PTA Council


President Liz Kadian
Vice-President Diane Byrne
Treasurer Sue Gerardo
Recording Secretary Yvette Maglio
Morris County Counselor Millie Cook
County Regional Director VACANT
Board of Education Liason Alison Cogan


Parsippany High School Peter Lanigan
Parsippany Hills High School Cindy Stavrou
Brooklawn Middle School Erin Grater
Central Middle School Janice Laurino
Eastlake Elementary School Casey Maass
Intervale Elementary School Dawn Filippone
Knollwood Elementary School Jamie Stevens
Lake Hiawatha Elementary School Sarah Burke
Lake Parsippany Elementary School Deval Desai
Littleton Elementary School Jen Ladas
Mt Tabor Elementary School Kathy Tracy
Northvail Elementary School Cynthia Collins
Rockaway Meadow Elementary School Tiffany Hiltz
Troy Hills Elementary School Christina Allen


Publicity Committee - TBA P.G.T. - TBA
P.E.C. - Liz Kadian Rep. to B.O.E. - TBA
Project Graduation - Amy Gripp (PHS), Cindy Stavrou (PHHS)
Reflections - Ilene Sanford



More than fifty major research studies of the role of parents in education has shown that:

  • Parents' involvement increases their children's achievement.
  • Parents' involvement continues to be important even when students are in high school.
  • It isn't enough for parents just to be active in their children's education at home-they must participate at all levels in the schools if the schools are to be of high quality.
  • Parents don't have to be well educated to help their children improve academically.
  • Minority and low-income children gain most from having their parents take an active part in their schooling

You don't have to invest a great deal of time. Half an hour a day reading and talking to your child will make a difference. A few minutes each evening skimming and discussing homework and the exams and other work he/she brings home will make a difference.A brief conversation now and then showing your child that his/her education is important to you will make a difference. An hour or so a year talking to you child's teacher will make a difference. A couple of hours a week or even once a month volunteering in your child's school will make a difference,and so will attending PTA meetings and supporting PTA efforts. In fact,one study found that simply having an active PTA in your school will increase student achievement.


The developmental guidance and counseling program is offered to all students in grades K-12.Professional counselors working with parents and staff assist the students to achieve success in school and in life. Counselors provide guidance lessons and activities, individual and group counseling, consultation with parents and staff, as well as crisis intervention. With the latter, referrals are made to outside agencies, if appropriate. The fundamental goal of the guidance program is to work within the educational system to help students apply responsible decision making skills in the personal, educational and career vocational areas. Evening programs for parents are offered at all grade levels. These include Active Parenting at the elementary level; Quest and articulation programs at the middle school; and a series of college and career programs, as well as orientation programs, at the high school level.