Parent Involvement

Bergman High School Parent Involvement Plan 2014-2015

Bergman School District Grades 9-12

Parent Involvement Coordinator: Teresia Sharp

Title I Schoolwide 57% free and reduced lunch

Parent Involvement Committee Members: Cris Williams, Beth Miller, Brad & Joy Nelson, Stacey Eldridge, Richard & Kelly Henson, Bryan Pruitt, Karen Flud, Teresia Sharp.

I. Bergman High School will use various communication strategies with parents: Bergman High School will distribute a quarterly newsletter to parents that is developed with participation of the principal, teachers, and the Gifted and Talented class. It includes school news, health tips, information about school activities and events, recognition of students, study and homework tips, and parenting tips. The school has a Web site which includes the annual calendar, library resources, menus, and online safety tips. Parents can access their child’s grades by using Home Access Center and check their Accelerated Reading points through Renaissance Home Connect. Parents may use email to communicate with the school staff and they can also check teacher homepages for schedules, homework assignments, and other information. The Counselor’s Corner includes college and scholarship information. District information per Act 1747, the Acsip Plan, and the Parent Involvement Plan can be found on the web site under Community. The website is meant as a communication resource for students, parents, teachers and the community. Parents will be contacted through the use of an automated school messenger system with significant information. Parent/teacher conferences will be held on September 25,2014 and February 12, 2015 to report student progress. Caps Night will be held April 27, 2015 to involve parents in the decision making process of their students in registering for the coming school year. The school will provide Informational packets for parents that will include expectations, schedules, curriculum information, rules, and general information. Progress reports are sent to the parents the fifth week of each nine week grading period, allowing for parent intervention to help improve student performance. Open House will be held August 18, 2014 to supply information to parents about curriculum requirements, classroom expectations, student assessments, curricular goals for each discipline and encourage time for parents and teachers to visit.

II. Proposed parent meetings for the 2014-2015 school year:

• Meetings will include time for parents and staff to meet individually to discuss the needs of their students.

• Meetings will be held at various times to accommodate parents.

• Meetings will be held to inform parents of the Title I program and to involve them in reviewing and revising our plan.

• Meetings will be held to encourage parent participation and support for student learning.

• Meetings will be held to show case student success. Open House August 18 Senior Parent Scholarship Night September 25(6 pm) Parent/Teacher Conferences September 25, February 12 Parent Involvement Meeting October23, (6:15 pm) Title I Meeting October 23, (6 pm) Report to the Public October 23, (7:30) Literacy Night March 10 (6:30) Caps Night April 27 Honors Awards Assembly May 7 Athletic Banquet May 13.

III. Bergman High School will provide parents with volunteer opportunities: The school will survey parents about volunteer ideas and opportunities. The school will provide a list of volunteer opportunities on the school website and through the newsletter to parents. The school will provide instruction to a parent on how to incorporate developmentally appropriate learning activities in the home environment, including without limitation: role play and demonstration by trained volunteer, the use of and access to the Department of Education website tools for parents, assistance with nutritional meal planning and preparation and other strategies or curricula developed or acquired by the school district for at-home parental instruction approved by the Department of Education. (Staff Development) The State Board of Education’s Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas public Schools and School Districts shall require no fewer than two (2) hours of professional development for teachers designed to enhance the understand of effective parental involvement strategies. No fewer than three (3) hours of professional development for administrators designed to enhance understanding of effective parent involvement strategies and the importance of administrative leadership in setting expectations and creating a climate conducive to parental participation.

IV. Bergman High School will create a School-Parent-Student-Compact with the Involvement of a parent committee. The Bergman School District 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.

V. Bergman High School will provide opportunities for parents to be involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of the school improvement plan to engage them in the decision-making process: • The school will ask parents to serve on review and planning committees. • The school will hold a Title I meeting, discussing with parents their concerns and asking them for their input concerning programs, funding, academic progress and kinds of assessments used. • The school will engage parents in decision making about the allocation of its Title I, Part A funds for parental involvement. • The school shall enable the formation of a Parent Teacher Association or organization that will foster parental and community involvement within the school. • To take advantage of community resources, the school shall attempt to recruit alumni from the school to create an alumni advisory commission to provide advice and guidance for school improvement. • Coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies with parental involvement strategies under other programs.

VI. Bergman High School will provide resources for parents: Resources for parents can be found in the Parent Resource Center in the Media Center (Library). Parents are encouraged to use the parent computer to view the school website, research web sites, or check student grades on Edline. Books and pamphlets concerning parenting, college, scholarships, and health information are also available. The school will distribute Informational packets each year that includes a copy of the school’s parental involvement plan, survey for volunteer interests, recommended roles for parents/teachers/students and school, suggestions of ways parents can become involved in their child’s education, parental involvement activities planned for the current school year and information about the system that will be used to allow parents and teachers to communicate (notes, phone call, e-mail…). To promote and support responsible parenting, the school shall, as funds are available: Purchase parenting books, magazines, and other informative materials regarding responsible parenting through the school library, advertise the current selection, and give parents the opportunity to borrow the materials for review. Include in the school’s policy handbook the school’s process for resolving parental concerns, including how to define a problem, whom to approach first, and how to develop solutions. The principal of each school in a school district shall designate (1) certified staff member who is willing to serve as a parent facilitator. Teresia Sharp is Parent Facilitator for Bergman High School.

VII. The school will engage parents in the annual evaluation of the Title I, Part A Program’s parental involvement efforts: Through a parent/staff evaluation using a comprehensive needs assessment, school staff and parents will meet to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan and suggest necessary changes. The evaluation process will include (1) growth in number of parents participating in meetings; (2) specific needs of parents (3) effectiveness of specific strategies, and (4) engagement of parents in activities to support student academic growth.

VIII. Bergman High School will use the parent interest survey to select, plan, and implement parental involvement activities: The school will ask parents to fill out a parent interest survey at the end of each school year to gain information from parents. The school will evaluate the results as part of the annual parental involvement plan evaluation and use the results of the parent survey to plan parental involvement for the following year. The school’s counselor will host a parent/student seminar to inform them about career planning, college prep, and scholarship opportunities. Sponsor seminars to inform the parents of high school students about how to be involved in the decisions affecting course selection, career planning, and preparation for postsecondary opportunities.

IX. Bergman High School will conduct an Annual Title I Meeting for parents of the students who participate in the Title I, Part A Program. The Title I meeting will be separate from any other meeting to ensure that there is ample time to provide a description/explanation of school curriculum, information on forms of academic assessments used to measure student progress and information on proficiency level students are expected to meet. The Annual Title I Meeting will include a sign-in sheet, agenda and minutes of the meeting.

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