Parent Involvement Plan

THURGOOD MARSHALL MIDDLE SCHOOL

NON-TITLE I PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY

Thurgood Marshall Middle School (MMS) has developed a written Non-Title I parental

involvement policy with input from Non-Title I parents. The MMS School Site Council

(SSC) and School Governance Team (SGT) committees, comprised of teachers, school

staff members, parents and students, developed the parent involvement policy.

MMS has distributed the policy to parents of Non-Title I students. This policy is

distributed to parents via our School Messenger program.

The policy describes the means for carrying out the following Non-Title I parental

involvement requirements [20 USC 6318 Section 1118(a)-(f) inclusive].

Involvement of Parents in the Non-Title I Program

To involve parents in the Non-Title I program at MMS the following practices have been

established:

The school convenes an annual meeting to inform parents of Non-Title I students

about Non-Title I requirements and about the right of parents to be involved in the

Non-Title I program.

During the annual Back to School Nights during the first month of school, the

MMS administration outlines how parents can be involved at MMS and

participate in their child’s education.

The school offers a flexible number of meetings for Non-Title I parents, such as

meetings in the morning or evening.

At MMS, we are committed to provide a flexible number of meetings to

engage parents in order to increase student achievement. In order to build the

bridge between home and school, we have a variety of opportunities for

parents to become involved with their student’s education. We also have

several committees to encourage parent involvement such as SSC, SGT, and

Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA).

The school involves parents of Non-Title I students in an organized, ongoing, and

timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s Non-Title I

programs and the Non-Title I parental involvement policy.

At MMS, we have monthly meetings scheduled for the parent groups such as

SSC, SGT, and PTSA. Topics covered during the meetings will include, but

are not limited to:

Improving communication between school and home

Providing strategies for parents to assist students with projects and

homework

Discussing current student assessment data and student progress

Providing information about school and district resources for student

academic improvement

Evaluating the effectiveness of the school’s parent involvement policy to

increase parent involvement

Evaluating the instructional program at MMS

Conferring with teachers

Reviewing the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)

Understanding the MMS and district budgets

Incorporating more parent volunteers at school and/or in the classroom

Supporting fundraisers to help MMS

Encouraging parents to become members of the PTSA

The school provides parents of Non-Title I students with timely information about

Non-Title I programs. Information about MMS is distributed in the following ways:

MMS website

School Messenger Program

MMS newsletter – the Stampede

Scripps Ranch Newsletter, which is distributed to all community members

Parent Tours

Parent meetings such as Back to School Nights, Open House, 4-year

Planning Meetings, College Making It Happen Events and Matriculation

Meetings

The school provides parents of Non-Title I students with an explanation of the

curriculum used at the school, the assessments used to measure student progress, and

the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.

During various parent meetings such as SSC, SGT, PTSA, parent tours,

matriculation meetings and individualized parent meetings, we discuss

curriculum and student progress. We distribute student progress reports every

six weeks in order to inform parents of their student’s progress towards

academic achievement. We also encourage parents to sign up for PowerSchool

so they can have timely feedback regarding their child’s progress.

If requested by parents of Non-Title I students, the school provides opportunities for

regular meetings that allow the parents to participate in decisions relating to the

education of their children.

MMS supports students and parents by providing individualized meetings by

request such as:

Parent/Teacher conferences

Student Study Team Meetings

504 meetings

Individualized Educational Plans

School-Parent Compact

MMS distributes to parents of Non-Title I students a school-parent compact. The

compact, which has been jointly developed with parents, outlines how parents, the entire

school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic

achievement. It describes specific ways the school and families will partner to help

children achieve the State’s high academic standards. It addresses the following legally

required items, as well as other items suggested by parents of Non-Title I students.

The school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction.

The ways parents will be responsible for supporting their children’s learning.

The importance of ongoing communication between parents and teachers through,

at a minimum, annual parent-teacher conferences; frequent reports on student

progress; access to staff; opportunities for parents to volunteer and participate in

their child’s class; and opportunities to observe classroom activities.

The MMS SSC and SGT committees, comprised of teachers, school staff members,

parents and students, develop the School-Parent Compact. This compact is distributed to

parents via our School Messenger program and it is posted on the MMS website.

Building Capacity for Involvement

MMS engages Non-Title I parents in meaningful interactions with the school. It supports

a partnership among staff, parents, and the community to improve student academic

achievement. To help reach these goals, the school has established the following

practices.

The school provides Non-Title I parents with assistance in understanding the State’s

academic content standards, assessments, and how to monitor and improve the

achievement of their children.

During various parent meetings such as SSC, SGT, PTSA, parent tours,

matriculation meetings and individualized parent meetings, we discuss

curriculum and student progress.

The school provides Non-Title I parents with materials and training to help them

work with their children to improve their children's achievement.

We have various tools and materials to support parents to improve their

children’s achievement such as:

PowerSchool access to student records

Student planners

Daily progress reports (upon request)

With the assistance of Non-Title I parents, the school educates staff members

about the value of parent contributions, and in how to work with parents as

equal partners.

We encourage having positive relationships with parents in order to best

support our students. Staff members are committed to returning phone

calls and emails within three business days

We encourage parent volunteers

We use digital tools to provide timely feedback regarding student progress

The school coordinates and integrates the Non-Title I parental involvement program

with other programs, and conducts other activities, such as parent resource centers,

to encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their

children.

We have various opportunities that we promote to support our parents such as:

Parent tours

New student orientation meetings

4-year planning meetings

College preparation planning meetings

The school distributes Information related to school and parent programs, meetings,

and other activities to Non-Title I parents in a format and language that the parents

understand.

We have materials in other languages other than English upon request

We provide translators at individualized meetings as necessary

The school provides support for parental involvement activities requested by Non-

Title I parents.

If parents are unaware of programs or support that we offer, we will provide

them with the needed information. We believe we provide information in a

number of ways so parents can learn about all the opportunities we provide for

our families and students.

Accessibility

MMS provides opportunities for the participation of all Non-Title I parents, including

parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of

migratory students. Information and school reports are provided in a format and language

that parents can understand.

We have materials in other languages other than English upon request

We provide translators at individualized meetings as necessary

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