Elementary Parent Involvement Plan

Fountain Lake Elementary School

Parent Involvement Plan

2016-2017

Parent Involvement Committee Members
LeAnn Robertson, LMS, PI Facilitator
Allyson Petty, Elementary Principal
Melodie Pinkston, Parent
Kelly Breedlove, Parent
Morgan Gray, Parent
Katie Curry, FLE Staff
Janice Golden, FLE Staff
Pam Harshfield, FLE Staff  

  1.      List various communication strategies used in your school to provide additional information to parents and to increase parental involvement in supporting classroom instruction.

The school will create a Web site to house classroom Web sites for each teacher. Homework assignments and pertinent classroom information will be available on classroom websites. 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.  (Courtney Kizer maintains website & classroom teachers maintain individual websites)

Teachers will routinely contact parents on an individual basis to communicate about their child’s progress. (Classroom Teachers)

The school will provide to parents progress reports/report cards every four weeks with information regarding their child’s academic progress and upcoming classroom and school events.  (Classroom teachers & secretaries)

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. (Allyson Petty, classroom teachers, secretaries, Brad Sullivan, Mandy Buck)

  1.   List the proposed parent meeting, conferences and activities regularly throughout this year and the dates providing flexible meeting times that you have planned to increase parental involvement and build staff and parent capacity to engage in these types of efforts. (Must include the 2 state mandated parent/teacher conferences each year.)

Teachers will hold conferences individually with parents of children in their classrooms. 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. (Classroom teachers)

The school will encourage parents in the following types of roles and activities to increase their involvement and support for student learning:

    • Boo Hoo Breakfast (LeAnn Robertson)
    • Grandparents Day Celebration (PTO)
    • Field Trip volunteers (Classroom Teachers)
    • Open House (Classroom teachers, Wendy Burfeind, Allyson Petty)
    • PTO     (PTO Alix Butler)
    • Red Ribbon week     (LeAnn Robertson)
    • Music Program (Beverly Benjamin)
    • Internet Safety Speaker      (LeAnn Robertson)
    • Daddy/Daughter Dance (Allyson Petty, Wendy Burfeind, LeAnn Robertson, PTO)
    • Mother/Son Event (Allyson Petty, Wendy Burfeind, LeAnn Robertson, PTO)
    • Kindergarten Family Night (Allyson Petty, classroom teachers)
    • Awards Assembly (Allyson Petty, LeAnn Robertson)
    • Beth A. Rankin with ADE to speak about AR Gift 529 College Savings Plan (LeAnn Robertson)
  1.     How will your school provide information to parents about volunteer opportunities (must include state mandated parent training)?

The school will provide opportunities for parents and community members to support the instructional program through school programs such as student recess, cafeteria monitors, and classroom support. (Mr. Kolasch)

The school will provide a list of volunteer opportunities and solicit ideas for other types of volunteer efforts during open house, parent teacher conference / parent fairs. Volunteer Coordinator 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. (Mr. Kolasch)

The elementary school will work with middle school to help provide a smooth transition from one school to the next by raising parental awareness of school related procedures and activities. (LeAnn Robertson, Wendy Burfeind, Laura Keese)

STATE REQUIREMENT – Provide instruction to a parent on how to incorporate developmentally appropriate learning activities in the home environment, including without limitation: role play and demonstration by trained volunteer, the use of and access to the Department of Education website tools for parents, assistance with nutritional meal planning and preparation and other strategies or curricula developed or acquired by the school district for at-home parental instruction approved by the Department of Education. ( ADE link of Fountain Lake Website)

STATE REQUIREMENT (Staff Development) The State Board of Education’s Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools and School Districts shall require no fewer than two (2) hours of professional development for teachers designed to enhance the understand of effective parental involvement strategies. No fewer than three (3) hours of professional development for administrators designed to enhance understanding of effective parent involvement strategies and the importance of administrative leadership in setting expectations and creating a climate conducive to parental participation. (Brad Sullivan)

  1.      How will your school work with parents to create a School-Parent-Compact?

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. All stakeholders will sign the compact.  (Parent Involvement Committee members, Fountain Lake Elementary School Staff and recommended students)

  1.    How will your school provide opportunities for parents to be involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of the school wide school improvement plan, and the Annual Title I Meeting to engage them in the decision-making processes regarding the school's Title I, Part A Program?

STATE REQUIREMENT – To take advantage of community resources, the school shall consider recruiting alumni from the school to create an alumni advisory commission to provide advice and guidance for school improvement.  (Fountain Lake School Alumni  President  Jane Hansen)

STATE REQUIREMENT - The school shall enable the formation of a Parent Teacher Association or organization that will foster parental and community involvement within the school.  (PTO President Alix Butler)

  1.    How will your school provide resources for parents?

Parents may check out materials, use the computer to check grades, and visit educational websites. Parents will be encouraged to view the Title I Plan located in the parent resource center or media center. A suggestion sheet will also be available for parental input. The school will open the resource center at hours that are convenient to parents. (Wendy Burfeind / Elementary Library)

STATE REQUIREMENT - The school will distributed Informational packets each year that includes a copy of the school’s parental involvement plan, survey for volunteer interests, recommended roles for parents/ teachers/students and school, suggestions of ways parents can become involved in their child’s education, parental involvement activities planned for the current school year and information about the system that will be used to allow parents and teachers to communicate (notes, phone calls, e-mail…). (Gwenette Bryant / district forms, Mr. Kolasch / Volunteer information)

STATE REQUIREMENT - To promote and support responsible parenting, the school shall, as funds are available: Purchase parenting books, magazines, and other informative materials regarding responsible parenting through the school library, advertise the current selection on the Fountain Lake Website, and give parents the opportunity to borrow the materials for review (Wendy Burfeind / Elementary Library)

Create a parent center. (Wendy Burfeind / Elementary Library)

STATE REQUIREMENT – Include in the school’s policy handbook the school’s process for resolving parental concerns, including how to define a problem, whom to approach first, and how to develop solutions. (Principal Allyson Petty)

STATE REQUIREMENT – The principal of each school in a school district shall designate (1) certified staff member who is willing to serve as a parent facilitator. (Principal Allyson Petty)

  1.    How will your school engage parents in the evaluation of your 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 filled out by teachers, parents and school staff. The Title I committee, made up of teachers, parents and school staff, will determine the effectiveness of the parental involvement plan and make changes if warranted. While collecting evidence about satisfaction with the program and the school’s efforts to increase parental involvement will be a part of the evaluation, the survey will also collect specific information on the (1) growth in number of parents participating in workshops and meetings; (2) specific needs of parents; (3) effectiveness of specific strategies; and (4) engagement of parents in activities to support student academic growth. (Principal Allyson Petty)

  1.    How will your school use the parent interest surveys to select, plan and implement parental involvement activities that will be offered throughout the year?

The school will ask parents to fill out a parent survey during the Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences to get information from parents concerning the activities they feel will be most beneficial in the efforts to support their child academically. (Parent Involvement Facilitator/LeAnn Robertson, Principal Allyson Petty)

The school will use the results of the parent survey to plan the parental involvement activities for the year. (Parent Involvement Facilitator/ LeAnn Robertson, Principal Allyson Petty and Parent Involvement Committee)

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. (Parent Involvement Facilitator/ LeAnn Robertson, Principal Allyson Petty, and Parent Involvement Committee)

STATE REQUIREMENT – Sponsor seminars to inform the parents of high school students about how to be involved in the decisions affecting course selection, career planning, and preparation for postsecondary opportunities. (High School Counselor Carmen Keys)

  1.    When will your school plan the Annual Title I Meeting that must be conducted separately? (It CANNOT be held in conjunction with any other meetings or activities.)

The school will conduct an Annual Title I Meeting for parents of the students who participate in the Title I, Part A Program. (Steve Campbell)

The school will hold their annual Title I meeting separate from any other meetings or activities to ensure that they have ample time to provide a description/explanation of school curriculum, information on forms of academic assessments used to measure student progress and information on proficiency level students are expected to meet. (Steve Campbell)

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. (Steve Campbell)

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