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The Daisy Bates Elementary staff strongly believes that parent involvement builds strong home-school relationships and that these relationships are critical to all students’ academic and behavioral progress. Children who are supported by their parents demonstrate higher levels of academic progress and positive social engagement at school. As an identified Title 1* school and in conjunction with this belief, Daisy Bates seeks to achieve a high level of parental involvement.
It is part of our school-wide goal to develop strong, productive relationships with parents by promoting their active involvement in sharing the responsibility for creating a challenging learning environment with an atmosphere of cooperation and respect.
PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY
What can parents expect from us?
The school will distribute a monthly newsletter to parents that is developed with participation of the parent-school organization, principal, staff and parent volunteers. It includes school news, a calendar of school activities, and parenting tips related to school achievement such as homework tips, organizational skills, and study skills.
The school’s Instructional Facilitator will host meetings explaining the school’s involvement with the state’s reading and math initiative (CCSS) and how the parents can be involved in supporting the goals of this initiative.
Homework assignments and pertinent classroom information will be available on classroom Web sites. Also, parents can access their child’s grades using a PIN number they received at the beginning of the school year. Parents may use e-mail to communicate with members of the school staff or call the office 501.897.2171.
The Instructional Facilitator will host parent training sessions as needed to help parents understand how to enhance their child’s education. These meetings will include family reading and math nights that provide an opportunity for parent and their child to experience the school situation in a positive and helpful manner while school staff may provide any needed assistance or encouragement. The meetings will be held at various times during the day or evening to better accommodate parents.
The school will hold an orientation each September for parents to inform them about the school’s participation in the Title I program and to encourage parents to be involved with reviewing and revising of the School’s Title I Plan.
School-wide parent/teacher conferences will be held at the end of the 1st nine weeks and 3rd nine weeks. Teachers will also hold conferences individually with parents of children in their classrooms as requested. Parents will be given a summary of the student’s test scores and an explanation of the interventions teachers are using to assist the child in reaching achievement goals. Parents will be asked to engage in discussion of how they can support these efforts. Parents will also be given suggestions for coordinating school-parent efforts and explanations of homework and grading procedures.
The administrators will offer parents a special workshop each year on the school’s approach to school improvement. The school will send flyers home with students, post notices in school facilities and public buildings, and provide information about parent workshops and meetings.
The school will use the student handbook, school Web site, signage at the school entrance, and parent orientation meetings about the School-wide Title I Plan and how to get a copy upon request.
The school will provide a list of volunteer opportunities and solicit ideas for other types of volunteer efforts during orientation of parents. Brief training sessions will provide parents and community members with the information they need to participate as school volunteers in order to put them at ease and make the experience pleasant and successful. Please contact Kat Bir parent facilitator 501.897.2171
The school will work with Fuller Middle School to help provide a smooth transition from one school to the next by raising parent awareness of procedures and related activities.
School staff, parents, and students will develop a school-parent-student compact. This compact will outline how parents, school staff, and students share the responsibility for improving 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 academic standards.
The school will involve parents on school improvement planning committees. To support this process, the school will offer both school staff and parents training on how to contribute to this process in a meaningful way. If you are interested in being a part of this committee please contactthe school at 501.897.2171.
The school provides a “Parent Resource Center” where parents may check out materials, use the computer to check grades, and visit educational Web sites. Parents are encouraged to view the Title I Plan located in the media center. The school will open the media center at hours that are convenient to parents. The Parent Resource Center is located in media center and is available during school hours.
The school will ask parents to fill out a parent interest survey at registration or at the beginning of each school year to get information from parents concerning the activities they feel will be most beneficial in the efforts to support their child academically.
The school will use the results of the parent interest survey will be used to plan the parental involvement activities for the year.
The school will evaluate the activities that were suggested by the parents at the end of the year as part of the annual parental involvement plan evaluation.
For each Title I, Part A School, an Annual Title I Meeting must be conducted. The agenda, the sign-in sheet and the minutes for this meeting must be generated separately from any other events and kept on file in the school’s office.
*Title 1 schools receive federal funds designated to provide compensatory educational services to low-achieving students. These funds are used in ways that will help all children meet the academic standards they are expected to meet. Promoting parental involvement is an integral part of Title I.