Family Engagement Information

 

CHIS 2016-2017

School Level Family Engagement Plan

 

Each Title I school is required to establish a Family and Community Engagement Committee. To the extent possible, the Family and Community Engagement Committee will be a demographic representation of the school. The school-level Family and Community Engagement Committee will be responsible for:

  • • Developing, implementing, and assessing the school-level Family Engagement Policy.
    • Determining what action needs to be taken, if any, to plan and increase participation in family engagement activities.
    • Identifying barriers to participation in family engagement activities.
    • When applicable, integrating parent involvement activities with existing community agencies such as Tennessee Early Intervention Services, HeadStart, preschools (public and private), etc.
    • Our committee will meet at least two times this year to develop our school level family engagement plan, discuss expenditures, and plan events. We will also communicate via email regarding issues that might arise. The Family Engagement Coordinator, Tracie Hill can be contacted at 423-357-0252 or by email at tracie.hill@hck12.net.

Additionally, each school will:

  • Annually distribute the Home-School Compact to families at the beginning of each school year.  Discuss the Home-School Compact with parents and students at parent-teacher conferences.  The compact will also be posted online on the county and school-level websites.
  • Convene an annual parent meeting following State and Federal Guidelines.
  • Address the importance of communication between teachers and parents
    • provide at least two parent-teacher conference dates to address student progress
    • provide frequent child progress reports for parents
    • provide parents with reasonable access to staff through phone numbers, emails and scheduled meetings
    • opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child's class
    • opportunities to observe classroom activities following school procedures
    • CHIS teachers use Friday Folders to communicate with parents about school events, achievement, behavior and other important topics.
    • Many teachers at CHIS also use the Remind system to notify parents about upcoming events.
    • Many teachers at CHIS also use Class Dojo to communicate with parents regarding student behavior.
  • Provide parents with materials to help parents work with their children to improve academic achievement
    • make the Parent Lending Library easily accessible to parents
    • Promote the use of the Lending Library through newsletters, websites, and classroom communication.
  • Provide at least two parent training and activities designed to increase parents' capacity to help with learning at home.
    • Focus on strategies to improve homework, attendance, and discipline.
    • Convene at varying times to accommodate family schedules.
    • Invite all families to attend activities through written and verbal notice.
    • To the extent practicable, the school will provide full opportunities for participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities and parents of migratory child.
      • We have two TN Ready parent training sessions planned for September 29th. One training session will take place from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and the other will be from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      • Each team will be hosting a Family Engagement Event to equip parents with strategies to help their children to improve in math and reading. In addition, homework tips, test taking strategies and organizational skills will be addressed during the training sessions.
      • CHIS will host a Reading Event Spooky Success on October 30th. We are planning to have students from ETSU's Storytelling program come and share stories with the children. It is our goal to instill a love of reading in every child. In addition, reading/language arts teachers will be sharing tips to help parents help their children to improve their reading fluency and comprehension.
      • CHIS will host Math Night at Food Lion again this year. This is tentatively planned for March of 2016. Information will be sent home when the event is finalized. Families and students will work together to complete real world math tasks. This will help equip students with the skills they need to make fiscally responsible and health conscious decisions when shopping.
      • CHIS hosted a Skyward training session during the Annual Title I Meeting on August 6th. Families signed up for logins and passwords so that they could access their child's account to keep up with missing assignments, grades, attendance and discipline. We will be hosting another skyward training in conjunction with our TN Ready training session on September 29th for those parents who were unable to attend the annual meeting.
      • CHIS will be hosting a Fall Festival on November 13th to welcome families and use games to make learning fun.
      • Several teachers at CHIS use the Class Dojo website to provide immediate feedback to parents regarding behavior.
      • Teachers at CHIS keep records of all disciplinary actions and communicate those incidents to parents.
      • CHIS will be hosting a Sing for Success in January to recognize students for achievement by making Honor Roll, meeting goals in AR (Accelerated Reader), good behavior and attendance.
      • CHIS will be hosting a Spring for Success in April to recognize students for gains on benchmark and to promote TN Ready. We will discuss strategies for doing our best on the test.
  • Provide parents with a student handbook at the beginning of each year to provide information on
    • procedures to learn about the course of study for their child and have access to all learning materials.
    • the right to access their child's official records.
  • Utilize the Family Engagement Coordinator for technical assistance on policy development
  • Provide parents with written procedures on how to access the Parent Involvement Policy, the Hawkins County Schools Family Engagement Plan, and curriculum.
  • Increase parents' capacity to become involved in the educational process by presenting information in a timely manner and through various means to include information such as
    • a written description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school.
    • the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
    • State's academic content standards.
    • State student academic achievement standards.
    • State and local academic assessments, the requirements of parent involvement.
    • how to monitor a child's progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their child.
      • CHIS hosted a Skyward training session during the Annual Title I Meeting on August 6th. Families signed up for logins and passwords so that they could access their child's account to keep up with missing assignments, grades, attendance and discipline. We will be hosting another skyward training in conjunction with our TN Ready training session on September 29th for those parents who were unable to attend the annual meeting.
      • Progress Reports are sent home every three weeks. In addition, our school uses Friday Folders to send home all graded work every week. There is a communication log in every folder for parents and teachers to write notes or concerns.
      • Several teachers host after school homework sessions to assist parents with learning strategies and procedures that will help their children be successful in school.
      • CHIS will be hosting Parent/Teacher Conferences on September 15th from 3:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. and again on April 5th from 1:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
      • In addition, teachers are available for a short period each day during their planning period to meet with parents.
  • Set up meetings requested by parents to give suggestions and be part of the decision making about their child relating to the education of their child, and respond to the suggestions as soon as possible.
  • Coordinate parent involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, the Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, and public preschool and other programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers.
    • Since our school is a 5th-6th Grade school, we do not coordinate with these programs. However, we do provide school tours to our upcoming 5th graders every spring to prepare them for the transition to our school. In addition, our 6th graders visit CHMS each spring to tour the school in preparation for the transition to middle school.
  • All information about school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents in an understandable language.
  • Provide other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request.
  • Provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports in a language such parents understand.