Parent Advisory Council Members
Christin Swords, Assistant Principal and Title I Coordinator
Sarah Ratliff, Parent
Jackie Albers, Parent
Christiane Turlington, Parent
Title I Parent/Guardian Involvement Policy
For the purposes of this policy we will use the term “parent/guardian” to encompass all diverse family situations including but not limited to parents, stepparents, foster parents, and any family members who have legal custody of the student pursuant to a court order and with whom the student resides.
We realize that the parent/guardian is the child’s first and most important teacher and that the parent/guardian’s continued involvement is essential for the success of the child. Therefore, West Hardin Middle School is committed to building a strong parent/guardian-school partnership. To support the parent/guardian-school partnership, the following policies were designed with meaningful consultation from parents/guardians.
Our students’ parents/guardians, families, extended families, students themselves, as well as our local community, are all considered partners who share responsibilities for high student academic achievement. The following are the responsibilities for the school, the parents/guardians, and the students:
I. At the beginning of each school year, a school-family compact, developed through parent/guardian and staff input, will be distributed asking parents/guardians and students to commit to a partnership with the school.
II. An annual parent/guardian meeting will be held at which parents/guardians of all students will be invited. The contents of the annual meeting will consist of information pertaining to the school-wide program and activities provided with Title I funds. This meeting will also serve as part of the comprehensive range of opportunities for parents/guardians to become informed, in a timely way, about how the program will be designed, operated, and evaluated, allowing opportunities for parental/guardian participation, so that parents/guardians and educators can work together to achieve the program’s objectives. A school advisory council, consisting of at least three parents/guardians and a Title I staff member will work with all programs in the school to implement the Title I program within the total school program.
III. Parent/guardian involvement activities will be provided. The purpose and content of the activities will be:
○ To make parents/guardians aware of the importance of involvement requirements, other relevant provisions of the program and to receive input from the parents/guardians concerning the manner in which the school and parents/guardians can work together to achieve the program’s objectives;
○ To provide accessibility for parents/guardians to teachers, Title I staff and other educational personnel;
○ To provide information regarding the school curriculum and to welcome parents/guardians to observe the total school program;
○ To provide opportunities for parent/guardian-teacher conferences to discuss the student’s progress, placement, and methods the parent/guardian can use to complement the child’s instruction;
○ To discuss ways the school staff can best provide information, programs, and activities in effective language and format that is understandable by all participants;
○ To provide support to parents/guardians through training and services;
○ To provide information concerning the state-mandated accountability testing process;
○ To provide information on the processes and research-based strategies utilized by West Hardin teachers.
IV. Appropriate training will be provided at school to all staff members to increase the effectiveness of the partnership between home and school. The training will be in the form of workshops, professional development sessions, conferences, and or faculty meetings.
V. The staff of West Hardin will coordinate parent activities with other groups such as Extended School, Family Resource Center, and Math/Reading Intervention Programs.
○ Sharing clear information about each student’s progress with parents/guardians
○ Offering practical suggestions to parents/guardians on how they can support student learning at home
○ Facilitating the involvement of our parents/guardians with limited English proficiency, parents/guardians with disabilities, and parents/guardians of migratory children.
○ Seeking and supporting adult volunteers to work with and inspire our students, as well as making every effort when legally appropriate to accommodate the involvement of adults other than parents/guardians who are already involved in a student’s life.
○ We will honor these commitments through a school-family compact. During an annual meeting with parents/guardians, we will review the compact with parents/guardians, ask for input and then revise, if necessary, the compact.
VI. Parents/guardians will be provided with ongoing communication through quarterly progress reports.
VII. At the end of each school year, the Title I staff will meet with the parents/guardians of the School Advisory Council to assess and discuss the effectiveness of the parent/guardian involvement program and to discuss how the next year’s program will be designed, operated, and evaluated. In addition, parents/guardians will complete a survey at the end of each year to provide input into the program.
VIII. Parents/guardians will be provided with frequent reports on their child’s progress. Specifically, we will provide formal reports every nine weeks.
IX. Parents/guardians will be provided reasonable access to staff. The email addresses and telephone extensions of their child’s teachers will be provided to parents/guardians to promote communication. Staff will always be available to parents/guardians by appointment for face-to-face conferences.
X. Provide parents/guardians opportunities including but not limited to:
○ Observing their child’s classroom activities.
○ Assisting with classroom activities that require more than one adult.
○ Preparing materials, mailings, refreshments, and other items needed for family and community involvement.
○ Serving on one of our decision-making committees.
○ Volunteering along with other concerned members of our community in other areas as needed.
XI. Ensure that all adult volunteers working in our school and with our students are subject to board policy and state law regarding criminal record checks, as applicable.
Title I School-Family Compact
The staff at West Hardin feels that a partnership between the school and home is essential in providing the best education for each of our students. In an effort to strengthen this partnership, a school-family compact has been developed with input from parents/guardians and teachers. As our staff commits to the compact, we are asking each child, along with his or her parent/guardian to commit to this partnership as well. Below is the compact, signed by our principal, Title 1 coordinator, and your child’s first-period teacher. We ask that you and your child sign and commit to the parent/guardian and student portion of the compact.
As teachers and staff members of West Hardin, we commit to:
Encouraging all children;
Encouraging parents/guardians by communicating regularly about progress and activities;
Responding to all parent/guardian contacts within one business day;
Holding parent/guardian-teacher conferences during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual student’s achievement. Opportunities (where appropriate) will be provided for the student to participate actively in sharing information on his or her progress with his or her parents/guardians during these conferences;
Providing high-quality instruction in a non-threatening environment that enables the students to meet Kentucky’s academic standards;
Providing necessary assistance with homework to parents/guardians;
Providing parents/guardians reasonable access to staff. The e-mail addresses and telephone extensions of their child’s teachers will be provided to parents/guardians to promote communication. Staff will always be available to parents/guardians by appointment for face-to-face conferences;
Providing a safe and welcoming environment;
Believing that all children can learn;
Working with parents/guardians to form a partnership for the success of the child;
Communicating clearly academic and behavioral expectations;
Challenging children as individuals and working to ensure each child develops to his/her potential;
Creating an atmosphere of respect within the school;
Providing parents/guardians opportunities including but not limited to:
1. Observing their child’s classroom activities.
3. Assisting with classroom activities that require more than one adult.
4. Preparing materials, mailings, refreshments, and other items needed for family and community involvement.
5. Serving on one of our decision-making committees.
6. Volunteering along with other concerned members of our community in other areas as needed.
Ensuring that all adult volunteers working in our school and with our students are subject to board policy and state law regarding criminal record checks, as applicable.
The Family Resource Center will share responsibility for student achievement by:
1. Surveying families at least once a year to learn what services and activities would most help them support their children as learners.
2. Offering a well-planned, well-publicized menu of activities and programs to meet those needs.
Principal’s Signature Classroom Teacher’s Signature
Title 1 Coordinator’s Signature
As parents/guardians, we commit to:
Encouraging our children;
Seeing that our children attend school regularly and are on time;
Supporting our children in assignments;
Supporting and showing interest in our children’s school activities;
Assisting our children with time management practices;
Keeping communication open with teachers and the school;
Reading with our children daily;
Reviewing homework and activities daily;
Creating an atmosphere at home that fosters respect for school and the staff and students at the school;
Providing our children with a healthy, safe, and nurturing home environment;
Working with the school staff to form a partnership for the success of our children; and
To the extent possible, volunteering, serving on the school council or committee, attending Site-Based Decision Making Council meetings, and comment on draft policies and plans as they are made available.
As a student, I commit to:
Believing that I can learn;
Showing respect for myself, my school, and other people;
Always trying to do my best in my work and behavior;
Working cooperatively with students and staff;
Coming to school prepared with my homework and supplies;
Completing and turning in all assigned homework;
Attending school as regularly as possible;
Giving parents/guardians all notices and information received from the school.
Parent/Guardian’s Signature(s) Student’s Signature
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