School Year: 2023-2024
School: Mulberry Elementary School
Date Submitted: August 28, 2023
The Title 1 Parental Involvement Policy is developed based on feedback and support from stakeholders. At the start of the 2023-2024 school year, MES will conduct a meeting with its Parent Advisory team, PTO representatives, and any other interested stakeholders to discuss current events, Title 1 documentation, and PTO fundraisers. The meetings are documented with an agenda, sign-in sheets, and minutes.
During the MES Open House event, parents will be welcomed into the school to visit with their student’s teacher. During this meeting, we will discuss our Title 1 school status, the rights of Title 1 parents, the Parent and Family Engagement Plan, our curriculum and academic standards, assessments, and grade level expectations. It will also be an opportunity for our faculty and staff to offer suggestions for how to be more engaged, and provide opportunities to sign up to participate on the parent advisory team or simply volunteer within the school. Also, it is important that parents and guardians also provide updated contact information and register for the ClassDojo accounts. All information will be provided in a language and format understandable to our families. Interpreters can be available for support. Each classroom meeting will be documented with an agenda, sign-in sheets, and minutes.
The School-Parent Compact, Parent/Student Handbook, Parent and Family Engagement Plan, and other necessary documents are discussed and reviewed in the opening Parent Advisory Team meeting. The School-Parent Compact is a communication tool to support the achievement of parents, staff, and students. The compact is an agreement on how each component will support each other to ensure the student success is obtained. Our school leadership team solicits feedback from parents, participates in discussion, and makes necessary revisions to the compact each year. A final draft is included in the Parent/Student Handbook. Also, Parent/Student Signature pages, student expectations, and a calendar of school events are provided in the Parent/Student Handbook.
MES values the participation of all parents and feels that it supports high academic achievement. Therefore, quarterly parent/student/teacher conferences will be held. These meeting opportunities will be posted on the school social media platform and invitations will be provided by the classroom teachers. Conferences may also be requested by families at any time throughout the year. All invitation communication will be shared in formats that are accessible for all families.
We invite all parents to participate in events that occur on campus and interactive events that are designed for at-home facilitation. MES plans quarterly activities for parents to build capacity towards the involvement of their child’s education. A portion of the activities will involve parents coming onto campus, and the others will be adapted for at-home participation. MES plans to participate in a school-wide book reading program. The same book will be provided to all families and activities will be aligned for families to participate together.
MES also plans to hold quarterly PTO nights that allow parents onto campus for teacher and faculty interaction. Each PTO event will be paired with grade level presentations. Also, MES is planning two large parent events. One will be held in December and the other in April. Both events are filled with learning opportunities and enjoyable activities. Aside from this, parent/student/teacher conferences will be held throughout the school year. Teachers will work with individual families to ensure a convenient time is provided. The conference may be virtual or in-person. Interpreters will be available for these meetings when needed.