Parent Involvement Policy

 

NORTH CUMBERLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL'S FAMILY

ENGAGEMENT PLAN

"The Patriot Plan"

Parents And Teachers Reaching Involvement Only Together

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Part 1: General Expectation:



North Cumberland Elementary School agrees to implement the following requirements:



1.  Use the Cumberland County School Board's Parent Involvement Policy as our foundation.

2.  Use the System's Parent/Family involvement Policy as the basis for our individual school plan.

3. Develop jointly with Family Friendly Schools Team and Patriot families and distribute to all families of our students a written parent/family involvement plan, with amendments as necessary, to keep an agreed upon plan, herein known as the "Patriot Plan".  (Parents and Teachers Reaching Involvement Only Together).

4.  Notify all families of this "Patriot Plan" through our school website (http://nces.cumberland.k12tn.net), paper distribution, and in a language the parents can understand, if needed.

5. Update the "Patriot Plan" periodically to meet the changing needs of our families and school.

6.  Entertain family comments and submit any unsatisfactory comments with the plan to the system.

7.  Make the "Patriot Plan" available in various locations (school library, office, etc.) for all to view.

8. Share jointly with Patriot families the responsibility for student academic growth.

North Cumberland believes that there is a team consisting of staff, parents, families, and community members providing participation and involvement with regular meaningful communication that will help ensure the academic learning of our students, believing that this team plays an integral role in assisting the child in learning by being actively involved in the child's education.

 

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Part 2: Parents And Teachers Reaching Involvement Only Together Plan Implementation (Revised Plan)



Goal 1:

The "Patriot Plan" will keep all families informed of Title 1 status, State of the School and opportunities for involvement and participation by parents.

 

ACTIVITIES AND STRATEGIES:

  • Develop Parent Involvement Plan known as "Patriot Plan"/Family Friendly School Team.
  • Early in the school year, we will hold our annual Title 1 meeting (Back to School Night) to inform of Title 1 rights and state of the school.
  • Offer various meeting times to make parents aware of student status before, after, and during school.
  • Host a parent/teacher conference night twice each year.
  • Keep parents aware of various activities through school-wide monthly calendars of events, website, texting programs used by various grade levels, newsletters, school sign and individual announcements.
  • Offer parents individual conferences to explain curriculum, assessments, and proficiencies.
  • Maintain awareness of student progress through reports each 4.5 weeks.
  • Hold PTO meetings to inform the parents and community of school projects.



Goal 2:

The "Patriot Plan" will allow for joint responsibility developed by the school and parents.



ACTIVITIES AND STRATEGIES

  • Meet with team and any interested parent or community members to modify existing Parent and School Compact, better developing the school's responsibility, the parent's responsibility, or the student's responsibility for the academic success of the student.
  • Address the importance of communication between the parent and school through parent and teacher conferences and also through email. (Who is involved? Principal, teachers, parents and will be ongoing throughout the year. A minimum of 2 per year)



  • Ask for volunteers to help with the development of the student and communication with the homes allowing for participation and observation.  (Principal, teachers, parents/ Beginning of school year, throughout year/ Volunteer sheet)
  • Implement Literacy Program to help students.  (Volunteer tutors/ Literacy Leader, and other volunteers/ Ongoing throughout school year/ Teacher referrals and volunteer sign-ins)



Goal 3:

The "Patriot Plan" will build capacity for involvement with parents, school, and community to improve student academic achievement



ACTIVITIES AND STRATEGIES

Address parent understanding of State Standards, TN Ready, and Teacher Assessments through various meetings.

  • Provide parent classes for understanding state standards, TN Ready, and teacher assessments and how to work with the teachers to improve achievement and understand the parents' own responsibilities.
  • Offer workshops to help parents work with their children to improve academic achievement.
  • Offer Parent Resource Center to assist both with literature and video to aid parents in their development to help their children learn.
  • Offer Literacy Nights  (and/or Math Nights) to support student achievement and parental involvement.
  • Offer parent classes for opportunities for refresher or GED preparations.
  • Offer parent classes for PreK and Kinder Reading Readiness.

 

Goal 4:

The "Patriot Plan" will include opportunities for integration of professional development for staff in the value of parent contributions, reaching out to, and working with parents to build ties between the school and our parents.



ACTIVITIES AND STRATEGIES

  • Teach strategies for staff to coordinate with parents.
  • Coordinate as possible with community schools.
  • North Cumberland Elementary School with the implementation of the "Patriot Plan" will provide reasonable support for parent involvement as parents may request, providing for opportunities for the participation of families with limited English proficiency, disabilities, and migrant, as needed, to remove any possible barriers.  The "Patriot Plan" will use the Title 1 parent involvement allocated funds to implement the parent involvement programs to be beneficial to the school, parents, and students.
  • The Cumberland County School System Parental Notification Document is available on the community table in front of the office for your convenience.




Year

Month

Days

Notes

Test

Assessment Explanation

2016

August

August-May

Continuous

W-APT Screener for ELL status

W-APT stands for the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test. It is an English language proficiency "screener" given to incoming students who may be designated as English language learners. It assists educators with programmatic placement decisions such as identification and placement of ELLs. The W-APT is one component of WIDA's comprehensive assessment system.

2016

August

August-May

Continuous

ECERS for PreK

ECERS or the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale is an assessment designed to assess group programs for preschool-kindergarten aged children, from 2 through 5 years of age. Total scale consists of 43 items. (Also available in Spanish).

2016

August

August-May

Continuous

ELCCO for PreK

ELCCO, or the Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation tool, helps build better literacy programs by assessing the quality of the classroom environment and teachers' practices.

2016

August

Aug-Sept

PreK - 8

STAR Screening 1

STAR Early Literacy assessment is a computer-based test that measures your child's proficiency in up to nine areas that are important in reading development. STAR Reading is a computer-adaptive reading test that summarizes your child's reading ability. STAR Math is a computer adaptive assessment that gauges student proficiency.

2016

Dec.

1-16

PreK - 8

STAR Screening 2

 

See description above

2017

January

Fall Notification from TDOE

NAEP

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas.
Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, U.S. history.

2017

Feb.

March

Grades 3-8

TNReady RLA, Social Studies

State assessment for grades 3-8 for reading/language arts, writing, and social studies. Part I.

2017

March

April

ELLs

ACCESS for ELLs

ACCESS for ELs assessment in order to determine English Language Proficiency Levels.

2017

April

1-22

PreK-8

STAR Screening 3

 

See description above

2017

April

18-May 13

Grades 3-8

TNReady Part II of RLA & SS

Math and Science

The TNReady/TCAP tests are designed to assess true student understanding and not just basic memorization and test-taking skills.