2017-2018 Family Engagement Plan

   

School Level Family Engagement Plan

2017-2018 school year

 

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.
  • ● The Family Engagement Coordinator for Surgoinsville Middle School is Lori Davis. She can be contacted at lori.davis@hck12.net. The Title I Coordinator is Julie McAmis, and she can be contacted at julie.mcamis@hck12.net. The Parent Engagement Committee will meet at least four times during the school year to discuss issues and make decisions.

 

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
  • ● 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 children.

 

  • ● Surgoinsville Middle School hosted their Back- to- School- Bash/ Annual Title I meeting on Thursday, August 3, 2017. Parents entered the commons area and were allowed to meet with teachers as well as representatives from local organizations. Organizations in attendance were Hawkins County Health Department, Summit Family Health Care, Hawkins County Library, Boys and Girls Club, Family Resource Center, and Coordinated School Health. Parents were given information about Title I and parental involvement, academic and extracurricular activities. Teachers provided parents with information such as supply lists, school calendars, immunization requirements, and course syllabus. Parents and students had access to a trainer in the computer lab to sign up for Skyward as well as to complete the online application for free/reduced lunch. Parents and students were invited to tour the school and visit with teachers individually as well as be treated to light refreshments in the commons area.

 

STANDARD MET:

Standard 6: Collaborating with community- Families and school staff work together with community members to connect students, families and staff to expand learning opportunities, community services and civic participation.

 

 

  • On Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Surgoinsville Middle School will be hosting Parent/Teacher Conferences from 3:15pm to 6:15 pm. Parents and teachers will be meeting one on one to review the Hawkins County School compact and the important aspects of that agreement. At this time, teachers and parents will also discuss instructional plans for individual students.

 

STANDARD MET:

Standard 5: Sharing power- Families and school staff are equal partners with equal representation in decisions that affect students and families and together inform, influence and create policies, practices and programs.

 

 

  • On September 28, 2017 Surgoinsville Middle School will be hosting a TN- Ready and college/career night for all students and parents. Students and parents will enter the commons area where representatives from colleges and technology centers will be on hand to supply information and answer questions. A representative from Volunteer High School will supply information concerning dual enrollment and ACT requirements. SMS will provide a guest speaker to present TN- Ready information. Families will be treated to light refreshments while they explore college and career opportunities together.

 

STANDARD MET:

Standard 1: Welcoming all families into the school community-Families are active participants in the life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class and school.

 

Standard 2: Communicating effectively- Families and school staff engages in regular, meaningful communication about student learning.

 

Standard 6: Collaborating with community- Families and school staff work together with community members to connect students, families and staff to expand learning opportunities, community services and civic participation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • On November 2, 2017 Surgoinsville Middle School will host an ELA/ Social Studies Night. Parents and students will return to school for a presentation of a "Night of Living Museum". Students will present a collaborative project completed in social studies, ELA, related arts, and home. Families will be treated to light refreshments while they visit a "Night of Living Museum".

 

STANDARDS MET:

 

Standard 1: Welcoming all families into the school community-Families are active participants in the life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what the students are learning.

 

Standard 2: Communicating effectively- Families and school staff engages in regular, meaningful communication about student learning.

 

Standard 6: Collaborating with community- Families and school staff work together with community members to expand learning opportunities, community services and civic participation.

       

 

  • In December, SMS will be hosting Science Night. Parents and students will return to school to view science projects completed in and out of classrooms. Projects will incorporate mathematical skills as well as writing techniques.

 

STANDARD MET:

Standard 1: Welcoming all families into the school community- Families are active participants in the life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class.

 

Standard 2: Communicating effectively- Families and school staff engages in regular, meaningful communication about student learning.

 

Standard 6: Collaborating with community members to connect students, families and staff to expand learning opportunities, community services and civic participation.

 

  • On March 14, 2018 Surgoinsville Middle School will be hosting a "bring your parents to school day". In celebration of Pi-Day, The SMS math department will present math games during the school day to prepare students and parents for TN-Ready testing. SMS will provide a guest speaker for morning Pi-Day assembly. Parents will be treated to a Pi-Day breakfast with their student.

 

Standard 1: Welcoming all families into the school community-Families are active participants in the life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class and school.

 

Standard 2: Communicating effectively- Families and school staff engages in regular, meaningful communication about student learning.

 

Standard 6: Collaborating with community- Families and school staff work together with community members to connect students, families and staff to expand learning opportunities, community services and civic participation.

 

 

  • On April 3, 2018 Surgoinsville Middle School will be hosting Parent/Teacher Conferences from 3:15pm to 6:15pm. Parents and teachers will be meeting one on one to review the Hawkins County School Compact and the important aspects and agreement. Teachers and parents will revisit instructional plans for selected students.

 

Standard MET:

Standard 5:  Sharing power-Families and school staff are equal partners with equal representation in decisions that affect students and families and together inform, influence and create policies, practices and programs.

 

 

  • In the spring of 2018, SMS will host an "Arts Day". During this event, all related arts will showcase student talent. Students will present an art show and musical performance for their families.

 

 

  • ● 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.
  • ● SMS teachers will have a teacher webpage for communication of information to parents/students
  • ● SMS will host two parent/ teacher conference dates within the school year.
  • ● SMS will utilize e-mail, Remind 101, sky-alert, class dojo, Google Classroom, and Skyward to communicate information to parents/guardians.
  • ● SMS will list curriculum standards on each teacher's web page.
  • ● SMS will send progress reports home with all students every 4 ½ weeks.
  • ● SMS will send report cards home every 9 weeks.
  • ● SMS students will use student planners and communication folders to communicate with parents/guardians.

 

  • ● 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.
  • ● 4th grade students from the feeder school, Surgoinsville Elementary, will visit

 SMS in the spring of 2018, for "4th" grade night. The purpose of this activity is to orientate the students as to procedures, supplies needed, policies/ rules, expectations, touring the school, and meeting the staff/faculty.

 

  • ● A resource center is located in the office of SMS. From this center, parents are able to check out literature or find sources of information related to parenting.

 

  • ● We will provide our 8th grade students with the opportunity to tour Volunteer High School in the spring.

 

 

  • ● 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.