Parent Involvement Policy and Procedures

2016-2017 

Kingston Middle School is committed to the goal of providing quality education for every child in this district.  To this end, we want to establish partnerships with parents and with the community.  Everyone gains if Kingston Middle School and family work together to promote high achievement by our children.  Neither parent nor Kingston Middle School can do the job alone.  Parents play an extremely important role as their children’s first teachers.  Support for their children and for the school is critical to children’s success at every step along the way.

Kingston Middle School recognizes that some students may need the extra assistance available through the Title I program to reach the state’s high academic standards.  Kingston Middle School intends to include parents in all aspects of the school’s Title l program. The goal is a school-home partnership that will help all students to succeed.

SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY

A.      Kingston Middle School will jointly develop/revise with parents the school parental involvement policy/procedures and distribute it to parents of participating children and make available the parent involvement policy/procedures to the local community.

  • Educational Commitments (Compact) document is disseminated to parents of eligible students. 
  • Invite both formal (KMS Title l Program Annual Review) and informal parent feedback (ongoing “open door policy” which includes comments, emails, letters, phone calls, etc.)
  • KMS newsletter (distributed every other month) will include items relevant to Title l Program and is received by all parents of students at KMS (posted on our webpage, hard copies mailed home when requested for students without internet access). 

B.     Convene an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents of participating children shall be invited and encouraged to attend, to inform them of their right to be involved.  

  • KMS invites parents of Title l eligible students to learn more about the services provided.
  • NKSD staff present annually at a board meeting and invite public comment/input on Title l program.

C.     Offer flexible meetings, such as meetings in evening related to parental involvement

  • A variety of meeting times are offered but the most convenient time for working parents is the evening times already made available (e.g. Sixth Grade Information Night, Cavalier Night, Title l Nights,  Board Meetings, etc.)
  • All KMS students participate in “Student-led Conferences” where they participate with parents, teachers and other staff as necessary. 
  • KMS arranges Parent Teacher conferences for Title l students as well as non-Title l students at the S'Kallam Tribal Center and Suquamish Tribal Center to meet the needs of parents unable to attend conferences at the school setting. 
  • Parents are encouraged to contact the McKinney-Vento District level coordinator (Travis Smith), or their building principal to share any particular needs they may have for participating in the meetings. 

D.  Involve parents in development of Title I programs and school wide programs in an ongoing and timely way (plan, review and improvement of the school plan, and the process of the school review and improvement).

  • Invite both formal (KMS Title l Program Annual Review) and informal parent feedback (ongoing “open door policy” which includes comments, emails, letters, phone calls, etc.).

E.  Provide timely information re: curriculum, assessments, proficiency levels, and opportunities for parents to provide suggestions and participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.

  • A 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 is presented during Open House Night and Fall Parent Teacher Conferences
  • If requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children, and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practically possible.
  • Home-School Commitments (compact) explain contact options.
  • Invite both formal (KMS Title l Program Annual Review) and informal Parent feedback (ongoing “open door policy” which includes comments, email, letters, phone calls, etc).
  • Share information about curriculum and intervention as implemented in Title l Program.
  • KMS every other monthly newsletter will include items relevant to Title l Program and is received by all parents of students at KMS.

F. If the school wide program plan is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, any parent may submit comments on the plan before the plan is submitted to the district.

  • Parent input is requested both formal (KMS Title l Program Annual Review) and informal Parent feedback (ongoing “open door policy” which includes comments, email, letters, phone calls, etc).
  • Parent feedback and input also requested during Title l parent meeting
  • District/KMS coordinated “Survey” of Title l Parents will be implemented at the end of the year.  The survey will also be made available in “paper only” format. 

G.  School parent commitments (compact) jointly developed with parents:

  • Parent  conferences are conducted in the Fall and Spring
  • Provide frequent reports to parents on their child’s progress.  
  • Parents can monitor child’s progress on Skyward.
  • Emailed progress reports by teachers provide parents the opportunity to monitor student progress. 
  • Student progress information is provided to parents in a coordinated process where General Education teachers can convey how Title l served students are performing in relation to state standards.
  • Information is provided to parents more frequently on a case-by-case basis as KMS operates on a Response to Intervention (RTI) model where student progress is monitored on an ongoing basis. Whenever a student is not responding to high quality interventions over extended periods of time (4-6 weeks) the practice has been to present this data to a multi-disciplinarian team and gather parental input. 
  • Reasonable access to KMS staff is achieved through multiple avenues such as but not limited to: email, parent teacher conferences, Open House, phone/in person conversation, public meeting/hearing, the opportunity to volunteer and participate in their child’s classroom, and observation of classroom activities, etc.
  • Kingston Middle School informs parents and parental organizations of the purpose and existence of the Parental Information and Resource Center (PIRC) in Washington.  They are also provided with a link to OSPI’s Title l webpage and relevant/useful  parent/student websites that provide strategies for student assistance. 
  • KMS provides materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement.
  • KMS emphasizes how technology can be used by parents to support achievement of students, communications between home-school (eg, emails, accessing KMS websites, use of Skyward).
  • Literacy links are readily available within the Title l Parental Involvement website and within teacher websites
  • Targeted strategies provided at KMS Title l/Open House/family nights that provide extended opportunities for parents to learn about/practice strategies to support student learning at home.
In carrying out the parental involvement requirements, districts and schools, to the extent practicable, shall provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with children with limited English proficiency, parents with children with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language such as parents can understand.
  • At the district level a variety of efforts are in place to coordinate funds and services (Title l, Special Education, Learning Assistance Program, ELL, etc) so that effective Response to Intervention (RTI) model can be implemented throughout the system.
  • The district level leadership has supported district level ELL meetings that have been successful and support the ongoing communication with the students/families eligible for these services. 
  • All parents at KMS are viewed as stakeholders and participants in addressing the complex needs within a diverse learning population. KMS enjoys a tremendous amount of parental involvement from a historically under represented ELL parent group
  • All parents receive teacher generated materials as well as access to math and literacy support websites for student success. 

 ADOPTION

The Kingston Middle School Parental Involvement Policy/Procedures have been developed/revised jointly with, and agreed upon with, parents of children participating in the Title I program, as evidenced by meeting minutes.

The Parent Involvement Policy/Procedures were developed by Kingston Middle School on December 1, 2009, revised on November 29, 2016, and will continue to be in effect for the period of the 2016-17 school year.  The school will distribute these Parent Involvement Policy/Procedures to all parents of participating Title I children through the Title I Webpage.

Lynn Atherton
Signature, Title I Authorized Representative

Kingston Middle School

_11/29/2016_______

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