Department of Defense Education Activity

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.

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.
 
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
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 School Advisory Committee, whose existence was established by Congress, is made up of eight elected members - four parents and four teachers. Additional liaison members, such as the administration and the military commander or his/her designee, also attend the meetings.

SAC meets monthly to discuss suggestions, issues, and problems and to make recommendations to the principal. All parents and teachers are encouraged to attend our meetings. Our SAC meetings are usually held the 4th Thursday of the month at 4:00 p.m. Call the school office to confirm time and place.

The Installation Advisory Committee (IAC) is composed of a parent and an educator from each Wiesbaden community school who serves on the local SAC. The IAC meets four times a year to consider suggestions, issues, and problems common to all schools in the Wiesbaden MILCOM.

  • Become a member of Wiesbaden Middle School's Parent Teacher Student Organization PTSO.
  • Our Weekly Wildcat Newsletter gives an updated calendar of school events.
  • Substitute Teachers are always needed at WMS. Find out how you can apply.
  • Find out how you can help out in your child's school as a Volunteer.

What is the PTSO?

The Wiesbaden MS PTSO is a nonprofit volunteer organization in which parents, teachers, and students work together as a team to create the best possible learning environment for our children.

Why was the WMS-PTSO created?

Formed in 2006, we wanted to create positive communication and partnership between families and the school, for the benefit of the students. Also, we wanted to promote family involvement in a variety of ways (i.e. ideas, volunteering, fund raisers, etc.).

When and Where does the WMS-PTSO meet?

The meetings are generally held the second Tuesday of every month at 3:00pm in the PTSO Room (WMS room 159). We also have 4 General Membership meetings each school year.

How can I become involved?

  • Attend monthly meetings
  • Share your ideas/suggestions
  • Volunteer as opportunities arise
  • We are always looking for officers for the next school year to include:
    Membership Chair
    Historian

You will find a PTSO Membership form in the Student Affairs Office.

Please contact the school office for our PTSO contact if you are interested in joining the PTSO, the board, or simply want to learn more about what is involved in becoming a board member.