School Advisory 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 Vassal Lane Upper School School Advisory Council will work with the Head of School to:

  1. Identify the educational needs of students attending the school;
  2. Adopt educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards;
  3. Review the annual school building budget;
  4. Formulate a School Improvement Plan (SIP)

Meetings are held monthly and members of the SAC will be available at other school events throughout the school year.

Elections for open seats are held at the beginning of October. Any family member interested in running should contact our Family Liaison, Obi Carrion.

View the By Laws (pdf)


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
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