NMHS Title I School Parent/Family Involvement Plan

2016-2017 School Parental Involvement Policy

PART I: GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

Revised: 10.06.2016

School: North Murray High        School District/LEA: Murray County

 

In support of strengthening student academic achievement, each school that receives Title I, Part A funds must develop jointly with, agree on with, and distribute to, parents of participating children a written parental involvement policy, agreed on by such parents, that contains information required by section 1118 (b)(1) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) (school parental involvement policy).  The policy establishes the school's expectations for parental involvement and describes how the school will implement a number of specific parental involvement activities, and it is incorporated into the school's plan submitted to the local educational agency (LEA).

 

The school will adhere to the following as required by law:

·      Involve parents, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs under Title I, Part A, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school parental involvement policy and the joint development of the school-wide program plan under section 1114(b)(2) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).

·      Update the school parent involvement policy periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school and distribute it to the parents of participating children and make the parental involvement plan available to the local community.

·      Provide full opportunities, to the extent practicable, for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required under section 1111 of the ESEA in an understandable and uniform format and including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.

·      If the school-wide program plan under section 1114 (b)(2) of the ESEA is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, submit any parent comments on the plan when the school makes the plan available to the local educational agency.

·      Be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement and will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition:

 

Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring -

 

(A) that parents play an integral role in assisting their child's learning;

(B) that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child's education at school;

(C) that parents are full partners in their child's education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child;

(D) the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA.

 

PART II. DESCRIPTION OF HOW THE SCHOOL WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED SCHOOLWIDE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS

 

1.       North Murray High School will take the following actions to involve parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely manner in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I programs including involvement in the decisions regarding how funds for parental involvement will be used.

 

Families will be invited and encouraged to attend yearly Title I meetings at flexible, convenient times where the plan is introduced for suggestions and input.  Title I documents are available for reviewing by request in the front office, at planned Title I Family events and with teachers at conferences.

 

2.     North Murray High School will take the following actions to conduct an annual meeting, at a convenient time, and encourage and invite all parents of participating children to attend, to inform them about the school's Title I program, the nature of the Title I program, the parents' requirements and the school parental involvement policy, the school-wide plan, and the school-parent compact.

 

Parents have an opportunity to give input and suggestions for the Title I Parental Involvement Policy and School-Parent-Compact at flexible times before, during, and after school.   The annual Title I meeting will be held after school.  

 

3.       North Murray High School will take the following actions to offer a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may provide with Title I funds, transportation, child care or home visits, as such services relate to parental involvement.

NMHS will offer meetings before, during, and after school in order to provide flexibility for families.  Parents and families will be informed by invitation, email distribution lists, and posting on the school website. 

 

4.     North Murray High School   will take the following actions to provide parents of participating children the following:

·      Timely information about the Title I programs;

·      Description and explanation of the curriculum  in use at the school, the forms of academic assessments used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet;

·      Opportunities for regular meetings, if requested by parents, to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their child, and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible;

 

Title I events are scheduled throughout the school year.  Progress reports are sent home every four weeks beginning at the 8th week to allow parents to be informed of student progress.  Parents may sign up for parent and student portals through Infinite Campus and SchoolWay in order to receive updates on grades and messages from school and teachers.  Individual teachers maintain distribution lists to keep parents informed and engaged.  Teachers, counselors, and administrators are available by phone, email, or scheduled conferences if questions arise about progress, curriculum, grades, proficiency expectations, graduation requirements, or other issues.

 

5. North Murray High School will take the following actions to jointly develop with parents of participating children a school-parent 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. 

 

NMHS will over flexible scheduling for development and input for the parental involvement policy and parent compact.  The Title I SWP is an ongoing, fluid document that parents may give input on throughout the year.  Teachers discuss the compacts during classes, as students have a responsibility, as well as teachers for student success on the state's rigorous standards.

 

5.       North Murray High School  will build the school's and parents' capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, through the following activities specifically described below:

 

A.   North Murray High School  will provide assistance to parents of participating children, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following, by undertaking the actions described in this paragraph -

·      the State's academic content standards;

·      the State's student academic achievement standards;

·      the State and local academic assessments including alternate assessments;

·      the requirements of Part A;

·      how to monitor their child's progress, and

·      how to work with educators

 

Prior to school beginning, a Title I Orientation will be held.  At this time parents and students can sign up for Parent and Student Portals through the Infinite Campus Portal so both parents and students can monitor progress throughout the school year.  Teachers include the standards for their particular class in syllabi and welcome letters.  

 

B.    North Murray High School  will provide materials and training to help parents to work with their child to improve their child's achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement, by;

 

NMHS provides a variety of events for both parents and families and their student throughout the year.  These events are offered both during the day and in the evenings.  Events include planning for college, scholarship and FAFSA information.  Teachers offer after school tutoring sessions in all subject areas as well as test study sessions before and after school.

 

C.    North Murray High School  will provide training to educate the teachers, pupil services personnel, principal, and other staff in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school, by:

 

NMHS teachers, administrators and staff maintain up to date information concerning grades on the parent and student portals.  Teachers and administrators use SchoolWay and email distribution lists to disseminate information.  Phone calls are also utilized to address concerns, relay good news, and answer any questions parents and families might

Have regarding their student's progress.

 

D.   North Murray High School   will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Even Start, Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, and public preschool and other 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, by:

 

NMHS will support the Pre-K Center with any parent involvement activities and needs as requested.

 

E.      North Murray High School   will take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand:

 

Parents will be notified of events, meetings, activities, and programs in multiple ways.  Invitations sent home, postings on school website, SchoolWay, and email distribution lists.  Dates are also included on progress reports and report cards. 

 

F.    North Murray High School will provide other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under section 1118 as parents may request, by;

 

 June 2016 - District Wide Title I Meeting: Parent Involvement
 August 30, 2016- Title I Night. Open House 2:00-6:00
 September 13, 2016 Title I Parent Literacy Night
 October 6, 2016 Parent Compact/Parent Involvement Meeting
 October 11, 2016 NMHS Annual Title I Meeting
 October 13, 2016 Financial Aid Night for Senior
 TBD Title I Dual Enrollment/Move On When Ready Info Night
 TBD - Rising Freshman Parent/Student Orientation Night
 TBD - Financial Aid/FASFA Night

 

 

 

PART III. DISCRETIONARY SCHOOL LEVEL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS

 

Indicate which of the following discretionary school level parental involvement policy components the school will implement to improve parental involvement.

 

   Provide necessary literacy training for parents from Title I, Part A funds, if the school has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for that training;

   In order to maximize parental involvement and participation in their child's education, arrange school meetings at a variety of times or conduct in-home conferences with teachers or other educators who work directly with participating children and parents who are unable to attend conferences at school;

   Develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses, including faith-based organizations, in parental involvement activities.

 

To aid in literacy training, NMHS will conduct a Lexile training for parents and families in order to understand the meaning and importance of the Lexile score of their student.  Strategies for growth will also be discussed.  In addition, information will be provided regarding assessments their students will take.

Flexible scheduling of meetings, activities, events, and conferences will be offered to maximize parent and family involvement. 

NMHS will incorporate Partners in Education in appropriate opportunities for inclusion in family and parent involvement activities.  Communication will be maintained through email, phone calls, and invitations.

 

Revised 10.06.206

Distributed October 07, 2016

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