Organizing a parent-run newsletter
Research has shown that family involvement in the educational process decreases with student age. There are many ways to combat this trend. One is to ask parents to work on solving the problem. You could invite the parents on your team to a meeting to discuss how to increase parental involvement in the middle school.
You could also ask parents for volunteers to publish a parent newsletter a couple of times a year. The goal would be to write from parents' perspectives about issues such as choosing classes for next year, MEAP testing or planning for high school.
By asking parents to take responsibility for such a letter, you avoid an additional drain on your time and you ensure that the voices of parents are heard.
If you are interested, talk with colleagues about planning an organizational meeting. See also Newsletter Connects Middle-school Parents and Schools on the EducationWorld website.