Webster Elementary School - Parent Involvement Policy

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Webster Elementary School recognizes the value of parent involvement to
support the social and academic development of our students.  To this end, Webster Elementary School has established the Webster Parent Involvement Policy, which is committed to:

• Parental involvement in school decision making through participation in
   the SIAC Council.
• Effective communication between parents and Webster Elementary School.
• Developing programs which increase parent involvement in their
   children's education.
• Providing social, academic and supervisory opportunities for parents and
   families in school related activities.
• Describing for parents the curriculum and assessment tools utilized by
   Webster Elementary School.
• Providing an Annual Title I Meeting.
• Providing flexible meeting times i.e. parent conferences, parent meetings.
• Providing additional meetings if requested by parents.
• Providing equal access for parents who are ELL, migrants, homeless or
  disabled in language they can understand and disseminated in a timely
  manner.

 


Standard 1: Parenting

Parents will be given information on parenting classes provided by MPS
Parent University.  These classes include, but are not limited to, Ten
Steps to Positive Discipline, Developing Capable Young People, and
Secrets to Affective Consequences.  The principal, school nurse, dean of students, and counselor assist families with parenting skills and setting home conditions that support children as students at each age and grade level.


Standard 2: Communication

Curriculum Description & Explanation:

All grades use the district adopted basal reading series published by
Harcourt.  This series enables teachers to meet the needs of all learners with
leveled readers, and supportive materials such as the Intervention Kit.
Communication skills and language arts are taught in K-6.  These include the
effective listening, speaking, study skills, writing in a variety of genres using the six traits and the writing process.  In math, Webster utilizes the district-adopted texts. Scott Foresman is used in 1st - 6th grade This series involves students in learning mathematics through the use of manipulatives, problem solving, and
communicating mathematically.  The MPS science program is a hands-on approach to learning scientific principals.  The district provides kits that contain the materials needed to conduct experiments and resource materials to provide information on that kit's topic.  The Arizona State Standards for social studies are designed to spiral the concepts through the grades on a wide variety of topics. Basic themes are integrated into each of the grade levels. The students have hands on experiences involving decision making skills.  Interactive activities
focus on the multiple intelligences and cooperative learning.

Assessment Instruments Utilized:

The following assessments are used to monitor student progress, determine
areas needing additional instruction at Webster and the parent surveys are
used to determine parent needs and quality of service:

• Acuity - a diagnostic assessment used in 3rd - 6th grade three times a year.
• Writing Portfolios in 1st and 2nd grade - 4 times per year.
• CRTs in Reading and Math - given in late April and early May.
• AIMS - given once a year in April to grades 3rd - 6th.
• TerraNova - a standardized test given to 2nd graders in April.
• Harcourt Reading Theme Tests - given in 1st - 6th as needed.
• Informal Assessments - teacher observation, portfolios, student
  self-assessment.
• Teacher made tests - given as needed - all grade levels.
• Title I Parent Needs Assessment - given in the spring.
• Parent Quality Service Survey.

Communication Between Home & School and School & Home:

Each classroom teacher is responsible for developing a plan for establishing
communication between the home and school. Webster staff will utilize the
following communication tools to build partnerships with our parents:

• Cougar News is sent home once a month.
• Phone conferences
• Progress reports
• Report cards
• Parents are encouraged to call the teacher when questions arise.
• Parent/teacher conferences will be scheduled at the end of the first and
  second quarters to discuss your child's progress in school. Parents are
  strongly encouraged to attend all parent/teacher conferences and
  communicate their concerns/questions to the teacher.
• The staff is trained on effective home/school communication.


Standard 3: Volunteering:

A team composed of teachers and parents meets once a month to plan
home/school activities such as Academic Night, Title I Annual Meeting, spelling bee, curriculum nights, and other themed events.  The purpose of the activities is to increase parent involvement, to enhance learning and student achievement,
and to build a partnership between families and the school.  The Webster
Student Council and the PTA help fund awards and refreshments at our
parent events.  Local businesses donate incentive certificates and free
materials.  Volunteer coordinators will plan and implement training for parents in
specific skills they will use when working with students.  The training
will empower parents with self-confidence in their ability to work with
students.

 

 

Standard 4: Learning at Home

Teachers will plan varied designs of homework that includes interactive
assignments.  The assigned homework will provide parents with the
knowledge they need to support, encourage, and help their child at home.
The assigned homework will help parents understand the curriculum and
what the child is learning in each subject.


Standard 5: Decision Making

The purpose of the SIAC will be to advise the administration of Webster
Elementary School in planning, development, implementation, and assessment of the school's entire educational program.  The SIAC will meet once a month (six times during the year) on Monday at a time agreed upon by the SIAC members. The council will consist of four parents, one classified member, one primary teacher, one intermediate teacher, one specialist, the home school liaison, basic skill specialist and the principal.


Standard 6: Collaborating with the Community

 

Webster Elementary works with local businesses to provide incentives for
students who obtain certain attendance, academic, and citizenship goals.
Local businesses and community groups also provide resources to enrich
curriculum and instruction.  For example: Bookman's provides books for
reading events that are sent home with students, Kiwanis Club provides
dictionaries for every third grade student, and East Valley Astronomers
used telescopes to allow families to view stars and planets.