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Enfield Street School Parent Involvement Policy

 

The staff of Enfield Street School is committed to providing a high quality education that meets the needs of all students. Our collaborative home school partnership efforts help to provide parents/guardians with supports, resources, and guidance that will enhance learning opportunities for our children.

Enfield Street School’s Title I programs give all children a variety of fair, equal opportunities to obtain a high quality education and to reach, at a minimum, proficiency on state and district academic achievement standards and assessments.

Our school values the vital role of parents/guardians in their children’s education. They are their child’s first teacher, and a valuable educational partner, along with other members of the school community. Together, we will promote higher academic achievement and performance for all of our students.

The Enfield Street School community has developed the following mission statement: 

“Enfield Street School classrooms are unique learning environments that provide a forum for organized, educational experiences and the exchange of ideas. Each child’s voice is heard in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Enfield Street School students are safe, kind, respectful, and responsible. They are motivated to work collaboratively and to engage in insightful academic discussions. Enfield Street School students and teachers place the highest priority on building the essential skills of literacy, numeracy, and writing.  All members of our learning community are encouraged to take risks and embrace their educational experiences. As teachers, we strive to model the characteristics of lifelong learners for our students.”

This mission will be used as our standard as we continue to provide optimal learning opportunities to meet the needs of every child in our school.

The following outline is in compliance with the legal requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (PL 107-110, Section 1118), and was developed and adapted by a representation of teachers, parents, and administration. This Parent Involvement Policy will be available to all parents/guardians at the Enfield Street School.

1.      Parents/guardians will have an opportunity to develop, review, and make suggestions to the Parent Involvement Policy. The policy will be sent home to all parents/guardians at the beginning of the school year, posted on the school website, and made available in the school office. During parent programs such as Curriculum Nights, Open House, and PTO Meetings, parents will be informed of the NCLB Parent Involvement Policy. There will be at least four meetings annually. Dates and times of these meetings will be communicated to all parents through fliers, newsletters, school website, and postings. At the meetings, parents/guardians will have an opportunity to question the Title I objectives, school objectives, instructional methods, academic assessments, proficiency levels and expectations, and other educational issues. Parents/guardians will be encouraged to share their questions/ideas in writing if they are unable to attend the meetings.

2.      Support will be provided to parents/guardians and teachers as they work to enhance parent involvement by:

·         Providing parent and parent/child workshops/activities based on the assessed needs and interests of the school.

·         Developing a Parent/Teacher/Student Compact that explains our mutual responsibilities for educating our children.

·         Providing materials that can be loaned, if needed, to assist children/parents when completing assigned home projects.

·         Working collaboratively with the Enfield Family Resource Center (housed at Enfield Street School).

3.       In order to promote a capacity to form a stronger partnership and work toward higher academic achievement, our school will:

·         Inform and assist parents/guardians in such areas as understanding state standards, academic achievement standards, state and district assessments, how to monitor student progress, and how to work with educators to improve student learning and achievement.

·         Encourage parents/guardians to visit their child’s classroom and volunteer in our school.

·         Continue to inform parents of school activities through newsletters, phone calls, school/district websites, and postings.

·         Encourage staff to continue to communicate with parents/guardians through parent conferences, progress reports, report cards, newsletters, phone calls, etc.

·         Cooperate with other agencies and resources to promote training for parents/guardians, such as: ESS Family Resource Center, Partners in Education, KITE, Head Start, Social Services, ESS PTO, etc.

·         Inform parents/guardians about literacy and numeracy initiatives and programs, such as: Teaching Literacy for Competency, First Readers, etc.

4.      The annual evaluation process of the Enfield Street School Parent Involvement Policy will monitor, revise, and improve the parent/guardian involvement at our school. All information will be shared with parents in an understandable manner and format, or by translating the English language, if necessary.

 

 

Enfield Street School Parent/Student/Teacher Compact

 

In compliance with the NCLB (No Child Left Behind) Federal Legislation, the Enfield Street School staff and parents/guardians will work together to provide optimal learning conditions for all children.

STAFF will be responsible for implementing a high quality curriculum through the use of a variety of effective instructional strategies. Staff will create and maintain a safe environment that will enhance the learning of all students.

PARENTS/GUARDIANS will be responsible for their child’s learning by monitoring attendance, homework completion, school behavior, and out-of-school activities that support academics. Whenever possible, parents/guardians are encouraged to engage in school activities through volunteerism, PTO activities, parent workshops, etc.

PARENTS AND STAFF will enhance learning by communicating regularly through report cards, progress reports, parent/teacher conferences, phone calls, and homework assignments. To achieve this goal of on-going home/school communication, parents and teachers will contact each other whenever necessary.