• Carmichael Elementary School’s Parent Involvement Policy

    Carmichael Elementary School will jointly develop a written Title I Parent Involvement Policy with input from Title I parents. The parent involvement policy will be reviewed at least twice a year by different parent groups, and at least once a year during a School Site Council (SSC) meeting, where it is revised and approved as needed. The parent involvement policy will also be reviewed during ELAC meetings; parents will be encouraged to make recommendations and/or suggest changes which will be presented to the SSC. The teacher representatives on SSC will review the draft of the Parent Involvement Policy with the staff and solicit feedback for the SSC. Once the Parent Involvement Policy is finalized, it will be distributed to the parents of Title I students.  All students will receive a copy to take home.  Additionally, the policy will be discussed with parents at Back-To-School Night, posted on the school’s website, available during the annual parent meeting, as well as during ELAC and SSC meetings, and included in our school newsletter. Copies of the Parent Involvement Policy will also be available in our school office. The policy describes the means for carrying out the following Title I parental involvement requirements [20 USC 6318 Section 1118(a)-(f) inclusive].

    Involvement of Parents in the Title I Program: To involve parents in the Title I program at Carmichael Elementary School, the following practices have been established:

    1. The school convenes an annual meeting to inform parents of Title I students about Title I requirements and about the right of parents to be involved in the Title I program.

    ·         Parents are informed of the school wide program, including parent rights at the annual Back to School Night meeting. The meeting includes a discussion of the services that students will receive with Title 1 funds. We also discuss how parents can be involved at school and take input regarding support they may need during the school year.

    ·         Title I requirements and program services are also discussed at ELAC and SSC meetings. Title I requirements are also included in the school’s newsletter in the fall.

    ·         The Parent Involvement policy and SPSA is reviewed jointly with parents during the Annual parent meeting.

    ·         During the Annual Title I meetings, parents are informed about the school/grade CAASSP scores and proficiency goals for the year, as well as information regarding curriculum purchased with Title I funds, including curriculum and/or materials purchased for ELs.

    ·         During Back-to-School Night, each teacher provides information to the parent as to grade level, state standards (Common Core State Standards), the district approved, research-based curriculum, and district and school-based assessments.

    ·         Additional parent meetings/trainings are provided to explain interpreting the state test results, and how they can help their child reach/maintain academic proficiency.

    ·         During scheduled teacher-parent conferences, teachers will inform parents of their child’s progress on reaching grade level proficiency, performance on school-based assessments, district assessments, and state assessments.

    2. The school offers a flexible number of meetings for Title I parents, such as meetings in the morning or evening.

    ·         Parents are invited to schedule an appointment with the teachers, principal at any time throughout the year.

    ·         Parents are invited to attend monthly School Site Council meetings.

    ·         Parents are informed and invited to participate in the School Site Council which meets a minimum of six times throughout the year. Parents are informed of each meeting by an annual school calendar, fliers, and phone messages.

    ·         Parents of English Language Learners are also encouraged to participate in ELAC, which meets a minimum of four times a year, and are provided with the same information provided at SSC, including information about Title I programs.

    ·         The school’s website is another venue parents can access. All meeting minutes and programs are listed in the school’s website. In addition, the school has binders of all meeting minutes in the office.

    3. The school involves parents of Title I students in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s Title I programs and the Title I parental involvement policy:

    ·         The Academic Program is reviewed and input is provided during School Site Council meetings. 



    ·         When the SPSA needs to be reviewed, and possibly revised, parents are invited to the SSC and ELAC meetings to provide input.

    ·         Upon identification of parental need for information in another language or in another format, the school will take steps to ensure that the parent request is fulfilled.

    4. The school provides parents of Title I students with timely information about Title I programs.

    • Parents are provided information about school wide programs at Back to School Night, School Site Council meetings, ELAC Meetings, and are welcomed to schedule an appointment with the teachers and/or principal at any time throughout the year. The school will, with the assistance of the district, provide assistance to parents of children served by the school in understanding topics such as the following:

    ·         The State’s academic content standards,

    ·         The State’s student academic achievement standards,

    ·         The State and local academic assessments including alternate assessments,

    ·         The requirements of Title I,

    ·         How to monitor their child’s progress, and

    ·         How to work with educators

    5. The school provides parents of Title I students with an explanation of the curriculum used at the school, the assessments used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet. The school does this during the following:

    ·         During Back-to-School Night, each teacher provides information to the parent as to grade level, state standards (Common Core State Standards), the district approved, research-based curriculum, and district and school-based assessments. 



    ·         During the Annual Title I meetings, parents are informed about the school/grade CAASSP scores and proficiency goals for the year, as well as information regarding curriculum purchased with Title I funds, including curriculum and/or materials purchased for ELs.

    ·         Additional parent meetings/trainings are provided to explain interpreting the state test results, and how they can help their child reach/maintain academic proficiency.

    ·         During scheduled teacher-parent conferences, teachers will inform parents of their child’s progress on reaching grade level proficiency, performance on school-based assessments, district assessments, and state assessments.

     

     

     

    6. If requested by parents of Title I students, the school provides opportunities for regular meetings that allow the parents to participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.

    ·         Parents are invited to schedule an appointment with the teachers and/or principal at any time throughout the year.

    ·         School Site Council meetings are public and all parents are invited to attend.

    ·         Parents are encouraged to become involved in the joint development and review of the Single School Plan for Achievement through participation in School Site Council meetings and the English Language Advisory Committee.

    ·         The school will build capacity and increase parent/community involvement in the planning and implementation of school programs and activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance through their participation in the School Site Council (SSC), English Language Advisory Committee, special school events and as classroom volunteers.

    ·         Parent feedback will continue to be incorporated through surveys (ex: bi-annual District Parent and Student Survey) and discussions at meetings. Parents are invited to participate in school/community events such as: Award's 



    ·         All parents are invited to attend Annual Title I parent meeting is held in the fall.

    ·         Regular parent/teacher conferences are held in November and March.

    Building Capacity for Involvement

    Carmichael Elementary School engages Title I parents in meaningful interactions with the school. It supports a partnership among staff, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement. To help reach these goals, the school has established the following practices.

    1. The school provides Title I parents with assistance in understanding the State’s academic content standards (Common Core State Standards), assessments, and how to monitor and improve the achievement of their children.

    ·         Parents are sent a report of their student’s state results in the mail.

    ·         During classroom presentations at Back to School Night and Parent-Teacher conferences, teachers explain the academic content standards; assessments and how parents can assist and monitor their students’ progress in each class.

    ·         Data analysis of student assessments and achievement is presented to and reviewed by the School Site Council.

    ·         A school-wide Annual Title I Meeting will include information regarding the school’s test scores.

    ·         A Back-to-School Night will include information regarding the school’s test scores.

    2. The school provides Title I parents with materials and training to help them work with their children to improve their children's achievement.

    ·         Newsletters include suggestions for parents to work with their children to improve their grades, attendance and performance on assessments.

    ·         Administration and teachers are available and welcome the opportunity to meet with parents upon request.

    ·         Trainings are provided for parents during ELAC/SSC meetings.

    ·         Special parent meetings are conducted, upon occasion, by the school or district staff.

    ·         Parent classes are provided by district Adult Education or Family & Community Engagement Department.

    3. With the assistance of Title I parents, the school educates staff members about the value of parent contributions, and in how to work with parents as equal partners.

    ·         The staff values all parent contributions and works with parents as equal partners.

    ·         The principal allocates time at staff meetings to discuss strategies for working collaboratively with parents to support students.

    ·         During SSC meetings, parent input for staff is encouraged and valued.

    ·         Bi-annual District Parent and Student Surveys/Needs Assessments are sent to the parents of all students and analyzed when making decisions and drafting the school plan.

    4. The school coordinates and integrates the Title I parental involvement program with other programs, and conducts other activities, which encourage and support parents in participating more fully in the education of their children. 



    ·   FACE and Adult Education provides information for parents regarding parenting classes offered through other local agencies.

    ·   Teachers are available to discuss parents’ concerns when requested.

    5. The school distributes Information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities to Title I parents in a format and language that the parents understand.

    ·         All information related to school and parent programs is provided in English and translated into Spanish.

    ·         Parents are informed about important school wide events, meetings and schedules. The school newsletter is sent home monthly, and a calendar of important dates and events is on the school website. Letters, phone calls, progress reports and informal and formal conferences are held concerning students’ behavior, student progress and, classroom standards, test scores, work samples, and instructional goals.

    6. The school provides support for parental involvement activities requested by Title I parents.

    ·         Administration and teachers are available and welcome the opportunity to meet with parents upon request.

    ·         All parent requests for reasonable support are submitted to the principal for consultation and consideration.

    ·         SSC meetings will update and train parents during council meetings regarding budgetary concerns, academic standards, test results, the importance of school attendance, standards-based education and other items as needed.

    ·         Program goals and evaluations are discussed at School Site Council meetings. An annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy is achieved during School Site Council meetings.

    Accessibility

    Carmichael Elementary School provides opportunities for the participation of all Title I parents, including parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, parents of homeless students, and parents of migratory students. Information and school reports are provided in a format and language that parents understand.

    ·         Newsletters and important announcements and information are provided in English and Spanish. Meetings are translated into Spanish, when requested.

    ·         Spanish translation is available for parents who request it during parent-teacher conferences. Translation is provided for SST’s and IEP’s in languages the district supports (i.e. Spanish, Russian, and Ukrainian).

    ·         Parents with disabilities are provided with school-wide access.

    School-Parent Compact

    Carmichael Elementary School distributes to parents of Title I students a School-Parent Compact on the first day of school. The compact, which has been jointly developed with parents, outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement. It describes specific ways the school and families will partner to help children achieve the State’s high academic standards. It addresses the following legally required items, as well as other items suggested by parents of Title I students.

    ·         The school’s responsibility is to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction.

    ·         It also includes the ways parents will be responsible for supporting their children’s learning.

    ·         The importance of ongoing communication is crucial between parents and teachers through, at a minimum, annual parent-teacher conferences; frequent reports on student progress; access to staff; opportunities for parents to volunteer and participate in their child’s class; and opportunities to observe classroom activities.

    ·         The School Site Council, with input from staff, students, and parents, developed will revise/update the school-parent compact annually.

    ·         It is the belief of all stakeholders that an important part of a child’s growth depends on developing self-discipline and understanding that school rules, which are adopted for the benefit of the majority. These rules are to be recognized and obeyed by everyone at all times. It is also our belief that this kind of self-discipline is the beginning of a responsible and law- abiding adult citizen in our community.

    ·         The Parent Student Handbook is sent home at the beginning of each school year to all students. The handbook contains the Students Behavior Code, Student Discipline Policy, Parent volunteer and visitation policy and the Parent/School compact and other relevant information.

    ·         The School Compact is to be signed by each student, parent, and teacher every year. It is then returned and filed by each teacher.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Carmichael Elementary School’s Parent Compact

    Mission: Focusing on integrating technology and personalizing instruction to meet the needs of our diverse population, the mission of Carmichael Elementary is to ensure all students reach their highest potential and are responsible, collaborative, critical thinkers through rigorous academic instruction with a balanced literacy approach, in partnership with families in a nurturing community.To accomplish this, parents, teachers, and students need to work together.

    Please read over the Parent-Student-Teacher Pledge and sign under parent pledge.

    THE TEACHER PLEDGE

    ·         I will teach the curriculum designed for each child to meet state and district standards. I will assess students to determine their strengths and next steps.

    ·         I will participate in ongoing professional development.

    ·         I will communicate each child’s progress and school activities through parent conferences, trimester report cards, and other classroom communications.

    ·         I will provide a safe, respectful and welcoming learning environment for students and families.

    ·         I will have high expectations and attempt to motivate every student according to his/her individual needs, and abilities.

    ·         I will provide information to families on what they can do to support their child’s learning and health.

    ·         I will participate in family school-based activities whenever possible.

    ·         I will model positive character traits in my interactions with staff, students and families.

    Teacher’s Signature: ___________________________________  Date:_________________

    THE STUDENT PLEDGE

    ·         I will set learning goals and work hard to achieve them.

    ·         I will come to school on time, well-prepared and ready to learn.

    ·         I will bring to school necessary materials, completed assignments and homework.

    ·         I will be responsible for my behavior and follow school and class expectations.

    ·         I will be a cooperative learner, being respectful to classmates, staff families and the school.

    ·         I will set aside time every day to complete my homework and to read for at least 15 minutes.

    ·         I will communicate regularly with my parents and teachers about school experiences and give all school notices and completed assignments to my parents.

    ·         I will model positive character traits in my interactions with staff, students and families.

    Student’s Signature: __________________________________ Date:____________________

    THE PARENT/GUARDIAN PLEDGE

    ·         I will provide a place for my child to read and complete homework.

    ·         I will ensure that my child attends school every day on time, gets adequate sleep, and receives regular medical attention and proper nutrition.

    ·         I will see to it that my child arrives and is picked up at school at the appropriate time each day.

    ·         I will regularly monitor my child’s progress in school by reviewing daily class work and homework responding to teacher/school communication and requesting conferences as concerns arise.

    ·         I will encourage my child to read each night and will read with them often.

    ·         I will attend Back to School Night, parent conferences and Open House whenever possible.

    ·         I will model positive character traits in my interactions with staff, students and families.

    Parent’s Signature:________________________________ Date: _______________________

     

Last Modified on December 6, 2016