FAMILY-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP PLAN 

WEAVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 2016-2017            

  1. Mission, Vision, Beliefs and Motto of Weaver Elementary School

Each year we review the mission, vision, beliefs, and motto of Weaver Elementary School (WES) with stakeholders to ensure that we are in agreement and these adequately reflect our vision for our school and its students.

Mission

The mission of Weaver Elementary School is to provide an educational environment whereby students have access to the foundation of academic and social skills necessary for success in a global, technological world. This is accomplished through a safe, caring environment where students are challenged in a variety of ways to achieve their individual goals.

 Vision

Our vision is one where all students are learning basic academics along with the skills necessary to compete in a global, technological society. Students will become independent, lifelong learners, and productive citizens capable of reaching their full potential.

Beliefs

We believe that:

  1. Every child can learn through researched instructional methods which meet individual needs.
  2. The foundation of learning is basic academics and appropriate assessment.
  3. Students need to be encouraged to be independent, lifelong learners and productive citizens.
  4. Students should be encouraged to reach their full potential by setting and obtaining goals.
  5. Students should be prepared to meet their needs in a global, technological world.
  6. A caring staff should nurture a safe learning environment where everyone is treated with respect.
  7. Administration and staff should work together to formulate decisions and policies.
  8. Parental/community involvement is vital to the learning process.

Motto

 “Providing the Foundation for Success”

 1. Family-School-Community Partnership Philosophy of WES

Weaver Elementary School believes strongly in the importance of collaboration between parents and educators. There is much research supporting the fact that student achievement is higher when parents are actively involved in their child’s education. In order to facilitate a partnership between families, our school, and our community we have developed the following plan to help communicate, support, organize, and evaluate any efforts we make to involve families and community stakeholders in our school. The PTA National Standards provide a framework for partnership goals and this plan is reviewed by the Family School Partnership Team yearly with adjustments and additions made to the plan as needed.

Standard 1: Welcoming All Families into the School Community  

Families are active participants in the life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class.

Goal 1: WES will create a welcoming climate so that when families walk into the school

              building, they feel like they belong.

  • The entrance to our school is clearly marked, is wheelchair accessible, and is close to the office. Each morning, the principal (and available staff member) greet parents and students as they are let out of their cars.
  • All office personnel have been trained in greeting visitors and answering the phone in a friendly and helpful manner. The front desk always has someone present to assist parents and community members. The administrative staff is well trained and projects a pleasant and professional attitude with each person as they enter the office. There is easy access to the volunteer sign-in sheets and visitor name tags. Parents/volunteers have been oriented to this process so sign in runs smoothly yet provides security when someone comes to eat lunch with their child, volunteer, pick up homework, attend a conference, etc.
  • As people enter the school, they view a beautiful glass trophy case displaying student achievements. Office staff, community volunteers, and the Booster Club work diligently on keeping this area clean and making it welcoming and attractive for visitors. Seasonal decorations are added which give a warm, safe, and inviting feeling for all who enter.
  • A Parent Information Center has been placed in the hall near the office in order to educate parents on ways to help their child succeed in school. Materials are maintained and updated by our Title 1 social worker, office staff, and community stakeholders. A Parent Comment Box was added for parents who would like to make comments or give suggestions in a privately accessible way.
  • The Safety Committee consistently evaluates our current safety policies and work diligently on improving the safety of students and staff. Each year, signs that have the children’s names on them are given to parents to hold up in their cars when picking up their children. In addition, staff members supervise car pick-up daily, office staff is well aware of any changes made in the pick- up of any student, and information is consistently communicated with staff and administration via walkie-talkies each day.
  • Safety drills are periodically practiced throughout the year to help prepare students for any emergency or threatening situation that may arise.
  • Title 1 funds provide a full-time nurse to help ensure the health and safety of our children The nurse oversees the various needs of students as they arise, encourages good health through providing information to parents, and frees up time for office staff.

 

Goal 2: WES will build a respectful, inclusive school community and have policies and programs which reflect and respect the diversity of the families in the community. 

  • Each year WES has an evening open house before school starts to welcome parents and students, meet classroom teachers, and obtain information about the upcoming school year. The information provided includes school services (social worker, school counselor, Head-start program, etc.), PTO information, and various materials from community groups (Boy Scouts, sports, etc.).
  • PTO is actively engaged with our school operations. This is evident by the high number of volunteer hours logged throughout the school year as well as the multiple before/after school involvement opportunities.
  • WES strives to assist families through a variety of community resources. These include the opportunity to join Boy or Girl Scouts, YMCA programs, Booster Club events, etc. Information about school and parent programs, meetings and other school related activities is written so the parents can easily understand the content and is sent home

in a timely manner.

  • WES is involved in several programs to assist students and families who are economically disadvantaged. These include distribution of information about Santa Pal, community food programs, and for clothing. WES aides in the identification of these students as well as distribution if needed. For example, our guidance counselor oversees the “Back-Pack” food program and collaborates with the Title 1 social worker on identifying and incorporating ways to help low socio-economic students.
  • Our school is handicapped accessible with ramps leading to all levels, both inside and outside.
  • Through staff learning events, WES teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff are trained in how to communicate with and work with parents from different backgrounds as equal partners.
  • Parents are welcome to eat lunch with their child, and are encouraged to attend plays, special class presentations, PTO presentations, Fall Festival, etc. For the past few years, we have collaborated with a local college on holding a Math & Reading Night and all students and their families are encouraged to attend.
  • Meetings are held at different times of the day and evening in order to accommodate the various schedules of our parents.

Standard 2: Communicating Effectively

Families and WES staff engage in regular, two-way, meaningful communication about student learning.

Goal: Families will feel that the school keeps them informed on important issues and that it is easy to communicate with teachers, the principal, and other staff.

  • The school web-site has currently expanded to include teacher/grade-level information and is updated on a regular basis. The website includes:
  1. School and SCDE Calendars;
  2. Contact Information for the school and staff members;
  3. Classroom and Related Arts Webpages;
  4. WES’s mission, vision, and beliefs;
  5. Curriculum and extra resources and links to related topics
  6. Driving Directions and School Hours and Lunch Menus
  7. Family Involvement coordinator (contact information & resources)
  8. Student Handbook
  9. Principal’s page and Newsletters
  10. PTO page
  11. School Improvement Plan and State Report Card
  12. Families and Education link to valuable resources for parents
  • Parent conferences are scheduled in September, as well as throughout the school year as requested by either the parents or the teacher. Parents are made aware that phone conferences may be scheduled during the teacher’s planning period or before/after school.
  • School events and schedule changes are communicated by email, electronic phone voice messaging and text messages.
  • Newsletters and voice messages are sent home by the principal on a regular basis and grade level newsletters are sent home weekly by classroom teachers.
  • Each student has a Teacher/Parent Communicator Folder to facilitate a means of communication between parents and teachers. This folder is used for sending messages and important papers/homework back and forth between home and school.
  • Students in grades 3-5 use assignment books, provided by the school, to write down homework and class assignments. Parents are asked to sign the assignment books nightly to help provide accountability for students, and space is provided for both teacher and parents to write comments, requests, etc.

Standard 3: Supporting School Success

Families and school staff continuously collaborate to support students’ learning and healthy development both at home and at school, and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively.

Goal 1: WES will share information about student progress so families will be informed of how their children are performing in school, as well as how the entire school is progressing.

  •  Academic communication to parents include:
  1. Daily academic take home folders;
  2. Assignment plan books;
  3. Report cards;
  4. Benchmark results;
  5. Parent conferences.
  • Progress on behavior communication includes:
  1. Behavior charts;
  2. Teacher notes;
  3. Tardy and truancy letters/ phone calls;
  4. Conferences;
  5. Discipline referral forms; and
  6. Phone calls from the principal.
  • School progress communication includes:
  1. Principal’s newsletter;
  2. State, county and school websites; and
  3. PTO and town hall meetings.
  • Academic excellence communication includes:
  1. Posting of Honor Rolls near the auditorium;
  2. Posting of AR/ixl goals being met on “Brag Boards” in the hall; and
  3. Awards given on Honors Day at the end of each 9 week grading period.
  • State testing results for the school are sent to each family every year.

Goal 2: WES will support learning by engaging families and encourage them to be active participants in their children’s learning at home and at school.

  • In core areas of Reading/Language and Math, brain-based instruction is coupled with research-based practice by incorporating Accelerated Reader (AR), IXL and MyOn. Parents may access a student’s progress through the home connect component of these internet-based products. In addition, should a parent be without internet access, a dedicated computer is available in the Parent Resource Center at WES.
  • The beginning of the year Open House provides a way for parents to meet teachers, see their classrooms, and get motivated about the new school year. Other PTO meetings encourage parent attendance by including musical presentations by various grades, and the end-of-the-year Art Show. These meetings also provide one more opportunity for parents to visit classrooms and meet teachers.
  • When students are experiencing difficulty, teachers meet with parents to discuss how to motivate the child, offer suggestions for remediation/enrichment and solicit help and support at home. Teachers continue to check work and follow-up so that adjustments or suggestions can be made as needed.
  • WES provides several ways parents can volunteer and/or participate throughout the year. These include Music Programs, Fall Festival, Field Day activities, Homeroom Parents, classroom parties, Picture Day, Head Start, Book-Fair, Read-Across-America Day, field trips, and various activities within the classroom. All parents who are interested in volunteering are encouraged to let us know by contacting teachers, administration, and/or PTO board members.
  • In addition, the PTO and Booster Club are continuously looking for ways to involve parents in various undertakings, such as the Fall Festival and Fundraisers. Both these organizations encourage participation of all families and community members associated with our school.

Standard 4: Speaking Up for Every Child

Families are empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success.

Goal 1: WES will help parents understand their rights and responsibilities, and how to access information/advocate for children.

  • WES sends home a printed copy of Sullivan County’s Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook and the WES Student Handbook at the beginning of each school year.
  • WES identifies McKinney-Vento students through the registration process and qualifying students are offered services such as free lunch, free school supplies, and access to both the school counselor and the school social worker.
  • Title I family engagement materials are placed at the entrance of the school and referrals are made to the Title 1 Social Worker as needed. She is available to assist any family who needs or desires assistance. Parental educational opportunities are also offered.
  • When students are experiencing difficulty, teachers meet with parents to discuss how to motivate the child, offer suggestions for remediation/enrichment and solicit help and support at home. Teachers continue to check work and follow-up so that adjustments or suggestions can be made as needed.
  • Parents are informed of resources available within the school such as:
    1. After school tutoring;
    2. Counseling;
    3. Speech;
    4. Nursing;
    5. Vision/hearing screening;
    6. Interventionist academic assistance;
    7. “Spire” program;
    8. Small group interventions
    9. Special interventions with possible referral for further assessment through the School Support Team (SST) evaluation and IEP meetings.

Goal 2: WES will empower families to support children’s success in school. Families will be encouraged to monitor students’ progress and guide them toward graduation from high school to career/college ready.

  • The principal attends the Head Start parent meeting held in the spring to welcome parents to the school, discuss procedures, and answer questions.
  • Kindergarten registration is an opportunity to welcome future parents to WES. It gives them an opportunity to communicate needs and begin a positive relationship with school staff and the PTO volunteers.
  • The principal is always present during PTO meetings and school events to show his support and encourage parents to do the same.
  • Fifth graders are assisted in their transition to the Blountville and Holston Middle Schools. Tours of the schools are provided to the students in the spring.
  • In March and April, parents are notified of potential retentions of students.
  • Parents may access curriculum guides on WES and SCDE webpages, as well as State Report Cards, and resource pages that support the curriculum.
  • Parent/Teacher conferences and IEP meetings give parents a voice in decisions concerning their children’s academic success. Notes concerning meetings are sent home in a timely manner so parents can make necessary arrangements to attend, and faculty and staff accommodate parents’ schedules as much as possible.
  • Progress Reports, TCAP results, and teacher evaluations give parents important information to monitor their child’s progress and seek assistance or referrals from the school if desired. Their input is encouraged, appreciated, and given value when making decisions concerning their student’s academic success.
  • Teachers also encourage parental involvement and support of the curriculum at home by assigning projects that are related to topics of study.
  • Students are encouraged to discover their interests and gifts through numerous related arts programs and area community clubs. Art, music, physical education, 4H Club, Booster Club, and Boy/Girl Scouts are a few examples of WES supported activities.

Standard 5: Sharing Power

Families and school staff are equal partners in decisions that affect children and families. Together they inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs.

Goal 1: WES will strengthen the family’s voice in shared decisions; making sure families can be full partners in making decisions on issues affecting their children both at school and within the community. 

  • When a parent requests a meeting with teachers, they come together with the administrator to listen to the views and challenges faced by the parent and offer suggestions and accommodations that best meet the needs of the student. The teachers and support staff work together to follow through with recommendations, suggestions, and requests made with parents.
  • The school-parent compact outlines how parents, the school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement. It also provides the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the state’s high standards. This compact is discussed at the beginning of the year Title 1 meeting and is distributed to parents for review at home, to be signed and returned to school.
  • The Family-School Partnership Plan is a fluid document. Its sources, strategies, and mission will continue to evolve with input from staff, parents and community stakeholders;
  • Input is sought from many sources:
  1. PTO Board;
  2. Parent Advisory Committee;
  3. Faculty Leadership Team;
  4. Professional grade level and paraprofessional team meetings;
  5. Student leadership team;
  6. Suggestion box (parents);
  7. Parent conferences; and
  8. Other stakeholders.
  • PTO conducts a survey of homeroom parents at the beginning of the year to aid in planning activities. A school-wide survey of parents will be conducted yearly. These results will be available for staff, parents, and the community to use in planning activities for the remainder of the school year and the future.

Goal 2: WES will build families’ social and political connections and will have a broad-based parent organization that offers families and school staff regular opportunities to discuss concerns with each other and with school leaders, public officials, and community leaders.

  • PTO is also regularly involved in WES school activities during the day and before/after school events, which gives parents opportunities to participate and develop relationships with other parents, school staff, and community leaders.
  • Public officials, school system leaders, and the superintendent are invited to PTO meetings, which include town meetings that allow questions from those who attend. Parents are able to submit questions in writing anonymously if the parent prefers to not speak.
  • Weaver Booster Club provides sports opportunities for students and has funded various updates to the school gym throughout the years.
  • PTO has funded updated materials, such as the new curtains for the auditorium and provides funding for the school copy machine.
  • PTO Executive committee members meet regularly to make and discuss PTO decisions and discuss concerns. These meetings include parent volunteers, the principal, and WES staff.

Standard 6: Collaborating with Community

Families and school staff collaborate with community members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation.

Goal: WES will connect with community resources and parents/school leaders should work closely with neighborhood associations, government agencies, businesses, and universities to strengthen the school.

  • The school counselor organizes annual meetings with community agencies, churches, and volunteers to exchange information and ideas with regard to the welfare of the children in programs such as weekend food back-packs, school supplies, clothing needs, and Christmas help. Ideas for emergency relief and family assistance are also discussed.
  • The school social worker assists with referrals to community services, obtaining shoes and coats for students, offers assistance to families in need, makes home visits, and provide parent workshops.
  • PTO provides volunteer help plus financial assistance with school supplies and other funding as needed.
  • Community businesses provide incentives for reward celebrations, items for Fall Festival silent auctions, food for special events, and funding for special projects.
  • The school gym is used by community basketball teams for practices/games plus other community events as approved through facility utilization request forms.
  • With community support in fundraising through Boxtops collections, selling promotional items, Fall Festival ,etc., PTO has paid for school improvements such class rugs for classrooms, curtains for the stage, and school supplies. PTO has recently paid for teacher “Wish-List” items for their classrooms.

Updates to Weaver Elementary School’s FSPPlan will be an on-going process that will incorporate programs, activities, strategies, and procedures that correlate with PTO National Standards for Family-School Partnerships as well as Weaver Elementary and Sullivan Count Board Policies and utilizing input from families, school personnel, community stakeholders, Board policies, and PTO members.

Family School Partnership Action Team Contacts:     

Randy Gentry, Principal 354-1853

Tracy Latham, WES School Counselor 354-1853

Crystal Baker, PTO President

Bre Bebber, Booster Club President

Linda Holden, Family Involvement Coordinator 341-6208

Beverly Moore and Mary Beth Messick- 354-1853

Family Involvement Committee-Teacher representatives 354-1853

Gail Cooler, Librarian, 354-1853

 

 

                                 

                                      WES PTO Committee Descriptions

                              

  1. The PTO will provide assistance with the following school projects as requested:
  2. Organize fund raising projects
  3. Monitor the Food City Receipts
  4. Give financial funding for field trips per class per year
  5. PTO will assist with the field day based on instructions from the Physical Instructor.
  6. Other projects or requested by individual teachers or principal.
  7. II. The PTO will support the school by holding a Fall Festival. As long as the teacher participates, board approved amount will be given to each teacher after the cost of supplies is paid.

III. The PTO shall assist with the following expenses.

  1. Provide necessary funds for school programs such as musical programs as approved by the board.
  2. Publishing and distributing the annual yearbook
  3. Support the cost and maintenance of the copy machine
  4. The PTO will provide refreshments for the following meetings: Open house, Christmas, and final program.
  5. Support membership drive with parties or prizes
  6. Classes having the largest attendance on PTO night will receive $20.00 for first place and $10.00 for second place. The teacher must also be in attendance.
  7. Send flowers or an appropriate memorial with a maximum of $50.00 in case of death or major illness of a staff member (examples include spouse, children, parents, etc.).
  8. The PTO will give a retirement gift of $100.00 for each staff member.
  9. The PTO will coordinate the end of the year teacher appreciation week and the end of year luncheon.
  10. An attendance drawing will occur at the end of each year.