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Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School recognizes that a student’s educational needs are best met through a partnership among family, school administrators, faculty, and the Governing Council. The Parent Advisory Council’s mission is to build community and parent involvement through communication, information and advisement. We achieve this by:

  • Advising – Executive Director on policies, instructional and budgetary issues.
  • Engaging – Parents, Staff, Faculty, and the Community in the educational process.
  • Providing – information and resources to parents.

The Parent Advisory Council is open to all members of the Cottonwood community and we seek your involvement. It takes the whole community to keep our school strong!

Your Parent Advisory Council currently meets on the second Monday of each month in the school cafeteria beginning at 5:30pm, or at an alternate location pre-determined by the committee.  The meeting schedule is as follows:

What has the PAC done and why?   

    • The PAC works very hard at listening to the ideas, needs, and concerns of the parent community at CCPS has and takes these conversations and turns them into actions…
    • You asked for it …  and the Parent Advisory Council delivered …
    • More information for new students — Jump-start day for new families to learn all about CCPS and what the school offers was created! 
    • Better communication — New and Improved CCPS Website and monthly PAC enews with information for the Whole PACK!
    • Improved understanding of IB — IB Fair was created to give parents the information you were looking for!                         
We are the PAC. We are parents, just like you, who work together to create the change our community needs and wants.


Your Parent Advisory Council currently meets on the second Monday of each month in the school cafeteria beginning at 5:30pm, or at an alternate location pre-determined by the committee.  The meeting schedule is as follows:

Core Team Meetings:

September 9, 2019
November 11, 2019
January 13, 2020 (may reschedule due to MLK, Jr. Day)
March 9, 2020 (may reschedule due to Spring Break)
May 11, 2020

General Attendance Meetings:

August 12, 2019 - Welcome Back!  All parents are invited to learn more about the PAC and how they can get involved.
October 14, 19(may reschedule due to Fall Break)
December 9, 2019
February 10, 2020
April 13, 2020
June 8, 2020


PAC Structure

Chair – Louis G. Papponi

SecretaryLeslie Sanchez

PAC Implementation Teams & Leads

School Affairs – Jessica Kennedy

Communications – Leslie Sanchez

Strategic Planning – Annettte Rodden

Areas of focus for Implementation Teams are as follows:

School Affairs:

  • Provide venue and help facilitate support to parents and the school regarding school operations, including, but not limited to:
    • Student issues (student government is the student avenue – perhaps getting a report from the Student Government on a monthly basis), anti-bullying programs, service programs, advisory activities, field trips, etc.
    • School expectations (e.g., dress code, student-led conferences, discipline, study hall, advisory, IB, etc.)
    • School structures (academic calendar, course offerings, extra- & co-curricular offerings)
    • School procedures (Attendance, Edmodo, PowerSchool, CPS email, etc.)
    • Curriculum support – accessing business personnel for mentorships, job-shadowing, panels for student presentations, etc. (Liaison between Students and Staff)


  • Promote CCPS and enhance the school’s communication internally and externally
    • Website suggestions and support, newsletter contributions,
    • Directing issues to appropriate staff member(s)
    • Helping parents access Edmodo, PowerSchool, CCPS email
  • Provide a consistent image and message on ongoing communications
  • Collaborate on a variety of initiatives; School Website, Event Planning, etc.
  • Collaborate with Mr. Goss – College Counselor

Strategic Planning:

  • Participate in CCPS overall strategic planning process
  • Serve as the PAC Strategic Planning Liaison/Representative to all CCPS constituent groups
  • Ensure PAC provides input into the CCPS overall Strategic Plan
If you have questions or comment, please email Louis G. Papponi (PAC Chair) at or please fill out our information form HERE
PAC Meeting Agendas