Title 1 Parent Involvement Plan

 

Utica Community Schools

Dresden Elementary

Title I Parent Involvement Plan

2017-2018

 

Dresden Elementary School believes that parent involvement is critical to the success of each student.  Strong partnerships exist between staff, parents, and community members. Our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) exists to support and extend classroom learning.  Our Parent Advisory Council exists to give input and helps write the Parent Involvement Policy and Parent-Teacher Compact and approve the Parent Involvement Policy and Compact each year and to gather input and share with PAC committee input for any changes to this policy or the compact.

Dresden Elementary encourages parent involvement through programs designed to increase parent-school communications.  Parents (PAC) will be involved in evaluating Title I programs and services.  Another important component is the Home/School Compact.  This compact is given to parents at the beginning of the year in the “Welcome Back to School” packet.  Parents will also go over and sign the compact during parent-teacher conferences. The compact is an agreement that the parent, the teacher, and the student provide a partnership for learning between school and home.  Title I meetings that include parents are planned for the year. Parents are always welcome to help in the classroom and to offer suggestions regarding activities to enrich the education of our students.

Dresden Elementary School has developed a parent involvement plan that is based on the Utica Community schools’ Parent Involvement Rules and Regulations Policy #5510 mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. 

1118 (b) Parent Involvement Plan

The Dresden Elementary Title 1 School Wide Parent Involvement Plan has been created through the collaborative efforts of parents and staff.  Parents were an integral part in the development of this plan and their feedback and suggestions will continue to be utilized in future updates of our Title 1 School Wide Parent Involvement Plan. The Home/School Compact is sent home in the “Welcome Back Packet” and then gone over with parents at fall conferences. 

1118 (c) (1) Annual Title 1 Meeting

 Dresden Elementary will hold an annual meeting in conjunction with curriculum night, which is held in the fall.  This meeting will cover the Title 1 School Wide Parent Involvement Plan, the Title 1 program, and how parents can assist their child in being academically and socially successful.  Parents will be notified of this meeting through building newsletters, school messenger, and Dresden’s website.   

1118(c)2 Offer Flexible Number of Meetings 

Dresden Elementary will offer multiple flexible meetings throughout the school year.  These meetings will be offered during both daytime and evening hours.  Meetings will also be available during school hours by appointment.  Handouts and materials will be provided to all those that attend.  For those parents that were not able to attend, materials will be sent home and/or available.  In order to attract more families to attend meetings, child care may be provided.   Meetings may also be held at school events such as roller skating parties or a fast food restaurant.  

1118(c)3 Involve Parents in Planning, reviewing, and improvement of programs, etc

Dresden Elementary will include parents In the planning, review and involvement of programs.  During the 2012/2013 school year, a parent advisory team will be formed.  This team will work together to help determine needs and strengths of our building.  This team will meet throughout the year to continue to discuss issues that arise. This team will be involved in reviewing the Home-School Compact .  Throughout the year, parent surveys will be given to all Dresden parents to provide input.  A suggestion box will be housed in the office for parents to express their concerns or share positive feedback.   

1118(c)(4)(a) Timely Information

Parents will receive timely information about Dresden’s programs through Fall curriculum nights, parent-teacher conferences, Kindergarten Round up, and parent workshops.  Other information will be distributed by the classroom teacher through email, individual notes home, the student’s daily agenda, weekly classroom newsletters (paper and digital copy on Dresden’s website), personal or phone conferences, and Parent Portal (online access to student’s grades and attendance).  General information for the school can also be sent through the monthly school newsletter (Dresden Dispatch), Dresden’s website http://www.dresdenelementary.org, robocall (automated voicemail recorder sent to all parents by the principal), and the district television station.

Dresden Elementary will send notes to parents informing them if and when their child is participating in a Response to Intervention (RtI) program, receiving counseling services, or participating in a small group math intervention by the Math Consultant.  Parents will be informed as soon as their student is identified as at risk (below grade level based on classroom assessments).  This note will include:  the service the child will be receiving, who is responsible for providing this service and their contact information, amount of time the child will be seen per week and for how many weeks, and what parents can do at home to help their child.  

1118(c)(4)(b)  Curriculum, Assessment and Proficiency Levels

Teachers will provide a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at Dresden during curriculum night/open house.  At this time, teachers will provide and explain the Core Curriculum Standards/Grade Level Content Expectations for their grade level.  The teachers will share assessments used in their classroom at open house and notify parents through classroom newsletters and student daily agendas when the assessments will take place.  The District will send a letter to the parents regarding when the MEAP assessments will take place.  There will also be another letter explaining their students MEAP results in detail.  The Principal will use School Messenger to share important information regarding assessment dates and scores.  Classroom teachers will inform parents of student proficiency levels and where the student should be upon exiting current grade during parent-teacher conferences.  ongoing contact through email and phone calls will be provided to those students who fall below proficiency levels.  

 1118 (c)4 (c)Regular Meetings/Suggestions & Decisions   

At Dresden, parents can contact the principal, teachers, and support staff by telephone, e-mail, or schedule a meeting before/during/after school to discuss their child.  Conferences are scheduled in the fall for every student and again in the winter for those students that need additional support. Throughout the year, additional conferences are available upon parent request.  The PAC will meet regularly and input for Title I nights and the yearly review of the Title I Parent Involvement Plan and Home/School Compact. In addition, there will be a end of year parent survey that the PAC and staff will use for input.

1118 (C) (5) Parent Comments on Plan if NOT satisfactory to them

In addition to the annual survey and PAC meetings there will be a suggestion box in the office. The suggestions from the box will be added to the agenda at the end of the year PAC (principal, staff and parents) meeting. We will review and make revisions at that time if necessary for the following school year.

1118 (d) (1) Jointly Develop Compact

The steps we took to jointly develop the compact are to first brainstorm as a SW team the responsibilities of the teachers and students.  This was then taken back to the staff where we added and subtracted items until we agreed. Then, with selected parents we brainstormed the parent responsibilities.  With this input we were able to write a compact. With our parent advisory team and Core Data Team (Teacher School Improvement Team) we will review this compact each year and make changes as necessary.

1118 (d) (2) (A) Share at Parent Teacher Conferences (How, When, Where)

The compact will be shared online and in hard copy at the beginning of the school year at Curriculum Night/Open House and at first PTO meeting.  Teachers will then share and explain and get signed during fall conferences.  Students will go over with teacher during class and sign the compact.  All minutes and sign in sheets will be kept along with the signed compacts.  

1118(d) (2) (b) Frequent Reports on Students Progress

Utica Community Schools uses Power School software as means of parent involvement.  Parent can check the progress of their child’s work and missing work on the computer from home.  Teachers also send home progress reports, missing work reports, report cards in addition to communicating through email, phone calls, notes home, and student agendas.  Some students are on a daily behavior plan that is signed by the teacher and parent every day.  Students keep their own data binders and log their own goals and progress.  Two conferences times are offered each school year.  

1118(d) (2) (c) Access to staff, Volunteer, Participate and Observe

Parent sign a sheet at open house and conferences, parents can also be a Rockin’ Reader for their child’s classroom and join the PTO and/or attend PTO and school events during the day and at night.  Parents have the opportunity to volunteer in their child’s classroom or the media center and also help with classroom parties.  Parents attend field trips, communicate by email, phone and written notes.  All teachers have voice mail that they check daily so that parents can call during the day and teachers can get back with them before or after school.  Our open door policy allows parents to observe in their child’s classroom per request.  Parents are also involved directly with Math and Science Olympiad and LegoRobotics.

1118(e) (1) Understanding State content standards and local achievement standards

The Utica Community School District includes a cover letter and a parent report with individual MEAP scores.  We have conferences available in November and February and upon request.  Dresden provides Title I nights for parents where grade level content expectation are explained as well as our local assessments which includes district common assessments, Dibels, QRI, and Literacy and Math consultants are available during conferences, and  new Kindergarten parents are given Kindergarten expectations and home activities during the Kindergarten

Round Up. (babysitting available) Our annual report, district newsletter, building newsletters, classroom newsletter and both building and district websites provide parents with expectations and standards.

1118(e) (2) Provide Materials and Training for Parents

During our Title I night, Open house/curriculum night (babysitting provided), gizmo night and Kindergarten Round Up our parents are given training and materials.  Parents also come in to check out reading materials for home in our Title I room. Title I students also take home materials borrowed or to keep that are bought with Title I funds.  The 5th grade math teacher provides a parent homework night and there is a district Title I meeting that a parent from each school in the district attends and gets training and materials.  The ELL district night also gives out material to parents.. Dresden provides parent home literature kids that provide parent training as well. Our annual report, district newsletter that always includes a TIPS page for parents, building newsletters, classroom newsletter and both building and district websites provide parents all provide important training for parents. 

1118(e) (3) We educate staff on parent involvement and build their capacity to reach out , ways to communicate effectively with parents, and implementation of programs

Epstine parent involvement is available to staff as well as the Title I Quarterly.  Our counselor offers professional development for staff on effectively communicating with parents and peer reviewed articles are shared at staff meetings are all ways to better educate staff.

1118(e) (4) We coordinate parent involvement with other programs

Dresden Elementary collaborates with the Early Childhood Special Education program in order to transition students from a preschool setting to our building. Our district offers ELL nights for parents, during our IEP/SNAC meetings we involve parents and take these opportunities to involve parents in their child's education.  We also involve our hearing impaired program and off site preschool programs in our communication of all events at the school. We coordinate our March is reading month with the PTO Bingo Night, and preschoolers and their parents are invited to Dresden to tour the building.  This is also true of our ice cream social where we invite our preschool parents and children to participate in a community and school function.

1118(e) (5) Information is given in a language and format parents can understand

We provide translated documents for LEP. We provide both written (hard copy) and website information. We make things very reader friendly without the use of educational acronyms.  We provide, through the Macomb Intermediate School District interpreters for deaf parents.  

1118(e) (14) Other reasonable support

Dresden will make every effort to support our parents and make sure their needs are met.

1118 (f) Full opportunities for LEP disable or migrant parents

Dresden is handicapped accessible, we provide flexible meeting times and vary our PTO and other programs times and days. We will have phone conferences, videoconferences and translators when requested and/or needed.  We also provide through the MISD interpreters for deaf and hard of hearing parents.

We also provide interpreters for LEP parents when needed. We have no migrant parents or students.