Primary & Academy of Technology Plan

Vilonia Primary and Academy of Technology

Parent Involvement Plan 2011-2012

 Our staff understands the importance of involving parents and the community as a whole in promoting higher student achievement and general good will between the school and those it serves. Therefore, Vilonia Primary and Academy of Technology shall strive to develop and maintain the capacity of meaningful and productive parental and community involvement that will result in partnerships that are mutually beneficial to the schools, students, parents, and the community.


To achieve such ends, the Vilonia Primary and Academy of Technology shall work to:


  1. Provide additional information to parents and increase parental involvement in supporting classroom instruction:


§  Distribute newsletters to parents that are developed with participation of the parent school organization, principal, staff and parent volunteers. It includes school news, a calendar of school activities, and parenting tips related to school achievement such as homework tips, organizational skills, and study skills.

§  Create a Web site to house classroom Web sites for each teacher.

§  Homework assignments and pertinent classroom information will be available on classroom websites. Parents may use e-mail to communicate with members of the school staff.

§  Each teacher will send home a folder containing student papers, work samples and announcements each day parents will be asked to look in the folder and send it back to school each day.

§  Teachers will routinely contact parents on an individual basis to communicate about their child's progress.

§  The school will provide to parents reports every four weeks with information regarding their child's academic progress and upcoming classroom and school events.

§  Vilonia Primary with the help of the Parent Center will send information home with students, post notices in school facilities, and provide information for local newspapers about parent workshops and meetings.

§  Teachers will send Enrichment Prescription Referral to parents to be filled at the Parent Center.


Susan Loyd, Andy Pennington and Linda Hicks with the help of other staff are responsible for ensuring newsletters and websites are created and updated.  For more information, contact 501-796-2018.



  1. Inform parents about parental involvement programs, meetings, and other activities available during the school year.


§  VPS and Academy of Technology through the Parent Center will conduct a meeting on October 12 at 11:30 am.  Other parent training sessions will be available to help parents understand how to enhance their child's education.

§  VPS and Academy of Technology through the Parent Center will include a series of family reading nights at 6:30 pm each Thursday in September that provide an opportunity for parent and their child to experience the school situation in a positive and helpful manner while school staff may provide any needed assistance or encouragement.

§  VPS and Academy of Technology through the Parent Center will conduct these meeting at times convenient for parents based on the needs assessment results.

§   The school will hold an orientation for parents on November 28, 2011 at 6:30 to inform them about the school's participation in the Title I program and to encourage parents to be involved with reviewing and revising of VPS Schoolwide Title I Plan.

§  Teachers will hold annual conferences (October 25 and March 13) individually with parents of children in their classrooms. Parents will be given a summary of the student's test scores and an explanation of the interventions teachers are using to assist the child in reaching achievement goals. Parents will be asked to engage in discussion of how they can support these efforts. Parents will also be given suggestions for coordinating school-parent efforts and explanations of homework and grading procedures.

§  VPS and Academy of Technology will encourage parents in the following types of roles and activities to increase their involvement and support for student learning:


­  Library assistant

­  Reading buddy

­  Mentor

­  Teacher assistant

­  Tutor

­  Book fair helpers Oct 21-27 and March 12-16

­  Awards day presentation the middle of May

­  Spring Fling volunteers the middle of May

­  Family reading nights each Thursday in September

­  Parent education workshops throughout the year

­  Happy Holiday Shop-- December 5 -9

­  Share and Care Food Drive-- Nov 7-11 and May 7-11

­  Family Chili Supper Feb 10 @ 6:30

­  Open House August 11 @ 5:30

­  Fall Festival-- October 21 @ 6:30

­  Family Movie Night-- November 11 @ 6:30

­  Parent-school organization (PTO and PITCREW) meetings:  Aug 22, Sept 26, Oct 24, Jan 9, Feb 6, Apr 2 --each @ 6pm

­  Red Ribbon week-- October 24-28

­  Primary Melodies and Grade level Music Programs throughout the year

­  Enrichment Prescription Program though the Parent Center

­  Kindergarten Parade-- September 9 @ 8:30 am

­  Muffins for Moms in April from 6:15 am- 7:45 am

­  Donuts for Dads in May from 6:15 am -7:45 am

­  PITCREW Orientation Meeting-- September 13 @ 6:30 pm

­  Blood Drive –September 30 12-7 pm


  1. Provide information to parents about volunteer opportunities at Vilonia Primary and Academy of Technology.


  • PITCREW which will provide reading buddies, tutoring, special friends and safety patrol during school hours.
  • A list of volunteer opportunities and solicit ideas for other types of volunteer efforts during orientation of parents. Teachers will explain the requirements to parents and encourage them to become involved in the school. Brief training sessions will provide parents and community members with the information they need to participate as school volunteers in order to put them at ease and make the experience pleasant and successful.
  • VPS and Vilonia Academy of Technology will coordinate with Vilonia Middle School to help provide a smooth transition from one school to the next by raising parent awareness of procedures and related activities. The school will host special orientation programs for parents and students to help with the transition. Parents will have the opportunity to meet the new teachers the first week in May.
  • VPS and Academy of Technology will provide instruction to parents on how to incorporate developmentally appropriate learning activities in the home environment, including without limitation: role play and demonstration by trained volunteer, the use of and access to the Department of Education website tools for parents, assistance with nutritional meal planning (Nutrition on a Budget on October 27 at 6:30) and preparation and other strategies or curricula developed or acquired by the school district for at-home parental instruction approved by the Department of Education.
  • The State Board of Education's Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools and School Districts shall require no fewer than two (2) hours of professional development for teachers designed to enhance the understand of effective parental involvement strategies. No fewer that three (3) hours of professional development for administrators designed to enhance understanding of effective parent involvement strategies and the importance of administrative leadership in setting expectations and creating a climate conducive to parental participation. This staff development requirement will be met in August of each school year.


Marsha Wallace, school counselor, is responsible for ensuring the transition. Contact information is 501-796-2018. Laurie Geisler, PITCREW chief and Amanda Enis, PTO President will be responsible for volunteer training sessions.



  1. Involve parents of students, staff to develop a school-parent-student compact. This compact will outline how parents, school staff, and students share the responsibility for improving student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the state's high academic standards. All stakeholders will sign the compact.  For more information, contact Susan Loyd at 796-2018.



  1. VPS will provide opportunities for parents to be involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of the school wide school improvement plan, and the Annual Title I Meeting to engage them in the decision-making processes regarding the school's Title I, Part A Program.


  • VPS’ parents will be involved on school improvement planning committees. To support this process, the school will offer both school staff and parents training on how to contribute to this process in a meaningful way.
  • VPS’ parents will serve on curricular and instructional review committees. To support this process, the school will offer both school staff and parents training on how to contribute to this process in a meaningful way.
  • VPS will engage parents in decision making about the allocation of its Title I, Part A funds for parental involvement on November 28, 2011.
  •  VPS shall consider recruiting alumni from the school to create an alumni advisory commission to provide advice and guidance for school improvement using community resources. For more information, contact Jeannie Grissom at 796-2050.
  • VPS PTO and PITCREW organizations will foster parental and community involvement within the school. For more information contact Laurie Geisler or Amanda Enis at 796-2018.



  1. VPS and Academy of Technology with the help of our District Parent Center will provide various resources for parents.



  • Parents may check out materials and visit educational Web sites. Parents will be encouraged to view the Title I Plan located in the parent resource center or media center. A suggestion sheet will also be available for parental input. The school will open the resource center hours of operation are as follows:

Weekday Hours of Operation:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8-4pm     Tuesday and Thursday 8-7pm

 Summer Hours of Operation:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10-6pm

  • Parents are encouraged to use the District Parent Center located next door as a resource center and lending library.
  • VPS and Academy of Technology will distribute Informational packets each year that includes a copy of the school's parental involvement plan, survey for volunteer interests, student handbook, recommended roles for parents/ teachers/students and school, suggestions of ways parents can become involved in their child's education, parental involvement activities planned for the current school year and information about the system that will be used to allow parents and teachers to communicate (notes, phone calls, e-mails, etc).
  • VPS' and Academy of Technology handbooks include the process for resolving parental concerns, including how to define a problem, whom to approach first, and how to develop solutions. Handbooks will be available in August of each school year. For further questions, contact Susan Loyd at 501-796- 2018.


  1. VPS and Academy of Technology will engage parents in the evaluation of our parental involvement efforts. Contacts Jeannie Grissom at 796-2050 for further information.


  • The principal of Vilonia Primary has designated herself as parent facilitator. Andy Pennington, principal of Academy of Technology has designated himself as parent facilitator.
  • Parents will be given an evaluation survey in early May.



  1. VPS and Academy of Technology will use the parent interest surveys to select, plan and implement parental involvement activities that will be offered throughout the year.



  • Both schools with the help of the Parent Center will ask parents to fill out a parent interest survey at registration or at the beginning of each school year to get information from parents concerning the activities they feel will be most beneficial in the efforts to support their child academically.
  • Both schools will use the results of the parent interest survey to plan the parental involvement activities for the year.
  • Both schools with the help of the Parent Center will evaluate the activities that were suggested by the parents at the end of the year as part of the annual parental involvement plan evaluation.

Jeannie Grissom, parent center director may be contacted at 501-796-2050 for further questions.


  1. An Annual Title I Meeting will be conducted by Susan Loyd, principal for parents and students who participate in the Schoolwide Title I program the first quarter.  A description/explanation of the school’s curriculum, information on forms of academic assessments used to measure student progress and information on proficiency level students are expected to meet. An agenda, sign-in sheet and minutes for this meeting will be kept on file in the school's office. For more information, contact Susan Loyd at 796-2018.


Committee Members:


Amanda Enis- parent                                                     Susan Loyd-Primary Principal

Angela Wilson-parent                                                    Andy Pennington-Academy Director

Laurie Geisler-paraprofessional                                   Jeannie Grissom-Parent Center Director

Marsha Wallace-counselor                                          Jeannie Harvey-Primary teacher

Elizabeth Sowder-Academy teacher