Get Involved


Parent Involvement

Research demonstrates that parent involvement is essential for student success. Although you may not become involved in all committees and support organizations in the school, we encourage the following activities for your parental support:

  • Join the school parent/teacher association (PTA) and participate in meetings and activities.
  • Have lunch at school with your child regularly.
  • Volunteer in your child's classroom.
  • Establish a daily study time at home (even when there's no homework).
  • Participate in the Continuous School Improvement (CSI) efforts at your child's school.
  • Keep informed of school events and activities by reading school newsletters and your child's classroom newsletter.
  • Communicate frequently with your child's teacher.
  • Prepare for and participate in parent-teacher conferences.
  • Ensure your child has a well-balanced breakfast and comes to school with completed homework, lunch money and school supplies.

Visiting the School

Parents and other responsible adults are always welcome at school. If you know in advance that you will be visiting your child's classroom, we encourage you to notify your child's teacher ahead of time so they are prepared for your visit. We do not allow students to bring friends or other non-registered students to school due to liability and space restrictions. In addition, parents may not bring younger siblings, other children, or babies with them when they visit or volunteer in a classroom. This can be a serious distraction from the learning environment for all students.

Visitor Badges

DoDEA policy mandates use of visitor badges and positive identification of all visitors and contractors. In compliance with this policy, upon arrival, ALL visitors are required to come to the school office, sign in, show identification, and receive a visitor's badge. All visitors MUST sign out and return the visitor's badge upon leaving the building.

Partner-in-Education Program (PIE)

PIE is based on the concept that "human capital" is the most important resource a partner can provide. The greatest benefit to education is derived from the personal involvement of volunteers in schools.

Be a Volunteer!

Volunteers are always needed and are a part of the total school program. They assist in the classrooms, office, special subject and resource rooms, and educational support areas. If a parent is volunteering in a classroom, we ask that you please make alternative arrangements for siblings. They are not allowed in the room during the instructional day. We encourage active participation by parents in their child's education and while, younger children are precious, they may be distracting to students in the classroom. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your support. Check with you child's teacher for specific opportunities and to complete any necessary forms in addition to the ones below.

DoDEA Policy requires that prospective and current school volunteers shall be subject to a standardized application process that includes completion of an application form and standardized background checks. Volunteer applications are available in the school office or linked below. Please allow 5 business days for processing of all volunteer request forms. Once a background check is completed, a volunteer approval is valid for 3 years.  There are many volunteer opportunities for parents eager to get involved with their students education or for other interested community members. 

Thank You for Volunteering!

Before you do, please fill out these forms and turn them in to your local volunteer office.

Background Check DD2981
To require each employee, DoD contractor, family child care provider, adult family member of a family child care provider, and specified volunteers of a DoD C&Y program to undergo a background check and to annually self-report changes to his or her criminal history.
 
DD2793 Volunteer Agreement Form blank
Volunteer agreement fillable form and agreement.
 
DD2793 Volunteer Packet Instructions
How to fill out DD2793 Volunteer Packet. The acceptance of volunteer services shall be acknowledged on this document before an individual is allowed to provide volunteer services.
 
DoDEA Records Check Consent Form
Criminal history background check release/consent statement - to disclose this information precludes consideration of an applicant for employment in the Department of Defense Education Activity.
 
Volunteer Share Point Quick Guide
Screen Shots of the Share Point Quick Guide
 
Volunteers DoDEA Operational Guidance 03-19
DoDEA Operational Guidance for Volunteers - There are many volunteer opportunities for interested community members and/or parents to get involved with their students education through DoD sanctioned programs.

DoDEA Europe Advisory Councils

Parents, teachers, students, administrators, and military commanders share the responsibility to support the schools through advisory councils and boards. Participation in advisory councils and boards enhances and improves educational programs and services, as well as the overall quality of life shared by all Department of Defense (DoD) American overseas communities.


Dependents Education Council (DEC)

The DEC reports to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management Policy. Members include general or flag officers representing the commanders of unified combatant commands, major service commands, and the military services. Council members make recommendations on policy matters relating to facilities, logistics, and administrative support provided to the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) by the military services.

European Schools Council (ESC)

The ESC is composed of European Command (EUCOM) Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy representatives. ESC work with subordinate command representatives to develop programs for improving dependents' education and recommend helpful initiatives to the DoDEA Director. The ESC chairperson also represents the European Command on the ACDE.

District Advisory Council (DAC)

The DAC advises the district superintendent on matters of interest to the district.

School Advisory Council (SAC)

What is SAC?

In accordance with DoD Instruction 1342.15 and USAREUR Regulation 15-21, The School Advisory Council (SAC) is a team of people representing various segments of the community-parents, teachers, students, administrators, support staff, business/ industry people and other interested community members. The main goals of the School Advisory Council are to participate in and encourage strategic planning, develop and define policy, and serve as a public relations source. The SAC operates in the policy-making process by formulating and adopting, but never enacting, policy. As the title states, the Council is advisory in nature.

Meetings: Please look at the school calendar for SAC Meeting dates. SAC meetings are open to the public. You may contact the school's principal to place an item on the agenda.

SAC Elections: Elections are held at the beginning of the school year, typically during Open House. SAC Officers are elected by the committee. The SAC president is also the representative to the Installation Advisory Committee (IAC).

School Deployment Support Information and Contact Info

Deployments, Redeployment and Permanent Change of Station are transition stages that can cause stress within the family environment. Many of you have experienced these transitions numerous times and are aware of the dynamics involved. The return or departure of the spouse alters the routines of the home bringing new adjustments and challenges. Children can be affected by these changes and problems can develop. Instability of mood, anxiety, irritability, sadness, rebelliousness and risk taking behaviors can emerge that may affect relationships and school functioning.

To a degree, it is important to view school functioning as a barometer of children adjustment. Sudden changes in behavior and/or persistent underachievement may be the way they communicate that things are not well.

At our school, we have different ways of supporting students during difficult transition times. It is critical that you share your concerns with us. Throughout the year we conduct surveys to identify students with deployed or redeployed parents. Our teachers are knowledgeable and sensitive about these issues. The guidance counselors and school psychologist can provide direct assistance or guide you to additional community resources. Our school counselors are also conducting deployment groups so that students can be of support to one another and share their concerns and common experiences. Please feel free to contact your child's counselor or school psychologist with any concerns.

Parent, Teacher, Student Organization (PTSO)

The Parent, Teacher, Student Organization (PTSO) is a volunteer organization made up of parents, teachers, students, and staff. Together, these members support school activities and enhance the students academic involvement. There is no fee to join the PTSO. We ask instead that you volunteer for at least one activity throughout the year.

PTSO contributes to Ankara School by organizing school pictures, providing funds for various initiatives and activities not funded by DoDEA, coordinating book fairs and showing appreciation in a variety of ways to our teachers and staff. 

Who We Are

We are parents, teachers, and students, working closely with the school administration.

Our Mission

To enhance academic programs and to coordinate special events that promote academic study, school spirit, and student life.

Our Values

We value our school's diverse student body. We value the unique global perspectives at our school, sharing traditions, cultures, and stories with each other. We value learning from each other. We value good citizenship. We value academic rigor. We encourage curiosity, creativity, innovation, diligence, perseverance, and achievement. We ask ourselves to do our best. We encourage each other in every endeavor. We celebrate excellence.

Programs!

PTSO supports enhanced academic programs and special events, like these:

  • Back-to-School Welcome Picnic
  • Polar Express Event
  • Spelling Bee
  • Straight A Cafe
  • Book Fair and Passport to Reading
  • International Day
  • Geography Bee
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Night of the Arts
  • Field Day

Numerous requests from teachers for volunteers and funding, including fees for student competitions, teacher conferences, travel, special materials, special guests, and other special programs throughout the year that enhance academic study and student life.

Fundraisers!

PTSO raises its funds through these:

  • Membership Dues
  • Donations
  • Literacy Walk-a-Thon
  • PTSO Cafe (selling food and beverages during Parent-Teacher Conferences)
  • Spirit Ware Scholastic Book Fair
  • Other occasional fundraisers

We welcome your help with our many events and programs. Contact us to volunteer. Monetary donations also accepted all year (front office). Thank you for supporting enhanced academics and special events at AEHS through PTSO!

Connect!

We meet the second Wednesday of the month, after school, in the Library.

Membership forms available here or by email

PTSO Membership Form

School Policies

Partner-in-Education Program (PIE)

PIE is based on the concept that "human capital" is the most important resource a partner can provide. The greatest benefit to education is derived from the personal involvement of volunteers in schools.

School Board