• Rankin Elementary Title 1 School-Wide Parent Involvement Policy 2019-2020

    Vision - The Rankin Elementary Staff is committed to the involvement of parents and the community in achieving a successful learning environment for all students. We understand the importance of the parent partnership and positive connections between the home and school. This plan addresses how Rankin Elementary will involve parents to assure educational growth for all students.

     

    Part I: Policy Involvement

    The Rankin Elementary Title I School-Wide Parent Involvement Policy was created through a partnership which included parents and staff. Through parent meetings and feedback from surveys, parents played an instrumental role in the development of our current policy. Through consistent utilization of parent feedback and suggestions, we will continue to update and improve our School Wide Title 1 Program: 1118 (b)

    Convene an annual meeting: 1118 (c) (1)

    Rankin Elementary School will:

    • Hold an annual school-wide Title 1 meeting during the spring that all parents are invited to attend
    • Discuss the School Improvement Plan, review the School-Wide Parent Involvement Policy, explain our Title 1 program and interventions, and inform parents of opportunities they can be involved in to help their child be successful
    • Distribute written notification of the meeting to all parents, informing them of the time of the school-wide Title 1 Meeting

     

    Provide various activities specifically designed to encourage the involvement of all parents at a variety of scheduled times:  1118 (c) (2)

    Rankin Elementary School will encourage the involvement of all parents by offering the following:

    • Open House
    • School-wide at-home reading activities
    • Everyday Math stations at parent conferences
    • Science Family Learning Night
    • Literacy Family Learning Nights
    • Social Studies stations at parent conferences
    • Language Arts Fair
    • Rankin Recognition Program
    • LEGO League
    • Web pages with resources and links
    • School Improvement Plan ‘Nuts and Bolts’ available
    • Parent Teacher Conferences
    • Popcorn Fridays
    • Flexible IEP times
    • Parent Club
    • Classroom Volunteers

     

    Involve parents in planning, reviewing, and making improvements to the School-Wide Title 1 program, which will include the School and District Parent Involvement Policy:  1118 (c) (3)

    Rankin Elementary School will encourage the involvement of parents by:

    • Reviewing the Rankin Parent Involvement Policy during spring conferences
    • Reviewing the Rankin Parent Involvement Policy at steering committee
    • Ensuring the Rankin Parent Involvement Policy is available for parents to review during Parent Teacher Conferences in the front lobby with a suggestion box for parent input
    • Review and distribute Parent-Student-Teacher Compacts at Fall conferences
    • Conduct a parent survey at Parent-Teacher Conferences for all parents
    • Review and make revisions to the Rankin Parent Involvement Policy incorporating recommendations based on parent survey results
    • Place a suggestion box in the main office to encourage continued communication between parents and the school all year
    • Review and make changes when applicable at monthly Parent Club meetings
    • Review the Title 1 Program, Parent Involvement Policy, and ask for suggestions for improvement at monthly Parent Club meetings
    • Continue all avenues of communications with parents using school newsletters, classroom newsletters, district publication, website and Synervoice to increase parent involvement in the School-Wide Title 1 Program

     

    Provide timely information about the School-Wide Title 1 Program, the academic curriculum, assessments used to measure progress, and grade level expectations:  1118 (c)(4)(A)(B)

    Rankin Elementary School will provide timely information through:

    • Fall Open House night
    • Annual Title I meeting in the spring
    • Fall and Spring parent conferences
    • School/Classroom/District newsletters
    • Report cards (quarterly)
    • ParentVue(Parent access to assignments and grades)
    • District website-Rankin Parent Involvement Policy, Parent-Student-Teacher Compact, and links to Parent Guide to the GLCEs and Common Core information are available on our website
    • Kindergarten and middle school transition programs
    • Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
    • Daily communication folders
    • Parent-Student handbook
    • Telephone calls and emails
    • School calendar and bulletin boards
    • Steering committee

     

    Provide parents the opportunity to interact with teachers regarding the education of their children.  Include parents in the decision making process and utilize their suggestions for improvement.  Revise the School-Wide plan to meet student and parent needs and share revisions with LEA:  1118(c)(4)(C) & 1118 (c)(5)

    Rankin Elementary School will provide parents an opportunity to interact with their children’s school by:

    • Place a suggestion box in the main office to encourage continued communication between parents and the school all year
    • Review the Title 1 Program/Parent Involvement Policy/Parent Survey, and ask for suggestions for improvement at monthly Parent Club meetings
    • Conduct a parent survey at Parent-Teacher conferences
    • Parent-Teacher conferences (Fall/Spring/Additional conferences upon request)
    • Telephone calls/email and written correspondence between parents, teachers, and schools
    • Steering committee member

     

    Part II: Share Responsibilities for High Student Academic Achievement

    Develop jointly with parents and teachers Parent/Student/Teacher Compact. The compact will outline ways in which the parents, school staff, and students will work together to ensure high student academic achievement.  The compact will be reviewed and discussed during Fall Parent-Teacher conferences:  1118 (d) (1) & 1118 (d) (2) (A)

    Rankin Elementary School will develop a Parent/Student/Teacher Compact:

    • The Parent Club will review annually the Parent/Student/Teacher compact. Revisions will be made as a result of Parent Survey feedback and suggestions made by parents.
    • The compact will be sent home in the fall to all parents and reviewed at the Fall Parent-Teacher conference. A strong home-school connection is developed by discussing the compact and how it relates to the success of each individual child.

     

    Provide frequent reports to parents on their children’s progress:  1118 (d) (2) (B)

    Rankin Elementary School will provide various academic reports to parents:

    • Report Cards (quarterly)
    • ParentVue (Parent access to assignments and grades)
    • Parent-Teacher conferences (Fall, Spring, additional conferences upon request)
    • Intervention Progress Reports
    • Other technology progress reports

     

    Afford parents reasonable access to staff.  Provide opportunities for parents to volunteer and participate and observe in their child’s classroom:  1118 (d) (2) (C)

    Rankin Elementary School has an open door policy for parents with both administration and staff. In addition, parents are encouraged to participate in the following activities:

    • Parent Club
    • Classroom helpers
    • Chaperone field trips
    • Popcorn Friday volunteers
    • Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports activity volunteers
    • Classroom observations as requested by parents
    • Family Learning Night events

     

    Part III:  Building Capacity for Involvement

    Provide information and assistance to parents regarding the state and local academic standards and assessments:   1118 (e) (1)

    To ensure that parents are informed about academic standards and assessments, Rankin Elementary School will provide the following:

    • Parent Conferences (Fall, Spring, and additional times upon request)
    • ParentVue(Parent access to assignments and grades)
    • Parent copy of Grade Level Content Expectations/CCSS available at Kindergarten Orientation Day and Open House night
    • MEAP/M-Step/District Assessment results are discussed during conferences and sent home
    • Local assessment information (Lexia Core5, district writing assessment, DRA2, NWEA, district common assessments) shared with parents at conferences, or at other meetings with parents
    • Students receiving additional assistance will be progress monitored and information will be shared with parents when appropriate.
    • Rankin Coach and Title 1 staff will be available to provide information and provide information about assessments.
    • During Open House night, all staff will share expectations and provide all parents with examples of resources to help their child reach their highest potential.

     

    Provide materials and training to parents:  1118 (e) (2)

    Rankin Elementary School offers training and materials to parents through the following events and activities:

    • Open House night
    • Transition to Kindergarten Parent Night (Spring)
    • Kindergarten orientation day
    • Parent-teacher conferences
    • Transition activities to the middle school for students and parents
    • Parent workshops (Family Nights)
    • Provide lists of community resources to individual parents and assistance in accessing these resources, as needed
    • Super Summer Success reading program
    • Classroom newsletters
    • District Publications-Facebook, Twitter
    • District Website-links and resources for parents and their children
    • District Website, ParentWeb-provides parents with materials and resources to help their child achieve success

     

    Educate teachers, Title 1 staff and principals regarding the value of parent involvement, ways to communicate effectively with parents, and implementation of parent programs:   1118 (e) (3)

    • Rankin Elementary School values and respects parent involvement in the school community. Parent involvement will be part of the professional development plan.  Staff will participate in PLCs to implement new ideas for effective parent communication.  Further, parents are a part of the Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports program.  When situations occur that involve students or the welfare of the entire school community, parents are always the first point of contact.  The district will continue to provide support to teachers on how to utilize the district website to post classroom newsletters and add materials and resources to the Parent Web.  Title 1 staff will attend parent involvement workshops.

     

    Coordinate parent involvement activities with other programs:  1118 (e) (4)

    Rankin Elementary School will work to coordinate programs to ensure success for all:

    • Transition to Kindergarten activities
    • Parent Club volunteers
    • Popcorn Fridays
    • Parent/Teacher Club
    • School wide family nights (Literacy, Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts)
    • Transition activities to Rankin from Dillon Elementary at third grade
    • Transition activities to the middle school for students and parents
    • Transition activities to our kindergarten from our Early Childhood Center
    • Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports volunteers
    • Parent liaison

     

    Inform parents of school and parent programs in a timely and practical format in a language they can understand:   1118 (e) (5)

    To ensure that all parents are informed in a timely and user-friendly manner, Rankin Elementary will provide:

    • Daily/Weekly communication folders
    • School Newsletter/Classroom Newsletters/District Newsletters written in a language parents can understand.
    • School Improvement Plan and Annual report highlights
    • Interpreters as needed, through GISD for all parent contacts, Language Line access
    • District/Building website, Facebook, Twitter

     

    Provide support for parental involvement at their request:  1118 (e) (14)

    Rankin Elementary School will make every effort to accommodate parent requests to ensure that students and parents individual needs are met in order to foster more positive parent involvement through:

    • Parent/Teacher Club      
    • School Volunteer (i.e. Language Arts Fair, Field Trip, Field Day, Science Night)
    • Classroom Helpers
    • Guest Readers

     

    Provide Title 1 funds for parent involvement activities: 1118 (e) (14)

    Rankin Elementary will use Title 1 Parental Involvement funds to support the following:

    • Fall Open House
    • Annual Title 1 meeting
    • Parent/Teacher Conference Resource Materials
    • Family  Learning Night Events
    • Getting Ready for Kindergarten Bags
    • Super Summer Success books
    • Book Mobile

     

    Part IV:  Accessibility

    Parent involvement activities accessible to all parents, including those with disabilities and parents who use English as their second language:  1118  (f)

    Rankin Elementary School will provide:

    • Flexible meeting times
    • Handicapped Accessible Facilities
    • Home visits
    • Phone conferences (interpreters, as needed, through GISD for all parent contacts)
    • School Newsletter/Classroom newsletters/District Newsletters written in a language parents can understand, Language Line accessibility
    • Accommodations with parents with disabilities
    • Collaboration with community agencies
    • Transportation Assistance