Parent Involvement 2016-2017
Kathy Duncan, President
Sarah Williams, Vice President
Jessica Cochenour, Secretary
Wanda Crane, Treasurer
The Parent Teachers Association at Albert Pike Elementary School encourages all interested parents to join. The membership dues are $5.00. We also encourage parents to volunteer and be a part of your child’s educational experience. We hope that you as a parent or community member that is interested in the education of the students at Albert Pike Elementary will join PTA.
Come and be a part of all the activities at our school!
Pike Elementary Parental Involvement Plan
District- Fort Smith Public Schools
School Improvement Status- “D” Needs Improvement
Parental Involvement Coordinator-Cassidy Hodge
Are you a Title I school?-YES
Percent of free and reduced lunch-95%
Parental Involvement Committee Members
Monica Austin- Principal
Cassidy Hodge-School Counselor
Joan Kincannon-School Counselor
Ana Minden- ELL Para Professional
1.) List various communication strategies used in your school to provide additional information to parents and to increase parental involvement in supporting classroom instruction.
• Pike teachers will send home a folder on Tuesdays containing student papers and work samples each week. Parents will be asked to sign the folder and send it back to school. Individual Teachers (479)783-4506
• Pike Elementary will provide to parents repots/report cards every four weeks with information regarding their child’s academic progress and upcoming classroom and school events. Monica Austin (479)783-4506
• Monica Austin holds a meeting each year on the school’s approach to school improvement which will be the Report to the Public Meeting.
Monica Austin (479)783-4506
• Any extra activities going on for parents to be involved in will get notice through Tuesday folder, notices paced around the school and Edlink.
2.) List the proposed parent meetings, 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.)
• Pike will have Literacy and Science nights that will include parent training sessions to help parents understand how to enhance their child’s education.
-Monica Austin (479)783-4506
• Pike will hold a meeting each year to provide and explanation of the statewide assessment system, standards, and other accountability measures which will be at the Report to the Public meeting.-Monica Austin (479)783-4506
• 08-11-2016-Back to school Picnic
• 09-09-2016-Coffee with the Counselors
• 09-13-2016-PTA/Back to School Report
• 09-27-2016-Bring Dad to School Day
• 10-18-2016-Parent Teacher Conferences
• 10-20-2016-Parent Teacher Conferences
• 10-20-2016-Awards Assembly
• 10-27-2016-Bring Dad to School Day
• 11-18-2016-Coffee with the Counselors
• 11-21-2016-Family Night (Turkey Bingo)
• 02-03-2017- Coffee with the Counselors
• 03-14-2017- Parent Teacher Conferences
• 03-16-2017- Parent Teacher Conferences
• 04-07-2017- Coffee with the Counselors
3.) How will your school provide information to parents about volunteer opportunities (must include state mandated parent training)?
• 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.
• A signup sheet will be available at the first parent/teacher conference for volunteer opportunities. –Cassidy Hodge (479)783-4506
• Parents will be notified at Open House and at PTA meetings of the various volunteer opportunities available. –Cassidy Hodge (479)783-4506
• Coffee with the Counselors and Cafecitos –Cassidy Hodge (479)783-4506
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 student 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. –Monica Austin (479)783-4506
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?
• STATE REQUIREMENT- Pike shall enable them formation of a Parent Teacher Association or organization that will foster parent and community involvement within the school. –Monica Austin (497)783-4506
• Pike Elementary will involve parents on school improvement planning committees. To support this process, the school will offer both school staff and parent training on how to contribute to this process in a meaningful way.
-Cassidy Hodge (479)783-4506
6.) How will your school provide resources for parents?
• STATE REQUIREMENT- To promote and support responsible parenting, the school shall, as funds are available: Purchase parenting books, magazines, and other informative materials regrading responsible parenting through the school library, advertise the current selection, and give parents the opportunity to borrow the materials for review. -Monica Austin (479)783-4506
• Pike has created a Parent Center located in the counselor’s office.
–Cassidy Hodge (479)783-4506
• 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.
-Monica Austin (479)783-4506
• STATE REQUIREMENT- Monica Austin shall designate (1) certified staff member who is willing to serve as a parent facilitator, which is Cassidy Hodge.
–Monica Austin (479)783-4506
• STATE REQUIREMENT- Pike will distribute 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 teaches to communicate (notes, phone calls, email…).
-Monica Austin, Cassidy Hodge (479)783-4506
• Provide Cafecitos for families so they can be made aware of opportunities to get involved and voice any questions or concerns. –Cassidy Hodge (479)783-4506
7.) How will your school engage parents in the evaluation of your parental involvement efforts?
• Pike 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 that 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. –Cassidy Hodge (479)783-4506
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?
• Pike 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.
• 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.
9.) 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.)
-Monica Austin, Cassidy Hodge (479)783-4506