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Guidelines for Parental Involvement

Wilmington Manor Elementary School
Guidelines for Parental Involvement
2012-2013

 

Challenging and Preparing Our Students—The staff at Wilmington Manor
believe that a partnership must exist between our parents and our school. We will implement programs, activities, and procedures in compliance of Sections 1111, 1112, 1116, and 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In addition, we will promote positive communication between the school and our students’ home through the following initiatives:

The school will provide a variety of opportunities for parents to be involved in activities supporting our school.

We believe teachers have a responsibility to provide the needed framework for parents to nurture their child’s formal instruction at home.

We will provide materials that can successfully be used at home to reinforce the academic success of children.

It is our goal to provide an atmosphere where parents are able to express their views and to assist in problem solving.

We want parents to understand that we view them as joint policy and decision makers and plan to emphasize their roles as advocates.

 

Gathering Information to Support the Parental Education and Involvement Plan—Our school’s Achievement Team examined data from surveys and held discussions with school and community members regarding parental involvement. Evolving from these sessions, the committee led a process to develop the following list of services and activities to promote parental involvement and provide additional support for student learning:

1. School staff will use a variety of communication strategies to provide additional information to parents and to increase parental involvement in supporting classroom instruction.

  • The school will distribute a marking period newsletter to parents. The information will include school news, a calendar of school activities, and parenting tips relating to school achievement, such as homework tips, organizational skills, and study skills.
  • The school has its own web site to house classroom web sites for each teacher. Teachers may provide classroom information, guidelines, homework assignments, and pertinent classroom information for parents via this format. Also, parents can access their child’s grades using a PIN number they receive at the beginning of the school year. Parents may use e–mail to communicate with members of the school staff. The school web address is  www.wilmingtionmanor.colonial.k12.de.us 
  • Each teacher will send home student papers and work samples weekly / bi-weekly. Parents will be asked to acknowledge that they have discussed the school information with their child(ren). Parents can communicate this via the student agenda.
  • Teachers will keep parents continually updated on an individual basis to communicate about their child’s progress via the Home Access Center on the Colonial website, www.colonial.k12.de.us
  • The school will provide to parents reports/report cards four times a year with information regarding their child’s academic progress and upcoming classroom and school events.
  • The school will offer parents a workshop via the PTA each year on the school’s approach to school improvement and Parent Education Workshops.
  • The school will send announcements home with students, post notices on the school website, and/or via newsletter to provide information about parent workshops and meetings.
  • The school will provide parents with a copy of the school wide Title I Plan at the beginning of the school year. Copies of the plan will be available upon request, on the school website, and at Title I parent orientation meetings about the School wide Title I Plan. The first Title I meeting will be scheduled in the fall.
  • All parents are invited to participate on the district’s Parent Action Committee to provide feedback about the parent involvement process at Title I schools, update documents, and disseminate information, as required by law. Dates will be advertised in advance of these meetings.

2. The school will hold parent meetings, conferences, and activities regularly throughout the year to increase parental involvement and build staff and parent capacity to engage in these types of efforts.

  • These meetings will include parent–training sessions to help parents understand how to enhance their child’s education.
  • These meetings will include family reading nights that provide an opportunity for parents 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.
  • Teachers will hold conferences individually with parents of children in their classrooms. Parents will be given a summary of the student’s performance 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 school is open to engaging parents in the following types of roles and activities to increase their involvement and support for student learning:
  1. Library assistant
  2. Reading buddy
  3. Mentor
  4. Tutors
  5. Book fair helpers
  6. Field day volunteers

(7) Family reading nights

(8) Parent education workshops

(9) Parent–school organization

(10) Various committees.

 

3. The school will provide information to parents about volunteer opportunities.

  • The school will provide opportunities for parents and community members to support the instructional program through such programs as Reading Buddies, tutoring, and mentoring. Teachers will explain the requirements to parents and encourage them to become involved in the school. 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.
  • The school will work with George Read Middle School and McCullough Middle School to help provide a smooth transition from one school to the next by raising parent awareness of procedures and related activities.

4. The school will work with parents to create a School–Parent–Student Compact.

  • The school and community will develop a school–parent–student compact. This compact will outline how parents, school staff, and students 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 academic standards.
  • All stakeholders will sign the compact.
  • Compacts will be filed and maintained by the school annually.

5. The school will provide an opportunity for parents to engage in decision–making processes in regarding the school’s Title I, Part A program.

  • The school will involve parents on school improvement planning committees.
  • The school will engage parents in decisions about the allocation of its Title I, Part A funds for parental involvement.

6. The school will engage parents in an evaluation of parental

involvement efforts.

  • The school will engage parents in the annual evaluation of the Title I, Part A program’s parental involvement efforts through an annual evaluation using a comprehensive needs assessment by teachers, parents, and school staff.
  • The School Achievement Team, made up of teachers, parents, and school staff, will determine the effectiveness of the parental involvement plan and make changes if warranted.

These guidelines were developed and reviewed jointly with parents of participating children in the school wide Title I program at Wilmington Manor Elementary School. They will be distributed in the fall of the 2012-2013 school year to all parents during the annual Title I Family Reading Night.

Ms. Stacie Ruiz, Principal