Falcon Elementary School of Technology Parent Involvement Policy
Our school policy and compact have been jointly developed and agreed upon by the Falcon Elementary School and parents of students served in the All School Title I Program. The administration, staff, and parents of Falcon Elementary School believe that the improved academic achievement of each student is a responsibility shared by the entire school community, including the school district, school administration, staff, students, community members, and parents (as defined for purposes of this policy to include guardians and all members of a student’s family involved in the student’s education).
Parent involvement activities in the school will include opportunities for:
- Effective communication between the school and parents
- Parents to volunteer and be involved in school activities
- Parents to view student work and learn ways to support learning at home
- Parents to provide home support for their student’s education
- Parents to participate in school decision-making
As the school administration and staff, we agree to:
- Provide high-quality curricula and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment enabling students to meet the state academic standards.
- Facilitate and implement the Title I Parent Involvement policy.
- Involve parents in the planning, review and improvement of the School Parent Involvement Policy annually.
- Provide the School Parent Involvement Compact to parents in an understandable format.
- Invite parents to attend information meetings regarding their school’s participation in Title I, the requirement of Title I and the right of parents to be involved.
- Inform parents about the goals and purposes of the School-wide Title I, curriculum used at the school, assessments used to measure student progress, and expected student proficiency levels.
- Provide materials and training to help parents work with their student to improve the student’s achievement.
- Provide access to educational resources and support for parents to use with their students.
- Advise parents of their student’s progress on a regular basis.
- Be readily accessible to parents and provide opportunities for parents to meet with staff to discuss student progress
- Discuss and have parents sign the School-wide Title I Parent Involvement Policy at fall parent-teacher conferences each year.
- Provide opportunities for parents to volunteer and participate in their student’s class and observe classroom activities.
- Monitoring attendance
- Monitoring the completion of homework
- Providing a quiet time for homework and reading
- Monitoring television watching
- Encouraging positive use of extracurricular time
- Participating as appropriate, in decisions related to my child’s education
- Participating in school activities
- Communicating regularly with school staff regarding my child’s needs and circumstances.
- Supporting and following the rules and regulations of the school and school district.
- Stay on task and complete assignments to the best of my ability
- Listen and follow directions
- Attend school regularly
- Follow school rules
Parent & Community Notification
Each school served under Title I must notify parents of its written parental involvement policy in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, provide notice and the policy in a language the parents can understand. In addition, each school must make its written parental involvement policy available to the local community. (Department of Education, Parental Involvement: Title I, Part A)
District 49 Title 1 Commitment
District 49's Title I programs work to address the needs of a school's lowest performing students and those students found to be at most risk for not meeting state academic standards. Our Title I schools include:District 49's poverty index is 31.80 percent. Schools at all levels are funded as Title I if their Free and Reduced Lunch Program participation percentage is higher than than 40 percent.Our Title I schools receive additional resources to help ensure that all children have the opportunity to receive a quality education, resulting in their attainment of high academic standards. Title I status is used to allocate resources to districts and schools whose needs are the greatest. The program is the largest Elementary and Secondary Education Act program supporting both elementary and secondary education. The U.S. Department of Education allocates funds based on census poverty rates from ages 5 through 17. Essentially, Title I focuses on providing additional instructional time in the areas of reading and math. Ways in which schools in District 49 use Title I dollars include:
- Hiring additional teachers and para-professionals and instructional coaches
- Paying for tutoring for students who need extra support
- Purchasing materials and supplies for programs and strategies
- Providing Professional Development opportunities for teachers
- Increasing parent involvement
- Assisting professional development