Department of Defense Education Activity

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.

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. 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.
DA 5018R Client Consent Statement
ADAPCP Client's Consent Statement for Release of Treatment Information
DD2793 Volunteer Agreement Form - Blank
Volunteer agreement fillable form and agreement.
Volunteers DoDEA Operational Guidance
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 Committee (SAC)

The SAC is an advisory group consisting of parent, teacher and student members that meets with the principal once a month to discuss school issues. Meetings are held in the school's library information center. We encourage all parents to take an active role in our school and would like to invite you to attend this meeting. For further information or if you are interested in running for a parent position on SAC for next school year, please contact the SAC Chairman, .

SAC Meeting Dates:

  • November 3, 2021
  • December 8, 2021
  • February 9, 2022
  • April 6, 2022
  • May 4, 2022 (2022-24 Election)

School Liaison

The School Liaison helps families communicate with school districts and schools regarding education issues (to include school personnel understanding the impact of deployment stress on military students), provide transition support, and link students and Families to education and post-secondary resources.

Music Booster Club

The Music Booster Club is a Garrison recognized private organization. Membership is open to anyone supporting the music programs at Stuttgart High School. The Music Boosters provide volunteer support for activities sponsored by the SHS Music Department, raise funds for needed music program items that cannot be fully funded with the DODEA-Europe budget, and present annual senior scholarships. For more information, like their Facebook page , join the Stuttgart High School Music Facebook group or email .

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

The PTO is here to support the education of students at SHS by fostering relationships between the parents, students, and teachers so that all may cooperate intelligently in the education and well-being of all students. We're here because you matter. Your PTO is excited to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year!

To serve you, the board this year is:

  • President – Bridget Nelson
  • VP Finance – Kara Bishop
  • VP Membership - Susan Curtin Heinz
  • Volunteer Coordinator – Renee Stegemerten
  • Secretary – Anique McElieen
  • – Michelle Klumper and Sara Longo

To contact us, please use the following email: . For questions and approval for fundraisers please email:

We are pleased to continue offering:

  • Staff appreciation breakfast/snacks/lunches
  • Team & club GRANTS
  • Sponsorship of off-campus fundraisers (Garrison requirement)
  • Support AP/SAT/ACT exams

The PTO is fully funded by YOUR membership – that means we need YOU! Please complete the SHS PTO Membership Application and return to the white PTO box in the front office or join using the SHS PTO Cheddar Up website. We are looking forward to working with you and to a GREAT year!

School Advisory Committee

The School Advisory Committee (SAC) is established for each DoDEA overseas school. The SAC is composed of parents, teachers, and other stakeholders who have a vested interest in quality education at the school. SAC fosters communications among administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and students. Stakeholders can bring forth to the SAC any school-related, non-personnel matters such as educational programs, resources, services, and policies. We are asking for feedback for each of our public meetings. Complete our community feedback form to submit your discussion topic.

Upcoming Meetings:

3:00 p.m. - SHS Library

  • December 14, 2022
  • February 8 2023
  • April 5, 2023
  • May 3, 2023 (2023-24 Election)

Principal Update:

During each meeting, attendees will receive a detailed update from the SHS principal.


The SAC fosters communications among administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and students.

Coordinated Process:

The committee facilitates problem solving at the lowest level and recommends action to appropriate officials.

For more information