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Parent Involvement Plan

 

TULSA PUBLIC SCHOOLS Grissom Elementary
Parent Involvement Plan 2015-2016

PURPOSE: Grissom Elementary shall promote parent involvement in all schools as
mandated by Title I, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and work as equal partners with
parents in providing quality learning experiences for every student, every day, without
exception.

The Board believes and acknowledges that parent involvement raises the academic
achievement level of students. Additionally, parents become empowered, teacher morale
improves and communities grow stronger when parents take an active role in educating their
children. To this end, schools shall involve parents in the education of their children at all
grades levels. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall provide coordination, technical
assistance and other support necessary to assist all schools in planning and implementing
effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school
performance. Public Law 107-110, No Child Left Behind; section 1118-Title I Parent Involvement
establishes that to build capacity for parent involvement within schools, a district is to “develop
jointly with, agree on with, and distribute to parents of participating children a written Parent
Involvement Policy”.

Building Parents Capacity for Involvement
The Board believes that empowering parents to insist on improvement and giving schools extra
incentive to do so and by giving parents options regarding their children’s education helps the
district to realize its vision of “Excellence and High Expectations with a Commitment to All,” for
patrons of the community. As a result of this belief, the Board shall create an environment of
supportive and collaborative parent involvement.

1. Program Information for Parents: Grissom Elementary shall provide
assistance to parents of all children in understanding such topics as the state’s
academic content and achievement standards, the assessments being used, the
requirements of Title 1, Part A, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and how to
monitor their children’s progress and work with educators to improve their
achievement.
• Grissom Elementary provides this information to the parents at the
Title I meetings, PTA meetings, parent conferences, Back-To-School
Night, monthly newsletters and weekly phone messages. Parents are given the
Code of Conduct and the attendance policies along with a Grissom
parent/student handbook at the beginning of the school year. Those are given to
new students upon enrolling at Grissom Elementary.
• Grissom Elementary consistently communicates with parents
regarding the state’s academic content standards, the state’s student
academic achievement standards, the state and local academic
assessment including alternate assessment, the requirements of Title I,
how to monitor their child’s progress, and steps for educators and
parents to work in partnership for their child’s success.

2. Materials and Training: Grissom Elementary shall provide materials and
training, such as literacy training and training on how to use technology, to
help parents work with their children to improve achievement.
• Grissom provides information regarding school and community
resources to parents at family literacy nights, family music and art events,
daytime and evening Book Fair family events, Back-To-School night, parent and
teacher conferences, through the school Twitter account, and through the
school website.

3. Educate Educators: Grissom Elementary shall educate teachers, pupil
services personnel, principals and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in
the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to,
communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and
coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and the school.
• Grissom Elementary holds staff development meetings almost every week to
help teachers and staff better communicate with families and understand
student and family issues. The Grissom PTA and the PBIS team are in place and
offer support with parent involvement. Grissom makes additional family and
staff educational opportunities available through its partners in education and
the programming they offer. Communication through class newsletters, personal
phone calls, regular School Connects calls and SchoolWay messages, weekly
home and back folders for flyers and announcements, the Grissom website and
the TPS website all increase awareness and facilitate partnerships with parents.

4. Preschool Coordination: Grissom Elementary shall “to the extent feasible and
appropriate,” coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs with
Head Start, Even Start, and other preschool programs, and conduct other
activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents
in more fully participating in the education of their children.
• Grissom Elementary provides two full day Pre-K classes that serve a
maximum of 40 students. A Developmentally Delayed three- and four- year old
program is also in place at Grissom. Parent resources available at the school
encourage and support parents in participation in the children’s education.

5. Understandable Communication: Grissom Elementary shall ensure that
information related to school and parent programs, meetings and other
activities is sent to the parents of all children in a format, and, to the extent
practicable, in a language the parents can understand.
• Information from Grissom Elementary is sent home weekly with
students in their Home and Back folder. Information is provided
through weekly School Connects phone calls, the SchoolWay message app, the
school Twitter account, the school’s marquee, monthly newsletters,
parent/teacher conferences, notes and calls from teachers and one on one
communication with parents. Translation services are available through
Language Line, which translates phone calls into one of over 60 languages, and
TransACT, which translates school notes and forms into one of over 60
languages. Grissom also uses the district translator to facilitate conversations
with families on a monthly basis and at parent meetings and conferences.

6. Other Requested Activities: Grissom Elementary shall provide such other
reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request.
• Grissom Elementary hosts parent informational sessions before each PTA
meeting, hosts PTA meetings for parent input, collects surveys on important
parent issues, and offers a compliments and concerns box in the school office, all
to be responsive to parent needs and requests.

 

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