Contacts

Dr. Kim Buryanek, Associate Superintendent
Office: 712-279-6083
Email

Jen Gomez, Director of Student Services & Equity Education
Office: 712-279-6075
Email

Lori Gentry, Equity Liaison
Office: 712.203.1107
Email

NAACP Youth Council
Email
Website

Northwest Area Education Agency:
Flora M. Lee
Office: 712.222.6363
Email

East side:
Crystal Davis
757-305-2266
Email

North side:
Jeanette Ford
712-259-4824
Email

Monique Scarlett
712-574-1745
Email

West side:
Susan Fenceroy
712-252-1444
Email

 

Resources

Sioux City National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
http://siouxcitynaacp.org

Northwest Area Education Agency
1520 Morningside Avenue
Sioux City, IA 51106
http://www.nwaea.k12.ia.us
712-222-6000

OURS Parent Group

Meetings

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:0o p.m. at the Sanford Community Center located at 1700 Geneva Street in Sioux City.

Mission

To enrich our community by empowering parents while providing educational knowledge, cultural dignity, respect for self and others as we invest in the future of our children.

Purpose

To provide support to parents/guardians of Black/African American students.

Goals

Cultural Competence

  1. Identify, promote & respect all cultures, races and ethnicities
    1. Cultural Competence Training for students, parents and faculty
    2. Introduce, educate and interact with other cultures, races and ethnicities
  2. Parental Engagement to emphasize:
    1. Inclusion vs exclusion by breaking down identified barriers
      1. Language (slang, verbal, and professional jargon)
      2. Stereotypes
      3. Preconceived notions
  3. Be engaged in OURS Parent/Guardian Connections

Communication & Collaboration

  1. Clear/open communication and collaboration with other parents/guardians, your children and school personnel.
    1. Parents/guardians communicate with your child(ren) a minimum of 30 minutes per day.
    2. Obtain information online, email, phone, person to person with teachers, counselors, administrators, and other parents/guardians.
    3. Be a resource and support to other parents/guardians.
    4. OURS parents/guardians will create and promote a Student of the Month.

Academics and Social Accountability

  1. Parental Engagement
    1. To support and promote academic development
    2. Participate in your child’s school activities and programs
    3. Establish “do’s and don’ts” for your child in the areas of appropriate cultural, social behavior and language
    4. Maintain your sense of humor
  2. Academics
    1. Establish goals and expectations
      1. Provide an environment for studying
      2. Identify and utilize resources (i.e. – tutors, library, etc.)
      3. From parent/guardian, student, teacher, school partnerships
  3. Social
    1. Encourage participation in extracurricular and community activities and programs
    2. Community service
    3. Attend and participate in cross-cultural events and activities

OURS Parent/Guardian Group
PO Box 82
Sioux City, IA 51102
oursparentgroup@gmail.com