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Parent Involvement

Parent Involvement Policy As a Title I parent/guardian you are a vital part of the home-school team. You are our “Partner in Education.” Your involvement as a parent is critical to your child’s success in school. Title I Background Information The Title I program was developed many years ago to ensure that every child had the opportunity to achieve educational excellence. The programs are designed to provide academic support for those children most in need of academic support. The funds are provided through the Massachusetts Department of Education, with funds provided to communities based on the number of children from low-income families in the community. The Title I program on a national, state and community level encourages programs for school age children. We are dedicated to providing children with academic skills and positive self-esteem needed to succeed in school. Fostering a love of literacy and mathematics and enabling children to become strong readers and mathematicians are the keys to a positive, productive school experience. Instructional Program Title I provides reading support in grades 1-4 and math support in grades 2-4. Students receive instruction in class with a Title I tutors and after school in the extended day program. Teachers and tutors work together to plan instruction for students. During the extended day program small groups of students work with the tutor to address academic and learning needs. Home-School Connection The Lunenburg Public schools supports parents involvement with their child in a variety of ways. Title I orientations is provided at the beginning of the school year, during the school year a range of parent/child workshops are offered and learning packets are sent home at grades 1-4 to provide parents with appropriate learning activities do work with their child at home. Regular communication is another way school and home work together. Parents receive notification of services, the parent compact and are informed of their parental rights. In addition, Title I progress reports are sent home on a regular basis and teachers and tutors are available to conference with parents on student progress. No Child Left Behind New policies for the legislation are many. The two most important ones that concern you as parents are: The Supplement, Not Supplant policy and the Parents Right to Know policy. The first policy states: The Title I program is intended to supplement, not supplant the reading and math programs for the children who receive services. It is the responsibility of the classroom teacher to assure that the students who receive extra help in reading will continue to be given reading instruction within the regular classroom. The second policy states: As a parent of a student in the Lunenburg Public Schools, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teachers, and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner, if you ask for it. Specifically, you have the right to ask whether the Massachusetts Department of Education has licensed or qualified the teacher for the grades or subjects he or she teaches. In summary, the Title I program is committed to involving parents in meaningful ways to ensure their child is successful in school. We hope that you spend at least fifteen minutes a day in some type of school-related activity. Research supports that parents who are involved in their child’s education are better students.
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Josh Branham,
Sep 23, 2011, 5:20 AM