New Westbury HS video stresses vital role parents play in student success 

It’s all about family at Westbury High School, and parents are a big part of the school’s extended family.

With 2,200 students, Principal Susan Monaghan counts on parents to help with whatever needs to be done.

“It’s important for parents to be part of what we do every day at Westbury,” she says in a new video. “That’s the only way we can become a top school.”

HISD Board President Wanda Adams is invested in the school’s success as well. “One of my top priorities is parent engagement,” she said. “With parents and teachers working together, a lot can be accomplished.”

Westbury Parent Engagement Representative Jeri Brown was the driving force behind the video. She started volunteering four years ago when her son entered Westbury as a freshman, but it wasn’t until a year ago that she became an HISD employee.

“I am a single parent, but I made time every day to go to the school and get to know the students and many of their parents,” Brown said. “I also attend community meetings and act as a middle man between the community and the school. I have seen positive changes over the past four years, and I feel wonderful about Westbury. I want people to know what a great school we have.”

Like Brown, concerned parents understand that volunteering is vital to their child’s success. “It’s an investment in your child’s future,” said one parent. “Make the time to get involved.”

For more information on volunteering in HISD schools, visit the Volunteer in Public Schools (VIPS) page here.