Family Community Engagement Plan

 

 


2017-2018 Family Engagement Plan


As parents of students at White Pine School, you are extremely important to us. Our commitment to helping your child be successful cannot be accomplished without your help. Parents and stakeholders alike are involved in school improvement. This plan is a grouping of information that can be useful to you by offering ways to become involved at White Pine School and in your child's academic programming. Our goal is to make sure that all parents are kept informed and that one's native language is not a barrier.


Parent Teacher Organization


We encourage parents to become active in our PTO. This organization spends a great deal of time helping the school obtain needed materials and resources. The PTO is also working on setting up a dinner for students who have been on the A Honor Roll. PTO has a webpage linked to the school website and for questions or concerns regarding PTO news or membership; you can email Ginger Sexton at krsgbs@gmail.com , or Heather Ellison at hellison2309@yahoo.com.


Title I Literacy Events


We are a school-wide Title I school, which means we receive federal funds to benefit all students due to our demographics. Every fall, we have a Hispanic Parent Involvement Night for the parents of Hispanic Kindergarten children only. We hope to expand this to include the parents of any Hispanic children in the school in the coming years. Mrs. Patterson, Instructional Coach, coordinates parent involvement activities such as Supper with Santa in December and a PTO Book Fair night in the Spring. These activities include Pre K-8th grades.


Volunteering


We welcome parents to participate in the daily happenings at White Pine School. Any parents wishing to volunteer in the classroom or chaperone a field trip must complete and return the Parent Volunteer Agreement. Once the school has the agreement on file, parents may sign up with their child's teacher to volunteer or observe in the classroom. Parent volunteers are especially important to our literacy program. Parents can be wonderful, encouraging role models to other children, as well as their own.


Newsletters and Class Webpages


Newsletters are a great way for parents to keep up with what is going on daily in the classroom. Newsletters also provide information regarding curriculum, instruction and assessment. In addition, newsletters are useful in helping parents remember important upcoming events. Newsletters are available in Spanish. Look for your child's weekly newsletter. Class webpages are a great way for parents to keep up to date on class activities, homework assignments, and things that are needed for the classroom. Please be sure to check out your child's class webpage on the White Pine School website. With the latest updates in technology, some teachers are using an application on their phone called Remind101. Teachers send out the information needed and parents can download and subscribe to the app. This is a great way for parents to be updated on the classroom news of their child.


Monitoring Progress


The school year at White Pine School is divided into four nine-week grading periods. 100% of 3rd through 8th grade teachers use Aspen which is a form of online grading system. Grade cards go out at the end of the nine weeks. In addition, mid-term grades are sent out each nine weeks before the official grade cards so that parents can be aware of their child's academic achievement and hopefully prevent any undesired grades. Contact the school for any questions, concerns, or additional assistance, such as interpreting student's progress.


Conferences/Meetings


Parent-teacher conferences are held in October and in March at White Pine School. Parents are encouraged to attend these conferences to voice any concerns they may have. In addition, discussing the changes in Content Standards at these meetings may make parents more aware of the demanding academic standards taught in the classroom. If additional meeting times are needed, our faculty is more than happy to make appointments with parents during planning times or after school. Bilingual translation is provided if needed. Parents can also receive news about meetings through email.


County and School Website The Jefferson County Schools website found at http://jc-schools.net is a great resource for both students and parents. The site contains many useful links to activities and information. On the school website, http://wps.jc-schools.net, you will also find that White Pine School staff, including instructional assistants, are all highly qualified. In addition, from the link to the Tennessee State Department of Education found at http://www.state.tn.us/education/reportcard/index.shtml , parents may obtain information on a variety of topics including curriculum, assessment, and proficiency levels. They can also access the Tennessee Report Card and T-CAP scores for White Pine School.


Parent Training


White Pine School has 3 (ELL) English Language Learner teachers and a full-time interpreter that can help with understanding newsletters and other school news. At the Hispanic Parent Involvement Night, the ELL teachers train parents on how to be effective parents for incoming Kindergarten students. Our Pre-K classroom at White Pine School is another source to reach ELL students and their families to create a strong school to home connection and to establish early interventions.


School-Parent Compact


In meeting the requirements for schools being funded by Title I, our school administrators, faculty, and parents have designed a school parent compact. The compact describes our commitment to quality curriculum and instruction and to establishing a safe learning environment. It also includes information about conferences/meetings, grade reports, access to staff and parental responsibilities. A copy of the school-parent compact will be sent out at the beginning of each school year. Additional copies will be available in our front office. The School-Parent Compact is also available on our school's website.


Positive School Climate


The White Pine School counseling department has a number of programs within the school and community to help keep a positive climate for all students. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is implemented at White Pine School in conjunction with the community of White Pine. Through the Olweus program, White Pine School will be developing ways to carry the anti-bullying message community-wide. This effort will be in collaboration with students, teachers, school staff, parents, families, and other community members. The Self-Regulation program teaches students how to cope with various emotions within the school and community. Through this program, students will learn positive ways to express their emotions. The counseling department in collaboration with teachers and students will promote a program called NEAT Kids. Though this program, students and teachers will gain a better knowledge of the balance between nutrition, exercise, and academics. In addition, the department will send out a monthly information sheet called Nutrition Nuggets for parents. Nutrition Nuggets consist of nutritional and study tips for parents to help their children reach success in and out of the classroom.


Staff Training


Staff training will be provided throughout the school year during in-service and professional development sessions. The following training sessions will be provided but not limited to: curriculum information training, instruction/assessment training, literacy training, technology training, and math training. With the implementation of the new RTI program (Storm Time), teachers received training on RTI in August 2014. Teachers also were trained for a program called Math & Movement. In addition, each grade level holds monthly PLC meetings pertaining to a variety of education topics.


* Copies of this family engagement plan will be distributed to all parents with students at White Pine School in August. Additional copies will be available to the local community at the White Pine Library and on our school's website. The process for updating this plan will be done collaboratively on an annual basis to better meet the needs of the students, parents, and school. Any additional comments or questions may be submitted to the principal at wwalker@jcboe.net.