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SCHOOL – PARENT COMPACT
Maple River Elementary Schools and the parents of the students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title I agree that this compact outlines how they will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards.
REQUIRED SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT PROVISIONS
Maple River Elementary Schools will:
1. Provide a high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards as follows:
Maple River Elementary Schools will communicate with parents about the curriculum, district and classroom assessments, instruction, and the state standards through the Title One annual parent meeting, PTO meetings, Parent/Teacher conferences, individual classroom newsletter, and Infinite Campus parent portal.
2. Hold parent-teacher conferences (at least annually in elementary schools) during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement. Specifically, these conferences will be held:
Maple River Elementary Schools will hold Parent/Teacher Conferences on August 30 and September 4; November 13 and 15; and January 29 and 31.
3. Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress. Specifically, the school will provide reports as follows:
NWEA results are given to parent 3 times/year to students in grades K-2. STAR Reading/Math data will be sent home approximately every 6 weeks. Daily or weekly updates of assigned work will be available on Infinite Campus Parent Portal.
4. Provide parents reasonable access to staff, opportunities to volunteer, participate in their child’s class, and observe classroom activities, as follows:
Parents can meet with the teacher, volunteer, participate in the child’s class or observe a classroom when they request. Many parents are asked at each grade level to volunteer for classroom learning centers, reading with students, helping the classroom with various projects, field trips, etc…
The school/teacher will communicate with parents using email, phone calls, classroom newsletters along with the monthly school newsletter from the office.
We, as parents, will support our children’s learning in the following ways:
- Monitoring attendance.
- Making sure that homework is completed, including online practice when provided with websites and user names and passwords for programming such as IXL math and Study Island.
- Monitoring the amount of television my child watches.
- Attend parent/teacher conferences.
- Participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to my children’s education.
- Promoting positive use of my child’s extracurricular time.
- Staying informed about my child’s education and communicating with the school by using the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and by promptly reading all notices from the school or the school district either received by my child or by mail and responding, as appropriate.
- Serving, to the extent possible, on the East or West PTO committee, community referendum committee, or Curriculum Advisory Committee.
We, as students, will share the responsibility to improve our academic achievement and achieve the State’s high standards. Specially, we will:
- Do my homework every day and ask for help when I need to.
- Read at least 30 minutes every day outside of school time.
- Give to my parents or the adult who is responsible for my welfare all notices and information received by me from my school every day.
School Staff Responsibilities
We, as school staff, will support our students and parents in the following ways:
- Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables your child to meet the Minnesota state standards.
- Hold parent/teacher conferences during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to your child’s achievement.
- Provide parents with frequent reports on your child’s progress by frequently updating grades on the Parent Portal or communicating through email or phone calls.
- Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in your child’s class and to observe classroom activities.
Talk to the classroom teacher to find out what topics are addressed at this grade level and get ideas on how to “teach” your child.
Read with your child every day.
Practice and give guidance on math, reading, writing skills as needed.
Use games like Sorry, Monopoly, Chutes, and Ladders, to help students practice basic math facts in a more enjoyable way than memorizing flashcards. Please encourage your child to write down the math problems as they arise in the game and solve them first on paper, using the game piece to check answers.
Look for ways to help your child gain confidence in areas where they may perceive themselves as unsuccessful. Within the areas of reading and math are many smaller skills that children are good at. Help find those skills and use them as a point of encouragement.
Title 1 is a program of teamwork between the Title 1 staff, teachers, and parents. Parent involvement includes:
- Attending parent-teacher conferences
- Communicating with the teacher and staying informed about your child’s education.
- Communicating with the school by using the Infinite Campus Portal and by reading all notices from the school or school district
- Communicating with your child about their goals
- Reading school newsletters
- Making sure homework is completed
- Monitoring their attendance
- Monitoring the amount of “screen time” that your child gets, including T.V., computers, iPads, cell phones, video games, etc…
- Promoting positive use of your child’s extracurricular time
Some students need additional guided practice in reading or math. Some require more time to complete an assignment. Some need to develop better work habits and greater confidence in their ability. Students benefit from this opportunity because they receive more careful monitoring and individual attention.
The Title One Teacher and/or Paraprofessionals (instructional assistants) work with students to give more individualized assistance. The paraprofessional may occasionally assist other students, which allows the classroom teacher to work with the Title 1 students.