Parental Involvement Section of CIP

Part VI –School Parental Involvement Plan as required by Section 1118 of NCLB   [Note:  This section of the CIP (Part VI) must be distributed to Parents]:

A. Parental Involvement:  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 to be involved.

1) During the second month of school, Sardis holds its Parental Involvement Open House. Parents are notified of the meeting through notices sent home and advertisements on the school website.

    Topics to be discussed are:

                             a. The Continuous Improvement Plan

                             b. Parental Involvement

                             c. Review of the School-Parent Compacts

                             d. The Parent Survey

                             e. An explanation of the school’s curriculum and the state’s content standards  

2) Sardis will conduct Parent-Teacher Conference Nights – one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester from 3:00 to 6:30. These are scheduled to accommodate working parents who are not able to attend conferences held during the regular school day. 

3.) Parents receive assessment surveys that allow them to indicate strengths and weaknesses found in the school’s administration and/or teaching practices.

4.) Parental Involvement funds have been used to purchase school home notebooks which allow parents and teachers to track assignments, homework, and grades. The Parental Involvement money was also used to purchase DANAs (handheld computer devices) that students can take home, and parents receive instruction on the uses of the devices and are encouraged to help the students.

B. Parental Involvement:  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.

In the beginning of each school year, the Etowah County Board Of Education shall notify the parents of each student attending any school receiving Title I, Part A funds that the parents may request, and the agency will provide to the parents, on request (and in a timely manner), information regarding the professional qualifications of the students’ classroom teachers including at a minimum the following:

·         Whether the teacher has met state qualifications or licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject area in which the teacher provides instruction.

·         Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional states through which state qualifications or licensing criteria have been waived.

·         The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.

C. Parental Involvement:  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.

Parents and school staff responsibilities include expecting and encouraging high standards of academic achievement and positive behavior. Parents should make sure students attend school

 regularly. At Sardis High, parent/teacher days are held annually and sometimes held more often, if there is a need. Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled at any time one is needed by

 appointment when convenient to the parent and teacher. Progress reports are sent home at the middle of each grading period  and any other time per parent request or where teacher sees a

need. Report cards are sent home every 9 weeks.

D. Parental Involvement:  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).

Parents and school staff responsibilities include expecting and encouraging high standards of academic achievement and positive behavior. Parents should make sure students attend school

 regularly. At Sardis High, parent/teacher days are held annually and sometimes held more often, if there is a need. Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled at any time one is needed by

 appointment when convenient to the parent and teacher. Progress reports are sent home at the middle of each grading period  and any other time per parent request or where teacher sees a

need. Report cards are sent home every 9 weeks.

E. Parental Involvement:  Describe procedures to allow parents to submit comments of dissatisfaction with the Continuous Improvement Plan.

Parents can voice dissatisfaction with the CIP in writing to Barry Bottoms, Assistant Superintendent of Etowah County Schools, at the Etowah County Board of Education. This letter must include the parent’s name , address, and phone number. The parent will receive a written response or phone call within 5 days.

F. Parental Involvement:  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:


(1)    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)


An explanation of the CIP plan, what services are offered, and how parents have the right to be involved in their children’s education is a part of the general session of the first Parent Open House meeting. Parents are informed that a copy of the CIP plan is available for review in the library and school.


(2)    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)


Sardis works diligently to encourage parental involvement.  The school website is used to communicate with parents. Teachers are required to have syllabi for all classes taught, biography information, contact information, helpful resources, and a communication blog regarding their class environment. At the beginning of school, administrators sent home instructions to parents on how to sign-up and receive E-alerts from the website. Also, teachers utilize the use of DANAs by sending the handheld devices home with students and providing parents with instructions of use and assignments to be completed on the devices.



(3)    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)

  

   Sardis High will continue to work with its teachers through in-service, faculty meetings, and grade level meetings to help them understand the importance of parent involvement and that parents are our partners. Sardis High offers an Open House each term to encourage teachers and parents to meet and discuss the best ways to meet the needs of the child.


(4)    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)

Sardis High School will utilize the following methods to inform parents about the school-wide programs and encourage parents to be involved:

               1.  School website

               2.  Local newspapers/radio stations

               3.  Parent meetings

               4.  Open House

      5.  Flyers

      6. School marquee

      7. Parent Day Conferences in Oct.




(5)    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)

Sardis High will provide information on all school meetings, parent notices, etc. that are sent to parents of ELL children in Spanish or other language using www.transact.com.  Sardis also has two teachers that are bilingual who assists in verbally communicating with parents as needed. 




(6)    Shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request.  (Describe)


Parents may request conferences with administrators or teachers when needed. Parents may request progress reports, discipline reports, and attendance records at any time.

G. Parental Involvement:  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.

Sardis High School will provide opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency and parents with disabilities. “Notes Home” is available in Spanish to be used in communication with Spanish speaking parents. A bilingual teacher is available to assist with communication, as needed. The school is handicap accessible and makes every effort possible to accommodate parents with disabilities. At this time Sardis has no migrant students.

 
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