Fondren Middle School International Baccalaureate Magnet M onique Lewis, Principal Campus Parental Involvement Policy for 2015-2016 Fondren World School believes that when parents form a partnership with the teachers and staff members they help create an optimum learning environment for children. Parental Involvement is an essential piece to student success. The following outlines how this goal is to be accomplished. Parental Involvement means the participation of parents in the regular, two-way and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring: • • • • That parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning. That parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school. 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 children The carrying out of the other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act’s parental involvement policy). Policy Involvement: Title 1 regulations require that each school served under Title 1 jointly develop with and distribute to parents of participating children, a written parent involvement policy agreed upon by the parents that describes the requirements of this part outlined in Title 1 law. Annual Meeting: There will be an annual meeting at the beginning of the school year to inform parents of the school’s participation under Title 1 and to explain the requirements of the program and the rights of the parents. In order to reach all parents, this meeting will be advertised through various media, including flyers sent home with students in English and Spanish and inclusion on a comprehensive school calendar sent home at the beginning of the year,. Subsequent meetings: All parents are encouraged to attend and participate in the four Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings, to be held 4 times per school year. The PAC’s responsibilities include the planning, review and improvement of Title 1 programs and of this Parental Involvement Policy as well as the School-Parent Compact. Moreover, parents will receive timely information about Title 1 and other school programs that affect their students, including a description and explanation of the curriculum used on campus, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet. Special committees may be formed in accordance with parent interest about suggesting and participating in decisions relating the education of their children, and opportunities for these special committees to meet will be facilitated by the school in a timely and responsive manner. If the school-wide program plan is not satisfactory to the parents, they should contact the school and the school will advise the Department of External Funding and revise as advised. In regards to communicating with the school, parents’ first contact should be with their child’s teacher. If further conversations are needed they are welcome to connect with Mrs. Melodye Montgomery or Mrs. Lewis, the school’s principal. Parents will elect their PAC officers; President, Vice-President and Secretary. Agendas will be distributed prior to the meetings. Minutes will be kept and posted publicly on the school’s website and in files on Big Tent, the parent community network. The School-Parent Compact: Parents through the PAC will participate in the formation of a SchoolParent Compact to outline how parents, the school staff, and students will share in the responsibility for improvement of student academic achievement and how that will be accomplished. This compact shall include the responsibility of the school to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables children to meet TEA (Texas Education Agency) standards. Further, it will outline the responsibility of the parents to support their children’s learning and ways in which parents will participate in decisions relating to their children’s education and use of extracurricular time. This compact shall also address the importance of parentteacher conferences, frequent progress reports and access to staff, as well as the value of taking advantage of opportunities to volunteer and participate/observe in their children’s class. Curriculum and Assessments: Fondren World School goal is to ensure success for all students by providing a positive, rigorous and creative learning community. Fondren World School combined with the Leader in Me - 7 Habits Program will ensure our students have a positive and creative community. This foundation will empower our students to be responsible leaders and problem solvers prepared for the challenges of the 21st Century. It is this delicate interweaving of a highly individualized curriculum and data driven instruction with the state curriculum that helps empower our children with 21st Century tools to communicate and advocate for our Earth and themselves. Since the beginning of its implementation, Fondren World School has strived to cohesively integrate the best teaching practices into the instructional model with the rigorous state standards students are making gains on standardized test. We believe this multifaceted approach will not only create well educated learners but prepare our students for careers in the 21st Century. Learning and innovation skills are what separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in today’s world and those who are not. Creativity and Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and Communication and Collaboration are all emphasized within our integrated curriculum. By bringing in the Leader in Me program we will also empower our 21st Century learners with life and career skills such as Flexibility and Adaptability, Initiative and Self-Direction, Social and Cross-Cultural Skills, Productivity and Accountability culminating with Leadership and Responsibility. School responsibilities: Back to School events are held in August, prior to the beginning of the school year. These events are designed to provide parents the opportunity to visit their child’s classroom to speak with teachers and become informed on their grade-level expectations for the upcoming school-year. At this time, parents are encouraged to complete their Volunteer in Public Schools (VIPS) registration and to learn about Parent Student -Connect in the media and technology centers. The school will assist parents to understand the school assessments, to monitor a child’s progress, and to work to improve their children’s achievement. The school will provide materials and training including informative PAC meetings, a parent center located in the library (computer access and literature are available to parents), and classes as requested for computer and literacy training in order to foster effective parental involvement. The school will implement and coordinate parent programs such as PAC (Parent Advisory Committee) and PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) and build ties through Family Nights (math, science, reading, curriculum and hands-on nights), seasonal festivals, and encourage teachers and PTO in the utilization of room parents for each classroom on campus to ensure that all parents have the opportunity to participate. The school will make available to parents on-site workshops for the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People training (Leader in Me) to better encourage implementation in the home. This coupled with the implementation in the classroom will provide our students with the optimal guidance in becoming great leaders. Parents are invited to participate in Parent Teacher Conferences at least twice per year to discuss their child’s progress throughout the year. Teachers may receive parents at a mutually agreed upon time. Staff and teachers will be given continuing education concerning the value and utility of parental contributions, and skills in reaching out, communicating with, and working with parents as equal partners through in-services throughout the year. Parents of all students, regardless of English-proficiency, mobility, or disability are considered to be an important part of our learning community. All parents are afforded the opportunity to be involved in their child’s school environment. For this reason, if a special need is identified that would help a parent to more fully understand the educational process and academic progress of his/her child assistance will be provided to that parent. This support includes: translated school documents into the parent’s primary language, having an interpreter on had to translate important information at school meetings and events, including parent-teacher conferences, Training of staff and faculty to better understand the culture of the student being served., providing easier accessibility to parents and/or students with disabilities. All flyers, notices and call outs will be sent in Spanish and English to ensure that all school-related information is understandable. Other media such as marquees, calendars, call outs, posts to Big Tent and principal newsletters may also be employed to notify parents, in an understandable language, of upcoming meetings.