Welcome Students and Parents

 

School Responsibilities

The Copper Harbor School, and the parents of the students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (participating children), agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the 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 that will help children achieve the State’s high standards.

The Copper Harbor School will:

Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards.   The adopted curriculum is developmentally appropriate instruction (State Standard Grade Level Curriculum) with attention being paid to cultural differences, learning styles, and individual learner abilities. This includes the use of strategies such as differentiating instruction and providing active learning opportunities.
Hold parent-teacher conferences during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement.  Conferences will be held in the Fall (November) and Spring (April).
Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress.  Report cards will be sent home with students quarterly.  Individual student progress reports will be sent home monthly.
Provide parents reasonable access to staff.  School hours: By appointment, staff will be available for consultation with parents during morning break and lunch at the school (in person or by phone).  After school hours: Appointments may be made and conducted at the school or other convenient location for both the parent(s) and teacher.  Phone consultations may be made to the teacher at the school or at home, dependent on teacher availability.
Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and to observe classroom activities.  Parents are welcome to volunteer in the classroom to help, participate, and/or observe any time of the school day – except when state or standardized testing is taking place.

Teacher/Principal Signature_________________________Date____________



Parent Responsibilities

We, as parents/guardians, will support our children’s learning in the following ways:

Make sure that my child attends school on time every day, unless sick or in the case of emergency.
Monitor the amount of television that my child watches.
Make sure that my child completes homework assignments.
Volunteer in my child’s classroom.
Participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to my children’s education – monitor my child’s progress in school and be available for school conferences when needed; promptly read all notices from the school received by my child or by mail and respond, as appropriate.
Promote positive use of my child’s extracurricular time – read to my child; expose them to museums, zoos, art exhibits, sports events, etc.; have them become involved in community service activities.
Talk to my child regularly about the value of education.
Support the school’s discipline policy.
Ensure that my child gets adequate sleep, regular medical attention, and proper nutrition.
Respect the school, staff, students, and families.
Serve, to the extent possible, on policy advisory groups, such as being the Title I, Part A parent representative on the school’s School Improvement Team, the Title I Policy Advisory Committee, the District wide Policy Advisory Council, the State’s Committee of Practitioners, the School Support Team, or other school advisory or policy groups.
    
    
Parent/Guardian Signature_____________________________Date___________




Student Responsibilities

We, as students, will share the responsibility to improve our academic achievement and achieve the State’s high standards.
Do my homework every day and ask for help when I need to.
Read at least 30 minutes every day outside of school time.
Give to my parents, or the adult who is responsible for my welfare, all notices and information received by me from my school every day
Regularly talk with my parents and teacher about my progress in school.
Realize that I am in control of, and responsible for, my actions and behaviors in the classroom.

Student Signature______________________________Date__________________

 

 

Title I Parent Involvement Plan

Grant Township School District #2
Title I Parent Involvement Plan

 

Part I.
The Grant Township School District #2 agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:
• The school district will put into operation programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents with Title I, Part A programs, consistent with section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Those programs, activities and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.

• Consistent with section 1118, the school district will work with its schools to ensure that the required school-level parental involvement policies meet the requirements of section 1118(b) of the ESEA, and each include, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with section 1118(d) of the ESEA.

• The school district will incorporate this district wide parental involvement policy into its LEA plan developed under section 1112 of the ESEA.

• In carrying out the Title I, Part A parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the school district will provide full opportunities 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 section1111of the ESEA in an understandable and uniform format and including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.

• If the LEA plan for Title I, Part A, developed under section 1112 of the ESEA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school district will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school district submits the plan to the State Department of Education.

• The school district will 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 parental involvement is spent, and will ensure that not less than 95 percent of the one percent reserved goes directly to the school.

• The school district will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and expects that its Title I school will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition:

•  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 that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;  
B that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in the child’s education at school;
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.

The school district will inform parents and parental organizations of the purpose and existence of the Parental Information and Resource Center in the State.

Part II.
1.  The Grant Township School District #2 will take the following actions to
      involve parents in the joint development of its district wide parental
      involvement plan under section 1112 of the ESEA:

      Title I orientation meetings are held at least annually at each school to inform parents about:

• the guidelines, purpose, and goals of the Title I Program, and the student selection process;
• the State Parent Center and the role of the Parent Instructional Support Coordinator (PISC);
• parents’ rights under Title I Part A, to request information about:

teacher certification in area(s) in which he/she provides  instruction;
the degree and/or major of the teacher;
qualifications of paraprofessionals instructing students.

• LEA Title I Parent Involvement Policy and Plan
• School-Parent Compact
• Title I Complaint Procedure
• FERPA – Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act
• PPRA – Protection of Pupil Rights Act

2.  The Grant Township School will take the following actions to involve
     parents in the process of school review and improvement under
     section 1116 of the ESEA:

The school will survey its parent population, at least annually, to evaluate the effectiveness of its parent involvement program.

Parent input from Title I meetings, along with survey results, will be used to determine effectiveness of the program; to identify barriers to parent participation; and to increase opportunities for parent participation.

3.  The Grant Township School will provide the following necessary coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance:

The school will provide parents with additional learning opportunities in individual or group meetings that promote:

• Reading, writing, and math skills and strategies
• Oral and written English literacy
• Decision-making skills and goal setting/tracking goal progress

4.  The Grant Township School will take the following actions to conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parental involvement policy in improving the quality of its program.  The evaluation will include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in parental involvement activities (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial of ethnic minority background).  The school district will use the findings of the evaluation about its parental involvement policy and activities to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary (and with the involvement of parents) its parental involvement policies.

The school’s Title I Committee consisting of parents, community members, school board members and school staff meet, at least annually, to review and/or revise the School Parents Involvement Policy and Action Plan, and the School-Parent Compact.

The Grant Township School will build the school’s and parent’s capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school , parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, through the following activities specifically described below:

A.  The school district will provide assistance to parents of children served by the school district, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following, by undertaking the actions described in this paragraph  --

• 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 Part A,
• how to monitor their child’s progress, and
• how to work with educators:

The school will provide additional parent meetings as needed to review:

• National/state/district education goals, content standards, and curriculum
• Educational rights/responsibilities under the  No Child Left Behind Act and Title I, Part A
• School district and state assessments
• Methods for monitoring their child’s progress
• Opportunities for parents to be involved with educators by volunteering in the classroom and/or involved with school leadership teams such as:  Title One Committee; School Improvement Committee; the District School Board
        
          B.  The school district will provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s
academic achievement, such as literacy training, and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement, by:

Providing instructional materials correlated to their child’s academic plan to be used at home; present different ways to incorporate technology into academics in the home; present
parents with current Best Practice instructional information from staff workshop training.
         
        C.  The school district will, with the assistance of parents, educate its teachers, pupil services personnel, principals 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 the school, by:

The school provides its staff with training to assist them with working with parents as equal partners in the educational process and to increase effective communication between the home/school.   Parents’ input should be considered in planning such training.

        D.  The school district will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with other 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:

Coordinating and integrating parent involvement with other programs provided through the Copper Country Intermediate  School District such as: Special Education, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Assistive Technology Services, School Psychology & Social Worker Services, and the early childhood programs Great Parents/Great Start and Early On.    

         E.  The school district will take the following actions to ensure that information relate to the school and parent-programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the parents of participating children in and understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand:

Parental communication will be in an understandable and uniform format.  Language communication is not an issue at this time, as all stakeholders in the Title I program (teacher, staff, parents, & students) speak English as their first language.

Part III.
Adoption:  The District Wide Parental Involvement Policy has been  developed jointly with, and agreed on with, staff, parents, community members, and school board members.

This policy was adopted by the Grant Township School District on September 1, 2009, and will be in effect for the period of September 1, 2012.