In October and November we had 20 families participate in our second School Smarts Academy. School Smarts is program sponsored by the California state PTA. This program was offered in English and Spanish. It was a seven week academy designed to foster parent engagement in our school. We covered topics that empower parents such as: understanding the education system, communication, and parent involvement. Parents met and talked with Mr. Brown and two school board members this year. A light dinner and child care were provided free of charge. Every week we had dinner speakers discussing the programs and services that are available to parents in Lakeside. At the end of the academy, parents received certificates during a celebration dinner.