SOO TOWNSHIP SCHOOL
PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY
Soo Township School Parent Involvement Policy Our parent involvement policy addresses the following areas:
Assist parents in understanding the State’s content standard and assessments and how to monitor their child's progress.
Our curriculum and pacing guides are posted on the E.U.P.I.S.D. website for teachers and parents to access. Soo Township School staff report to parents via progress reports and report cards (four times annually). Soo Township School provides homework folders to students in kindergarten through grade three. All students in fourth and fifth grade receive a planner from the school. Teachers and parents use these tools as a vehicle for communication. Teachers also maintain contact with parents via phone calls and e-mails. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled twice annually. All parents are invited to attend our fall Open House and our Title I Parent Night. Teachers are available to meet with parents at their request. When there is a specific concern regarding a student, a child study will be scheduled. Teachers, parents, intervention specialist and the principal will meet to identify concerns and develop a plan to help the student. Special education referrals, medical referrals, behavior plans, and 504 plans may also be recommended in subsequent child study meetings. All incoming kindergartners are invited to Kindergarten Round-Up in the spring of the year. The child is tested for placement in either junior kindergarten or regular kindergarten. All current kindergarten teachers are on hand to assess children and meet their parents. Kindergarten roundup is an excellent opportunity to communicate with parents and share curriculum standards as well as field questions from parents. Soo Township School provides materials and training to help parents work with their children. Our intervention specialists schedule outreach programs several times each school year in an effort to reach out and assist our families in a variety of ways. Teachers send home monthly newsletters and curriculum guides are shared with parents at open house and at fall and spring conferences. A science fair night is held approximately 8 weeks prior to the competition date of the fair. Parents are given a detailed description of the science content standards that are to be covered in the project. Student work on the activities tied to the State’s curriculum standards in the Compass Learning Lab. Reports are generated for each student and this report is included with the child’s report card. These reports are discussed and explained to parents at fall conferences. Parents are encouraged to discuss this report with their child.
- Provide materials and training to help parents work with their children.
Soo Township School provides parents with individual assessment results, reading results, progress reports, report cards, parent teacher conferences and phone calls to keep them informed on their child’s progress. Soo Township School staff also provides a description and explanation of the curriculum in use in the district, the form of assessment used to measure student progress and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet. The school also provides a discipline plan and a student handbook. Parents are provided with information in the form of pamphlets on ways to increase their child’s success in school. They include ideas on setting up a place in your home for your child to do homework, suggestions to help parents become more involved with their child’s learning, and tips for keeping in touch with the school and their child’s teacher. In the fall of the year, before school starts there is a kindergarten open house for all students entering kindergarten and their parents. The teachers are present and answer questions about curriculum standards. The parents are given information that includes how to contact the teacher when questions arrive after the beginning of the school year. A parent-student-teacher-compact is sent home at the beginning of the year and is signed by the teacher, parents, and student. Teachers send home a list of expectations for students and parents. These are discussed with parents at open house in the fall and further revisited as needed during parent meeting and parent conferences. A science or social studies fair night for 4th and 5th grade students and parents is held approximately 8 weeks prior to the competition date of the fair. Parents are given a detailed description of the science content standards that are to be covered in the project. The teacher helps the parents and students select a project that is appropriate to the child’s ability and one that fits the curriculum requirements. Our intervention specialists schedule outreach programs several times each school year in an effort to reach out and assist our families in a variety of ways.
- Train staff to build effective parent involvement.
Soo Township School participates in Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Language Initiative (M.i.B.L.S.i., Cohort 4.2). This program aims to improve student behavior and literacy school-wide. Stacey Miller, Easter Upper Peninsula Behavior Specialist, has worked with a committee of staff members to assist with improving student behavior. She has also provided training on how to facilitate successful meetings with parents. The district provides coordination, technical assistance and other support necessary to assist Title I schools to develop effective parental participation activities to improve academic achievement.
Collaborate with other programs to coordinate parent involvement.
Soo Township School staff collaborates with other programs to coordinate parent involvement. Our intervention specialist works collaboratively with the intervention specialists from our two sister elementary schools to schedule parent outreach programs. Our parent-teacher organization (P.T.O.) schedules Family Fun Nights during the school year. Sometimes these programs feature a specific educational mission, but usually their focus is to foster good will and community between the school and our families.Soo Township School collaborates with the local historical society and the local university, Lake Superior State University, to provide cultural and meaningful field trips for all our students. Parents serve as chaperones for these outings. The Soo Co-op Credit Union has established a student-operated credit union at Soo Township School. The credit union is open one afternoon every other week. Students are able to make deposits into their accounts. This operation is a satellite of operation of the Credit Union’s main branch in downtown Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.
Provide other reasonable support for parent involvement as parents may request.
Soo Township School provides other reasonable support for parent involvement as parents may request. The principal maintains an open door policy and is easily contacted via phone or e-mail. When a new parent makes contact with our school, the principal will schedule a meeting with the parent for the purpose of a building tour and possible enrollment of the new student. Kindergarten teachers schedule a formal “peek-in” before school begins each fall. Other teachers will meet with any parent who contacts them for a “peek-in” opportunity.Progress reports are available for any parent who requests this information. Parents are surveyed extensively on a regular basis as part of our school improvement process. Each fall, parents are invited to participate in their children’s education via the school improvement process. The invitation is extended in writing via the school newsletter and in person by the school principal at the annual Open House night. Parents are not always able to participate in the school improvement process. The principal regularly attends the monthly P.T.O. meetings. She uses this organization as a vehicle to inform parents on the school improvement process and to seek feedback regarding important relative issues. Parents are also kept up-to-date via the school newsletter and school website.
- Provide full opportunities for participation of parents with Limited English Proficiency or with disabilities and for parents of migratory children.
Soo Township School provides full opportunities for participation of parents with Limited English Proficiency or with disabilities and for parents of migratory children. We offer full opportunity for participation to all of our parents. Parents may participate in their children’s education in a variety of ways. Room parents help plan special events like parties and chaperone on field trips. Classroom volunteers assist the teacher with tasks or assist students who need extra help. Parents are encouraged to participate in the parent-teacher organization. Parents help by coaching our basketball teams and cheerleaders. Soo Township Staff makes accommodations for parents who are unable to come to school to meet with the teacher due to a disability. Teachers have phone conferences with parents or communicate regularly through e-mails. Teachers also make home visits to meet with parents with disabilities.
For more information concerning the parent involvement at Soo Township you may also email Diane Chevillot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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