Parent and Family Engagement Policy

School Parent And Family Engagement Policy And Compact

School Site Council
Blaker-Kinser Junior High School has an active School Site Council and invites parents to be involved. The objective of the School Site Council is to assist the school in planning, implementing and evaluating school-based coordinated programs.

English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC)
Blaker-Kinser Junior High School invites parents to be involved in the English Learner Advisory Council. The objective of ELAC is to advise the school, administration and School Site Council in developing the Single Plan for Student Achievement and addressing the needs of English Learner students. 
In support of strengthening student academic achievement, Blaker-Kinser Junior High School receives Title I funding and therefore must jointly develop with, agree on with, and distribute to parents and family members of participating children a written parent and family engagement policy, agreed on by such parents, that shall describe the means of carrying out the requirements of Title I.  Parents shall be notified of the policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language the parents can understand.  Such policy shall be made available to the local community and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of the parents and the school.  The policy establishes the school’s expectations for parent and family engagement and describes how the school will implement a number of specific parental and family engagement activities. 

Blaker-Kinser Junior High School understands that parent and family engagement means the participation of parents and families in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:
Parents and families play an integral role in assisting their student's learning
Parents and families are encouraged to be actively involved in their student's education at school
Parents and families are full partners in their student's education  and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their student

Involvement of Parents in the Title I Program:To involve parents and family members in the Title I program at  Blaker-Kinser Junior High School, the following practices have been established:
The school convenes an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents of participating children shall be invited to attend and encouraged to attend, to inform parents and family members of their school’s participation in the Title I program and to explain the requirements, and the right of the parents to be involved.
Information about the School Site Council and ELAC I is given at our annual Back to School Night. 
The school involves parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s Title I program, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school parent and family engagement policy and the joint development of the schoolwide program plan.
The Blaker-Kinser Junior High School Parental Involvement Policy and the School-Parent Compact are reviewed annually by the School Site Council, English Language Advisory Committee and the School Instructional Leadership Team. The Title I program is reviewed as part of annual review of the SPSA.
The school provides parents of Title I students with:
Timely information about the Title I programs through parent newsletters, Back to School Nights, School Site Council, English Learner Advisory Council and Coffee Connect
At parent-teacher conferences, assessment information on student academic progress and grade level standards are shared with parents. Student progress in relation to state and local standards will be explained to parents including the curriculum being used, grade-level expectations for proficiency, data reporting for state and local assessments and available interventions in reading, ELA and mathematics for students needing assistance.
If requested by parents, the school provides 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 practicably possible.

 If the school program is not satisfactory: 
Through formal parent-teacher conferences, informal requests by parent meetings, Back to School Nights, SSC, ELAC and Coffee Connect, if the schoolwide program is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, submit any parent comments on the single plan when the school makes the plan available to the local educational agency.

SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT: Blaker-Kinser Junior High School will take the following actions to jointly develop with parents of participating children a school-parent compact that outlines how families, school, staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and develop a partnership to help children achieve the state’s high standard and how the plan is used, reviewed, and updated.
BUILD CAPACITY OF PARENTS: Blaker-Kinser Junior High School engages Title I parents in meaningful interactions with the school. It supports a partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement. To help reach these goals, the school has established the following practices:
The school provides parents with assistance in understanding such topics as the challenging State academic standards, State and local assessments, the requirements of Title I, and how to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children. At parent-teachers conferences, informal parent requests, parent training, and through teacher’s ongoing parent communication, information on standards mastery, assessment data, intervention and how to support parents in monitoring their child’s education are provided.

The school provides parents with materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children's achievement. Training to enhance parents’ abilities to support and assist their children’s education. This may include activities such as: Family Dinner Night, Coffee Connect.
The school shall educate teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, and other school leaders, and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions 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.

The school provides such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request. Parent involvement strategies within the SPSA are integrated based on parent input. If the SPSA is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, submit any parent comments on the plan when the school makes the plan available to the school district. Parents can submit comments through the Principal or SSC if they are not satisfied with the program.