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Title 1 Parent Involvement Plan

Utica Community Schools

Dresden Elementary

Title I Parent Involvement Plan

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 and to give input to  the Parent Involvement Policy and Home/School Compact and approve the Parent Involvement Policy and Compact each year and to gather input.

Dresden Elementary encourages parent involvement through programs designed to increase parent-school communications.  Parents 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.  

1116 (b)(1) Parent and Family Engagement 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 yearly updates of our Title 1 School Wide Parent and Family Engagement Plan. The Home/School Compact is sent home in the “Welcome Back Packet” and then gone over with parents at fall conferences.  The Plan will be posted on District School website.

1116 (c) (1) Annual Title 1 Parent Meeting 

Traditionally, 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 and Family Engagement 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. Childcare may be provided.  Due to COVID-19, 2020-2021 Annual Meeting was shared through a digital newsletter posted on the school website. When conditions allow, the Annual Meeting will return to face to face.

1116(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, childcare may be provided.  

1116(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.  Along with the principal and staff, PTO members will work together to help determine needs and strengths of our building.  They will meet throughout the year to continue to discuss issues that arise. This team will be involved in reviewing the Home-School Compact. 

1116(c)(4)(A) Timely Information 

Parents will receive timely information about Dresden’s programs through Fall curriculum nights, parent-teacher conferences, Kindergarten Open House, and parent workshops.  Due to COVID-19, some of these events were held virtually. Other information will be distributed by the classroom teacher through email, individual notes home, the student’s daily agenda, weekly classroom newsletters, monthly digital literacy newsletter, personal or phone conferences, and Parent Portal (online access to student’s grades and attendance).  General information for the school will be available on Dresden’s website, 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 tiered instruction with our Literacy Consultant/Literacy Coach or receiving English Language Learner Support from our English Learner Teacher. 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 what parents can do at home to help their child.   

1116(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 and/or School will send information to the parents regarding when the M-STEP, WIDA, and NWEA assessments will take place.  There will also be another letter explaining their students M-STEP, WIDA, and NWEA results in detail.  The Principal will use School Messenger to share important information regarding assessment dates.  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.   

 1116 (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 principal, staff and PTO will meet and provide input for Title I nights and the yearly review of the Title I Parent Involvement Plan and Home/School Compact. Due to COVID-19, meetings may be virtual using Microsoft Teams.

1116(c)(5) Parent Comments on Plan if NOT satisfactory to them 

In addition to the annual survey, parents can contact the principal with any suggestions they may have for improvements of programs.  Parents may also address concerns during monthly PTO meetings. We will review and make revisions at that time if necessary, for the following school year. 

1116(d)(1) Jointly Develop Compact 

The steps we took to jointly develop the compact are to first brainstorm as a school-wide 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. 

1116(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.   

1116(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.  Two conferences times are offered each school year.   

1116(d)(2)(c) Access to staff, Volunteer, Participate and Observe 

Prior to COVID-19, parent may sign a volunteer sheet at open house and conferences, parents can also be a volunteer 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.  These face-to-face opportunities will resume when CDC guidelines allow.

1116(e)(1) Understanding State Content Standards and Local Achievement Standards 

The Utica Community School District sends a parent report with individual M-Step, WIDA and NWEA scores.  We have conferences available in November and February and upon request.  Dresden provides Title I nights for parents where grade level content expectation is explained. In addition, Title I Parent nights may provide training for families to monitor their child’s learning at home and ways to stay connected. Literacy Consultants/Literacy Coaches and EL Teacher are available during conferences to discuss local and district assessments. During the Kindergarten Open House, new Kindergarten parents are introduced to Kindergarten academic expectations and provided with home activities. Our annual report, district newsletter, building newsletters, classroom newsletter and both building and district websites provide parents with expectations and standards. 

1116(e)(2) Provide Materials and Training for Parents

During our Title I night, Curriculum Night, Parent Support Nights and Kindergarten Open House our parents are given training and materials. Due to COVID-19 these events were held virtually for the 2020-2021 school year. Title I students also bring home materials borrowed or to keep that are bought with Title I funds.  The ELL district night also gives informational materials to parents. Our annual report, District UCS Update emails, building newsletters, classroom newsletter, digital literacy newsletters and both building and district websites provide important materials and training for parents.  

1116(e)(3) Educate staff on Parent Involvement

Principal offers professional development for staff on effectively communicating with parents and peer reviewed articles are shared at staff meetings.  

1116(e)(4) Coordinate Parent Involvement with Other Programs 

Dresden Elementary collaborates with the Early Childhood Special Education program to transition students from a preschool setting to our building. We also involve our MISD hearing-impaired program and MISD Great Start preschool programs in our communication of all events at the school. Prior to COVID-19, we coordinate our March is reading month with the PTO Bingo Night, and at this time 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. Our district offers ELL nights 2-3 times a year for parents to learn about opportunities and programs their child participates in at school, along with ways to support their child’s learning. Our special education team invites families to review and update their child’s Individualized Educational Plan and supports they receive at school.

1116(e)(5) Information is Given in a Language and Format Parents can Understand 

We provide translated documents in multiple languages for our families. We provide both written (hard copy) and digital information as needed.  We provide, through the Macomb Intermediate School District, interpreters for deaf parents.   In addition, we use LanguageLine Solutions interpreters for translations. We make things very reader friendly.

1116(e)(14) Other reasonable support

Dresden will make every effort to support our parents and make sure their needs are met. Some ways we support families are by providing essential items for school such as backpacks, coats, hats, gloves, and basic school supplies. Students and families have access to a digital calming room through Classlink. Some students receive food for the weekend as part of the Blessing in a Backpack program. Due to COVID-19 additional meals are being provided daily free of charge.

1116(f) Full opportunities for Parents with Limited English Proficiency, Parents with Disabilities, and Parents of Migratory Children 

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. In addition, we use LanguageLine Solutions interpreters for translations. We provide translated documents in multiple languages for our families. UCS District website can be accessed in multiple languages. Microsoft Teams meetings may be used to provide opportunities for students to remain engaged in learning while away from the school setting.