FAMILY/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PLAN
KEENBURG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
We at Keenburg Elementary School believe that students can achieve to higher standards if parents, teachers, and students work together. An ongoing process of communication and cooperation builds the school’s and parents’ capacity for strong parent involvement.
All parents, including Head Start parents, will be invited to an annual meeting for the purpose of informing parents of the school’s participation in Title 1, and explain the Title 1 requirements of parents and their right to be involved. Parents will be notified of the meeting through notes sent home, the school’s one call system, the parent resource bulletin board, the school’s outdoor message board, and in the local newspaper. During the annual meeting, Tennessee’s academic content and curriculum, as well as the state’s achievement standards and assessments will be explained. Parents will also be given a copy of the curriculum for that grade level.
The annual meeting will be held in conjunction with the open house and dinner planned for September 2, 2010. A flexible number of opportunities will be offered, such as Grandparents’ Day Luncheon, a Fall Festival, Homecoming Court, classroom plays and musicals, three Parent/Teacher Conference Nights, and classroom visits. Regular PTO meetings will be offered monthly. An advisory committee will be organized, consisting of teachers, parents, a community business leader, and administrators to determine the effectiveness of the Family Engagement Program and determine what actions need to be taken, if any, to increase parental and community participation. Parent representatives will be given the opportunity to participate in the operation of the school by completing surveys, submitting comments/suggestions to teachers or administrators, and volunteering. Parent representatives will participate in the decision-making process through membership in the Title 1 committee, parent engagement council, and the six school improvement committees.
The School Improvement Plan, developed in consultation with parents and stakeholders, supports compliance with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Activities and strategies that support the school’s family and community engagement will be found in the School Improvement
Plan. The school will develop a Parent/Student Handbook to be distributed to each family at the school. A copy of the school’s Parent Engagement Plan, along with an evaluation sheet will be sent home. The Plan will also be placed on the school’s website. If the school’s Family Engagement Plan is not satisfactory to the parents, the school will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school submits the plan to the school district. The plan will be reviewed at least once annually, and revisions made as needed to address problems and bring the plan into compliance with state and federal guidelines.
The Family/Community Engagement Council will develop a Compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the State’s high standards. The school’s responsibility, which enables the children to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards, and the ways in which each parent will be responsible for supporting their child’s learning, will be described in the Compact. The Compact will be included in the Keenburg Parent/Student Handbook and provided to all parents/guardians. Parents will be invited to attend parent/teacher conferences in which they may discuss the compact as it relates to their child’s achievement.
Parents will be informed of their child’s progress through frequent progress reports, grades, phone calls, notes, and informal conferences as needed. Training and materials will be provided to parents by the District and School Parent Engagement Coordinators. Monthly newsletters in an understandable format and a parent resource bulletin board will provide parents with information on monitoring their child’s progress and cooperating with teachers to improve the achievement of their children.
Parents will be provided reasonable access to staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, serve on school improvement committees, and observe classroom activities as delineated in the Keenburg Parent/Student Handbook. Parents will receive information on how to get literacy training. The school will ensure that the building is handicap feasible, so that parents with disabilities may have full participation. With the help of the district ESL Director, Dr. Chele Dugger, the school will explain notes and reports sent home in as many languages as applies to this school, if possible, to provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency and parents of migratory children.
The school personnel will participate, along with Head Start personnel, in staff development designed to educate teachers, pupil service personnel, principals, and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and methods of parent/school cooperation. Parent representatives participate in the planning of professional development activities listed in the SIP Action Plan through membership on SACS/SIP committees.
In order to coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities, Head Start parents will be invited to attend the annual meeting. Each spring, Kindergarten teachers will meet with Head Start parents and the principal to discuss the transition from preschool to Kindergarten. Head Start personnel will participate, along with other school personnel, in staff development activities meant to build capacity for parent engagement. Counselors, parents, upper grade, and special education teachers will work together to guide 8th grade students into an appropriate program of study in high school. The school will work with local organizations such as DARE, MADD, Carter County Health Department, Shriners, Lion’s Club, etc. to provide needed services to children. Local businesses will work with the school to sponsor awards for information from the district Parent Resource Center to parents. A copy of the Elizabethton/Carter County Resource Directory, listing social service agencies in the immediate area, will be given to parents.
KEENBURG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
PARENT INVOLVEMENT ACTION PLAN
I. Parent Involvement Policy:
A. All parents, including Head Start parents, will be invited to an annual meeting for the purpose of explaining activities to be carried out with Title I funds and to make parents aware of their rights to be involved in their child's educational program.
B. An advisory committee will be organized, consisting of teachers, parents, and administrators. The committee will develop a parent involvement plan.
C. One parent and one alternate will be selected to serve on a district level parent advisory committee. This committee will meet annually.
D. The parent representative and the parent involvement coordinator will distribute information gathered from the district level meeting to parents of all students and solicit their involvement.
E. The school committee will summarize and share information (as described in item D) with parents, teachers, and the principal.
F. The School representative will used the parent summary information at the district level to help develop the school plan.
G. Parents will be given the opportunity to review the school plan and make recommendations.
II. Support Services:
A. The Title I supervisor, Parent Involvement Coordinator, and the Technology Coordinator will make available a variety of materials and resources to assist parents and teachers and to encourage parent involvement.
B. A copy of the Elizabethton/Carter County Resource Directory, listing social service agencies in the immediate are, will be given to parents.
C. A parent bulletin board in the main hallway will provide announcements, useful information, and brochures to parents.
III. Parent-Teacher Interaction:
A. Parents will be invited to an annual meeting for the purpose of explaining activities to be carried out with Title I funds and to make parents aware of their rights to be involved. A flexible numbers of meetings will be offered, such as Mother's Day Luncheon, Breakfast with Dad, Grandparents' Day Luncheon, and classroom visits. Other meetings will be offered upon parent request.
B. Upon request, parents will be given assistance necessary to help them understand the national education goals, state and local proficiency standards, forms of assessment and the school's curriculum content.
C. Monthly newsletters, in an understandable format, will be sent to parents on how to work with their children. The ESL coordinator will provide services to assist parents of ESL students in understanding any written communication.
D. Parents will be informed that a Parent Involvement Coordinator is available to render services and provide materials.
E. Parents will receive information on how to get literacy training.
F. Three parent/teacher conferences will be scheduled during the year.
G. Parents will be informed of their child's progress through progress reports, grades, mid-term reports, phone calls, letters, and informal conferences as needed.
H. Handouts giving a broad overview of the Title I program will be given to parents.
I. Parents will be given the opportunity to participate in a parent-volunteer program at the school.
IV. Correlation with other programs:
A. Each spring Kindergarten teachers will meet with the Head Start parents to discuss the transition from preschool to Kindergarten.
B. A copy of the Elizabethton/Carter County Resource Directory, listing social service agencies in the immediate area will be given to the parents. School personnel will be made aware of the availability of this directory.
C. Parents, teachers and administrators may participate in any county-wide workshop which be offered. This proposed workshop would provide a forum for Title I, Special Education, Head Start, ABE, GED, Drug Free and other local agencies to share ideas and information with those present.
D. Classroom teachers, reading and math specialists and resource teachers will work closely with one another to coordinate services to children and eliminate duplication of services.
E. Local businesses will work with the school to sponsor awards for students who excel in the areas of academics and/ or citizenship.
F. The school will work with local organizations such as Drug Free, DARE, MADD, Carter County Health Department, Shriners, Lions' Club, etc. to provided needed services to children.
G. High school counselors, parents, upper grade, and special education teachers will work together to guide 8th grade students into an appropriate program in high school.
V. Evaluating parent involvement:
A. Parents will be asked to evaluate their opportunities for involvement throughout the school year by responding to surveys.
B. Teachers will respond in a timely manner to parent comments and suggestions through oral or written communication.
C. Language and/or physical barriers that restrict parent participation at the school level will be identified and steps will be taken to minimize these barriers.
D. The school will establish baseline data to be used in measuring increased parent participation.
VI. Strategies for improvement:
A. A school advisory committee will be held to review and summarize parent involvement effectiveness for the current school year.
B. Parents will be given the opportunity to be involved in determining strategies for school improvement and in revising school parental involvement plans.
C. A summary of the parent involvement findings will be given to the district level advisory committee to be used in determining strategies for revising the local parent involvement policy.
D. Parents will be involved in making decisions regarding the best use of parent involvement funds.
E. Based on the school's annual review summary, the school support team, in consultation with parents and the Title I Supervisor, will make revisions in the school plan aimed at improved student performance.
VII. Developing a compact:
A. The Parent Coordinator will be present at a school level meeting to explain the Parent/Student/Teacher compact to students, parents, teachers, and other personnel.
B. Those attending the school level meeting will be given the opportunity to review sample copies of the Parent/Student/Teacher Compacts and will make recommendations concerning the compact.
C. The school advisory committee will develop a Parent/Student/Teacher Compact based on student, parent, and school personnel recommendations.
D. The Parent/Student/Teacher Compact will be explained through meetings, phone calls, and/or written communication, upon request.
E. Each student, parent, and teacher will be asked to sign a compact.
F. Parents will be given the opportunity to meet with the teachers at least annually to discuss the compact as it relates to their child's achievement.