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 composed of an equal number of locally elected parents and full-time professional school employees and may include a senior high school student enrolled in the school. The SAC advises its school principal on all local school-related matters, including educational programs, resources, services, and policies. Issues unresolved at the school level may be elevated to the DAC.

Parent, Teacher and Student Organization (PTSO)

As members of the Sigonella Middle/High School Parent, Teacher and Student Organization (PTSO), we are excited about continuing to serve our community each year, and doing all we can to make this the best year ever. Each year, the PTSO tries to "fill in the gaps," by providing events and programs that are beneficial to the education and well-being of our parents, teachers and students that are not otherwise provided for.

Some of the events the PTSO sponsors:
  1. Fall and spring school pictures service
  2. Sponsorship of Visiting Authors, Model U.S. Senate, Battle of the Books and many other events
  3. Donation to the Community Scholarship Fund for members of the Senior Class
  4. Teacher & Staff Appreciation Weeks (to make sure they know how much we value all they do!)
  5. Reimbursement to all requesting member teachers for up to $50 of out-of- pocket classroom expenses
  6. Monthly General Membership meetings.

The Sigonella MHS PTSO is a large part of many of the good things that are happening at our school. Please join us in supporting our efforts by becoming members of the PTSO. 

PTSO membership form and Opportunities  Please make a copy of the form and return it to the Registrar's office at SMHS or mail it to: SMHS PTSO, PSC 824, Box 2630, FPO AE 09623 Thanks!

Please feel free to contact us at any time at or via the PTSO mailbox in the main office.

Some Volunteer Opportunities throughout the school year:
  1. School pictures - usually Oct and April - Coordinate two/three days each time with Art Moore, our school photographer.
  2. Publicity - Help get the word out! Year-round.
  3. Resource and Fundraising - Help coordinate increasing resources through food and merchandise sales.
  4. Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week -  Planning, plus one week of showing the teachers and staff how much we appreciate all they do with decorations, small gifts, tokens and an informal luncheon.
  5. Choices Night - One evening in the spring - Assist with organizing and set up of the college and career fair.

If you have experience in any of the above, if any of these areas pique your interest, or if you have other suggestions that you think the PTSO should be doing, please let me know soonest. We are coordinating the calendar and our efforts for the year and would like to see you a part of the team.