Soldier Hollow Charter School (SHCS) regards parental involvement vital to the academic success of students. Parents are the initial teachers of their children and serve as partners with the school in helping their children achieve academic success.
Parental involvement 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, and the school activities that make Soldier Hollow a successful educational program;
(C) that 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) the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA-Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
1. SHCS will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development and joint agreement of its Parent Involvement Policy and its school wide plan, if applicable, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way under section 1118(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Soldier Hollow Charter School (SHCS) will involve parents in the process of school review and improvement.
- Share the achievement data from the school with parents
- Invite input from parents regarding school academic goals
- Discuss instructional practices.
- Will notify parents about the Parent Involvement Policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, will distribute this policy to parents in a language the parents can understand.
- Will make the Parent Involvement Policy available to the local community via our website.
- Will periodically update the Parent Involvement Policy to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.
- Will adopt the school-parent compact as a component of its Parent Involvement Policy.
2. SHCS will take the following actions to distribute to parents of all children and the local community the Parent Involvement Policy:
- The School Parent Involvement Policy will be distributed in the August mailer to all families
- The policy will be distributed to parents at the beginning of the year orientation and Title I parent meetings.
- The policy will be posted on the school website.
- Parents of all students will receive the policy upon registration.
3. SHCS will periodically update its Parent Involvement Policy to meet the changing needs of parents and the school through:
- monthly School Community Council meetings
- regular Title I meetings
- PTO meetings
- General School meetings
4. SHCS will convene an annual meeting, which will be a part of the August Family Orientation, to inform parents of the following:
- Outline our programming at SHCS and review general policies and procedures
- SHCS participates in the federal Title I program and explain the requirements of Title I
- Of their rights and expectations to be involved in their child’s education
- Description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet
- Parent Meetings, Title I meetings and Family Nights throughout the year
- Parents may submit comments in writing regarding the school wide plan to their child’s teacher, the Title I Coordinator or the principal.
RESPONSIBILITIES FOR HIGH STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
1. SHCS will build the schools’ and parent’s capacity for strong parental involvement in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership between the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement through the following activities described below:
- Parent meetings (2)
- Family Nights
- Parental access to our Student Information System (SIS)
- Our school-wide student activities such as our Environmental Education Weeks, our Fall Gala, Field Day, SHCS Olympics, Science Fairs, Field Trips and much more.
2. The school will invite parent representation to participate in our School Community Council. Information, including academic data, State and Federal allocations, personnel, and instructional strategies will be given to parent representatives that serve on this committee and meeting minutes will be posted on our website, after council approval.
- Parents will have the opportunity to review information, attend scheduled meetings and give input into the development of the school plan.
- The Soldier Hollow Charter School Board will give final approval of the school plans.
3. The school will incorporate the school-parent compact as a component of its School Parental Involvement Policy:
- The school-parent compact will be a part of the School Parental Involvement Policy on the school’s web page.
- During the application process and the Family Orientation Night, the school-parent compact will be completed and signed by the teacher, the parent(s), and the student.
- As needed, the school-parent compact will be included in school newsletters along with the School Parental Involvement Policy.
4. The school will 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:
Parents will receive information on the topics above through the school newsletter, School Parent Compact, parent meetings, school website.
5. As appropriate, the school will, with the assistance of the state, provide materials and training such as literacy training and using technology to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement and to foster parental involvement.
6. SHCS will, with the assistance of the state and parents, educate its teachers, front office personnel, principal and other staff, in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools.