Parent Involvement Plan and QuickSheet

Parent Involvement Quicksheet 2015-2016

1. Describe how the school will convene an annual meeting to inform parents of the school's participation in Title I and explain Title I requirements, including the 1% set-aside, and the right of parents involved.

A Title I Parent meeting is scheduled annually. Parents are notified by newsletter, SchoolCast, and school marquee. The meeting is scheduled after school hours. During the meeting, a power point is viewed, Title I requirements and regulations are explained and questions are taken from the floor. All relevant aspects are discussed, including the 1% set-aside and the rights of parents.

 

2. Describe: 1) How there will be a flexible number and format of parent meetings offered; 2) How parents will be involved in the planning, review and improvement of the Title I Program (Note: State the school's process for how all Title I parents have the opportunity for involvement in decision-making.); and 3) How funds allocated for parent involvement are being used in the school.

 

Every year, a committee consisting of parents, students, community leaders and educators convenes to formulate plans and the needs assessment for the upcoming Title I school year. Surveys completed by parents across grade levels are studied and discussed. Decisions for allocation of upcoming funds are based on results of those discussions. The committee also discusses and schedules parent meetings as the need is determined within the discussions.

 

3. Describe how the school provides parents of participating children timely information in a uniform format and, to the extent practicable in a language they can understand, about programs under Title I, a description and explanation of the curriculum in use, forms of academic assessments, and achievement expectations used, and, if requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and participate as appropriate in decisions related to the education of their children.

 

The school provides information on the school web page that is updated in a timely manner. The school also has a Facebook page to which parents and students are encouraged to "friend". Up to the minute information is also broadcasted to parents using the SchoolCast information program. In the event that a language barrier occurs, a translator will be available to increase understanding of all programs under Title I and school documents are sent home in the students' native language, when possible. Annual grade level student/parent orientations take place after school hours in which grade specific curriculum, academic assessments, and achievement expectations are addressed. The administration office has an open door policy and welcomes individual and/or groups of parents who wish to discuss various aspects of the program. Decisions are always based on suggestions, common parental beliefs, and points of discussion made in all of these various meetings.

 

4. Describe how parents, the school staff, and students share responsibility for improved student academic achievement for participating students (How the School-Parent Compact is jointly developed with Title I parents; how it is used, reviewed, and updated).

 

Each year the School-Parent Compact is reviewed, discussed, and altered according to current needs. Input is encouraged and accepted from all stakeholders. The compacts are distributed at the beginning of the school year. All parents and students return the signed compacts ACIP Sardis High School SY 2015-2016 Page 248 © 2015 Advance Education, Inc. All rights reserved unless otherwise granted by written agreement and the compacts are kept by their 1st period teacher.

 

5. Describe procedures to allow parents to submit comments of dissatisfaction with the Continuous Improvement Plan.

 

The Continuous Improvement Plan is made available to parents both at the school and online via the school website. Parents have the opportunity to read and discuss the Plan at their convenience. They are encouraged to let their opinions be known in person, over the telephone, or by email.

 

6a. Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children? (See NCLB Section 1118, requirements for building capacity in parental involvement.) To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, our school: Shall provide training for parents of participating children in understanding such topics as the State's academic content standards and State student academic achievement standards, State and local academic assessments, the requirements of Title I, and how to monitor their child's progress and work with teachers to improve the achievement of their children. (Describe)

 

The faculty of Sardis High School believes that it is vital that the families of our students have an understanding of today's curriculum opportunities and requirements and what it will take for their child to be successful in their chosen field of study. Grade level meetings are designed to help parents have a greater understanding of test scores, curriculum, and methods for improving academic achievement. Questions are fielded by counselors, administration, teachers and mentors and greater discussion takes place in small group settings. Parents are notified of through the school website, Facebook page, and SchoolCast regarding scheduled progress reports and report cards and invited to teacher conferences.

 

6b. Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children? (See NCLB Section 1118, requirements for building capacity in parental involvement.) To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, our school: Shall provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children's achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement. (Describe)

 

Parents are invited and encouraged to attend our awards programs which take place periodically throughout the year. They join along with the faculty and staff to celebrate the achievements of their children. They are also invited to accompany their children on our many and varied educational and/or celebratory field trips. When needs are identified, school personnel assist parents by offering help themselves or by providing resource information for the purpose of helping the parents with whatever is needed.

 

6c. Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children? (See NCLB Section 1118, requirements for building capacity in parental ACIP Sardis High School SY 2015-2016 Page 249 © 2015 Advance Education, Inc. All rights reserved unless otherwise granted by written agreement. involvement.) To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, our school: Shall educate teachers, office personnel, and other school staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school. (Describe)

 

At the beginning of each school year, ways to effect open communication between teachers and parents are debated and discussed. Some finite procedures and practices for this communication are put in place. Teachers are encouraged to include parents and community in classroom projects and activities and to expand this relationship throughout the year. Key parents are consulted in search of the best and most effective means of communication. Sardis High School has also purchased SchoolCast to ensure parents are informed. SchoolCast is a flexible notification system that benefits parents by utilizing multiple forms of communication during both emergency and non-emergency situations.

 

6d. Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children? (See NCLB Section 1118, requirements for building capacity in parental involvement.) To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, our school: Shall to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with other federal programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children.(Describe)

Our school media center serves as a resource for the community. This, of course, includes parents. Community members are welcome to use the center whenever needed. Also, parents are allowed to enjoy lunch with their children and participate in our school lunch program.

 

6e. Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children? (See NCLB Section 1118, requirements for building capacity in parental involvement.) To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, our school: Shall ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand. (Describe)

 

We want our parents to be made aware of all school activities, achievements and any news worthy events. In the past we have mailed newsletters to each home to insure the parents received this information. Currently, we use the school webpage and Facebook page. Also, some teachers have groups set up with Remind 101. With this teachers are able to set up groups for parents and provide information about issues relevant to their child. Communications will be done via telephone, text messaging, voice mail, and/or smart phone app. The parents will determine the best method/methods for this communication. Sardis High School has also purchased SchoolCast to ensure parents are informed. SchoolCast is a flexible notification system that benefits parents by utilizing multiple forms of communication during both emergency and non-emergency situations. School information can be sent to non-English speaking parents after being translated by using Transact. ACIP Sardis High School SY 2015-2016 Page 250 © 2015 Advance Education, Inc. All rights reserved unless otherwise granted by written agreement.

 

 6f. Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children? (See NCLB Section 1118, requirements for building capacity in parental involvement.) To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, our school: Shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request. (Describe)

 

Anytime a parent offers suggestions as to ways to increase parental involvement, those suggestions and/or requests are taken to heart. Educators know and understand that when the school and parents work together, the child is the beneficiary.

 

7. Describe how the school will ensure the provision for participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory students; including providing information and school reports in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand.

 

The school understands the issue of individual needs and strives to meet those needs in our diverse family population. When needed, information and reports are presented in the appropriate language of each family. One teacher on the faculty can serve as a Spanish language translator when needed. When working with parents with disabilities or from diverse language backgrounds, appropriate measures are taken to ensure understanding of materials in the language most suitable to those parents and no barriers are present.