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Parent Involvement portion of our Continuous Improvement Plan
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017
We would appreciate your input!

Parents and/or Guardians,

At our first meeting together back in August your child’s homeroom teacher explained the Title I program to you. All public schools in Alabama have to submit a Continuous Improvement Plan, but since we are a Title I school, our plan is a little different because we receive federal dollars. Below this note you will find the parent involvement portion of our CIP or Continuous Improvement Plan. Please read over this document and make any corrections, deletions, additions, etc. In writing, please make notes to us of any changes or additions you feel are needed and deliver them to the school's main office. If you do not have any changes, please do not return the document. If you have any additional questions that we can try to answer, please feel free to call the school at 774-4912 and talk to Mrs. Lowery, the principal, or call 774-5197 Ext. 2515 and speak to Mr. Joey Brannan. Thank you for taking the time to review this document and offer suggestions.

 

Thank You,

Maghen Lowery

Principal

 

 

Parental Involvement:

 

 

MIS qualifies as a Title I School because we have a high percentage of free and reduced lunch students (64%). As a Title I school, we must adhere to all federal requirements. We address academic goals in the areas of reading and mathematics. Parents are a part of the improvement planning process for our school. They collaborate with our Building Leadership Team to provide input on the School Improvement Plan. Before each school year begins, MIS holds a Title I Parent Orientation Meeting. Parents are notified of the meeting through notices sent home by the school office, newspaper announcements, and the school website. Topics discussed at this meeting are:

 

Title I Program and participation, its' services and parents’ rights

 

School-Parent Compacts

 

                    Title I Parent Information Booklet

 

                    School Improvement Plan

 

All parents, students, and staff sign the Parent Compact as a commitment that we will all work together as a team to meet the needs of all of our students. Extended services are offered each year through extended day services in the form of tutoring contracts for teachers to tutor students in need of academic support.

 

We provide numerous opportunities for parents to be involved in our school. Three parent representatives serve on the school improvement committee and participate in the development of the plan. We began a new Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) this school year as well as a parent volunteer group called PTAC (parent teacher action committee).

 

We are required to set aside 1% of our budget for parent involvement. We receive 100% of our set aside funds. PTO representatives meet with our Building Leadership Team to decide how to make the best use of our parent involvement funds. The Parents’ Right to Know information is available at several locations- the Title I Parent Information Booklet, the Ozark City School System’s website, the school office, the media center, and at the system’s central office.

 

 

 

Parent meetings are offered several times per year. Parents are notified of these meetings through notices sent home as well as reminder notes on the website. MIS believes in involving parents in all aspects of the Title I program. Parents serve on the ACIP Committee and are participants in the development of the plan. Parents are given the opportunity to provide input regarding the plan before it is approved. A draft copy of the parent involvement section is distributed to parents and a letter accompanies this document explaining its contents and requesting feedback from parents. Each year, the Continuous Improvement Plan, including the Parental Involvement Plan, is reviewed and evaluated. Results of parent surveys are reviewed by the parent representatives and the entire CIP committee in determining needed changes. The funds allocated for parental involvement are being used to purchase books for student's home libraries as well as learning materials for parents to use with their children at home. We have 2 parent picnics and 1 required parent teacher conference required for all students that involves parent training sessions each year and this money is used to purchase materials packets for parents. A portion of the Title I funds is also being used to provide substitutes for teachers to conduct these parent/teacher conferences. Some parents expressed the need to be able to take their lunch breaks for parent conferences.

 

 

Report cards are sent home each 9 weeks and progress reports are send home each mid-nine week grading period. If teachers determine students are struggling academically before the report cards are sent home, they will contact parents regarding a referral process to the Problem Solving Team (a part of the Response to Instruction RTI approach). Teachers will discuss with parents via phone or conference the areas where students are experiencing difficulty. They will offer suggestions as to how to help at home and will also allow parents to check out materials from the Parent Corner to use with their children. ASPIRE state testing scores for each child is sent home each year to parents during the first grading period.   At the first parent conference/meeting, the instructional coach and principal explain the areas to parents so they will have an understanding of what is expected of their children if their child is receiving RTI services. Homework is often sent home in the form of reading folders, weekly stories, etc. Appropriate accommodations for eligible students on the state ASPIRE assessment are utilized.

 

When necessary, parent communications are translated into other languages using the TransAct program. If necessary, translators are used to assist with communicating with parents that speak little or no English.

 

Parent Conferences are held each year during mid-year to explain the first semester scores and report cards to parents. A brochure explaining our standards based grading system for kindergarten is also given to parents during this initial conference. Additional conferences are requested by the teacher if students are experiencing difficulty with academics. Parents may also request a conference with the classroom teacher at any time throughout the school year if they have a concern or problem.

 

 

MIS Parent Compact is in compliance with the federal guidelines. The compact was developed through a coordinated effort by school staff members and the district federal programs coordinator. All parents were given a copy of the compact at the Parent Orientation Meeting at the beginning of the school year. The compact was explained to parents and they were asked to sign the compact signifying their commitment in working in partnership with the school and their child in ensuring their child is successful in school. The students and teachers also sign the compacts. When new students enroll, the compact is explained to parents and they are asked to sign it as well as the new student. During the 2012-13 state monitoring process, a recommendation was made to add the parent/teacher conference portion to our Parent Compact. This was immediately revised and utilized this school year (2013-14). Each time teachers have a conference with a parent, it is documented on this form.

 

 

Each year, the ACIP Committee reviews, evaluates and revises its Continuous Improvement Plan. There are two parents on the committee who represent all of the parents of the school. Parents will be sent a notice that the plan is under review and that they have the right to give input regarding the revision of the plan. When parents are given a copy of the Continuous Improvement Plan, they are told that if they have any grievances at any time, they should contact the school principal. If they are not satisfied with the result/s, they can make an appointment with the federal projects director. If they are still not satisfied, the next step is to go to the superintendent and the school board. The final level is the federal programs director at the State Department of Education.

 

 

 

 

MIS will accomplish much of this at its annual Title I Parent Orientation Meeting held at the beginning of the school year. The school holds several parent meetings throughout the year such as our annual Parent Picnics Open House, required Parent Conferences, et al. The required parent conference sessions are offered throughout the day and during the afternoons to accommodate parents' schedules. During the Parent Conference sessions, teachers provide parents with an overview of the curriculum and assessments used to guide instruction. Each conference workshop involves parents learning more about the curriculum as it progresses through the school year. We hold these conferences meetings at mid-year. At the initial Chalk Talk meeting, parents learn about the state ASPIRE scores, Star Enterprise, and formative assessments as well as how to help their children in various areas that will improve their literacy and mathematics acquisition. Teachers will offer suggestions of ways to help their children at home. Materials from our Title I Parent Corner in the foyer will be made available to parents to use at home. Teachers will gather materials from the corner they feel will benefit each student’s area of need.

 

 

The MIS ACIP Committee works diligently to ensure that all parent materials and training are closely aligned with our schools’ identified goals. We will be creating a new parent center in our school since this is the first year as Mixon Intermediate School. We are in need of materials for this corner, so some of the funds raised through fundraising activities will be used to purchase materials for parents to check out and use at home. The center will house materials in different languages for parents to check out per request. Parents are also given list of ways to help their children when reading the books sent home in reading folders each week. This document contains the same language used by the classroom teachers so students are hearing the same language at school and at home.

 

 

 

MIS will work with its teachers through in-services, faculty meetings, data meetings, and planning meetings in understanding the importance of parental involvement and that parents are our partners. We have teachers who plan activities for parent volunteers for our PTAC (PTO) program. Parents who wish to volunteer, but cannot attend during the day, have requested that materials be sent home for them to prepare for the teachers. They do such things as put books together for classes, cut out stencils for painting, cut out laminating, etc. We pride ourselves in using our parents as much as possible.

 

 

MIS coordinates its parent involvement for all parents. We also partner with the local Boys and Girls Club program and involve their students and parents in our activities. Our parent corner will contain a variety of resources for parents: materials for parents to read and/or view on parenting, materials to check out to assist their children at home in the areas of math and language arts, books, manipulatives, etc. We also refer parents to various local agencies such as the Family Guidance Center, SpectraCare, Vision Care, Bridges, Prevention Project Task Force etc. if they need assistance.  

 

 

At the present time, MIS has fewer than 10 identified ELL students. If needed, information on all meetings, parent notices, etc. will be sent home in another language. All documents can be translated into other languages through the TransAct program. If necessary, translators are used to communicate to parents who speak little or no English.

 

 

MIS makes every effort to work with parents in meeting their requests as related to their involvement in their children’s education. Parents are told at the initial Title I Parent Orientation Meeting that our door is always open for them to express any concerns they may have regarding their children’s education. If scheduled events do not work for any parent/s, we will meet with the parent/s to discuss the information presented at the workshops/meetings.

 

Teachers also schedule conferences with parents during their planning times or phone parents to discuss areas in which they can help at home.

 

 

MIS, to the extent practicable, provided opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency and parents with disabilities. All parents fill out a home language survey (located on the elementary registration form) when registering for school. Our school system has an ELL instructor that meets daily with identified students in a small group or individually. We use the immersion model in the classroom as well as the English in a Flash computer program. We participate in the TransAct program and translators are used when necessary. All public meetings are held in venues that are totally handicapped accessible. Currently, we do not have any migrant students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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