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Odyssey Elementary School Parent Involvement Policy

This parental involvement policy and contract has been jointly developed and agreed upon by Odyssey Elementary School staff members and parents of students in the Schoolwide Title 1 Program

Parent Involvement Beliefs and Policy


The administration, staff, and parents of Odyssey Elementary School believe that the improved academic achievement of each student is a responsibility shared by the entire school community. This includes the school district, school administration, school staff members, 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
  • Staff development and parent education
  • Parents to provide home support for their student’s education
  • Parents to participate in school decision-making

 

Compact Responsibilities of the School

The school administration and staff will:
  • Provide a high quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables students to meet or exceed the state academic standards
  • Facilitate and implement the district Title 1 Parent Involvement Policy
  • Involve parents in the planning, review and improvement of the School Parent Involvement Policy annually
  • Provide the School Parent Involvement Policy to parents in an understandable format
  • Invite parents to attend information meetings regarding their school’s participation in Title 1, the requirements of Title 1 and the right of parents to be involved
  • Inform parents about the goals and purpose of a School- wide Title 1 Program curriculum used at the school, assessments used to measure progress and expected student proficiency levels
  • Provide materials and training to help parents work with their students to improve academic achievement
  • 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 1 Parent Involvement Policy and Compact each year
  • Provide opportunities for parents to volunteer and participate in their student’s class and observe classroom activities

Responsibilities of Parents

Parents will support their student’s learning at home by:
  • Ensuring that their child goes to school regularly and is on time each day
  • Monitoring homework - providing a quiet time and place for completion of homework and reading
  • Monitoring television watching
  • Encourage positive use of extracurricular time
  • Attending all parent / teacher conferences
  • Volunteering in the classroom as able
  • Participating in school activities - Family Literacy and Math Nights, field trips, student programs, etc. as able
  • Communicating regularly with school staff regarding their student's needs and circumstances
  • Supporting and following all rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of the school and school district

Responsibilities of the Student

Students will support their learning by:
  • Working hard and doing their best in class
  • Listening to and following instructions
  • Staying on task and completing all assignments to the best of their ability
  • Showing respect for self and others
  • Following all school rules, regulations, policies and procedures

School Involvement Activities

  • Open house/Back to School
  • Title Budget Review
  • Parent Coffee Meetings
  • Math/Reading Intervention Presentation 
  • STEM Night
  • Bingo for Books
  • Muffins for Moms
  • Donuts for Dads
  • Kindergarten Parent Tea
  • Turkey Trot

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)

OES School-Parent Compact

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
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