Woodland Hills Intermediate School
Title I District Parent Involvement Policy
Woodland Hills Intermediate School is committed to providing a quality education for each and every child in a creative and safe environment. We believe that parental involvement is an integral part of the student's academic success, and it is essential to create a strong home/school partnership.
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 their 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.
Parents will also be integral in school reviews and school improvement procedures.
- Title I parents will participate in the development of any school wide plan to improve academic achievement
- Title I parents will serve on committees for any Title I revision work and for district strategic planning.
WH Intermediate School agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:
- WH Intermediate School will put into operation programs, activities, and procedures to promote the involvement of parents.
- Throughout the school year WH Intermediate will host such events as STEAM Parent Night, Welcome Back Night, Open House, Family Fun Nights, Book Fairs, Promotion Day, Fun Day, and educational field trips. These events will be planned with parent input and involve parent participation.
- Publish, distribute, and utilize the WHSD Title I School-Parent Compact (see attachment A).
- Ensure Title I parents with limited English proficiency, literacy difficulties or other disabilities, and parents of migratory children are given the same opportunities for involvement as other parents. These parents will be provided information and school reports in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extend practicable, in a language parents understand.
- If the school plan for Title I, Part A, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school will submit any parent comments and concerns to the district for review.
- WH Intermediate School maintains a PTO mailbox in the main office as well as a general informational bulletin board for all parents. WH Intermediate also has a PTO room for storage and for events.
WH Intermediate School and the Woodland Hills School District are dedicated to involving parents in the development of the district wide parental involvement Title I policy.
WH Intermediate School will build the school’s and parents’ capacity for parent involvement by offering programs to strengthen the school/family partnership by providing materials and training for school staff and parents. The school will:
- Educate school staff on the value of contributions of parents and how to reach out to, communicate with and work with parents as equal partners to implement and coordinate parent programs to build ties between parents and the school.
- Provide professional development for teachers, families, administrators, and staff on how to increase the level and quality of family involvement.
- Provide training to parents in understanding topics such as the importance of challenging academic standards, helping their children meet those standards, and monitoring their children’s progress in specific skills (Reading, Math and Science).
- Provide information and, if needed, assistance to parents in understanding state academic content and performance standards; state and local assessments; the requirements of Title I and how parents can assist in their child’s education.
- Provide materials and information to help parents work with their children to improve academic achievement, including literacy training and using technology.
- Provide information to Title I parents on the district’s parent resources available.
The Woodland Hills School District will provide technical assistance and support to its Title I schools in planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities. The district will:
- Assist Title I schools in identifying clear and measurable goals for parent involvement.
- Actively support staff and promote efforts that increase the level and quality of parent involvement.
- Provide parents and staff information, materials and training on required and effective parent involvement policies and practices.
- Provide to the Title I schools best practices, ideas, materials, new approaches, research and other program information in order to help schools improve their parent involvement programs.
- Research and model effective parent involvement activities and practices.
- Provide resource materials for parent meetings, workshops and take home learning activities.
- Assist Title I schools with training and ideas in reaching hard to reach parents and parent involvement activities.
- Collaborate with the PTO and other community agencies to provide activities that build capacity for parents to assist learning and participate in school processes, such as parent workshops or family unity activities.
- Coordinate and integrate Title I parental involvement activities, to the extent feasible and appropriate, with such other programs as Head Start, Reading First, Pre-K Counts, by providing mutual parent involvement training and information.
- Collaborate with community agencies to inform schools and parents of literacy training and parent education.
- Conduct with parents an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parent involvement policy; assess how much parent involvement has increased; and inspect the barriers to parental participation that need to be addressed with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are any racial or ethnic minority background. The findings will be used to design strategies for school improvement and to revise parental involvement policies.
WH Intermediate School utilizes the following strategies to build parents’ capacity for involvement in the school and school system to support their children’s academic achievement:
- Arrange formal and informal parent-teacher conferences at various times to ensure that parents can attend.
- Send the Home School Visitor to homes to relay important information to parents who cannot attend conferences, especially for SAP meetings and IEP meetings.
- Work in partnership with TCV, Communities in Schools, Glade Run, and local after school programs such as Youth Life, Naomi’s House, and the Rankin Christian Center to assist parents in helping increase their children’s academic progress.
This policy was adopted by WH Intermediate School on September 28, 2017, and will be revised yearly. The Woodland Hills School District will distribute this policy to all parents of participating Title I, Part A children at the start of the school year or at the start of a child’s enrollement.
Woodland Hills School District
Title I Home/School Compact 2018-2019
Education is a joint responsibility of the school and the home. To insure that the interests of each are served, it is important that we develop and maintain a program of communication and cooperation between the home and the school. This agreement is a first step in that program.
The administration and teaching staff will:
1. Strive to be aware of the individual needs of each child.
2. Reinforce/strengthen each child’s reading/math concepts and skills.
3. Regularly communicate with parents/caregivers regarding their child’s progress.
4. Organize and notify parents/caregivers of opportunities to discuss the program and contribute suggestions for improvement.
My child’s school years are very important. I agree that his/her achievement and attitude will be enhanced by my participation. Therefore, to the best of my ability, I will:
1. Make sure my child gets enough sleep each night.
2. Make sure my child is at school on time.
3. Give my child a quiet place to study and/or do homework.
4. Review my child’s assignments/work with him/her daily.
5. Check that my child’s homework is completed.
6. Spend at least 15 minutes a day reading to/with my child.
I plan to attend open house, parent conferences, and Title I parent meetings.
(Please check) ______YES ______NO
Education is important to me. It will help me become a better person. I know my parents/caregivers will help me, but I have to do the work. I agree to:
1. Be at school on time unless I am sick.
2. Take responsibility for my behavior.
3. Pay attention in class and do my work.
4. Complete my class work on time.
5. Return corrected work to my parent/caregiver.