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Parent Involvement

General Information - Parents/Visitors
  • We welcome parents and visitors to our school and it is our goal for you to feel comfortable and appreciated.
  • We encourage all parents/guardians to come to our school and visit and/or eat lunch with their child/children.
  • All visitors should report directly to the office upon entering the building. This is an important safety issue and applies to ALL visitors. Please DO NOT go directly to your child's class.
  • Parent conferences are encouraged. Please coordinate a day and time with your child's teacher.
  • Classroom observations require approval from the principal and should not interfere with instruction.

Parent Conferences

Parent conferences are encouraged at B.O. Barnes Elementary. Through open communication between the home and school, are children can truly be successful. If parents wish to schedule a conference, they may send a note by his/her child or call the school. If you choose to call the school, we ask that you leave a message for your child's teacher and your call will be returned; the teacher will not be able to take your call during the instructional day for this purpose. We also ask that parent/teacher conferences be scheduled, ideally, after school for the same reason.

B.O. Barnes will be participating in district-wide scheduled conferences and events. We will send out a communication for dates and times of these events.

Parent Responsibilities

How can you help your child do well in school? If you do the following things consistently, you will be well on the way to providing a successful educational career for your child:

  • Get your child to school on time every day.
  • Check your child's book bag every day! Read all notes from the teacher and the office.
  • READ to your child or listen to your child read to you daily.
  • Have a special place for your child to do homework.
  • Give your child jobs to do at home to teach responsibility.
  • Talk to the teacher any time you have questions about your child's progress.
  • Support the school. Reinforce the importance of following expectations related to behavior and/or academics.

Visiting the School

We encourage all parents/guardians to come to our school and visit and/or eat lunch with their child/children. If parents wish to observe a class, we do request advance notice; visitors during instructional time can cause children to get off task. It is important we ensure every child gets the best instruction possible, every day, we want the teacher to be informed of visits in advance so that he/she can talk with their students. 


Volunteers are needed and essential to many aspects of our school. We keep an open door to our community and wish to provide the opportunity to assist the children of school community in expanding their education. We encourage parents, grandparents, and other interested citizens to consider volunteering. Volunteering can take as little or as much time as you can give. To volunteer, please contact the school at 399-7875.

A new automated volunteer management program called Volunteer Tracker is being implemented in Wilson County Schools this school year. We are very excited as it provides many benefits over the current process. Volunteers will be able to select schools where they wish to serve. Volunteers will also be able to identify activities that they would like to participant in when volunteering. You will also be able to log the number of hours that you serve as a volunteer. Volunteers spend an overwhelming number of hours volunteering in the schools. Using the Log My Time feature in Volunteer Tracker, you will be amazed at the number of hours that you contribute to schools. Even though you may have been volunteering for years in Wilson County Schools, we want you to register in the Wilson County Schools Volunteer Tracker! Let's get registered today!

Volunteers can complete a volunteer application by following the link below:

The first time you access the system you will need to click on the registration link to register your email address and create a password. Click on the green "New to the App-Garden? Click Here to Register".

You will receive an e-mail confirming your e-mail address. Then, go to your e-mail and click on the link in the e-mail to access the registration page. Once the application is submitted, you will receive an e-mail that the application is submitted. Background checks will be initiated if needed based on the activity level selected. An e-mail will notify the volunteers when they are approved.

Thank you for volunteering in Wilson County Schools! You contributions are invaluable!

Parent Teacher Organization

The PTO is an excellent way for parents to become involved and support the activities of our school. The PTO supports our students by becoming involved in many aspects of the school. Periodically, the PTO will sponsor fundraisers in an effort to provide extra instructional supplies for our classrooms; additional activities and programs for our students; rewards and incentive programs, etc.

During this school year, we will have regular PTO meetings and several other PTO sponsored events. All parents and interested individuals are extended an open invitation to attend any activity associated with the PTO. We hope you will see the PTO as an extension of the regular instructional program and an opportunity to become involved in your child's education.