District-Parent Involvement Policy
The Board of Education recognizes the rights of parent/guardians to be fully informed of all information relevant to their children who participate in programs and projects funded by Title I, Gloversville Enlarged School District shall ensure parental involvement in these programs and projects by:
I. Building a capacity for parent involvement
Gloversville Enlarged School District will ensure that all parents are involved in our school in a meaningful manner in order to improve student academic achievement. Specifically, we will do the following in order to build a capacity for parent involvement:
- Provide assistance (materials and education) to parents of children served by Gloversville Enlarged School District, in understanding such topics as the State’s academic content standards and State student academic achievement standards, State and local academic assessments, the requirements of this part, and how to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children;
- Educate all Gloversville Enlarged School District staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contribution of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school;
- Coordinate and integrate to the extent feasible and appropriate, parent involvement programs and activities
- Ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.
II. Involving parents in the development of the Title I Plan
Parents will be invited to participate in one annual Title I meeting to be held in late Spring.
The topics of discussion will include the following:
- a clear explanation of the purpose of each title funding program;
- the amount of funds received for each program and how they are allocated;
- the level of parent involvement in school-wide activities;
- and parent involvement requirements as described in the NCLB legislation.
After the discussion, parents and all stakeholders will be given an opportunity to review, plan, and help improve our Title I programs the upcoming school year. The meeting will end with a question and answer session. All concerns and suggestions conveyed by parents will be recorded and addressed in a timely fashion. The literature that will be distributed during this meeting will include: a summary of parental involvement activities; Title funding allocations; and a description of current Title I programs and services. Lastly, all stakeholders will be able to provide input in the development of the Title I Plan for the upcoming school-year.
III. Providing the coordination, technical assistance, and support necessary to assist participating schools in planning, implementing effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance
The following initiatives have been implemented at Gloversville Enlarged School District:
- During dismissal time each day, parents have the opportunity to make arrangements to speak to their child’s teacher.
- Parent-Teacher Conferences are also scheduled during the school year to give parents the opportunity to discuss and to get information pertaining to their child’s academic progress at the elementary level.
- Progress reports are sent home after five weeks each quarter.
- Report cards are sent home four times, every ten weeks per academic calendar year.
- The principals at all four elementary and the guidance staff at the middle and high schools will help parents better understand the state assessments.
- The Parent Teacher Organization also facilitates parental involvement.
IV. Other activities that promote parent involvement
- Elementary Parent Nights – are events for families and community members to acquire additional skills in helping their children learn.
- High School and Middle School Open House night, orientation, and financial aid nights