White Pine Parent Involvement Plan
Purpose: The purpose of parent involvement is to increase each parent’s capacity to help their child(ren) be successful in school and to increase meaningful 2-way communication.
To facilitate meaningful parent involvement in our school, we have:
1. Developed a Parent Advisory Committee: The school has established a parent advisory committee to assist in the review of their parent compact, parent involvement plan, use of parent involvement funds, and the annual review and evaluation of our school Title I program as well as the review and plan for school improvement. The school solicits parents to serve on the committee at the start of each school year. Any parent of a student in this school is eligible to serve on this committee. The school has established, from a list of parents willing to serve on the committee, a group of 9 parents who serve throughout the school year. Parents have access to this committee via the school web page. The White Pine Parent Advisory committee welcomes suggestions and feedback.
2. Facilitated regular, meaningful two-way communication:
a. The school holds an annual meeting for parents to explain Title I and what it means to them as a parent and to their student and to explain the right of parents to be involved in the school and in their child(ren)’s education. This is done at Back to School Night, early in the fall. At Back to School Night teachers provide parents a description and explanation of the curriculum, student progress measures, and contact information so that parents are able to communicate with teachers to mutually promote student achievement.
b. The school holds Parent-Teacher conferences twice a year to provide opportunity for parents to further communicate with teachers. Teachers provide academic progress information to parents.
c. The school administration has an open door policy. Parents are welcome, at any time, to contact school administration to express concerns, questions, commendations, or ideas for improvement.
d. The school ensures that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to parents in a timely manner and in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand, and provide reasonable alternate formats as requested.
3. Established an active Parent-Teacher Organization: The Parent-Teacher Organization holds monthly meetings with school administration and teachers to plan for supplemental activities which include, but are not limited to, talent displays, classroom helpers, fund-raising, and parent activity nights (past themes have included math, reading, internet safety, science). The school Parent-Teacher Organization has been active in supplementing the school’s resources to promote student well-being and student safety.
4. Built the capacity of parents to support their child(ren)’s learning: The school has provided opportunities and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children’s achievement. These opportunities have included various parent nights – reading, math, and science. The school has also provided parenting classes (6-week sessions) in the fall and winter of each school-year.
To facilitate meaningful parent involvement in our school, we will:
1. Annually review our Parent Involvement Plan: The school will, with consultation and input from parents, annually review and when necessary revise this parent involvement plan. The plan will be reviewed at the first Parent Advisory meeting of each school-year. All parents will be invited to this meeting.
2. Continue to build the capacity of parents to support their child(ren)’s learning: The school will continue to provide opportunities and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s achievement. These opportunities will include various parent nights – reading, math, and science. The school will also provide parenting classes (6-week sessions) in the fall and winter of each school-year.
3. Build the capacity of school staff to work with parents: The school will work with the district Title I and LEP programs to train and educate staff in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners and build ties between parent and school.