School Advisory Council

What is the School Council?

  • The School Council is a leadership group of diverse parents/guardians, teachers and staff, community members, and the principal. They meet every month to work towards school improvement and have conversations with the school community.
  • The involvement of diverse people on the council, especially parents and guardians, is key and CPS will provide translation services to make sure everyone can take part.

How can I get involved?
As an elected Family Representative

  • You can nominate yourself or someone else to become an elected member of the school council. Nominations will be open from May 6th - May 19th.
  • Community-wide voting will take place from May 20th - June 2nd.
  • Only elected representatives can vote on issues.

As a Community Member

  • Non-elected and non-voting members of the school community, including students, can attend meetings and are warmly encouraged to participate in all discussions and deliberations.

Elected Representatives
What is an elected representative?

  • Elected representatives are public council members who actively engage in outreach to the school community and decision-making for the school. They are responsible for maintaining an open line of communication with their communities.

Should I become an elected representative?

  • As a School Council member you will have an opportunity to positively impact your child(ren)’s learning, our school community, as well as ensuring greater caregiver engagement with school decision-making.
  • Elected representatives attend one meeting per month and as many school events as possible.
  • There are many supports available to elected representatives, a possible stipend, school-sponsored email addresses and translation services.

 In 2024/25, the School Council will help with:

  • The transition to the new building, including how to launch the new space with families
  • Communicating and reinforcing our revised cell phone policy at VLUS
  • Collaborating on our School Improvement Budget by identifying key areas of need for the following school year(s)
  • Developing key areas of family education
  • Unpacking the revised math and ELA units for grades 6-8


Please send any questions to [email protected].


Parent/Caregiver Members
Coming Soon!

VLUS Members
Coming Soon!

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
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