Walt Disney Elementary Parent and Family Engagement Policy
Millard Public Schools
September 13, 2022
Walt Disney Elementary intends to follow the Title I parent and family engagement policy guidelines per federal law, Section 116(b-f) ESSA, (Every Student Succeeds Act) of 2015. The written parent and family engagement policy has been developed jointly with, agreed on with, and distributed to parents and family members of participating children.
Parents and family members are involved in the planning, reviewing, and improving the Parent and Family Engagement Policy and the Parent/Student/School Compact at an Annual Parent Meeting at a convenient time.
Annual Title I information will be shared via the school newsletter to Walt Disney Elementary Families, as well as through home visits for those children who are participating in a Title I Program.
Opportunities are provided for parents and family members to participate in decisions related to the education of their child/children. Some of these opportunities are:
- Back to School Night
- Annual Parent Meeting
- Parent-Teacher Conferences
- Parent Surveys
- PTO – Meetings & Events
- Preschool Home Visits
- Family Nights
- Music Programs
- Curriculum Focus Days
- Field Day
- WatchDOGS/Super MOMS
Parents and family members will be provided in a timely manner with curriculum information, academic assessments used and proficiency levels, how to monitor a child’s progress, and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children in a format. When feasible, a language the parents and family members can understand through:
- The student handbook
- Curriculum Presentation
- Parent-Teacher Conferences
- Standardized Tests results
- Progress reports & report cards
- Teacher/Parent Communication Policy
- MAP Assessment Data
The school will provide assistance, opportunities, and/or materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement in a format, and when feasible, in a language the parents and family members can understand through:
- Home/School Connections
- Curriculum Night handouts
- District Standards handouts
- Classroom Technology
- Curriculum Focus Nights
- Open House
- Classroom Websites
Parents and family members of all students are welcome and encouraged to get involved with their child’s school and education; this includes parents and family members with limited English proficiency, with disabilities, or of migratory children. Information and school reports required will be provided in a format and in a language, such parents and family members can understand.
- Interpreters will be provided when needed
- Staff is available for phone conferences & home visits if needed.
- Language Line to support communication
- Technology tools to translate digital communication.
Educate teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, and other school leaders, with the assistance of parents in the value and utility of contributions of parents, how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners.
- Utilize technology to build connections between school and home
- Build ties between parents and the school through school functions
- Parent Engagement Surveys
- Coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with other Federal, State and local programs, including preschool programs that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children.
- Preschool programs
Disney Elementary School
Targeted Assistance Plan
Disney Elementary offers Title I services to eligible students in grades PreK - 5th Grade identified as having the greatest needs (as outlined in Sec.1115 Title I Public Law).
All students in grades PreK-5th grade are considered for Title I programs. Beginning of the year, mid-year, and end-of-year assessment ensures continuous evaluation of need for services. Ongoing progress monitoring through formal and informal measures allows additional opportunity to monitor and adjust intervention programs to meet student needs.
Students receiving Title I assistance receive the same amount of instruction from the regular classroom teacher as non-Title students. Title I services are scheduled to minimize removing children from the regular classroom, and are providing a supplement to regular classroom instruction.
Teachers implement effective instructional strategies that are based on Scientific Based Research (SBR) that directly link to State and District language arts and/or math standards. Teachers regularly collaborate with classroom teachers to plan instruction and review student progress.
Resources (materials and equipment) funded by Title I are used only for children participating in the program.
Parents are notified of child’s eligibility to participate in Title I services. Parents are provided with opportunities to participate in the development of the annual Parent Involvement Policy. Parents are surveyed annually to elicit feedback for program improvement. A signed parent compact is in place for each participating Title I child.
Strategies are in place to increase parental involvement in the Title I program. These include:
- Parent/Teacher Conferences - October 15, 16, 17 & February 11, 12, 14
- Parent/Family Events: Open House, Boo Hoo Breakfast, Curriculum Night, Watch Dogs Pizza Night, One Book One School, Boo Hoo Bash, Family Game Night, Carnival, Paybac Nights, and Music programs.
- Parent Education Resources are sent out through the building weekly newsletter and by the teachers.
Staff participates in both building and district staff development focused on reading, math, behavior, and digital literacy.
Link to Disney’s 18-19 Staff Development Plan
The Disney Elementary School has a preschool program for children who are 4 years old and will be eligible to enter kindergarten the following year. The program has been modified to better identify and meet the needs of our young children who otherwise may not have the opportunity to attend preschool. Title I, a federally funded and regulated program, provides programs for children living in low income households, who are English Language Learners, whose skills are one or more years below their expected age level, and/or have other special circumstances that may interfere with future or current academic achievement.
The preschool classrooms are staffed with a certified early childhood teacher and trained paraprofessional(s):
- Amanda Braun Preschool
The class size average is 18 children, with slots available for parent pay tuition and/or early childhood special education students. Sessions meet Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday through Friday for half day full day AM PM. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from the preschool site. Tuition for parent-pay students is $198 (half day) $396 (full day) per month and the tuition for Title I eligible students will be waived.
Preschool follows the rules and regulations within Rule 11 and Results Matter. All classrooms use Creative Curriculum and all students are assessed using Teaching Strategies GOLD 3 times per year.
Walt Disney Elementary School
2022/2023 School Year
This Title I School-Parent Compact has been jointly developed with parents and outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved 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. At the annual parent-teacher conferences the compact shall be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement.
It is important that students achieve. I agree to do the following:
- Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment to enable children to meet the challenging state academic standards.
- Make a year's academic growth in the area of reading and mathematics.
- Regularly communicate with parents on their child’s progress.
- Demonstrate professional behavior and a positive attitude.
(Optional) Teacher Signature ______________________________
Parent / Caring Adult:
I want my child to achieve; therefore I will encourage him/her by doing the following:
- Communicate and work with teachers and school staff on an ongoing basis to be involved and support my child’s learning.
- Support your child’s learning--participate as appropriate, in decisions related to their education, guide positive use of extracurricular time.
- Make sure my child is at school every day and on time unless he/she is ill.
- Provide a quiet place and time to do schoolwork and encourage my child to complete schoolwork.
(Optional) Parent Signature _______________________________
I know my education is important to me. It is important that I work to the best of my ability. I agree to do the following:
- Be at school every day and on time unless I am sick.
- Come to school each day prepared with supplies and an attitude to learn.
- Be responsible for my own behavior.
- Respect and cooperate with other students and adults.
- Return completed schoolwork on time.
(Optional) Student Signature ______________________________