Family Engagement Plan

 

School Level Family Engagement Plan

Mt. Carmel Elementary School 2016

 

Each Title I school is required to establish a Family and Community Engagement Committee.  To the extent possible, the Family and Community Engagement Committee will be a demographic representation of the school.  The school-level Family and Community Engagement Committee will be responsible for:

  • Developing, implementing, and assessing the school-level Family Engagement Policy.
  • Determining what action needs to be taken, if any, to plan and increase participation in family engagement activities.
  • Identifying barriers to participation in family engagement activities.
  • When applicable, integrating parent involvement activities with existing community agencies such as Tennessee Early Intervention Services, HeadStart, preschools (public and private), etc.
  • Describe how often your committee will meet, contact person, etc.
  • Our committee will meet in August, February, at the end of the year, and as needed to plan family events.
  • Our contact persons are Michelle Shanks or Sherry Strickler

 

Additionally, each school will:

  • Annually distribute the Home-School Compact to families at the beginning of each school year.  Discuss the Home-School Compact with parents and students at parent-teacher conferences.  The compact will also be posted online on the county and school-level websites.
  • Convene an annual parent meeting following State and Federal Guidelines
  • Address the importance of communication between teachers and parents
    • provide at least two parent-teacher conference dates to address student progress
    • provide frequent child progress reports for parents
    • provide parents with reasonable access to staff through phone numbers, emails and scheduled meetings
    • opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child's class
    • opportunities to observe classroom activities following school procedures
  • Provide parents with materials to help parents work with their children to improve academic achievement
    • make the Parent Lending Library easily accessible to parents
    • promote the use of the Lending Library through newsletters, websites, and classroom communication.
  • Provide at least four parent training and activities designed to increase parents' capacity to help with learning at home.
    • Focus on strategies to improve homework, attendance, and discipline.
    • Convene at varying times to accommodate family schedules.
    • Invite all families to attend activities through written and verbal notice.
    • To the extent practicable, the school will provide full opportunities for participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities and parents of migratory child.
      • Describe the events you have planned:
      • Open House: August 5
      • Back to School Bash: August 8
      • AR Reading Open Lab: September 8 between 3:15-4:15, October 6 between 3:15-4:15, and one each month will be scheduled.
      • Kindergarten Parent Reading Workshop. Michelle Shanks will host the event with the focus being on helping parents work with their child in the area of learning to read. This will be Tuesday, September 20 at 4:30 to 5:30 and also at 6:00-7:00.
      • Lending Library will provide fiction and nonfiction books available for parents and students to check out to read at home. We will host a monthly open computer lab allowing parents to come check out books and read with their student. Sherry Strickler will host this event.

 

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      • Pete the Cat/Character Reading Night First week in November 6:30-7:30. Parents and students will gain information about reading through activities and books based on Pete the Cat.

 

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      • Math Night, Spring: Parents will be invited to participate in math activities.  Food Lion will host the event.

 

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      • TN Standards and Testing for spring of 2017 Parent Information Night : November-Maybe something like... Are you Smarter than a Fourth Grader Game Night (2nd,3rd and 4th grades)The parents will be able to experience practice questions for the TCap testing.

 

 

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      • Kindergarten Readiness Parent Class: May, Michelle Shanks will host and will invite local preschool, daycare, and newly registered Kindergarten parents. This will focus on readiness skills necessary for beginning kindergarten in the fall. We will provide snacks.

 

  • Provide parents with a student handbook at the beginning of each year to provide information on
    • procedures to learn about the course of study for their child and have access to all learning materials.
    • the right to access their child's official records.
  • Utilize the Family Engagement Coordinator for technical assistance on policy development
  • Provide parents with written procedures on how to access the Parent Involvement Policy, the Hawkins County Schools Family Engagement Plan, and curriculum.
  • Increase parents' capacity to become involved in the educational process by presenting information in a timely manner and through various means to include information such as
    • a written description 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.
    • State's academic content standards.
    • State student academic achievement standards.
    • State and local academic assessments, the requirements of parent involvement.
    • how to monitor a child's progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their child.
      • Describe how this will be accomplished at your school
      • Discuss standards, TN  testing and TN standards, classroom evaluations and testing, with parents at conferences and through school newsletter, email, teacher notes, weekly or monthly classroom skill notes and other forms of communication.
  • Set up meetings requested by parents to give suggestions and be part of the decision making about their child relating to the education of their child, and respond to the suggestions as soon as possible.
  • Coordinate parent involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, the Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, and public preschool and other programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers.
    • Describe how you will complete these activities (send flyers to local day care, give tours during K registration, Kindergarten readiness summer program)
    • Local daycare centers and preschools will be invited to tour our school to ease transition. Fliers will be sent to local preschool and daycares to inform of registration.
    • Send information from our Family Resource Center.
    • Inform families of learning opportunities sponsored by Hawkins County.
    • Ms. Shanks partners with Mt. Carmel Daycare to provides a workshop for parents of preschool age children.
  • All information about school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents in an understandable language.
  • Provide other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request.
  • Provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports in a language such parents understand.