of driver's license on file with me.
Please collect emergency contact info for your chaperones just like you do for the kids. If you have an emergency during a field trip, you can't call me in the middle of a school day to search for their contact info in the district spreadsheets. You need to have that info with you on the trip.
Once you have a list of parents who want to go on a field trip, send it my way and I can verify who has been trained and who has completed paperwork. Sending me one completed list will help expedite the process instead of sending me many emails with one or two names at a time :)
Things to know
A volunteer is someone who regularly donates their time
One time events like class parties and Bearathon do not require training (this will probably change next year so encourage all to take the training)
Volunteers should never be left alone with students (reading in the hallway, etc. is fine)
If your volunteer has no familial (family) connection to a student on campus, they need to complete an additional application and must have a fingerprint clearance card in order to volunteer....even if they have been volunteering for years and years and years and their children no longer attend this campus.
ALL OTHER QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT THE FRONT OFFICE 623-376-4300.
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Easy ways HLS families can support HLS We count on being able to work together to support our teachers, staff, and students! To do this, we need help keeping parents, guardians, and students informed and excited about our upcoming events! Please help us encourage our community, inside the classroom and out, to support our school fundraisers and join us in our restaurant fundraising nights.