Title I Parent Involvement PolicyValues for A Lifetime
St. Joseph School will:
- develop jointly with parents a Parent Involvement Policy that will be agreed upon by each school’s staff and parents.
- work to strengthen the parent capacity to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement.
- be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and 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 that parents:
- play an integral role assisting in their child’s learning:
- are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;
- become 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.
St. Joseph School will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development, review, and improvement of its school parental plan:
- Encourage parents to attend the school’s Title I meeting in September. This meeting will be offered twice; once in the morning and once in the evening to help accommodate parents’ schedules.
- At this annual meeting, parents will be provided with Title I programs, overview of curriculum, student assessment information, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
- At a School Improvement meeting, staff and parents will review the existing curriculum, programming, procedures, and resources as they relate to instructional effectiveness and increasing student achievement.
- At an annual parent-teacher meeting, Title I will be placed on the agenda to review the Parent Involvement Policy and accept recommendations and suggestions.
- A copy of the Parent Involvement Policy will be available on the school’s website as well as the corporation website for public inspection.
St. Joseph School’s administration and staff will provide assistance to all parents of St. Joseph School’s students in understanding: St. Joseph School’s curriculum, forms of academic assessment used to measure children’s progress, and the State and local proficiency levels students are expected to meet. This information will be disseminated through the timely distribution of:
- Diagnostic Reading Assessment (DRA)-kindergarten through grade 5
- ISTEP+ parent report detailing the results of their child’s ISTEP+ assessment (grades 3, 4 & 5)
- InView parent report detailing the results of their child’s InView assessment (grades 2 & 5)
- Information available in the parent-student handbook
- Mid-term reports
- Report cards
- Information shared by teachers during parent-teacher conferences, agenda notes, phone contact, and/or notes home
Other forms of information that will be made available to parents will be:
- Jupiter Grades Website – parents can access student grades and attendance.
- St. Joseph School’s PL 221 Plan and Reading Plan-St. Joseph School’s PL 221 Plan and Reading Plan outlines St. Joseph School’s educational goals/objectives/strategies, assessment instruments, and parental involvement activities. This document is available in the office area for inspection.
- Child’s progress may be monitored via two-way communication (i.e. classroom visits, phone call, child’s daily agenda, etc.)
St. Joseph School will, with the assistance of its parents, educate its teachers, principals, pupil services personnel, and other staff in how to reach out to, communicate 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 by:
- Giving parents the opportunity to write down concerns, comments, and praises. This information will be passed along to the staff for future consideration.
- Setting aside time during St. Joseph School staff development meetings to study and discuss how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners.
St. Joseph School will provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, to foster parental involvement. This will be accompanied by:
- A variety of before and after school activities.
- Continuing to offer web-based, educational software (Learning.com, Reading A-Z, ALEKS, IXL, EasyTech) that children can access at home. Parents will be able to monitor student progress and access data that pertains directly to their child’s academic achievement and progress.
St. Joseph School will coordinate and integrate, as appropriate, parent involvement with pre-school programs. Each elementary will make information available to parents upon request.
St. Joseph School will ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities are sent to the parents of participating children in a format and, to the extent practicable, in language the parents can understand. This will be accomplished through the use of:
- Bi-weekly school newsletters
- Informational flyers
- Weekly classroom newsletters
- Principal Announcements
- Frequent reminders (newsletters, etc.) that include important information about upcoming events and programs
- Important school messages and events posted on school’s websites
- Radio announcements on WSVX 96.5 FM, Shelbyville, IN
- Newspaper announcements in The Shelbyville News (Shelbyville, IN)
St. Joseph School will implement the following strategies to increase parent involvement:
- St. Joseph School will hold a Back to School for families before the start date for school In mid-August Meet the Teacher night will occur. During this time parents will get a chance to meet the teacher and discuss grade level expectations for pupils.
- Parents will be encouraged to attend St. Joseph School annual Title 1 meeting in September. This September meeting will be offered twice; once in the evening and once in the morning to help better accommodate parent’s schedules.
- School wide parent-conferences that will occur at the end of the first nine-week grading period.
- The St. Joseph School PTO will meet several times per semester or at the discretion of the PTO executive committee. All St. Joseph School parents will be encouraged to attend and participate.
- Report cards are available at the end of every nine-week grading period. Mid-term reports are available mid-way through every nine-week grading period. Individual conferences can be scheduled at parent/teacher request.
- School newsletters will be available bi-weekly. Classroom newsletters are available weekly. Each newsletter will include information about opportunities for parents to become more involved at St. Joseph School.
- School activities and information will be posted on the school’s website at: www.sjsshelbyville.org.
Parent Involvement Activities Schedule
Parent Involvement Activities Schedule
August – Back to School Night and Meet the Teacher Night
September – Annual Title 1 Meeting Night and Open House
October – Parent/Teacher Conferences and Grandparents’/Special Persons’ Day, PTO Meeting and Program
November – PTO Meeting and Program
December – Christmas Program
January – Catholic Schools’ Week Activities
February – PTO Meeting and Program
March – PTO Meeting and Program, Kindergarten Preview
April – Parent Fair, Incoming Kindergarten Assessments, PTO Meeting and Program, Preschool Open House
May/June – Kindergarten Graduation, Fifth Grade Graduation, Awards’ Day, Field Day/Swim Party, Welcome to Middle School Night for incoming sixth graders, Four-Year-Old Preschool Graduation
June – IREAD Summer School, Summer Book Club, Principal’s Reading Challenge
July – Jump Start for Kindergarten
St. Joseph School values what parents have to say about Title 1 programming and St. Joseph School Title 1 Parent Involvement Plan. To that end parents/guardians will be given ample opportunities throughout the school year to provide feedback and suggestions for improvement in both areas.
As mentioned earlier, evaluation of the St. Joseph School Title 1 Parent Involvement Plan will take place at the end of each school year at a planned Title 1 event. At this planned event parents/guardians will be given the opportunity to review, evaluate and comment on the effectiveness of the current plan. Parents will also be given the opportunity to make suggestions on ways to improve St. Joseph School Plan. Prior to this meeting each parent will be given the opportunity to receive a PDF copy of St. Joseph School Title 1 Parent Involvement Plan via e-mail or by stopping in the school office to pick up a copy. The school improvement team will also have, at the very least, one parent member on its roster.
Through the development and implementation of this comprehensive Parent Involvement Plan, it is expected that parent involvement will increase in the following ways:
- Parents will feel welcome whenever they come to visit St. Joseph School.
- Participation and attendance in St. Joseph School Title 1 Programs/activities will grow. Attendance will be tracked and recorded on a sign-in sheet at each program/activity.
- More parents will volunteer to participate and become involved in the St. Joseph School Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO).
- More parents will choose to volunteer to help with planned St. Joseph School PTO functions and activities.
- Parents will become better educated about how to assist and support the educational progress of their child or children.
- Parents will learn how to access information sources both inside and outside the school to help make sound, informed educational decisions for their child.
- Parents will learn more about the research-based best practices that are being utilized by their child’s teacher.