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					Updated 13 September 2012
                                             Thomasboro Academy

                                2011-2012 Title I - Parental Involvement Policy

Purpose: In support of strengthening student academic achievement, our school receives Title I funds. We
believe parents are partners in their child’s development. Thomasboro Academy with the help of parents will
develop a plan which encourages and promotes active participation in the school.
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PART I.        GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

Thomasboro Academy agrees to implement the following requirements:

      The school will work to ensure that the required school level parental involvement policies meet the
       requirements of Title I and include, as a component, a School-Parent Compact.

      Thomasboro Academy will notify parents of the policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to
       the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand. The policy will be made available to
       the local community and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.

      In carrying out the Title I parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the school will
       provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency and other
       needs.

      If the school-wide program plan for Title I is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the
       school will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school submits the plan to the local
       educational agency (CMS).

      The school will involve the parents of children served in Thomasboro Academy in decisions about how
       Title I funds are reserved for parental involvement are spent.

      The school will build parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective
       involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to
       improve student academic achievement.

      The school will provide other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as the parents may
       request.

      The school will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and will carry
       out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition:

       Parental involvement means the participation of parents is regular, two-way, and meaningful
       communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring—

           (A) that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;

           (B) that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;

           (C) that parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in
               decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child;

           (D) the carrying out of other activities, that promote parental involvement



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PART II.               DESCRIPTION OF HOW SCHOOLS WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED SCHOOL PARENTAL
                       INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS

1.           Thomasboro Academy will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development of its
             school parental involvement plan under Title I:

            Convene an annual Open House night – August 9, 2011, Back to School Night on August 23, 2011 and
             during Curriculum Night /Fall Parent Night - October, 2011. (BARNES)
            Involve parents in review and revision of Title I Written Parent Policy, Restructuring Plan and School
             Improvement Plan
2.           Thomasboro Academy will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review
             and improvement under Title I:

                Parent Involvement and opportunity to give input on the School Improvement Plan/Restructuring Plan.
                Parent Involvement and input in the use of Title I funds
                Parental Input on the Parent Involvement Policy
                Parental Involvement and Input through PTSA
                Parental Involvement and Input through School Leadership Team
                Provide opportunities for regular meetings with flexible times and schedules

3.           Thomasboro Academy will hold an annual meeting to inform parents of the school’s participation in Title
             I and the right of parents to be involved. The school will convene the meeting at a time convenient for
             parents and will offer a flexible number of additional parental involvement meetings, such as in the
             morning or evening, so that as many parents as possible are able to attend. The school will invite all
             parents of children participating in Title I programs to this meeting, and will encourage them to attend,
             by:

                Using ConnectEd to send messages via telephone
                Promoting event via website
                Flyers/ Letters mailed home to parents/ guardians
                Flyers posted at local businesses and churches
                Messages sent home via Student Tri-Weekly grade reports
                Bi-Monthly Parent newsletters
                Offering Parent Conferences each Tuesday in which the parent can meet with the team of teachers
                Being accessible (within reason) for other informal opportunities to allow for input and feedback on our
                 schools’ progress.
4.           Thomasboro Academy will provide parents information in a timely manner about Title I programs that
             includes a description and explanation of the school’s curriculum, the forms of academic assessment
             used to measure children’s progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet by:

                  Scheduling parent-teacher conferences weekly or as needed
                  Scheduling parent meetings and trainings
                  Holding “Walk in Your Child’s Shoes” Night (Curriculum Night)
                  Providing information on school website
                  Providing information in a bi-monthly newsletter from the principal and grade levels
                  Scheduling EOG preparation and information events
                  Providing Student Tri-Weekly grade reports
                  Easy access to teachers and administration

5.           Thomasboro Academy will at the request of parents, provide opportunities for regular meetings. The
             school will respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible by:

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           Responding by phone calls
           Responding by email, letters, or other written communication
           Individual Meeting with an appointment or conference call
           Grade/Team Level Meeting with parents to discuss the status of students’ progress

6.     Thomasboro Academy will provide each parent an individual student report about the performance of
       their child on the state assessment in at least math and reading by:

           Distributing reports to parents
           Personalized Education Plan Meetings(on-going meetings throughout the year and parent signature
            is required on the plan)
           Utilizing internet-based Parent Assistant to keep parents informed
           Attendance at parent conferences offered each week
           Attendance at IEP meetings
7.     Thomasboro Academy will take the following actions to provide each parent timely notice when their
       child has been assigned or has been taught for four (4) or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is
       not highly qualified by:

                   o   Sending home a parent notification letter
                   o   Sending home a Connect Ed Message
8.     Thomasboro Academy will provide assistance to parents of children served by the school, as
       appropriate, in understanding topics by undertaking the actions described in this paragraph:

           Principal participation in community meetings (Lakewood Community/Neighborhood Meeting, West
            Blvd. Neighborhood Coalition Summit & Shalom Community Meetings)
           August 9, 2011- Opening of School Celebration (Back to School Night)
             o Parent Workshop- “And Our Journey Begins: Parent Awareness and Involvement to Ensure a
                 Successful Year”
                   Add information to website
             o Annual Title I Meeting to review Parent Policy
           October , 2011 – Curriculum Night (Walk in Your Child’s Shoes”) (BARNES)
             o Parent Workshop- “Understanding state standards and student achievement for Elementary
                 and Middle School” and “Understanding the Curriculum”
                   Add information to website
                   Annual Title I Meeting to review Parent Policy and to sign the School Parent Compact
           October 2011- Communities and Schools Parent Night – Teamwork, Excellence, Advocacy, &
            Leadership
           October 6, 2011 – PTA Meeting
           October 28, 2011 – Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences
                   Add information to website
           November 2011-Elective Team Showcase Night
             o Showcase of students work to encourage parent involvement
           November 3, 2011 - PTA Meeting
           December 1, 2011 – PTA Meeting
           January 2012 – Magnet Information Night
           February 2012 – Family Math & Literacy Night
           March 2012 – CIS March Madness Parent Night
           April 2012- May 2011- Preparing for End-of-Grade Tests
           May 2012 – Parent Meeting for Rising 6th graders-Transition to Middle School
           June 2012-Parent Meeting on Transitioning to High School

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9.       Thomasboro Academy will provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to
         improve their children’s academic achievement, such as literacy training, transitioning information,
         preparation for end of grade testing, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement, by scheduling:


            August 9, 2011- Open House
              o Parent Workshop- Parent Involvement: “Ensuring a Successful Journey”
                    Add information to website
              o Annual Title I Meeting to review Parent Involvement Policy and Title I components
              o Review End-of-Grade data by sharing Total composite in reading and total composite in math.
                  (A power point presentation will be provided to parents and explained in an understandable
                  manner.)
            October , 2011 – Curriculum Night (Walk in Your Child’s Shoes) (BARNES)
              o Parent Workshop- “Understanding state standards and student achievement for Middle
                  School”, Title I components, Restructuring Plan, School Improvement Planning, and Learning
                  Compact
              o PTSA Elections will take place on 9/1/2011
              o CMS Survey results will be shared
                    Add information to website
              o Annual Title I Meeting to review Parent Policy
            October 28, 2011 – Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences
              o Parent Workshop-“How to monitor your child’s progress”
                    Add information to website
            November, 2011 -- Elective/Specials Family Night
            January 2012 – Magnet Information Night
            February 2012 – Family Math & Literacy Night
            March 2012 – CIS March Madness Parent Night
            April 2012- May 2011- Preparing for End-of-Grade Tests
            May 2012 – Parent Meeting for Rising 6th graders-Transition to Middle School
            June 2012- Parent Meeting on Transitioning to High School – Moving On Ceremony 8th grade
              o A Spanish teacher and/or interpreter will be at all meetings to help communicate effectively
                  with our diverse population
              o Honor Roll/Perfect Attendance celebrations will be scheduled each quarter and parents are
                  invited to attend.

10.      Thomasboro Academy will educate staff in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with
         parents as equal partners and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties
         between parents and schools, by scheduling meetings:
            a. Year long - New Teacher Orientation & Academic Professional Development
            b. October 2011 – “Reach every Child- Working with Parents”
            c. September-May - Teaching Literacy Across the Curriculum, Engaging Students with 21st
                Century Technology in the Classroom, Delivering Instruction that is Culturally Relevant to
                students

11.      Thomasboro Academy will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, will coordinate and integrate parental
         involvement programs and activities with PTA and other programs. The school will also conduct other
         activities that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their
         children, by scheduling meetings:

o     September 1, 2011 –PTA Parent Meeting
o     October 6, 2011 - PTA Parent Meeting
      o November 3, 2011- PTA Parent Meeting
      o December 1, 2011 – PTA Parent Meeting
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      o   January 5, 2012 – PTA Parent Meeting
      o   February 2, 2012 – PTA Parent Meeting
      o   March 1, 2012 – PTA Parent Meeting
      o   April , 2012 - PTA Meeting
      o   May 3, 2012- PTA Parent Meeting
      o   June 7, 2012- PTA Parent Meeting

12.       Thomasboro Academy will take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school
          and parent-programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to parents of participating children in an
          understandable format, including formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language
          the parents can understand:

          Using ConnectED to send messages via telephone
          Promoting event via website
          Flyers/ Letters mailed home to parents/ guardians (Information will be translated in Spanish)
          Flyers posted at local businesses and churches (Information will be translated in Spanish)
          Bi-Monthly Newsletter (Information will be translated in Spanish)




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Parent Involvement Policy
                                           2011-2012 Calendar

           August 9, 2011- Opening of School Celebration (Back to School Night)
             o Parent Workshop- “And Our Journey Begins: Parent Awareness and Involvement to Ensure a
                 Successful Year”
                    Add information to website
             o Annual Title I Meeting to review Parent Policy
           October , 2011 – Curriculum Night (Walk in Your Child’s Shoes”) (BARNES)
             o Parent Workshop- “Understanding state standards and student achievement for Elementary
                 and Middle School” and “Understanding the Curriculum”
                    Add information to website
                    Annual Title I Meeting to review Parent Policy and to sign the School Parent Compact
           October 2011- Communities and Schools Parent Night – Teamwork, Excellence, Advocacy, &
            Leadership
           October 6, 2011 – PTA Meeting
           October 28, 2011 – Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences
                    Add information to website
           November 2011-Elective Team Showcase Night
             o Showcase of students work to encourage parent involvement
           November 3, 2011 - PTA Meeting
           December 1, 2011 – PTA Meeting
           January 2012 – Magnet Information Night
           January 5, 2012 – PTA Parent Meeting
           February 2, 2012 – PTA Parent Meeting
           February 2012 – Family Math & Literacy Night
           March 2012 – CIS March Madness Parent Night
           March 1, 2012 – PTA Parent Meeting
           April , 2012 - PTA Meeting
           April 2012- May 2011- Preparing for End-of-Grade Tests
           May 2012 – Parent Meeting for Rising 6th graders-Transition to Middle School
           May 3, 2012- PTA Parent Meeting
           June 7, 2012- PTA Parent Meeting
           June 2012-Parent Meeting on Transitioning to High School – Moving On Ceremony 8th grade




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PART III.       ADOPTION
This School Parental Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with, parents of
children participating in Title I at Bishop Spaugh Community Academy.

This policy was adopted by Thomasboro Academy on September 9, 2011 and will be in effect for the period of
September 11, 2012. The school will distribute this policy to all parents of children on or before November 4,
2011. Please use the attached form to submit any comments or feedback to Jan McIver, Principal of
Thomasboro Academy.

In compliance with federal law, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools administers all education programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination
against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age or disability.




                                                        Thomasboro Academy
                    2011-2012 Title I- Parental Involvement Feedback Form
Comments:

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Student Name: _________________________________________________________________
Grade/ Homeroom Teacher: ______________________________________________________
Parent/ Guardian Signature: _______________________________________________________
Phone Numbers_____________________________________
In compliance with federal law, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools administers all education programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination
against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age or disability.




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