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									                        Summit Academy Parent Involvement Plan

Summit Academy will follow the Parent Involvement Policy guidelines in accordance with the
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Section 1118. Summit Academy will distribute and make
this Parent Involvement Policy readily available to the parents of each student participating in the
Schoolwide Title I program and with parent input, update the policy periodically.

      A. Summit Academy will convene an annual meeting in the fall of each school year to
         evaluate the parent involvement component of the schoolwide plan. The purpose for
         the meeting will be to share the information in the Annual Report, which describes
         the school improvement goal statements and the progress made by our students on the
         statewide academic assessments and also using the Title I data to share and discuss
         the Schoolwide Title I Plan, which was developed by the staff, parents, and
         community.

      B. Title I provisions require that parents have the right to be involved in
         decisions related to their children’s education, and the school is required to seek
         input from parents in a variety of ways.


To ensure that parents/guardians are consulted and participate in the planning, design,
implementation and evaluation of Title I programs, Summit Academy:
   1. Invites all parents/guardians of eligible children to attend an annual meeting in order
      to inform them about the school's participation in Title I and their right to be
      involved.
   2. Offers additional meetings for parents/guardians at convenient times.
          a. Involves parents/guardians in a systematic and informed way in the planning,
              review and improvement of Title I programs and parental involvement policies.
          b. Provides the parents/guardians of participating students all of the following:
     Information about Title I programs.
     School performance profiles and individual student assessment results, with an
       interpretation of these results.
     A description and explanation of the school curriculum, forms of assessment used to
       measure student progress, and expected proficiency levels.
     Opportunities to meet regularly with other parents/guardians, to formulate suggestions,
       share experiences and participate in decisions related to their children’s education.
     Timely responses to the suggestions of parents/guardians.
   3. Submits to the curriculum coordinator or designee any recommendations by
      parents/guardians related to the school’s Building School Improvement Plan.
   4. Develops for the parents/guardians of participating students an explanation of how
      parents/guardians, staff and students will work as partners and share responsibility for
      improved student achievement. The explanation should describe:
   a) The school’s responsibility for high-quality curriculum, instruction and learning
       environment.
   b) Parental responsibilities for supporting their children’s learning, such as attendance and
       homework completion, volunteering in the classroom and participating in decisions
       related to their children’s education and use of extracurricular time.
   c) Channels of on-going communication between teachers and parents/guardians, including
       parent-teacher conferences, progress reports, reasonable access to staff, and
       opportunities to volunteer and observe classroom activities.
   5. Helps parents/ guardians understand the national education goals, state content
       standards, state student performance standards, and related state responsibilities. Also,
       help them understand how to participate in decisions related to their children's education,
       monitor student progress, and work with educators to improve their children’s
       performance.
   6. Provide materials and training that will help parents work with their children to improve
       their achievement.
   7. Educate staff members in the value of parental involvement and ways to reach and work
       with parents/guardians as equal partners.
   8. In so far as feasible, coordinates and integrates parental involvement programs and
       activities with other programs.
   9. Encourages community-based organizations and businesses to participate in parent
       involvement activities and work with parents/guardians and the school.
   10. Conducts other activities as feasible to help parents/guardians learn about child
       development and child rearing issues.
   11. In so far as possible, provides full opportunities for the participation of parents with
       Limited-English proficiency or with disabilities, and provide program-related information
       and school profiles in the language used in the home.
   12. Provides other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as requested by
       parents/guardians.

C. The Parent Involvement Plan will be shared at the first FACT meeting of each year. It will
   also be published in our September school newsletter each year. Through both of these
   avenues parent input will be requested. Parent input will be evaluated specifically through
   parent surveys and the percentage of parent participation in committees and activities. Once
   reviewed and revised, the parent involvement plan will be shared with all stakeholders.

D. Summit Academy has programs in place to meet the needs of students and families with
   disabilities. Summit Academy works to accommodate and communicate information
   effectively to parents with disabilities. Our school is wheel chair accessible, we provide
   assistance to parents in need of a hearing impaired interpreter, and auditory enhanced
   speaker systems are provided in select classrooms. Summit Academy also has an ESL staff
   member who services students and families who speak English as a second language. In
   the event that there may be a communication barrier due to a limited understanding of the
   English language with the parents, the administrators along with the ESL teacher will take the
   necessary steps to assure that there is a level of understanding communicated. This may
   include conferences with parents, documents to provide visual reference, or the assistance
   from outside services such as a language interpreter. Section 111(b)3


E. The staff at Summit Academy believe that the partnership between the school, families,
   and community play an important role in supporting student achievement. We believe that
   communication fosters parental involvement. We foster parental involvement by: student
   planner use, home/school folders, parent/teacher conferences (student led) in
   November and April, FACT parent club (Family Action Communication Team) meetings, phone
   calls including Alert Now updates, email, and the parent portal of PowerSchool, which not
   only allows parents to view grades, but send email to teachers as well. Parents receive
   timely informational updates including student code of conduct; marquee; newsletters
   both from the classroom and from the office every other week; calendars; the district, school
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   and individual classroom web-pages; PowerSchool; mid quarter progress reports; and
   quarterly report cards. Grade level content expectations are available to all parents. Parents can
   either pick their copy up at school or may go to Summit Academy’s website for a digital copy of
   the GLCES.

F. The Annual Report will inform parents of the academic assessments that are used to
   measure student progress. Parents will also receive copies of the student assessment
   results with the levels of proficiency defined, including parent friendly individual reports on
   the MEAP.

G. As described in Paragraph B, parents are given opportunities for decision-making related
   to the education of their children, and Summit Academy is required to seek input from
   parents in a variety of ways. Summit Academy will meet these requirements in the
   following ways:

            The school improvement and data teams will have parent representatives at
             meetings where budget, and student assessment data and instructional
             strategies are discussed, developed or revised, especially expenditures of funds
             for a variety of programs related to the school improvement goal statements
             (such as family activity nights, curriculum nights, parent education programs,
             community outreach efforts, and tutoring programs).

            Parent Teacher Conferences will be held in November and April, in addition
             to any conferences scheduled due to parent or teacher request.

            Parent and community surveys to determine satisfaction or dissatisfaction
             with the academic program, the school climate, leadership, the School
             Improvement Plan, and other important key issues involving parent-teacher
             partnerships including homework and communication between home and school.

H. Parents will be given materials and training on how they can improve their child’s
   achievement. Some examples include: parent workshops to explain the technology,
   reading workshops, Love and Logic training, and leveled books for reading at home.

I. We will educate Summit Academy staff to show that there are many ways in which
   parents can become involved with their children’s education: Summit Academy values both
   the at home contributions and those that take place at school and in the community. Staff
   is trained The staff at Summit Academy will continue to train and educate on the best ways
   to build positive relationships between home and school. An example of this training
   includes trainings and discussions of Jim Faye’s Love and Logic, Reluctant Readers Night
   which assists parents with reading strategies to use at home such as the Neuro Reading
   Program.

J. Our Summit Academy transition program for 8th grade students includes an annual high
   school tour, opportunities to participate in various athletic high school events, drama club
   plays, and the end of the year picnic. Summit Academy also has a transition program for
   pre-school students. Summit Academy has an onsite Early Childhood Center (ECC) that
   provides childcare from 6 weeks to 4 years of age. Summit Academy and the Early Childhood
   Center coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities. For
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   example, ECC preschool children and parents are invited and attend special presentations,
   holiday, and thematic celebrations with Summit Academy students. Summit Academy hosts a
   parent information session where parents learn about kindergarten readiness skills and Grade
   Level Content Expectations. Kindergarten Round up is held annually.


K. Summit Academy has a Summit Academy Schools Parent/Student/School Compact (see
   Appendix) that was developed jointly by staff and parents. The compact is used
   annually at the beginning of the year and reviewed at conferences. The compact details
   the expectations for each person in reaching the goal for every student. The Compact is
   reviewed each year and signed by parents, students and staff. The necessary revisions
   will be made yearly according to suggestions by parents, students, and staff.


L. Summit Academy provides reasonable support for parental involvement by maintaining
   an open door policy allowing parents to volunteer in the building and in classrooms.
   Parents are also able to check out educational books and cassettes which provide
   educational strategies. Summit Academy Schools will offer monthly FACT (Family Action
   Communication Team) meetings to encourage parent participation within the school
   and community. Parents will be involved in planning and participating in events
   held at school and within the community. Summit Academy’s Family Action Communication
   Team is the school organization that actively involves parents in the decision making
   process. Parents also influence decisions through their participation in surveys. Summit
   Academy provides parents numerous opportunities through:
          Organizing Volunteers
          Guest Readers
          FACT Members
          Field Trips
          “Bring Your Parent to School” Day
          Science Fair Night
          Speech Contest
          Thematic Celebrations
          Open House
          Reading Month
          Geography Bee
          Spelling Bee
          Celebrate Summit
          Kindergarten Round-Up
          Muscular Dystrophy Association Hop A Thon
          Parent Information Nights


   Summit Academy offers parents and community members flexible scheduling (after school
   and during the school day) to attend school improvement and data meetings.




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M. Summit Academy has programs in place to meet the needs of students and families with
   disabilities. Summit Academy works to accommodate and communicate information
   effectively to parents with disabilities. Our school is wheel chair accessible, we provide
   assistance to parents in need of a hearing impaired interpreter, and auditory enhanced
   speaker systems are provided in select classrooms. Summit Academy also has an ESL staff
   member who services students and families who speak English as a second language. In
   the event that there may be a communication barrier due to a limited understanding of the
   English language with the parents, the administrators along with the ESL teacher will take the
   necessary steps to assure that there is a level of understanding communicated. This may
   include conferences with parents, documents to provide visual reference, or the assistance
   from outside services such as a language interpreter. Section 111(b)3

N. Summit Academy provides parents with student academic results in a language that
   parents can understand, including an interpretation of those results, to the parents of a
   child who participates in the academic assessments required by Section 1111(b)(3). We
   have student led conferences and teacher led conferences available to all parents. Teachers
   will assist parents with interpreting assessment results at conferences. Parents will receive
   copies of MEAP reports in addition to district reports and academic progress reports. Teachers
   send home Compass Odyssey reports that reflect student progress in our Summit Academy
   Remediation program

O. At Summit Academy, our social worker, school psychologist, and special education director
   assist parents in locating appropriate governmental, social service, health, and educational
   programs within the community.




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                                     Summit Academy Parent/Student/School Compact
                                                      SUMMIT ACADEMY
                                               Agreement for Achievement
                          A LEARNING PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN SCHOOL AND HOME
                                                              Our Mission
                                                       To nurture and inspire
                                                       our school community
                                          and facilitate quality educational opportunities
                                                 in a safe learning environment.
                                               Our Agreement for Achievement
This mutual agreement will serve as a sign of our commitment for establishing and maintaining our shared
responsibilities for student learning and student achievement between school and home. The purpose of this
agreement is to clarify each partner’s responsibilities in our strife for educational equity and excellence for all
students.

Parent/Guardian Commitment:
I want _____________________________ to be successful in school. Therefore, I promise to do all of the
following:
        Teach my child self-respect and to respect others.
        Encourage my child to do his/her best in school.
        Ensure that my child attends school daily.
        Send a well rested, nourished, loved child ready to learn each day.
        Get my child to school on time.
        Provide an adequate environment for homework assignments and offer assistance.
        Attend school functions like open house and FACT, supporting school activities, volunteering my time at school or home and attending
         parent/student/teacher conferences.
        Review school-to-home communications and respond promptly.
        Help my child see how school learning is needed in the real world.
        Recognize and praise my child’s efforts and progress.
        Share information with school staff about unique family or child circumstances that may affect my child at school.
        Share concerns about my child or about the school and work together with Summit to resolve problems.
        Support the school’s code of conduct and efforts to make Summit a safe and peaceful community for learning by holding my child
         accountable for his or her actions.
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Signature(s) ________________________________________________________________

During conference the teacher and I met and reviewed our portion of the compact. Date__________Initial ______

Student Commitment:
I want to be successful in school. Therefore, I promise to do all of the following:
         Cooperate with the grown ups at my home in the mornings so I can be at school each day and be in my classroom on time.
         Come to class ready to learn with a positive attitude.
         Remember to give parents/guardians and teachers all letters, messages and notes from school or home.
         Obey the classroom and school rules.
         Cooperate with other students and adults at school.
         Try my best to do the best.
         Finish all my class work and homework on time and in a quality way.
         Make peaceful choices in what I say so that I do not hurt anyone else’s feelings,
         Make peaceful choices in what I say so that I do not hurt anyone else’s body.
         Use the Summit Academy Motto to help me each day:
         As a member of the Summit Academy Learning Family, I show respect by being:
                   R          responsible
                   E          engaged in learning
                   S          successful
                   P          peaceful
                   E          enthusiastic
                   C          committed to quality
                   T          team player
Student’s Signature ____________________________________________                                                             (over)

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Teachers’ Commitment

We want _______________________________ to be successful. Therefore, we promise to do all of the following:

       Provide a positive learning environment where each child will begin to be responsible for his or her own learning.
       Set high teaching standards for ourselves which promote Summit’s and the States’ standards and benchmarks.
       Deliver a high quality, appropriate curriculum through motivation and interesting learning experiences.
       Teach effective study skills and strategies to ensure retention of learning.
       Show that we care about all students and respect the uniqueness of all students and their families.
       Address each student’s needs and encourage individual talents.
       Build self esteem by helping each student become high achieving.
       Notify the parent(s)/guardian(s) as soon as a tardy, attendance, behavior or academic problem develops through notes or phone
        calls.
       Help parents to support learning and positive behavior at home.
       Support the school’s code of conduct and efforts to make Summit a safe and peaceful learning environment by not tolerating any
        type of hurtful behavior.
       Establish an “open door policy” and warm atmosphere for parents/guardians during classroom visits and when participating in
        activities.


Teachers’ Signatures ____________________________________________________________________________

                          __________________________________________________________________________

Paraprofessionals’ Signatures _____________________________________________________________________

                                       __________________________________________________________________

Specials Teachers (Physical Ed) _______________________________ Art ________________________________

Music ________________________________________________________________________________________


Special Education Representatives _________________________________________________________________




Administrators’ Commitment

We want all students to be successful. Therefore, we promise to do all of the following:

       Uphold the code of conduct and efforts to make Summit a safe and peaceful learning environment so all students can focus their
        energy on learning. In doing this, we will hold high standards when dealing with any disrespectful, aggressive or violent behavior.
       Frequently observe each classroom to make sure that a high quality, appropriate curriculum is being taught to all students.
       Frequently review Summit’s benchmark tracking system to make sure that all necessary state-mandated curriculum items are being
        taught.
       Maintain open administrator/parent communication when there are concerns about tardiness, attendance, academic or behavioral
        issues.
       Be a resource to all students, parents and staff members when support and information is needed.
       Establish an “open door” policy and warm atmosphere for parents/guardians during school visits and when participating in school
        activities.

Administrators’ Signatures _______________________________________________________________________

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