West Elementary Parent Involvement Policy and Program
August 24, 2018
For the 2018-2019 school year, West Elementary has developed a parent involvement policy centered around five critical parent involvement strategies. These strategies provide a variety of activities that encourage parents to participate at school, to support and engage in learning activities with children at school and at home, to provide training to staff to strengthen the home/school partnerships, to communicate frequently with parents, and to provide quality learning opportunities for parents. West Elementary School will involve parents in the joint development of the Title I plan and the process of school review and improvement. An adequate number of parents will work collaboratively with the West Elementary School Site-Based Committee in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, as well as in the planning, review, and improvement of the Title I program. Annually the school will convene a meeting to which all parents of participating students are invited. The meeting will inform the parents of the school’s participation in the Title I program and of the parents’ right to be involved. West will do this through Meet the Teacher Night, parent/child activities, including Curriculum Nights, PTO meetings, and other scheduled events. West Elementary parents will work with faculty and staff as a team to improve student achievement. Parents will be provided timely information about available programs through regular communication on our school website, PTO meetings, the school marquee, and our Skylert School message telephone/email system. Parents will be provided with the school performance profiles and assistance with interpreting their child’s individual assessment results through parent/teacher conferences and information sent home with summary assessment data. Teachers will be given the opportunity to be involved in staff development to provide parents with a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficient levels students are expected to meet. This data will be shared in parent conferences and school distributed information. Teachers will also participate in diversity and differentiation training through workshops or book studies in order to get a better understanding of parents/students and their experiences that they bring to the classroom. This will assist them to learn the best way to meet the child’s individual learning style. Parents will be provided with opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions, share experiences with other parents, and to participate in decisions relating to the education of their children through the Site-Based Committee meetings or PTO general meetings. The school will coordinate, provide technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist parents in actively participating in the planning and implementing of a parent involvement program. This can be done during PTO general meetings and site-based meetings. Parents will jointly conduct an evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy and revise as necessary. This will be done through Site-Based meetings with committee members present. Parents will be active members of our House system at West Elementary and will be provided opportunities to engage in activities associated with our House system through celebrations and evening school sponsored events.