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            Houston Jr./Sr. High School Parent Engagement Policy

            2019-2020

            Houston Jr./Sr. High School Vision of Parent Engagement

            Houston Jr./Sr. High School is committed to the goal of providing quality education for every
            child. To

            this end, HJSH wants to establish partnerships with families and community. Everyone gains if our
            school and families work together to promote high achievement from our children; no one can do the
            job alone. HJSH families play an extremely important role in children live as their first
            teachers. A full circle of support for students and is critical to their success every step of the
            way.

            Houston Jr./Sr. High School recognizes that some students need extra help and assistance to be
            successful. Various types of assistance are available through the HJSH Title I program
            to reach high academic standards. HJSH will reach out to families for input in all aspects of
            the Title I program. The goal is a school-home partnership that will help all students to succeed.

            Houston Jr./Sr. High will:

            1. Jointly develop/revise with Houston Jr./Sr. High School Families Parent Engagement Policy and
            distribute it to the families of participating children and make available the parent Engagement
            plan to the local community.

            a. Houston Jr./Sr. High School Families are to the quarter 2 Title I Team Meeting, November 18,
            2019; which is also combined with our last holiday dinner planning meeting. Notification
            of the meetings will be made in the monthly newsletter, social media, and a reminder Blackboard
            connect message will be sent before the meeting. A copy of the Title I plan is available on our
            website and feedback will also be encouraged through email and

            a brief online survey for those who cannot attend the actual meeting.


            2. Convene an annual meeting, inviting all Houston Jr/Sr High School Families to attend, inform
            Houston Jr/Sr High School Families of their school’s participation under this part and to explain
            the requirements of this part, and the right of the Houston Jr/Sr High School
            Families to be involved.

            a. The annual meeting was on September 17, 2019, & October 30, 2019. We feel that it is
            important to inform our Houston families about our Title I funds and all the great things it allows
            us to do.

            3. Offer other methods to give valuable input if attending a meeting is not possible.

            a. Through past surveys, Houston Jr./Sr. High School learned that weekday evenings are the most
            convenient for the majority of families. If we combine the meeting with a fun family event
            directly following, we found that the attendance improved dramatically. Houston Jr/Sr High
            School will use more electronic means to get more Engagement from our families who
            have busy schedules and want to give feedback in that manner versus attending a meeting
            at Houston Jr/Sr High School. Our Parent Coordinator will continue to inform families promptly
            through social media, our website, monthly newsletters, and Blackboard Connect, and usage of the
            electronic reader board of all meetings so families can plan accordingly.

            4. Involve Houston Jr./Sr. High School Families, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the
            planning, review, improvement, and development of the Title I school plan.

            a. Houston Jr./Sr. High School families are sent individual emails, monthly newsletters, and
            Blackboard Connect messages in addition to fliers sent home with students to invite
            Houston Jr./Sr. High School Families to various meetings and forums regarding the
            evaluation or revision of the Title I school plan and other important information.
            Additionally, our Parent Coordinator will maintain updated information on various social media
            outlets and use that as a way to have 2-way communication with families who choose to
            take advantage of that method of providing feedback.

            5. Involve Houston Jr./Sr. High School Families and school staff in the development of a School-
            Community Compact that explains ways the school staff, Houston Jr/Sr High School Families, and
            students will work together to increase student achievement.


            a. Compacts will be made available electronically and in paper form within the first 90 days of
            the start of the school year. The newly designed compacts will also be accessible all year long
            at our reception desk, plus made available during every school and Title I event.

            6. Provide Houston Jr./Sr. High School Families timely information about –

            a. 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.

            i. This is communicated through the monthly newsletter, individual teacher and
            school-wide website, teacher syllabi, and progress reports sent home with students.

            b. If requested by Houston Jr./Sr. High School Families, 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.

            i. Houston Jr./Sr. High School advocates a collaborative approach with families which
            encourage a phone call at any time with concerns or suggestions. This is communicated to
            Houston Jr./Sr. High School Families via the Title I Annual Meeting, monthly newsletters,
            teacher websites & emails, and the Parent Forum meetings.

            c. A description of the Title I program in the school

            i. Houston Jr./Sr. High School families are welcomed to have input in the Title I plan either in
            person or by electronic communications and surveys. A review of the entire plan is offered
            during any of the quarterly Parent Engagement events and during the first Title I Annual meeting
            at the beginning of the new school year.

            7. Will provide a way for families to offer feedback and share concerns form any parent/guardians
            on the plan when it’s available to the community.

            a. Houston Jr./Sr. High School families are invited to respond to the Title I plan via email,
            phone call, or to come by personally at any time to discuss concerns.


            8. Work together to share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement by:

            a. Conducting parent/teacher conferences, annually (at a minimum),

            i. Mat-Su Borough School District guidelines are followed, which plans conferences to take place
            twice per school year at staggered times to make it convenient for all families of Houston Jr./Sr.
            High School students to attend.

            b. The compact shall be discussed as the compact relates to the individual
            child’s achievement;

            i. Teachers discuss certain aspects of the Compact with students during a daily
            scheduled Advisory class (called Hawk Talk) and make themselves available to Houston
            Jr./Sr. High School families and students via individual websites, emails, and telephone.

            c. Providing frequent reports to Houston Jr./Sr. High School Families on their
            children’s progress; and

            i. Teachers print progress reports for students to monitor their academics and mid- quarter grade
            nonfictions are sent to Houston families.

            d. Providing Houston Jr./Sr. High School Families with reasonable access to
            staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class and observation
            of classroom activities.

            i. Houston Jr./Sr. High School families can access the staff via telephone, email or personal
            websites at any time. Volunteer opportunities are posted in the monthly newsletter and during
            special event notifications and planning processes. Families who want to observe classroom
            activities are encouraged to make arrangements using the above communication tools or to stop in
            personally.

            e. Providing Houston Jr./Sr. High School Families with regular meetings to make suggestions and
            participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.

            i. The Parent Forum will meet to encourage family participation in Title I, programs, and other
            suggestions relating to their student’s education.


            9. Assist Houston Jr./Sr. High School Families in understanding topics such as the State’s
            academic

            content standards, local academic assessments, all the requirements, and how to monitor a child’s
            progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children;

            a. Houston Jr./Sr. High School provides links on its website to the state website
            for assessments and standards.

            10. Provide materials and training to help Houston Jr./Sr. High School Families to work with their
            children to improve their children’s achievement, such as literacy, math, and technology training,
            as appropriate, to foster parental Engagement;

            a. Although past training events have not historically been well attended, Houston Jr./Sr. High
            School will offer after school tutoring starting in the first quarter; this will focus on all
            academic areas.

            11. Provide full opportunities for the participation of Houston Jr./Sr. High School
            Families with children with limited English proficiency, Houston Jr./Sr. High School Families with
            children with disabilities, and Houston Jr./Sr. High School Families of migratory children,
            including providing information and school reports in a format and, to the extent
            practicable, in a language such Houston Jr./Sr. High School Families can understand.

            This Houston Jr./Sr. High School Parental Engagement Policy has been developed/revised jointly with
            and agreed on, with Houston Jr./Sr. High School Families of children participating in the Title I
            program. The draft version is available on-line 11/12/2019 – 11/20/2019 during which time is
            considered the final input period. The final version of the Parent Engagement Policy will be
            developed/revised by Houston Jr./Sr. High School on 11/21/2019 and be in effect for the period of
            the school year. The completed copy of the Parent Engagement Policy is made available on or before
            11/30/2019 to all Houston Jr./Sr. High School Families via the website or a paper version upon
            request.

            11/11/2019

            (Signature of Title I Authorized Representative) (Date)

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             
             

             

             

             

             

             

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