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Parent Involvement Plan

Zilwaukee PreK-8 School Parent Involvement Plan

In accordance with The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

 

Vision:

The staff at Zilwaukee PreK-8 School realizes that parents are their children’s first and most important teachers; and play a fundamental role in assisting their children’s learning at school.  When the school and parents create a partnership, positive results occur.  These results include high student achievement, reduced absenteeism, improved behavior and a feeling of confidence regarding the partnership between home and school.

 

Part I:   Policy Involvement

 

The Zilwaukee School Title I School-Wide Parent Involvement Policy was created collaboratively with parents and staff.  Parents played a key role in the development of this policy and we will continue to utilize their feedback and suggestions in order to update and improve our School-Wide Title I Program:  1118 (b)

 

Parents, staff, and the building administrator have developed this Parent Involvement Plan in accordance with NCLB Section 1118 activities which are accomplished at Zilwaukee PreK-8 School in the ways listed in each section.

 

NCLB Section

Ways in Which Zilwaukee Staff Will Accomplish these Activities

1118 (c) (1) Convene an Annual Title I Parent Meeting at a time convenient to parents to inform parents of the Title I requirements and their right to be involved

 

 

Zilwaukee PreK-8 School will:

  • Hold an annual school-wide Title I meeting in conjunction with the Fall Open House at the beginning of the school year that all parents are invited to attend.
  • The purpose of the meeting will be to share the School-Wide Plan, review the School Parent Involvement Policy, and to explain our Title I program and how parents can help their child be successful in their education.
  • Notification of the meeting will be posted on the school’s website, School’s Facebook page, orientation meetings, school newsletter, and published in the local paper.

 

1118 (c) (2) Offer flexible number of meetings at times convenient to parents and provide transportation, child care, or home visits as it relates to parent involvement

Zilwaukee PreK-8 School will ensure the involvement of all parents by offering the following activities: 

  • Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences (November and April)
  • Parent Involvement Committee Activities
  • Flexible Academic and Behavioral Intervention Meeting times and IEP times
  • Contact with the school social worker
  • PreK-8 family fun activities
  • Access to the Parent Resources – parents are able to check out books, reading and math games for their student(s) as well as receive information on curriculum and parenting tips

1118 (c) (3) Involve parents in an ongoing and timely way in the planning, reviewing, and improvement programs under Title I, including the development of the Parent Involvement Plan and school-wide Plan

Zilwaukee PreK-8 School will ensure the involvement of parents in planning and reviewing the School-Wide Title I program by:

  • Reviewing the School Parent Involvement Policy at the Fall Open House
  • Posting the Parent Involvement Policy on the school website and posting in a visible location for parents to review during November and April Student/Parent/Teacher conferences
  • School-Parent Compacts will be reviewed at fall Student/Parent/Teacher conferences
  • A Parent Survey will be conducted following Title I activity nights
  • Parents will be members of the School Improvement Team and invited to monthly meetings
  • Parents will be the majority members of the Parent Teacher Community Council Executive Board(PTCC) which meets (at the least) on a monthly basis to plan and implement activities for all students
  • Parent Liaison and PTCC members will review and update the Parent Involvement Plan and the School-Parent Compact on an annual basis incorporating suggestions received from parents regarding the School-Wide Title I program
  • All avenues of communication with parents (district calendar, school newsletter, school website, school Facebook page, marquee, emails, etc.) will be expanded to increase parent involvement in the School-Wide Title I program

1118 (c) (4) (A) Provide parents of Title I children timely information

Zilwaukee PreK-8 School will provide timely information through:

  • Fall Open House (annual Title I meeting)
  • Title I Activity Nights
  • Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences (November/April/additional conferences upon parent request) – Title I staff available to discuss student’s progress thus far and show intervention programs
  • Classroom, School, and District Newsletters
  • District website – Policy and Compact available on website, along with links to the Michigan Department of Education’s website which gives grade level curriculum as well as proficiency levels that students are expected to meet 
  • Kindergarten Orientation – coordinated with preschool to educate all involved about Kindergarten expectations
  • Home Visits (PreK)
  • Middle School Orientation – coordinated with Elementary to educate fifth graders about Middle School expectations
  • Daily Take Home Folders or Planners
  • Telephone Calls/E-mail correspondence
  • Parent-Student Handbook

 

1118 (c) (4) (B) Provide parents of Title I children a description and explanation of the curriculum used at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet

 

Zilwaukee PreK-8 School will provide timely information through:

  • Fall Open House (annual Title I meeting)
  • Title I  Activity Nights
  • Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences (November/April/additional conferences upon parent request) – Title I staff available to discuss student’s progress thus far and show intervention programs
  • Classroom, School, and Newsletters
  • Classroom/Content Syllabi
  • MEAP Parent Reports
  • AimsWeb data shared in the fall , winter, and spring
  • Leadership (Data) Notebooks shared at Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Middle School Orientation – coordinated with Elementary to educate fifth graders about Middle School expectations
  • District website – Policy and Compact available on website, along with links to the Michigan Department of Education’s website which gives grade level curriculum as well as proficiency levels that students are expected to meet 

 

 

1118 (c) (4) (C) Provide parents of participating Title I students opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions, to participate in decision making as it relates to their child’s education, and to respond to any suggestions as soon as possible

Zilwaukee PreK-8 School will provide parents an opportunity to interact with their children’s school by:

  • Parent surveys will be conducted following Title I activity nights held throughout the year
  • Placing a suggestion box located in a visible location for parents to make suggestions for improvement and comments regarding the School-Wide Title I program
  • Include School-Wide Title I as an agenda item at every PTCC  meeting
  • Discuss any parent suggestions/positive notes at PTCC meetings; utilize feedback when revising and updating our School-Wide Title I program to meet the needs of all parents and students. Share suggestions and comments with the LEA and act on suggestions when appropriate.
  • Parent conferences (November/April/additional upon parent request)
  • Telephone Calls/E-mail correspondence between parents, teachers and school

1118 (c) (5) Ensure that if the school-wide program plan is not satisfactory to parents of participating students, submit any parent comments on the plan when the school makes the plan available to the Local Education Agency

Zilwaukee PreK-8 School will provide parents an opportunity to interact with their children’s school by:

  • Parent surveys will be conducted following Title I activity nights held throughout the year
  • Placing a suggestion box located in a visible location for parents to make suggestions for improvement and comments regarding the School-Wide Title I program
  • Include School-Wide Title I as an agenda item at every PTCC  meeting
  • Discuss any parent suggestions/positive notes at PTCC meetings; utilize feedback when revising and updating our School-Wide Title I program to meet the needs of all parents and students. Share suggestions and comments with the LEA and act on suggestions when appropriate.
  • Parent conferences (November/March/additional upon parent request)
  • Telephone Calls/E-mail correspondence between parents, teachers and school

Part II:  Share Responsibilities for High Student Academic Achievement

 

Develop jointly with parents and teachers a School/Parent/Student Compact.  The Compact will outline ways in which the parents, school staff and students will work together to ensure high student academic achievement.  This compact will be reviewed and discussed during fall parent-teacher conferences:  1118 (d) (1) & 1118 (d) (2) (A)

1118 (d) (1) Jointly, with parents, develop a compact that outlines how the entire school staff, parents, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement

Zilwaukee PreK-8 School will develop a School/Parent/Student Compact:

  • The Parent/Teacher/Student compact is developed by the PTCC and reviewed annually.  Revisions are based on Parent survey results from Title I activity nights held throughout the school year as well as additional suggestions provided by parents.
  • The compact is reviewed and given to Parents at the Fall Open house event and reviewed at the November Student-Parent-Teacher Conference.  Teachers discuss how the compact relates to the success of each individual child.  This ensures a strong home/school connection and allows all stakeholders to have a voice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1118 (d) (2) (A) Include a schedule for Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences, at least annually, during which the Compact will be discussed with parents as it relates to the individual child’s achievement

The Parent/School Compact will be shared annually at the Fall Open House event and then reviewed at the Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences each fall.  This is an opportunity for the parents and the teacher to share ways in which they can jointly support the child’s learning at home and school.

1118 (d) (2) (B) Provide frequent reports to parents on their child’s progress

Student progress identified on various academic reports is reported to parents in several different ways at a variety of times throughout the school year including:

  • Report Cards (November, January, April, and June)
  • Progress reports available as requested; this includes AimsWeb, Pearson assessments, core content assessments, Intervention progress monitoring running record scores.
  • Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences (November/April/additional conferences available upon request)
  • IT meetings and IEP meetings

 

1118 (d) (2) (C) Afford parents of children receiving Title I services, reasonable access to staff, opportunities to volunteer, and participate in their child’s class, and observation of classroom activities

Zilwaukee PreK-8 School has an open door policy for parents with both administration and staff.  In addition, parents are encouraged to participate in the following activities:

  • PTCC (Parent Teacher Community Council)
  • Student-Led Conferences
  • IEPT Meetings
  • Intervention Meetings
  • Behavioral Meetings
  • Chaperones for field trips
  • Help with fundraisers
  • Room Helpers
  • Family Math Night
  • Family Literacy Night
  • Annual Title I Meeting
  • Kindergarten Transition Meeting
  • Middle School Transition Meeting (5th grade parents)
  • High School Transition Meeting (8th grade parents)
  • Coffee Talks with the Principal
  • Book Studies
  • Family Movie Night
  • Parent trainings and workshops
  • Science Fair Organizational Meeting
  • Consultant Meetings
  • Inaugural Ball for Student Lighthouse Team
  • Parent Opportunity Spelling Bee’
  • Read with a Loved One Day (Read Across America Day)
  • Halloween Parade
  • Sharpen the Saw Day
  • Communication on Student Performance
  • Leader in Me Parent Sessions
  • Parent Lighthouse Team
  • Serve on School Improvement Team
  • International Walk to School Day
  • Zilwaukee Leadership Day
  • Back to School Picnic/Meet and Greet Events
  • Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
  • Monthly Growing Leaders Assemblies
  • Holiday Music Program
  • Spring Music Program
  • Talent Show
  • Honor’s Programs
  • Recognition Programs
  • Pi Day
  • Fun Fest
  • MEAP Informational Meeting/Kick-Off Assembly
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Middle School Dances
  • Ladies Day Out
  • Christmas Caroling
  • Muffins with Moms
  • Doughnuts with Dads
  • Mother-Son Dance
  • Father-Daughter Dance

 

1118 (e) (1) Shall provide assistance to parents served by the school in understanding the State’s academic content standards, the State and Local assessments, and how to monitor their child’s progress

 

To ensure that parents are informed about academic standards and assessments, Zilwaukee PreK-8 School will provide the following:

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences (November/April/additional conferences available upon request)
  • Parent copy of Common Core State Standards provided to parents at Fall Open House and conferences
  • Students receiving Title I support will be progress monitored on a weekly basis; information will be shared with parents when appropriate.
  • Title I staff will be available during conferences to provide information and answer questions regarding Title I interventions and assessment
  • Local assessment information (AimsWeb, district writing assessments, Pearson reading assessment, other district common assessments) shared with parents at conferences
  • Fall Kindergarten Orientation: staff share Kindergarten expectations and provide all parents with examples of at home activities to help their child be successful.

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1118 (e) (2) Shall provide materials and training to help parents work with their children at home to improve their children’s achievement

Zilwaukee PreK-8 Staff will provide parents with appropriate materials and offer training in our school to enable them to support their child’s academic progress.  These include:

  • Fall Kindergarten Orientation, information regarding curriculum and classroom expectations are provided
  • Kindergarten Round-Up/Registration
  • Fifth Grade Orientation, information regarding curriculum and classroom expectations are provided
  • Classroom Newsletters, District publications, District web-site
  • Each grade level will schedule a math and literacy activity night in conjunction with Title I.  At these events parents will learn games, make it-take its, and interventions they can do with their students at home.
  • Parent Resource section in the library; contains books and interventions available for checkout as well as handouts and information for parents on how to help their student succeed.

 

1118 (e) (3) Shall educate staff in the value and utility of parents’ contributions. Staff shall receive guidance in ways to reach out to parents, to communicate with parents, to coordinate and implement parent involvement programs, and to build relationships between the parents and the school

On-going professional development for staff on effective ways to increase parent involvement occurs annually. 

  • Zilwaukee PreK-8 School values and respects parent involvement in the school community. Parent Involvement will continue to be a part of the professional development plan.  Staff members will continue to implement new ideas for effective parent communication.  Parents will continue to be the first point of contact when a situation occurs that involve students or the welfare of the entire school community.  The school will continue to provide training on how to utilize the district web-site to post classroom newsletters as well as materials and resources to their classroom web page.

 

1118 (e) (4) Shall coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with other programs that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children

Zilwaukee PreK-8 School School will work to coordinate with other programs for parent involvement to ensure success for all:

  • Transition to Kindergarten: activities to educate preschool parents, daycares and community stakeholders on Kindergarten expectations
  • GSRP – Great Start Readiness Program: Preschool program located at our school that prepares students for Kindergarten expectations
  • Transition to Middle School: activities to educate parents, and community stakeholders on Middle School expectations
  • Parent-Teacher-Community Council (PTCC)

 

1118 (e) (5) Shall ensure information is shared with parents in a language and format they can understand

To ensure that all parents are informed in a timely and user-friendly manner, Zilwaukee PreK-8 School will share Information with parents in a language and format they can understand.  Examples include:

 

  • Brochures on appropriate topics are available in the parent resource section the the media center
  • Weekly Take Home Folders or planners
  • School, Classroom and District Newsletters written in a language parents can understand
  • Accommodations for deaf parents

 

1118 (e) (14) Shall provide other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request

Zilwaukee PreK-8 School will make every effort to support our parents and make sure their needs are met:

  • Make every effort to accommodate parent requests to ensure that students and parents individual needs are met in order to foster more positive parent involvement.

 

1118 (f) Shall provide full opportunities for participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children

Zilwaukee PreK-8 School will provide opportunities for full parent participation:

  • Flexible meeting times
  • Handicapped Accessible Facilities
  • Home visits if applicable
  • Phone conferences (hearing impaired interpreter provided when needed for all HI parent contacts)
  • School, Classroom and District Newsletters in a language parents can understand
  • Accommodations for deaf parents
  • Collaboration with community agencies; i.e., Community Mental Health
  • Transportation assistance