What is a School-Parent Compact?

It is a written commitment describing how all members of a school community:  parents, teachers, principals and students agree to share responsibility for student learning and improved student academic achievement.  This compact helps bridge the learning connection between the school and home as well as help build and develop a partnership. 

Jointly Developed

The parents, students, and staff of Harper Elementary School partnered together to develop this school-parent compact for achievement. Teachers suggested home learning strategies, parents added input about the types of support they needed, and students told us what would help them learn. Parents are encouraged to attend annual revision meetings held in the Spring of each year to review the compact and make suggestions based on student needs and school improvement goals. Parents are also encouraged to participate in the annual Title I parent survey that is also used as a tool to collect parent feedback regarding the current Title I programs and policies. 

 

 

COMMUNICATION ABOUT STUDENT LEARNING:

 

Harper Elementary School is committed to frequent two-way communication with families about student’s learning.  Some of the ways you can expect us to reach you are:

 

•       Class newsletter to parents

•       Parent Portal (Infinite Campus)

•       Teacher websites or other web based communication resource

•       Parent-Teacher conferences

•       Weekly Student Planners/Home-

•       School Communicators

•       Emails to parents on student’s progress.

•       REMIND, DOJO

 

ACTIVITIES TO BUILD 

                      PARTNERSHIPS:

•       Parent-Teacher Conferences          

•       Community geared & Parent  

Initiated programs (i.e. Harper

Helping Hands)

•       Parent & Family Engagement Nights

•       Parent Events: Field Day, Muffins with Mom, Donuts with Dad, Grandparents’ Day, Student Awards programs, walking field trips

•       Volunteer opportunities

•       Open House

•       Parent Surveys

2020-2021 

School

Parent Compact

Harper Elementary School

520 Fletcher St.

Thomasville, Ga.  31792

229-225-2622

http://hes.tcitys.org

                             Revised April 24, 2020


THOMASVILLE CITY DISTRICT GOALS:

1.  D E V E L O P  A  D I S T R I C T - W I D E             L I T E R A C Y  P L A N  T O  I N C R E A S E            T H E  P E R C E N T A G E  O F  S T U D E N T S        S C O R I N G  L E V E L I I I A N D  I V  O N  T H E E L A  G M A S  B Y  3 %  B Y

R E D U C I N G  T H E  P E R C E N T A G E  O F          S T U D E N T S  S C O R I N G  L E V E L  I            AN D  L E V E L  I I.

 

2. I N C R E A S E  T H E  P E R C E N T A G E             O F  S T U D E N T S  S C O R I N G  L E V E L              I I I  A N D  L E V E L  I V  O N  T H E

M A T H G M A S B Y 3 % B Y

R E D U C I N G  T H E  P E R C E N T A G E  O F           S T U D E N T S  S C O R I N G  L E V E L  I                 A N D  L E V E L  I I .

 

HARPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GOALS:

1.       R E D U C E T H E N U M B E R O F

 “B E G I N N E R” R E A D I N G

L E V E L S T U D E N T S A N D

 I N C R E A S I N G T H E

P E R C E N T A G E O F S T U D E N T S

S C O R I N G P R O F I C I E N T O R

H I G H E R B Y (5 0) S T U D E N T S              D U R I N G T H E 2 0 2 0 - 2 0 2 1

S C H O O L Y E A R.

 

 

 

 

2.  W O R K  T O W A R D S  T H E  S T A T E  G O A L  O F  2 9 %  P R O F I C I E N C Y  B Y  I N C R E A S I N G  T H E    

P E R C E N T A G E  O F  S T U D E N T S  S C O R I N G  P R O F I C I E N T  O R  H I G H E R  I N  M A T H  F R O M  2 1 % T O  2 5 %  I N  T H E  2 0 2 0 - 2 0 2 1  S C H O O L         Y E A R.

 

3. W O R K  T O W A R D S  T H E  S T A T E  S C I E N C E  G O A L  O F  2 7 %  P R O F I C I E N C Y  B Y  I N-       C R E A S I N G  T H E  P E R C E N T A G E  O F  S T U-   D E N T S  S C O R I N G  P R O F I C I E N T O R  H I G H- E R  I N  S C I E N C E  F R O M  9 %  T O  5 0 %  I N 2 0 2 0 - 2 0 2 1 .

SCHOOL/TEACHER RESPONSIBILITIES: 

•       Teach meaningful, challenging, collaborative planned lessons that promote improved student achievement, with a focus on proficiency increase on target academic areas i.e. reading & math.

•       Engage students in rigorous, appropriately challenging instruction that will encourage critical and creative thinking and guide students to achieve academic goals set for Reading, Math and Science.

•       Utilize research based instruction and technology to enhance student learning with a focus on Reading and Math.  

 

Parent Responsibilities

•       Make sure my child(ren) attend school on time daily and are prepared to participate in learning and utilize the strategies in place that supports academic learning.

 

•       Provide a conducive study environment at home and work with my child to complete and return homework assignments and activities linked to learning.

•       Communicate with my child’s teacher on a consistent basis to develop a partnership that will be beneficial to my child.

Student Responsibilities:

As a student, I will:

•       Come to school with a positive attitude

•       Be respectful to all teachers, administrators, adults and my peers, and display appropriate behavior at all times.

•       Follow school and classroom rules every day in all school settings.

•       Read every night at home for at least 20 minutes.

•       Put forth my best effort to complete in-class work assignments and homework as assigned and return it.

•       Will bring home Student Planners/Home Communicators and communications (newsletters, report & progress reports etc.)

 

    Harper

 

 

 

School Parent and Family Engagement Policy

Harper Elementary School

2020-2021

Revised: April 24, 2020

 

 

 

In support of strengthening student academic achievement, Harper Elementary School receives Title I, Part A funds and therefore must jointly develop with, agree on with, and distribute to parents and family members of participating children a written parent and family engagement policy that contains information required by section 1116(b) and (c) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The policy establishes the school’s expectations for parent and family engagement and describes how the school will implement a number of specific parent and family engagement activities, and it is incorporated into the school’s plan submitted to the local educational agency (LEA).


Harper Elementary School agrees to implement the following requirements as outlined by Section 1116:

·         Involve parents, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs under Title I, Part A, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school parent and family engagement policy and the joint development of the schoolwide program plan under Section 1114(b) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

·         Update the school parent and family engagement policy periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school, distribute it to the parents of participating children, and make the parent and family engagement policy available to the local community.

·         Provide full opportunities, to the extent practicable, for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required under Section 1111 of the ESSA in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.

·         If the schoolwide program plan under Section 1114(b) of the ESSA is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, submit any parent comments on the plan when the school makes the plan available to the local educational agency.

·         Be governed by the following statutory definition of parent and family engagement and will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition:

 

Parent and Family Engagement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:

(A) Parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning

(B) Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school

(C) Parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child

(D) Other activities are carried out, such as those described in Section 1116 of the ESSA

 

 

 

JOINTLY DEVELOPED

Harper Elementary School will take the following actions to involve parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely manner in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I programs, including opportunities for regular meetings, if requested by parents, to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their child and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible.

 

We believe a strong collaborative partnership among the school, home and the community is vital for improved academic achievement.  School personnel encourage parents to become actively involved in their child’s education.  The school will involve the parents in the development, review and improvement of the Parent and Family Engagement Policy by conducting meetings that will involve discussions and revisions of the policy that’s in place.  At this point, the school will jointly develop and revise with parents a Parent and Family Engagement Policy that the school and parents/guardians of students enrolled at Harper can agree on.

 

Harper Elementary seeks to involve parents in the decision-making process related to the operation of the school and its programs through the following means:

 

·         Parent Surveys

·         Parent meetings

·         Flyers

·         Monthly Newsletters

·         Marquee

·         Parent REMIND

 

The school will facilitate and implement the Parent and Family Engagement Policy.  The policy is published in the Student/Parent Handbook, which is sent home by each student during the first week of school or upon enrollment into the school.  It will also be posted on the school’s website.

 

 

ANNUAL TITLE I MEETING

Harper Elementary School will take the following actions to conduct an annual meeting (prior to Nov. 1st), at a convenient time, and encourage and invite all parents of participating children to attend to inform them about the school’s Title I program, the nature of the Title I program, the parents’ requirements, the school parent and family engagement policy, the schoolwide plan, and the school-parent compact.

 

In conjunction with the Director of Federal Programs, the school will conduct its Annual Title I Meetings during the first month of school.  Parents will be issued a Back-To-School packet containing an informational flyer that highlights the topic to be discussed.  The purpose of this informational meeting is to inform parents of the school’s Title I program and share pertinent information regarding Title I requirements and expectations.

Parents will be notified by:

·         Flyers

·         REMIND

·         School Website

·         HES Facebook

·         Marquee

·         Student Handbook

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS

Harper Elementary School will take the following actions to provide parents of participating children the following:

·         Timely information about the Title I programs  (Section 1116 (c)(4)(A)

·         Flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may provide with Title I funds, transportation, child care or home visits, as such services relate to parent and family engagement.  Section 1116(c)(2)

·         Information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand:  Section 1116(b)(1)

 

 

The Parent and Family Engagement Policy and information about programs and other activities will be sent to in a timely-manner and a format, and to the extent practical, in a language the parents can understand.  The school utilizes the following means to inform parents/guardians of system and/or school events by way of:

 

·         Flyers, newsletters notifications

·         Student-Parent Handbook

·         System’s website and school’s website

·         Community Scroll

·         School Marquee

·         Parent Engagement Coordinator

·         HES Facebook

·         REMIND

 

 

SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT

Harper Elementary School will take the following actions to jointly develop with parents of participating children a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the state’s high standards.

 

 

·         Host meetings where students, parents and teachers can provide input

·         Outline the agreement that states the roles and responsibilities that each party will do to help all students meet and/or exceed state academic standards.

·         Discussion & Revision

·         Compilation of Final review

 

Parents/guardians are encouraged to meet with teachers to address specific concerns and areas of need.  The following activities are scheduled to assist them in understanding standards and assessments:

 

·         Parent Workshops (Content-related workshops: Reading, Math, Science, GMAS Homework Help)

·         Parent Engagement Activities

·         Parent-Teacher Conferences

 

Various accountability measures are in place to help parents monitor their child’s academic progress:

 

·         Progress Reports

·         Infinite Campus

·         Midterm Reports

·         Report Cards (each 9-week period)

·         Attendance Letters/Referrals

·         Classroom/Grade Level Newsletters

·         Conferences

(Conferences may be arranged through the office or by a note to a child’s teacher.  Parent-teacher conferences can be scheduled before school, after school or during a teacher’s planning period).

 

 

RESERVATION OF FUNDS

If applicable, Harper Elementary School will take the following actions to involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how the 1 percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parent and family engagement is spent by:

 

·         Conducting surveys and informational meetings to inform parents of the school’s Title 1 program and share pertinent information regarding Title 1 requirements and expectations, to gather information about how the funds should be used.

 

Per parents surveyed, they would like to see 1% allocation of parental involvement funds will be used in:

·         Parent Workshops (model how parents can access programs i.e., infinite campus;
AVID Student Portfolios, Teacher/Parent Math Demonstrations)

·         Technology resources for at home use: (I-Stations, Foot Steps to Brilliance, Study Island, Prodigy, Freckle, Infinite Campus (parent portal)

·         Educational materials for parent use (pamphlets, parent tips in newsletter, resources to help enhance and provide student learning, books to take home for additional at-home practice.  

 

 

COORDINATION OF SERVICES

Harper Elementary will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent and family engagement programs and activities with other Federal, State, and local programs, including public preschool programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children by:

 

·         Monthly Parent Newsletters (Recipes for Success; Math + Science Connections)

·         Class Newsletters

·         Daily Homework

·         Home Connect (Accelerated Reader Program)

·         Booklets for Parents:  Channing Bete Publishers

·         Take-Home Practice Books (Reading and Math)

·         Summer Reading Program (BARK)

·         Summer Learning Packets

·         Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Tutoring

·         E.A.G.L.E.S. Mentoring Program

·         21st Century Afterschool Program (Standards-based; Reading & Math)

·         Practice sheets and resources for the Boys & Girls Club

·         Junior Service League (JSL)

·         Rotary Club

·         Backpack Buddies (First United Methodist Church)

·         DOJO (PBIS) Messaging

 

 

 

BUILDING CAPACITY OF PARENTS

Harper Elementary School will build the parents’ capacity for strong parent and family engagement to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school and the community to improve student academic achievement through the following:

·         Providing parents with a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessments used to measure student progress, and the achievement levels of the challenging State academic standards; and

·         Materials and training to help parents to work with their child to improve their child’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology (including education about the harms of copyright piracy), as appropriate, to foster parent and family engagement

·         Providing assistance to parents of participating children, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following:

 

·         The challenging State’s academic standards

·         The State and local academic assessments including alternate assessments

·         The requirements of Title I, Part A

·         How to monitor their child’s progress

·         How to work with educators to improve the achievement of their child

 

·         Provide orientation for parents of pre-kindergarten students entering school

·         Utilize the Pre-K Parent Coordinator and the Kindergarten Liaison Committee to assist in explaining the transition from the pre-school to kindergarten to parents.

·         Facilitate articulation meetings between pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teachers.

·         Arrange campus visitation for fifth grade students who will transition to middle school.

·         Conduct transition meetings for parents of fifth grade students with individualized education plans (IEPs).

·         Host Parent Engagement Workshops (technology use of Infinite Campus, Study Island,

I-Stations, Freckle, Prodigy, Footsteps To Brilliance)

 

The school will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents/guardians with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children.  The school utilizes the following means to inform parents of system and/or school events.

 

·         Flyers/Newsletters

·         Student Planners/Home-School Communicators

·         Parent/Student Handbook

·         System’s Website and School Website

·         Community Scroll

·         School Marquee

·         Parent Engagement Coordinator

·         HES Facebook and REMIND

 

The school will conduct a needs assessment each year to determine focused areas to be addressed for continued success of its educational program.  Parents/guardians will be given the opportunity to provide feedback and make recommendations for improvement.  Results of the survey will be shared at the Annual Title I Meetings and Parent Engagement Activities.

 

BUILDING CAPACITY OF SCHOOL STAFF

Harper Elementary School will provide training to educate teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, and other school leaders, and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school by:

 

·         District PAC Meetings

·         Faculty Meetings

·         Leadership Team Meetings

·         School Team Meetings

·         Parent-Teacher Conferences

·         Parent Engagement Meetings

 

Harper Elementary School will provide other reasonable support for parent and family engagement activities under Section 1116 as parents may request by:

 

·         Provide orientation for parents of pre-kindergarten students entering school.

 

·         Utilize the Pre-K Parent Coordinator to assist in explaining the transition from pre-school to kindergarten to parents.

 

·         Arrange campus visitation for fifth grade students who will transition to middle school.

 

·         Arrange campus visitation for Preschool students who will transition to elementary school.

 

·         Conduct transition meetings for parents of fifth grade students with individualized education plans (IEPs).

 

·         The school will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents/guardians with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children.

 

·         Parent-Teacher Conferences

 

The school will utilize the following means to inform parents of system and/or school events.

 

·         Flyers/Newsletters

·         Parent/Student Handbook

·         REMIND

·         System’s website and school’s website

·         Community Scroll on local television

·         School Marquee

·         Parent Engagement Coordinator

·         HES Facebook

 

 

The school will conduct a needs assessment each year to determine focused areas to be addressed for continued success of its educational program.  Parents/guardians will be given the opportunity to provide feedback and make recommendations for improvement.  Results of the survey will be shared at the Annual Title 1 Meetings and Parent Engagement activities.

 


DISCRETIONARY SCHOOL PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

POLICY COMPONENTS

 

 

□   Involve parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of that training.

□   Provide necessary literacy training for parents from Title I, Part A funds if the school has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for that training.

□   Pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with local parent and family engagement activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions.

□   Train parents to enhance the engagement of other parents.

□   To maximize parent and family engagement and participation in their child’s education, arrange school meetings at a variety of times or conduct in-home conferences with teachers or other educators who work directly with participating children and parents who are unable to attend conferences at school.

□   Adopt and implement model approaches to improving parent and family engagement

□   Establish a districtwide parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parent and family engagement in Title I, Part A programs.

□   Develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses, including faith-based organizations, in parent and family engagement activities.

 

 Harper Elementary School will be willing to “pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with local parent and family engagement activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions” by helping parents with childcare by providing services within the school, for the duration of the Parent Engagement in an effort to accommodate the parent’s participation.  Transportation can and will be arranged through the District’s Student Services dept.

Harper Elementary School will “maximize parent and family engagement and participation in their child’s education and arrange school meetings in a variety of times” and locations for parents who are unable to attend school events/activities.