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Parental Involvement Plan 2016-2017
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

 

Mobile County Public Schools

St. Elmo Parental Involvement Plan

2016-2017

Describe how the school will convene an annual meeting to inform parents of the school’s participation in Title I and explain Title I requirements, including the 1%

set-aside, and the right of parents to be involved.

During the first semester that school is in session, St. Elmo Elementary School holds its required annual meeting of Title I parents. Parents are notified of the meeting through: (1) notices sent home by students, (2) the school website, and (3) school messenger. To assist in providing the opportunity for all parents to attend, the meeting is offered at two separate times-once during the school day and once in the evening. Topics to be discussed at this year’s meeting are:

·         What it means to be a Title I School

·     The LEA Parental Involvement Plan

·       The process for how all Title I parents may have involvement in the

1% Set-Aside, the LEA Title I Plan, the ACIP, the revisions of

compacts, LEA and School Parental Involvement Plans, and the

Annual Evaluation of the LEA Parental Involvement Plan

·         The 1% Set-Aside

·     The School Parental Involvement Plan

·         The LEA Title I Plan

·     Notifications of teachers who are not Highly Qualified

·         School-Parent Compacts

·            The Annual Evaluation of the Parental Involvement Plan

·    Timeline for this year’s Parent Involvement Opportunities

(including opportunities to share in decision-making).

 

·         The ACIP

·     Introduction of Parent Leaders / Contacts

Describe: 1) How there will be a flexible number and format of parent meetings offered; 2) How parents will be involved in the planning, review and improvement of the Title I Program (Note: State the school’s process for how all Title I parents have the opportunity for involvement in decision-making.); and 3) How funds allocated for parent involvement are being used in the school.

1. The leadership and staff of St. Elmo Elementary School have strong belief in the importance of parental involvement and therefore have put measures in place to offer parent meetings on a flexible schedule. Our annual meeting for parents will be offered two times during the first semester of school – once during the school day and once in the evening. In addition, our Parent Resource Center will be available during school hours for parents to pick up materials and information.

2. St. Elmo Elementary School believes in involving parents in all aspects of its Title I Program. Our process for how all parents have the opportunity for involvement in decision-making is as follows: Our Title I Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) serves as representatives on decision-making processes and as contact persons for parents to answer questions about parental involvement and parents’ rights. They keep parents informed of various committee work and receive input from parents for committee decisions. They assist in evaluating the Parental Involvement Plan and in training other parents to be parent leaders. Parents are informed through parent bulletins and the Website of parent involvement activities going on throughout the year.

3. St. Elmo Elementary School uses its parental involvement funds as follows: to fund all materials housed in the Parent Resource Center; to notify parents when State testing occurs and tips for assisting their child in preparing for the assessments; and to fund materials and supplies for Family Math/Science/Reading Nights.

 

Describe how the school provides parents of participating children timely information in a uniform format and, to the extent practicable in a language they can understand, about programs under Title I, a description and explanation of the curriculum in use, forms of academic assessments, and achievement expectations used, and, if requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and participate as appropriate in decisions related to the education of their children.

At parent meetings throughout the year, St. Elmo Elementary School presents information about its Title I Programs, the curriculum and forms of academic assessment used. Parents learn about priority goals in reading and math. They also learn about how to schedule parent-teacher conferences and are reminded about how they can participate in decisions related to the education of their child. We have approximately 30 EL students. An interpreter is available, upon request, at all meetings to communicate with these parents. In addition, documents are translated, to the extent possible, in the various languages that our parents can understand.

 

Describe how parents, the school staff, and students share responsibility for improved student academic achievement for participating students (How the School-Parent Compact is jointly developed with Title I parents; how it is used, reviewed, and updated).

St. Elmo Elementary revised its School-Parent Compact in May of 2016. The new compact was developed through a collaborative effort of the ACIP Committee, including school staff members, parents, and a community stakeholder. After reviewing the contents of the document with parents at Open House, the compacts are sent home. Parents are asked to sign the Compacts signifying their commitment to work in partnership with the school to ensure their child’s success in school. The Compacts are discussed with teachers during faculty meetings. Each teacher is given the responsibility to explain the compact to the students and obtain the students’ signature. The teachers house copies of the School-Parent Compact in their classrooms for use during parent-teacher and/or student-teacher conferences.

Describe procedures to allow parents to submit comments of dissatisfaction with the Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP).

In May and August of each year, St. Elmo Elementary School brings in its ACIP Committee to review, evaluate, and revise its ACIP Plan. There are two parents on the committee who represent all the parents of the school. During the review process, all parents are notified of meetings through parent bulletins. The notices make parents aware that the plan is under review, that a copy of the plan is available for review in the Parent Resource Center, and that parents have the right to give input regarding the revision of the plan. The notice also states that after the plan is finalized and approved, if a parent finds the plan to be unsatisfactory, they have the right to submit their concerns in writing to the school’s principal, and the principal will submit their concerns to the central office at the same time that the ACIP is submitted.

    

Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children. (See NCLB Section 1118, requirements for building capacity in parental involvement.) To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, our school:

(1)   Shall provide training for parents of participating children in understanding such topics as the State's academic content standards and State student academic achievement standards, State and local academic assessments, the requirements of Title I, and how to monitor their child’s progress and work with teachers to improve the achievement of their children. (Describe) St. Elmo Elementary School accomplishes this through its required annual Title I parent meeting held at the beginning of the school year, as well as with additional Title I parent meetings held each semester. Parents receive an overview of the state academic content standards, academic achievement standards, and assessments. In addition, an explanation is given regarding Title I, what services are offered, and how parents have the right to be involved in their children’s education. Parents learn about their role in helping their child to be successful and the best ways to work in partnership with their child’s teachers.

(2)   Shall provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children's achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement. (Describe) St. Elmo’s ACIP Committee works diligently to ensure that all parent materials and training is closely aligned with our school’s identified goals. St. Elmo has its own Parent Resource Center. The Center is open during school hours. The Center houses materials available for checkout to assist parents in helping their children become successful learners. At the beginning of the year, a parent meeting is conducted on topics that address identified school goals. Materials related to each topic will be provided during the meeting. Specific topics will include: Grade Level Expectations; Title I Parent Meeting (parental rights); navigating St. Elmo’s website, miDevice (Reading/Technology); ACT Aspire; and AMSTI (Science/Math /Technology).

   (3) Shall educate teachers, office personnel, and other school 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. (Describe) St. Elmo Elementary School will continue to work with its teachers through in-services,

         faculty meetings, and grade level meetings in understanding the importance of parental involvement and that parents are our partners. This year our ACIP

         Committee placed special emphasis on the need to foster a closer connection between our school’s identified goals and our parent involvement activities. The committee

         will continue to work closely with their constituents to ensure that meetings include a parental involvement focus. The principal will set the expectation that teachers

         work closely with our Title I Facilitator in planning parent involvement activities and materials that best meet our school’s identified goals.

(4) Shall to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with other federal  

     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. (Describe) St. Elmo coordinates its parent involvement activities for all Title I parents. We have an ELL teacher that serves  

           to accommodate our EL population and their parents. Parents regularly attend programs and activities that provide awareness of the language, foods, customs, and

           traditions of our EL students in SIOP classrooms.

(5) 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 the parents can understand. (Describe)

         We have approximately 30 EL students and an interpreter is available, upon request, at all meetings to communicate with these parents. In addition, documents are

           translated, to the extent possible, in the various languages that our parents can understand.

   (6) Shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request. (Describe) St. Elmo makes every    

           effort to work with parents in meeting their requests as related to their involvement in their children’s education. Parent surveys are conducted in April of each year.

           Suggestions from these surveys are taken into consideration and implemented when possible. Information is provided to parents about certain services and any concerns    

           they may have. Materials are available for parents to address their concerns.

 

Describe how the school will ensure the provision for participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory students; including providing information and school reports in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand. An interpreter is available, upon request, at all meetings to communicate with parents who have limited English proficiency. In addition, documents are translated, to the extent possible, in the various languages that our parents can understand. Every effort is made to accommodate parents with disabilities. St. Elmo Elementary is a handicapped-accessible building. At this time, St. Elmo has a population of migrant students.

 

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