Chatsworth High School 10027 Lurline Avenue Chatsworth, California 91311 818-678-3400 Chatsworth High School School-Level Involvement Policy 2010-2011 Timothy Guy, Principal Jean Brown, Superintendent District One This policy and compact has been jointly developed and agreed upon by the Chatsworth High School Title One Committee. Chatsworth High School is a Schoolwide Title One School. This policy and compact is to be reviewed and modified annually as needed by all stakeholders. The members of the Title One Committee shall review and make suggests to the principal. The annual review of this policy shall be done during the April meeting if not needed sooner. Final revisions of this policy shall be made available through the Main Office, Chatsworth High School Web site. Copies can be mailed home by parent request through the Title One Parent Center. A. Policy Involvement The administration, staff and parents of Chatsworth High School believe that the improved academic achievement of each student is a responsibility shared by the entire school community, including the school district, school, community members, school administration, staff, students, and parents/guardians. Parent involvement activities in the school will include opportunities for: • Parents to volunteer and be involved in school activities. Parents of Chatsworth High School students will be notified of activities through the school monthly newsletter. Information will also be posted on the school Web site and school marquee. Calendars and scheduling can also be reviewed in the Parent Center located in C-Building of Chatsworth High School. • Staff development and parent education produced by the teaching staff, administration and parent input. • Parents will participate in the wording and review of the Single Plan. Meetings will be held at the availability of those parents willing to participate in the process. • Parents to provide home support for their student’s education through workshops conducted by Chatsworth High School’s parent organizations. • Parents to participate in school decision-making via various parent/community committees. Parents of Title One students are asked to attend Chatsworth High School’s Title One Committee held on the first Monday of every month. These meetings begin at 6:00pm and are held in the Parent Center. Parents unable to attend for any reason may request the meetings’ minutes. Time and location for the meeting can be changed by parent vote either by vote or proxy. At the Parent’s request transportation may be arranged. Child care may be provided when arranged through the Parent Center. • Effective communication between the school and parents through mailings, Web site, marquee and phone calls home. Policy Involvement Described In order to meet the objectives as stated above, Chatsworth High School will: • Provide a high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment enabling students to meet the state academic standards. Parent letters shall be sent by every teacher explaining their rules and policies for their class. Teachers will make State Standards available to the parents at the request of the parents. • Involve parents in an organized, ongoing and timely way in the planning, review and improvement of Title I programs, plans and policies through monthly meetings. These meetings will be announced through Chatsworth High School’s marquee, voicemail, Web site, and school mailers. The Chatsworth High School administration will: • Facilitate and implement the Title I Parent Involvement policy. • Involve parents in the planning, review and improvement of the Chatsworth High School Parent Involvement Policy at least annually. • Provide notice to parents of the School Parent Involvement Policy in an understandable and uniform format and to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand. Spanish is available for all school literature. Other languages can be made available when requested through the Parent Center. • Make the School Parent Involvement Policy available to the community via the Web site and Main Office. With regard to parent meetings, the administration will: • Convene annual meetings to inform parents of their school’s participation in Title I, the requirements of Title I and the right of parents to be involved. • Inform parents of all meetings and encourage and invite parents to attend. Meetings shall be offered at various convenient dates and times too facilitate attendance by parents. With regard to Title I Programs and Plans, the administration will: • Inform parents about the goals and purposes of Title I, any Title I programs at the School, the curriculum used in the programs, the academic assessments used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet. Administration will assure that parent letters are sent home in regards to what is being taught in the classroom and how it is aligned to the State Standards. Class letters will be posted on the school Web site. Translations are available by request. • Involve parents in the planning, review and improvement of any Title I programs at the school. • If the Title I plan is not satisfactory to the parents, submit any parent comments on the plan when it is submitted to the district. • If requested by parents, provide opportunities for regular meetings of parents and the school where parents may offer suggestions and ask questions regarding Title I policies and programs. • Chatsworth High School administrators will provide timely responses to parents’ suggestions and questions. The school must submit any written comments from parents in regards to the school’s plan when submitted to the District. This will be done by the Principal or his designee for each instance. • Provide assistance to parents, as appropriate, in understanding such topics as the state’s academic content and achievement standards, state and local academic assessments, the requirements of Title I, how to monitor their student’s academic progress and how to work with school staff to improve the achievement of the student. With regard to professional development, the Chatsworth High School administration will: • Develop professional development meeting the needs of the at-risk students designated as Title One students. Chatsworth High School recognizes that Special Education students, African-American students and students participating in the EL program are our at-risk population. • Continue to build ties between parents and Chatsworth High School. B. Shared responsibilities of administration and staff for High Student Academic Achievement The parents, teachers, administration and students have created a Parent/Teacher/Administration/Student compact. This compact is signed by all teachers and school administration as well as the parent and students. Title One Coordinator will verify that every student has submitted a Compact. The Compact will be reviewed annually by all stakeholders. In order to fulfill the objectives listed in the compact, each stakeholder shall share responsibilities as listed below: Administration and staff will: Provide assistance to parents, as appropriate, in understanding such topics as the state’s academic content and achievement standards, state and local academic assessments, the requirements of Title I, how to monitor their student’s academic progress and how to work with school staff to improve the achievement of the student. Provide materials and training to parents to help their sons/daughters, to beter the student’s progress, via training of reading and writing using technology as appropriate, to foster parents’ participation. Ensure that all information related to school programs and parents, as meetings and other activities be sent to parents in a format that parents can understand. Provide other methods of reasonable support for activities for parent’s participation, at parent’s request . Provide access to educational resources for parents to use together with their students. Responsibilities of staff The staff will: • Assist the administration in facilitating and implementing the Title I Parent Involvement policy and parent involvement activities. • Advise parents of their student’s progress on a regular basis through progress reports, calls and notices home, Web page homework assignments, parent letters to be signed by both the parents and students and then returned to the teacher. • Be readily accessible to parents and provide opportunities for parents to meet with them on a regular basis to discuss their student’s progress and to participate as appropriate in the decisions relating to their student’s education. For elementary schools (possibly include this for all school grades), have at least an anual parent/teacher conference, in which the student’s progress could be discussed with the standards of parent participation for Title I to a school level. • Return both phone calls left on the school’s voicemail system or respond to e mails left through the Chatsworth High School Web mail program on the Web site, Chatsworth High School is a PHBAO school and will adhere to the minimum parent conferences as per directed by District policy. • Provide opportunities for parents to volunteer and participate in their student’s class and observe classroom activities. Responsibilities of parents Parents will: • Support their student’s learning at home by: • monitoring attendance • monitoring completion of homework • monitoring television watching • encouraging positive use of extracurricular time • Volunteer in the classroom. • Participate, as appropriate, in decisions related to their student’s education. • Participate in school activities on a regular basis. • Actively communicate with school staff regarding their student’s needs and circumstances. • Be aware of and follow rules and regulations of the school and school district. Responsibilities of students Students will: • Attend school everyday and arrive on time to all their classes • Follow all school and classroom rules • Adhere to the school ESLRs to the best of their ability • Put their best effort into their work • Complete all homework and class work on time • Ask for assistance when they need it • Make informed decisions, set goals and take action to meet requirements for graduation C. Building Capacity for Involvement To ensure the effective involvement of parents, assistance will be provided through the efforts of both Chatsworth High School and the Los Angeles Unified School District by: • Providing assistance to parents in understanding content standards. This is done through school mailers which tell the parent what their student scores on standardized tests. These mailers are sent in the home language of the student. • Provide materials and training to help parents work with their student to improve the student’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology as appropriate, to foster parental involvement. • Ensure that all information related to school and parent programs, meetings and other activities is sent to parents in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand. • Provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents that may have been requested through parent surveys and committee discussions. • Notification is sent home in regards to the passing or failing of the CAHSEE test. • If a student does not pass the CAHSEE test, additional tutoring and supplemental materials are offered. • HotMath.com is available to all students attending Chatsworth High School. • Materials from the school and the District are available in the home language. A Spanish translator is available at all school meetings. • Providing teachers will staff development opportunities to better teach the Standards in the classroom. • Provide trainings to parents on how to best assist their student with study skills and standards needed to pass the CAHSEE. • Provide parents with every opportunity to participate in school committees. • Review surveys completed by parents with the leadership council and provide the best methods to meet parent goals of requested activities. D. Accessibility • Chatsworth High School offers all A-G requirements in a Sheltered format for our EL students. All students may take AP courses. • Special Education students are now participating in a full immersion program. • All materials sent home can be translated into any language provided that it is arranged through the Parent Center. Languages not translated by the school district will be sent to a private vendor for translation at the expense of the Title One program. • Parents shall receive notification of their child’s eligibility to receive Title One services. • Title One criteria shall be posted on the school Web site. • Parents of English Learners and Migrant students shall be contacted by the Bilingual Advisor. The advisor shall survey what the needs are of these parents and make appointments with them via telephone conversations or in person meetings.
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