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     Parent Involvement Policy

     

    The staff at W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy/Middle School, with the support of state and federal programs such as Title I and School Improvement, seek to involve parents in an effective home-school partnership in order to provide the best possible education for our students. These parent involvement activities are integrated into the school master plan for academic accountability. Elements of this policy include:

     

    1.       Regular Communication With Parents:

    In order to build consistent and effective communication between the home and the school and to train teachers and administrators to communicate effectively and in a timely manner with parents, regular communication will include the following:

     

    ·          Teacher Welcome Letter

     

    ·          Annual “Parent Orientation” In August

    ·          Annual School Calendar

     

    ·          Special Events/Reminder Notices/Fliers/E-Blast

    ·          Six Week Report Cards

     

    ·          Twice Yearly Parent Conferences

    ·          Parent Nights

     

    ·          School Assemblies (Parents Invited)

    ·          Parent-Teacher Compacts

     

    ·          Interim progress reports for students who are working below grade level standards/Parent Portal

    ·          DISD/Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy Website

     

    ·          Marquee Information

    ·          W.E. Greiner Parent Academy

     

    ·          Reminder (Call-Out System)

     

    ·          Student Agenda

    ·          School Connect (iPad App)

     

     

    Title I Parent Meetings: Annual Title I Meetings for the parents of W.E. Greiner students will be held to explain Title I requirements. Parents of students participating in the Title I program are encouraged to help organize, plan, and review, the Title I programs for improvement purposes. Regular School Site Council meetings provide opportunities for parents to formulate suggestions that the school site will consider.

     

    2.       Parent Trainings:  These are opportunities to help parents develop skills to use at home that support their children’s academic efforts & social development. They may provide parents with techniques and strategies that they may utilize to improve their student’s academic success and to assist their children in learning at home. A Parent Needs Assessment survey is conducted at the first Parent Night and some of these activities may include:

     

    ·          Student Orientation Night

     

    ·          Annual AEIS Report (State Reports)

    ·          Academy Night

     

    ·          Scholarship Opportunities

    ·          Gangs, Other Student Risk Issues

     

    ·          Community Resources

    ·          Helping With Homework

     

    ·          Attendance Meetings

    ·          District Standards & Assessment

     

    ·          ESL Parent Night

    ·          African American Success Initiative

     

    ·          Cultural/Diversity Training

     

    1. Parent Support:

         

    Homework

    As per board policy, homework is assigned each school night and serves a number of purposes: to practice and extend classroom learning, to develop responsibility and work habits, and to provide parents an opportunity to interact with their children and their education. Parents can support the school and their child’s success by helping with homework in the following ways:

    ·         Help your child get organized. Remind him/her to bring home the necessary materials: binder, pencils, paper, etc.

    ·         Agree upon a regular study time and stick to it.

    ·         See that your child has a regular, suitable study place, with good light, plenty of room, and no distractions (TV, Phone, Family Noise, Etc.)

    ·         Ask to see what your child has done each night and that it is returned to the teacher. Show interest in what he or she does at school.

    ·         Contact the teacher if your child has difficulty understanding an assignment.

     

    Our goal is to help your child master grade level content standards and beyond.  

           

    Citizenship and Student Behavior

    ·         Students are to display good citizenship in the cafeteria, on school grounds, on the bus, and in the classroom. Staff and parents should work together to help children understand the meaning and importance of good citizenship.

    ·         Specific rights, rules and responsibilities regarding student behavior are detailed in the Student Code of Conduct.  Parents are required to review the Student Code of Conduct with their student(s) and return the Student Code of Conduct Contract to the school.

    ·         Each student is provided with a copy of this handbook at the beginning of each school year.

     

    Parent Visitations

    A wonderful way to show your child you are interested in his/her life at school is to visit the campus, and the school welcomes any parent who wishes to help or simply observe.

     

    The following visitation guidelines will help minimize disruption of the class.

      • Schedule your visit with the classroom teacher and school office in advance, if possible.
      • Leave younger children at home to lessen distractions.
      • The day you visit, stop by the front desk or main office to sign in as a visitor and receive a visitor's badge.
      • When in the classroom, do not engage the teacher in conversation that would prevent her/him from supervising and interacting with the students.
      • Before leaving campus, please check out through the front desk or main office.

     

    Parent Participation

    Parents are urged to involve themselves in one or more school or district committees. These committees meet monthly (in most cases) to plan for student activities and academic programs, to discuss parent and staff concerns, to approve categorical program budgets, and to enhance parent understanding and skills. Without parent participation, our many extra programs could not exist, and our students would not be nearly so successful. Notices about meetings and activities of the activities listed below will be sent home regularly. Parents wishing to participate may contact the school office to volunteer or can normally just show up at the announced time and place.

    ·         Parent Teacher Association (PTA) – Plans student activities and raises funds for the "extras" needed at the school sites.

    ·         School Site-Based Council (SBDM) – Determines school improvement goals and prioritizes budget expenditures for some categorical programs.

    ·         Superintendent’s Advisory Council (SAC) – Assists in planning district programs. Information is provided to parents concerning school programs, community resources, health concerns, legal rights, child development, etc.

                Other opportunities for participation include:

    ·         W.E. Greiner Parent Night

    ·         School Site Activities

    ·         Science Fair

    ·         Art Fair

    ·         Winter & Spring Programs

    ·         Classroom Volunteer

    ·         School Volunteer

    ·         Various Booster Clubs

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