School Council

School Councils are mandated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as part of the Education Reform Law of 1993. School Council is an advisory body whose primary role is:

  • to work with the Head of School and administration in setting educational goals for the school
  • to assist in identifying the developmental and educational needs of students attending Vassal Lane Upper School
  • to assist in the formulation of a school improvement plan

The VLUS School Council will be an elected, advisory body composed of parents and caregivers, teachers, a community representative, and the Head of School. Vassal Lane School Council members serve a maximum two-year term.  Parents/caregivers of eighth graders are encouraged to participate, if only for one year.

  • Vassal Lane parents/caregivers will have four representatives; they will represent a cross section of the feeder schools and programs to the maximum extent possible.
  • The faculty will elect (or appoint) their own representatives and alternates.
  • Faculty membership shall be equal to the number of parents and caregivers.

View the By Laws


Parent/Caregiver Members
Christina Akrivou Valayannopoulos--Co-Chair
Deb Morse (6th)--Recording Secretary
Fadoumo Egel (6th)
Natasha Warikoo (7th)
John Chun (6th and 8th)

VLUS Members
Daniel Coplon-Newfield, Head of School--Co-Chair
Obi Carrion, Family and Community Liaison
Andrea Ruse, Grade 7 Science
Leslie Kramer, Grade 6 Social Studies

Meeting Schedule

Agendas will be posted in advance on the website. Meetings are open to the public and parents are invited to speak before the Council regarding school-wide issues. The Council does not address issues pertaining to individual scholars. It is a critical link in the home-school connection; it is vital that the council reflect the diversity of the Vassal Lane community.

Qualifications of Parent School Council Members:

  • Has a child enrolled at Vassal Lane Upper School
  • Committed to the school and district’s vision of social justice and academic excellence
  • Willing to attend monthly meetings and take on other tasks outside of meetings
  • Willing to focus on the big picture rather than one particular issue or topic
  • Willing to represent the parent community and encourage home-school communication