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Parent Involvement Plan


Allen Parent Involvement Plan

In accordance with The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

 

The number one factor in a student’s success in school is parental involvement.  Parents must take an active role in their children’s education and encourage them to do their best.  Programs with strong parental involvement and schools that relate well to their communities have students who do well. To help increase involvement, all correspondence is written in a parent-friendly language.  Allen also supports special education, migrant, and English Language Learners as needed.  Parents are involved in the planning of activity nights in part at our Annual Title I Meeting. At this annual meeting, parents are offered a flexible number of meetings, to review the teacher-student parent compact.  All parents are also asked during the fall parent-teacher conferences to sign our Teacher­-Student-Parent Compact in Appendix A.  The compact is used to help parents understand that home and school must be well connected in order to promote student achievement.  A copy of this compact is sent home for reference, following parent teacher conferences.  The following parent involvement strategies apply to the entire school population and support our school wide goals.

 

Parents, staff, and the building administrator have developed this Parent Involvement Plan in accordance with NCLB Section 1118 activities which are accomplished at Allen in the ways listed in each section.

 

NCLB Section

Ways in Which Allen Staff Accomplish these Activities

1118 (c) (1) Convene an Annual Title I Parent Meeting at a time convenient to parents to inform parents of the Title I requirements and their right to be involved

An annual meeting is held which includes information for parents on:

·     Hold an annual school-wide Title 1 Meeting during Welcome Back to School Night.

·     The purpose of the meeting will be to share the school wide plan, Review compact, review the school parent involvement policy and to explain our Title 1 program and how parents can be involved to help their child be successful.

·     Parents will be notified of the meeting through, school website, letter home, and our all call system, "Parent Connect”.

1118 (c) (2) Offer flexible number of meetings at times convenient to parents and provide transportation, child care, or home visits as it relates to parent involvement

Meetings are offered at times convenient for parents and if needed, transportation, child care, and home visits can be arranged:

·    Welcome Back to School Night

·    Parent Conferences

·    PTO activities (ie:  Ice Cream Social, Halloween Fest, Movie Nights, Santa Shop, School Carnival, and 5th Grade Banquet)

·    Contact with social worker

·    Watch DOGS

·    Math BINGO

·    BINGO for Books

·    Stories, Scissors and Scoops

·    International Night

·    Kindergarten Orientation Meeting

·    Kindergarten Registration

·    Kindergarten Tour

1118 (c) (3) Involve parents in an ongoing and timely way in the planning, reviewing, and improvement programs under Title I, including the development of the Parent Involvement Plan and schoolwide Plan

Parents are involved in the development of the school improvement plan and Title I Program development in the following ways:

·    Reviewing the Parent Involvement Policy at Annual Title I Parent Meeting

·    Posting the Parent Involvement Policy for parents to review in a visible location outside the office

·    Reviewing and discussing Parent Compacts at Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences

·    Conducting a Parent Survey in the spring of each year for all parents

·    Reviewing and revising the Parent Involvement Policy to incorporate suggestions based on the Parent Survey results.

·    Holding a Title 1 meeting at flexible times to review the Title 1 program, parent involvement policy and ask for suggestions for improvement.

·    Expanding all avenues of communication with parents (school and district websites, classroom newsletters, and Parent Connect to increase parent involvement in the School Title 1 program.

1118 (c) (4) (A) Provide parents of Title I children timely information

Parents are provided information regarding the school programs in the following ways:

·    Hold an Annual School-Wide Title 1 Meeting

·    Welcome Back to School Night

·    Parent Conferences (fall/spring/additional conferences upon parent request)

·    School/Classroom/District Newsletters

·    Progress Reports and Report Cards

·    District Website – Policy and Compact available on website

·    Online access for parents in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades for MiStar (Student information system, parents can check student grades daily)

·    K-5 Weekly Take Home Folders

·    Student Assignment Books/Planners for 2nd – 5th grade students

·    K-1 Daily Take Home Folders

·    Telephone Calls/E-mail correspondence

·    Parent-Student Handbook

·    Southgate Curriculum Guides for each grade level

·    Transitions to Kindergarten Program – Parent Awareness Evening and coordination with Preschools to educate parents on Kindergarten expectations

1118 (c) (4) (B) Provide parents of Title I children a description and explanation of the curriculum used at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet

 

Parents are provided information about the school’s curriculum, assessments, and proficiency level expectations in the following ways:

·    Hold an Annual School-Wide Title 1 Meeting

·    Welcome Back to School Night

·    Parent Conferences (fall/spring/additional conferences upon parent request)

·    School/Classroom/District Newsletters

·    Progress Reports and Report Cards

·    District Website – Policy and Compact available on website

·    Online access for parents in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades for MiStar (Student information system, parents can check student grades daily)

·    K-5 Weekly Take Home Folders

·    Student Assignment Books/Planners for 2nd – 5th grade students

·    K-1 Daily Take Home Folders

·    Telephone Calls/E-mail correspondence

·    Parent-Student Handbook

·    Southgate Curriculum Guides for each grade level

·    Transitions to Kindergarten Program – Parent Awareness Evening and coordination with Preschools to educate parents on Kindergarten expectations

1118 (c) (4) (C) Provide parents of participating Title I students opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions, to participate in decision making as it relates to their child’s education, and to respond to any suggestions as soon as possible

Parents have opportunities to share suggestions, participate in decision making, and respond to any suggestions in the following ways:

·    Review suggestion and comments at regularly scheduled school improvement meetings. Acting on these suggestions made by stakeholders as appropriate.

·     Conducting a Parent Survey in the spring for all parents

·    Title I Surveys for students, parents, and staff to gather feedback on Title programs.

·     Hold a Title 1 Meeting at flexible times to review the Title 1 Program, Parent involvement policy, compact and ask for suggestions for improvement.

·     Parent Conferences (Fall/Spring/additional conferences upon parent request)

·     Telephone calls/ E-mail correspondence between parents, teacher and school

1118 (c) (5) Ensure that if the schoolwide program plan is not satisfactory to parents of participating students, submit any parent comments on the plan when the school makes the plan available to the Local Education Agency

If parents are not satisfied with the school improvement plan or programs, they have opportunities to make comments by:

·    Review suggestion and comments at regularly scheduled school improvement meetings. Acting on these suggestions made by stakeholders as appropriate.

·     Conducting a Parent Survey in the spring for all parents

·    Title I Surveys for students, parents, and staff to gather feedback on Title programs.

·     Hold a Title 1 Meeting at flexible times to review the Title 1 Program, Parent involvement policy, compact and ask for suggestions for improvement.

·     Parent Conferences (Fall/Spring/additional conferences upon parent request)

·    Telephone calls/ E-mail correspondence between parents, teacher and school

1118 (d) (1) Jointly, with parents, develop a compact that outlines how the entire school staff, parents, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement

The Parent/School Compact was developed…

·       The Parent/School Compact is reviewed annually.  Revisions are made based on the parent survey results and additional suggestions provided by parents.

 

1118 (d) (2) (A) Include a schedule for Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences, at least annually, during which the Compact will be discussed with parents as it relates to the individual child’s achievement

The Parent/School Compact will be shared annually at Parent/Teacher Conferences each fall.  This is an opportunity for the parents and the teacher to share ways in which they can jointly support the child’s learning at home and school.

·       The compact is reviewed, given to all parents and signed in the fall.  Teachers discuss how the compact relates to the success of each individual child. This ensures a strong home/school connection and allows all stakeholders to have a voice.

1118 (d) (2) (B) Provide frequent reports to parents on their child’s progress

Student progress is reported to parents in several different ways at a variety of time throughout the school year including:

·  Report Cards every 12 weeks

·  Progress reports every 12 weeks (between report cards)

·  Parent Teacher Conferences (fall, spring, additional conferences available upon request)

·  Inform parents of test scores on an as needed basis

·  MiStar allows parents to access grades and comments online at any time

1118 (d) (2) (C) Afford parents of children receiving Title I services, reasonable access to staff, opportunities to volunteer, and participate in their child’s class, and observation of classroom activities

School staff ensure parents have access to communicate with them about their child’s education in a variety of ways including:

·    PTO (Parent Teacher Organization)

·    Room Volunteers

·    Chaperones for field trips

·    Watch DOGS Program

·    Room observations as requested by parents

1118 (e) (1) Shall provide assistance to parents served by the school in understanding the State’s academic content standards, the State and Local assessments, and how to monitor their child’s progress

 

School staff annually shares the State’s content expectations with parents, the state’s annual assessment (MEAP) with parents, and how to monitor their child’s progress. 

·    Welcome Back to School Night:  Staff share expectations and provide all parents with examples of at home activities to help their child reach their highest potential

·  Parent Teacher Conferences (fall, spring, additional conferences available upon request)

·    Parent copy of Curriculum Guides for each grade level provided at the beginning of the year

·    Local assessment information (MLPP, DRA, Common Assessments) shared with parents at conferences

·    Students receiving additional assistance will be progress monitored on a monthly basis depending on student need.   Information will be shared with parents when appropriate

·    Classroom teachers and Title 1 staff are available at conferences to provide information and answer questions about assessments

·    Class Connections/ Curriculum Night: Fall Festival/Class Connections (Childcare provided)

·  Parent Teacher Conferences (fall, spring, additional conferences available upon request)

·    Parent copy of CCSS provided at the beginning of the year

·    Local assessment information (MLPP, DRA, Common Assessments) shared with parents at conferences

·    Students receiving additional assistance will be progress monitored on a monthly/biweekly basis depending on student need.   Information will be shared with parents when appropriate

·    Classroom teachers and Title 1 staff are available at conferences to provide information and answer questions about assessments

1118 (e) (2) Shall provide materials and training to help parents work with their children at home to improve their children’s achievement

Staff will provide parents with appropriate materials and offer training in our school to enable them to support their child’s academic progress.  These include:

·    Kindergarten Orientation Night- KDG expectations discussed (Childcare provided)

·    Kindergarten literacy packets provided for incoming Kindergartners given to parents at Kindergarten Orientation

·    School/Classroom/District newsletters

·    District Website parent tab-provides parents with materials and resources to help their child achieve success.

·    Summer School Program

·    Provides support and training on MiStar (online grade book)

·    Provide Internet Access for parents at school

·    Love & Logic 2013-14 Parent Sessions

1118 (e) (3) Shall educate staff in the value and utility of parents’ contributions. Staff shall receive guidance in ways to reach out to parents, to communicate with parents, to coordinate and implement parent involvement programs, and to build relationships between the parents and the school

On-going professional development for staff on effective ways to increase parent involvement occurs annually. 

·     When situations occur that involve students or the welfare of the entire school community, parents are always the first point of contact.

·     District will in-service teachers on how to utilize district website to post classroom newsletters and add materials and resources to the Parent Tab and create classroom websites

1118 (e) (4) Shall coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with other programs that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children

Coordination with other programs for parent involvement includes:

·     Welcome Back To School Night

·     Kindergarten Orientation Meeting

·     Parent Volunteers

·     Family Fun Nights (Ice Cream Social, Halloween Fest, Movie Nights, Santa Shop, School Carnival, and 5th Grade Banquet)

·     PTO

·     Head Start/GSRP program sponsored by Downriver Guidance Center

·     Preschool Visits: Local preschool staff, parents, and students are invited to visit Kindergarten classrooms in spring

·     School Carnival – School Wide Fun Night

1118 (e) (5) Shall ensure information is shared with parents in a language and format they can understand

Information is shared with parents in a language and format they can understand.  Examples include:

·       K-5 Weekly Take Home Folders

·       Student Assignment Books/Planners for 2nd – 5th grade students

·       K-1 Daily Take Home Folders

·       School/classroom/district newsletters written in a language parents can understand

·       Information provided on district website and/or classroom websites

1118 (e) (14) Shall provide other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request

Parents are provided with other reasonable support such as:

·     Make every effort to accommodate parent requests to ensure that students’ and parents’ individual needs are met in order to foster more positive parent involvement

1118 (f) Shall provide full opportunities for participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children

Staff provide opportunities for full parent participation:

·    Flexible meeting times

·    Handicap accessible facilities

·    Phone conferences

 

 



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