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Olney Junior High School

School Parent & Family Engagement Policy

 

Olney Junior High  is committed to the education of the children in our community.  We feel parent involvement is an essential piece in ensuring that our students are successful in school.  We believe that when parents are more involved in the academic process, school becomes more of a priority for their children.  It is our mission to partner with our parents and community to empower students to be independent critical thinkers and responsible citizens who excel in their future endeavors.  It is our pledge to maintain a good line of communication from school to homes and our goal to provide ample opportunities for parental involvement throughout each school year.

Title I regulations require that each school served under Title I jointly develop with and distribute to parents of participating children, a written parental involvement policy agreed on by the parents that describes the requirements outlined in Title I law.

  1. SCHOOL PARENT & FAMILY ENGAGEMENT POLICY
     
  1. Convene an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents of participating children shall be invited and encouraged to attend, to inform parents of their school’s participation under this part and to explain the requirements and the right of the parents to be involved;

Our school holds an official State of the School Address in August each school year to review with parents Title I School requirements and the school’s Parent & Family Engagement Policy.  In addition, the principal gives parents an update on school test data and addresses the district and campus improvement plans.

  1. Offer a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may provide, with funds provided under this part, transportation, child care, or home visits, as such services relate to parental involvement;

Parents are invited to participate in a variety of meetings and activities over the course of the school year.  An Open House is held in August to provide parents the opportunity to formally visit their child’s classroom to become better informed about grade level expectation and their student’s academic progress.  Parents also have access to student academic progress through the Parent Portal. 

  1. Involve parents, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of the school parent and family engagement policy.

Parents are active participants in the annual meetings to review, revise, examine and discuss our School Improvement Plan and Parent/Family Engagement Policy.  An organized PTO has also been established in our school to create a forum for parental input and involvement. 

  1. Provide parents of participating children timely information about programs under this part; descriptions and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet; and if requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children, and respond to any suggestions as soon as practically possible.

Our school communicates with parents about the State’s curricular and assessment expectations, school wide requirements in relation to the delivery of instruction, the techniques utilized to evaluate student work, and individual classroom rituals and routines pertinent to the academic success of our students.  We use a variety of communicative techniques such as our School Handbook, School Website, Classroom Websites, Communication Folders, Parent/Teacher Conferences, SST Meetings, IEP Meetings, PTO Meetings, Individual notes/calls home, Surveys (paper and online), Open House, Back to School Night, Mid-Term Progress Reports, Report Cards, Benchmark results, fluency scores, AIMSWEB reports, school marquee, Olney Enterprise, etc. to solicit parent participation and deliver important information in hopes of creating productive dialogue between home and school concerning improved student performance.

  1.  SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES FOR HIGH STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

As a component of the school-level parental engagement policy, each school shall jointly develop with parents for all children served under this part a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved academic achievement.

The education of a student is not only the responsibility of the teacher, but also of the parent and the child.  For this reason, a Parent-Teacher-Student Compact has been developed and is utilized in our school.  This document serves as an agreement between all parties that they will adhere to certain duties and responsibilities to ensure the success of the student.  It is reviewed and signed by all at the beginning of each school year.  The signed compacts are kept by the office and utilized by the teacher, as needed, in student and parent conferences to remind each participant of their responsibilities.  These compacts are also used to motivate students and parents to become more involved in the educational process and to let parents know that they are equal partners in their child’s learning.

  1.  BUILDING CAPACITY FOR INVOLVEMENT

To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, each campus and local educational agency assisted under this part--

  1. Shall provide assistance to the parents of children served by the school or local educational agency, as appropriate, in understanding such topics as the challenging State academic standards, State and local academic assessments, the requirements of this part, and how to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children;

Our school will provide for this provision as stated in the Policy Involvement and Shared Responsibilities for High Student Achievement sections of this document.

  1. Shall provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology (including education about the harms of copyright piracy), as appropriate, to foster parental involvement;

Our school will provide for this provision as stated in the Policy Involvement and Shared Responsibilities for High Student Achievement sections of this document.

  1. Shall educate teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals and other school leaders, and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school;

Faculty and staff members will be cognizant of educational research on parent involvement.  Parental input will be solicited throughout the year in meetings, through surveys and during one-on-one conferences.  Information derived will be utilized by the school’s Administrative Team to strengthen the tie between school and home for the purpose of increasing student achievement.  The campus administrator will take the lead in providing a multitude of opportunities for parents to become involved in our school over the course of the year in order to take full advantage of the benefits that come with active parent involvement.

  1. Shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with other Federal, State, and local programs, including  public pre-school programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children;

Fieldtrips and on campus activities are plentiful throughout the year and parents are encouraged to attend these events as often as possible.

  1. Shall ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents can understand.

Due to the volume of paper that is sent home each year from school to home, written information is purposefully as compact and concise as possible.  Olney Junior High has made it a practice to send home school correspondence in English and Spanish to ensure all information related to our school is understandable.  A system translator is located at each campus to assist our district with oral communication when necessary.

In carrying out the parent and family engagement requirements of this part, districts and campuses, to the extent practicable, shall provide for the informed participation of parents and family members (including parents and family members who have limited English proficiency, parents and family members with disabilities, and parents and family members of migratory children), including providing information and required school reports in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language such parents understand.

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 the academic progress of his/her child, assistance will be provided to that parent.  This type support often comes in the form of interpreted school documents in a parent’s primary language, having an interpreter on hand to translate important information at school wide meetings and events, working with an interpreter to provide translation in parent/teacher conferences, participating in faculty and staff training to better understand the culture of the students served, providing easier accessibility to parents and/or students with disabilities, etc.