Family Engagement Policy
Valley Point Elementary School
Family Engagement Policy
and Plan for Shared Student Success
2018–2019 School Year
Plan Revised August 30, 2018
Valley Point Elementary School
Doris McLemore, Principal
3798 South Dixie Highway SW
Dalton, GA 30721
What is Title I?
Valley Point Elementary is identified as a Title I school as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). Title I is designed to support State and local school reform efforts tied to challenging state academic standards in reinforce and enhance efforts to improve teaching and learning for students. Title I programs must be based on effective means of improving student achievement and include strategies to support parental involvement. All Title I schools must jointly develop with all parents a written parental involvement policy.
School Plan for Shared Student Achievement
What is it?
This is a plan that describes how Valley Point Elementary will provide opportunities to improve parent engagement to support student learning. Valley Point Elementary values the contributions and involvement of parents to establish an equal partnership for the common goal of improving student achievement. This plan describes the different ways that Valley Point Elementary will support parent engagement and how parents can help plan and participate in activities and events to promote student learning at school and at home.
How is it revised?
Valley Point Elementary School invited all parents to attend our Title I Station on August 7, 2018, to review and revise this parental involvement policy. Additionally, parent input and comments regarding this plan are welcome during the school year. The plan is posted on our school Web site for parents to view and submit feedback throughout the year. All parent feedback received during the year will be used to revise the plan for the next school year. We also distribute an annual survey online and by mail to ask parents for their suggestions on the plan and the use of funds for parental involvement. Parents can also give feedback during several parent meetings and activities during the school year.
Who is it for?
All students participating in the Title I, Part A program, and their families, are encouraged and invited to fully participate in the opportunities described in this plan. Valley Point Elementary will provide full opportunity for the participation of parents with limited English, parents with disabilities and parents of migratory children.
Where is it available?
At the beginning of the year, the plan is distributed to all students. The plan will also be posted on the school Web site. Parents can also retrieve a copy of the plan in the Parent Resource Center.
2018–19 District Goals: Increase of our graduation rate from 82.4% 85.4% by three percent the next three years for all students. Reduce the achievement gap in English Language Arts. To increase the capacity of all WCS teachers and leadders to enhance student learning through evidence-based professional learning. To continue building capacity for leadership needs in Whitfield County Schools through professional learning; by having a second cohort of the Aspiring Leaders Program.
2018–19 School Goals: Students will perform at or above the state, grade-level proficiency in English/Language Arts. Students will perform at or above the state, grade-level proficiency in Mathematics.
As part of this plan, Valley Point Elementary and our families will develop a school-parent compact, which is an agreement that parents, teachers, and students will develop that explains how parents and teachers will work together to make sure all our students reach grade-level standards. The compacts will be reviewed and updated annually based on feedback from parents, students and teachers during the Back-to-School Blast and Title I workshops. The school-parent compacts are in the Parent Resource Center if parents need a copy.
Let’s Get Together!
Valley Point Elementary will host the following events to build the capacity for strong parental involvement to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement.
Back-to-School Blast – August 7, 2018
Learn helpful information to prepare for the school year. Review the School-Parent Compact and Family Engagement Policy.
Annual Title I Meeting – September 11, 2018
We invite you to a 10:00AM or 3:00PM session of learning and sharing about our Title I program, including our parental involvement policy, the schoolwide plan, the school-parent compacts, and parents’ requirements. Invitations will be sent home and posted in the school newsletter and local media.
Open House & 4th/5th Grade Performance – September 11, 2018
Meet your child’s teacher and our friendly and helpful school staff for the year.
Read with Santa – December 4, 2018
Literacy stations, visit and pictures with Santa.
Christmas Concert PreK/K/1st/ Grade Performance – December 11, 2018
Parents will enjoy a performance by the little ones of our school.
Parent-Teacher and Student Conferences – October 17, 2018 & March 6, 2019
Scheduled updates on your child’s progress.
Creative Discovery Night – January 29, 2019
Creative Discovery Museum Multicultural Family Math Activities.
Read Across America Week – February 25-March 1, 2019
Celebrate reading by dressing up in themed book character costumes.
Awards Days – May 20-23, 2019
Celebrate your child’s achievements.
School Council – Ongoing
A forum for parents and business partners to participate in roundtable discussions with the principal and staff regarding school updates, the schoolwide plan, family engagement policy, school compacts and the parental involvement budget.
Parent Resource Center
Come visit the Parent Resource Center to check out books, games, videos, and activities to use at home with your child. Materials are available in English and Spanish. The PRC is located behind the glass wall to the left when you enter the school. Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 3:00 pm
Valley Point Elementary believes that parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:
- That parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning.
- That parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school.
- That parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child.
- The carrying out of other activities as described in this plan.
Valley Point Elementary is committed to helping our parents attend the parental activities listed in this plan. Please call or email us if you need assistance with childcare or transportation in order to participate in our programs.
(706) 277–3259 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Parental Involvement Standards
Valley Point Elementary and our parents have adopted the National PTA Standards for Family-School Partnerships as the school’s model in engaging parents, students, and the community. These standards are:
- Welcoming All Families
- Communicating Effectively
- Supporting Student Success
- Speaking Up for Every Child
- Sharing Power
- Collaborating with Community
School Community PTO Team
Valley Point Elementary invites all parents to join the School Community PTO Team to share ideas and build partnerships with school, families, and the community. You can also volunteer! The team will meet four times during the school year, but parents can also submit their ideas or suggestions at any school activities and meetings, as well as through our parent surveys and website. If you would like to learn more about PTO or volunteering, please call (706) 277–3259 or complete the interest form and leave it in the Main Office.