BEARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1600 CAVANAUGH ROAD
FORT SMITH AR 72908
School Parent Involvement Policy
This form was adapted from, A Toolkit for Title I Parent Involvement.
Ferguson, C. (2009). A Toolkit for Title I Parental Involvement. Austin, TX: SEDL.
School Improvement Status
Parent Involvement Coordinator
Are you Title I School wide?
Percent of free and reduced lunch
Parent Involvement Committee Members:
Sharon Walden -Position: Parent Involvement Coordinator/Counselor; Kelly Bean -Position: Media Specialist; Shannon Neves- Parent; Melody Van Matre- Position: teacher; Angie Vrbas-Position: paraprofessional; Tina King-Position: teacher; Pam Siebenmorgen- Position: Principal.
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 distribute a newsletter to parents that includes school news and a calendar of school activities. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
· The school will maintain a school Web site that informs parents of activities, important dates, and other pertinent information about the school. Parents may use e-mail to communicate with members of the school staff. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
· Each teacher will send home a folder containing student papers and work samples. Parents may be asked to sign the folder and send it back to school. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
· Teachers may contact parents on an individual basis to communicate about their child's progress. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
· The school will provide to parents reports/report cards regarding their child's academic progress. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
· The school will use the student handbook, school Web site, and parent orientation meetings about the School wide Title I Plan and how to get a copy upon request. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
· Through Eschools, Home Access, and Connect Ed messages, parents are contacted and provided information about academic progress and other important dates. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
2. 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.
· The school will hold an orientation for parents to inform them about the school's participation in the Title I program and to encourage parents to be involved with reviewing and revising of the School's Title I Plan. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
· Two Student-Led Conferences are held with parents. The first was held on September 17 and 19, 2013 and the second will be held on March 18 and 20, 2014. Parents will be given a summary of the student's test scores and other data to assist the child in reaching achievement goals. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
· At the beginning of the year, Kindergarten Orientation provides parents and students important information concerning student achievement and parent contacts. The principal meets with the Kindergarten parents to encourage parent involvement and answer questions related to the first year of school. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
· A Family Night is included each year engages a majority of the student population as well as the parents and guardians to increase the knowledge of "Leader in Me". Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
· The school will encourage parents in the following types of roles and activities to increase their involvement and support for student learning (Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834):
o Volunteer Teacher assistant
o Book fair helpers
o Awards day presentation
o Field day volunteers
o Open House
o Choir concerts
3. How will your school provide information to parents about volunteer opportunities?
· The school will provide volunteer opportunities and solicit ideas for other types of volunteer efforts during orientation of parents. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
· 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. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
· 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. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
4. 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. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
5. 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?
· The school will ask parents to serve on curricular and instructional review committees. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
· 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. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
· STATE REQUIREMENT - The school shall enable the formation of a Parent Teacher Association that will foster parental and community involvement within the school. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
6. How will your school provide resources for parents?
· Parents may check out materials and visit educational Web sites. Parents will be encouraged to view the Title I Plan located in the parent resource center or media center. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
· 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…). Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
· 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, and give parents the opportunity to borrow the materials for review. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
· Maintain a parent center. Contact: Mrs. Walden (479) 646-0834
· 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. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
· 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. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
7. 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. 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. Evidence collected about satisfaction with the program and the school's efforts to increase parental involvement may include 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. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
8. How will your school use the parent interest surveys to select, plan and implement parental involvement activities that will be offered throughout the year?
· 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. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
9. When will your school plan the Annual Title I Meeting that must be conducted separately?
· The school conducted an Annual Title I Meeting for parents of the students who participate in the Title I, Part A Program on August 16 2013. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
· The school will hold their annual Title I meeting on August 16, 2013 providing 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. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834
· 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. Contact: Mrs. Siebenmorgen (479) 646-0834