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Approvals:       Program Steering Committee 10-25-07                 School Board 11-08-07

                 Family-School Compact for Learning
This compact outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the
responsibility for student academic achievement and the means by which the
school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve.
PACT Charter School recognizes that this is a shared responsibility and the strength of
this partnership will impact student achievement and success.
The PACT Charter School Board of Education encourages and fosters mutual
responsibility for children's learning. They take the initiative to develop family-school
partnerships. By working together, exchanging information, sharing decision making, and
collaborating in children's learning, parents, students and staff can contribute to the
educational process and students’ success. As a school community, PACT Charter School
supports "family-school compacts" and affirms the importance of family involvement in
students' learning.
We commit to including parents and families in the daily life of the school by:
    Providing the resources for families to help children succeed in school and for school staff to
      work with families.
    Encouraging family involvement by reviewing progress regularly and strengthening
      cooperative efforts.
    Sharing responsibility at school and at home to give students the best education and a positive
      start in life.
Our school will be welcoming to parents, reach out to parents before problems arise, offer challenging
         courses, create safe and drug-free learning environments, include parents in school site
         decisions, and organize opportunities for parents to help improve student learning.
Our parents will monitor student attendance, homework completion and the use of free time, become
         acquainted with teachers and administration, and become involved at school (which can be
         done in a variety of ways by volunteering in school-day and after-school activities, and may
         include participating in school decision-making committees).
Our students will actively commit to respect themselves, staff, others and their environment and fulfil
their responsibilities in homework completion, class involvement and time management while
working to develop the character qualities that our school promotes such as integrity, respect,
cooperation, orderliness and responsibility.
PACT Charter School is committed to supporting partnerships through:
  A. Providing high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and safe
     learning environment that enables our students to meet the required student
     academic achievement standards. PACT Charter School will communicate
     about curriculum, instruction, assessment, school programs and student progress
     through timely and effective communication methods, such as letters to the
     parents and monthly newsletters. PACT Charter School will routinely review
     student academic achievement and make data driven decisions about the
     curriculum and instruction. The Board of Education helps to ensure, through the
     committee process, that strong partnerships between parents, staff, and students
     can be developed through nurturing respect, sharing knowledge, providing

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   support, collaborating on matters of importance and by appreciating the
   contributions each party makes to student achievement. Parents and families
   nurture their children by providing values, experiences, and guidance to reach
   their academic goals and to encourage life long learning.
B. Holding parent-teacher conferences during which this compact will be
   discussed as it relates to the individual. Conferences are held several times a
   year. The first conference for elementary students is a student-led goal setting
   conference, scheduled in early fall. At these conferences parents, students and
   teachers review the student’s academic achievements and opportunities and
   partner to set realistic goals for the student. Student-led conferences provide an
   avenue for students to take responsibility for their work and efforts throughout the
   year. Secondary students lead a Portfolio Conference, scheduled in late spring,
   sharing with advisors and parents/guardian(s) their accomplishments, goals
   achieved and areas of opportunity. We also have two additional conferences set
   up for the spring and the fall, at which teachers review academic progress with the
   student and the parent/guardian. Students, parents and teachers work closely to
   ensure that students are progressing sufficiently. The goal is to have 100 percent
   parent participation in conferences, so teachers contact parents/guardians to
   encourage conference attendance.
C. Providing parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress. Parents
   have many tools to access their children’s progress. These include student lead
   and portfolio conferences. Elementary teachers communicate daily using
   communication sheets and/or planners. Parents also have the option of checking
   student grades and assignments on-line. Progress reports or report cards are issued
   quarterly. Communication is an essential piece in a students' success and PACT
   Charter School encourages staff, students and parents to openly communicate.
D. Providing parents reasonable access to staff. Specifically, staff will be
   available for consultation with parents as follows:
       Parents are encouraged to speak directly with staff.
       Parents can schedule times to meet with the staff
       PACT Charter School also has individual phone extensions for the staff,
          so parents can leave a message.
       Parents are also encouraged to attend conference times, for example
          student-led goal setting conferences and Portfolio Conferences. We also
          have two additional conferences set up for the spring and the fall, in which
          teachers review academic progress with the student and the
       Students, parents and teachers work closely to ensure that students are
          progressing sufficiently.
E. Providing parents with opportunities to volunteer and participate in their
   child’s class, and to observe classroom activities. PACT Charter School
   recognizes and appreciates the value of parents wanting to be actively involved in
   the education of their child(ren). As a result, parents are encouraged to be
   involved and volunteer. We have numerous opportunities to volunteer.

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           Volunteering opportunities include serving on decision making committees,
           which provide a variety of services and direction to the school, serving as a
           Teacher’s Assistant (TA) in the classroom, working in the office, coordinating
           and coaching extracurricular events, fund raising projects, grant writing, serving
           lunch, chaperoning field trips and many other activities. By providing Thursday
           evening meeting times and nursery care throughout the school day and during
           meetings, we are also making this involvement convenient for parents.
           Volunteering opportunities are communicated to the staff, parents and community using a
           variety of tools, including the school newsletter, phone calls, school website and by
           personal communication.

       2007-2008 Family-School Compact for Learning
                                         Signature Sheet
Directions: Please read the following statement, sign below and return to your child(s) homeroom or
Advisory teacher.

I have read about and understand the importance of strong relationships between the student(s), the
school and the parents/guardian(s) as defined in the PACT Charter School "Family-School Compact
for Learning". I agree to do my best to fulfill my responsibilities as a part of this compact/agreement.

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                   Student                                                   Date

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                   Parent                                                    Date

                 Ideally, this form should be completed and signed within the first 2 weeks of the
                  school year
                 All forms are to be returned to Judy Hedberg, our Volunteer Coordinator


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