Whitthorne Middle School

2021-2022 Parent and Family Engagement Policy

School Plan for Shared Student Achievement

This is a plan that describes how Whitthorne Middle School will provide opportunities to improve family engagement to support student learning. At Whitthorne Middle School we value the contributions and involvement of families to establish an equal partnership for the common goal of improving student achievement. This plan describes the different ways that Whitthorne Middle School will support family engagement and how families can help and participate in activities and events to promote student learning at school and at home.

Our School Shall:

Involve parents in the joint development and review of plans for improvement of our school by:

Annually convening a committee to assess the Parent Involvement Program, the School-Parent Learning Compact, and the Parent Engagement Policy


Conducting ongoing evaluations of the content and effectiveness of policies to increase the participation of parents through:


  • An annual needs assessment
  • Distribution of evaluations at all workshops and presentations
  • Ongoing communications with parents, school faculty and administration
  • Reconvening of the Parent/School committee

Build the capacity for strong parent involvement by:

Providing



  • Ongoing professional development and training workshops
  • Materials designed to strengthen the parent and school connection
  • Analyzing distributed communications to ensure, to the extent possible, that information sent home is in a language and form that parents can understand.



Identifying and addressing barriers to greater participation giving particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, disabled, ELL, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority through:


  • Discussions with families to determine ways to meet individual needs
  • An annual needs assessment
  • Coordination/collaboration with ELL Teachers



Spread information regarding the National Education Goals, State Content and Performance Standards, state and local assessments.


Conduct other activities, as appropriate and feasible, that are designed to help parents become full partners in the education of their children through:


  • Special events for students, parents, and families

Promote shared responsibility for high student performance by:

Developing School-Parent Learning Compacts that outline how parents, school staff, and students will share responsibility for improved student achievement. This will be accomplished through the annual review process.


Providing the support necessary for parents to build and develop a partnership with schools to help children achieve the state's high standards by:


  • Providing professional development
  • Providing Parent Workshops
  • Providing information to parents about strategies, techniques, and materials to use with their child


Coordinating and supporting parent and community participation to improve student achievement by:


  • Providing easy access to teachers and materials
  • Providing at home activities for parents to participate in the shared responsibility for learning
  • Conducting "Parent Days"


Coordinating and integrating parent involvement strategies with other federally funded programs by:


  • Promoting attendance at conferences and workshops through various federal programs
  • Coordinating workshops that address areas such as Title 1, Parent Involvement, Safe and Drug Free Schools, and other federally funded programs

Involve parents in decisions regarding federal funding allocations by:

Include parents in determining how funds are reserved for parent involvement activities through:


  • Annual Parent Orientation Meetings
  • Distribution of surveys and evaluations to parents
  • Annual convening of parent/school planning team

Want to know more? Want to get involved?

Whitthorne Middle School invites all families to join us in sharing ideas and ways to involve others to build partnerships with school, families, and the community. If you would like to learn more please contact our Title 1 Facilitator, Katherine Bush at kbush@mauryk12.org.