California Elementary has been identified as a Title I school due to the socio-economic status of our community. With this designation, we receive supplemental funds to support the education of our children. Part of the process of using these funds and developing special educational opportunities for our children is to have parents involved in the educational process, and an official school “Parent Involvement Policy” which describes parent involvement opportunities.
We recognize that parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers and that continued parental involvement in the education of children contributes greatly to the student achievement and positive school environment.
An annual meeting is held at the beginning of the school year to inform parents of their rights under Title I and how they can be involved in the planning, review, and improvement of the Title I program in our school. We encourage parents at this time to participate in our School Site Council and ELAC (English Language Advisory) committees. At this time, teachers review the curriculum standards, assessment protocols, classroom standards, and opportunities to work in the classroom.
We encourage parents to review our School Performance Profile in our annual School Report card, and discuss their individual student’s scores on the California Standards Tests. Conferences are scheduled with their child’s teacher in September to discuss student progress and develop Academic Intervention Plans when necessary.
Parents are notified through flyers, newsletters, personal notes, and phone calls of opportunities for involvement such as Room Parents, Back to School Night, School Site Council, ELAC, Open House, Parent Conferences, Parent English Classes, Parenting Classes, work shops, guest speakers, and special committees. Parents are also a critical part of our Student Study Team, and our IEP process.
We have a full time bilingual community aide to help non-English speaking parents communicate with school staff, and all written communications are sent home in both English andSpanish.
All parents are encouraged to review our School Plan. A specific section entitled “Engaging Families and the Community in Supporting the Instructional Focus” specifically outlines opportunities for involvement, parent education, and support.