MESA VERDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY
The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines and regulations to encourage and
enhance parent participation in their child’s education at Mesa Verde Elementary School.
Annual Meeting (Parent Orientation Nights, OPEN HOUSE and First PTO
An annual meeting of all parents, (Parent Orientation) will be held on or about the first
full week of school, during the final week of September each year, during Open House
where the parent involvement policy will be explained by the principal. Parents will also
learn about the many ways they can contribute to the school. A review of the curriculum
and the Arizona Sate Standards will also be discussed at the first PTO and Site Council
Meeting of each school year.
Upon registration, each family signs a compact with the school which outlines the
expectations of home, teacher, student and administration in order to create the best
learning opportunity possible for all children.
Conferences are held in September at approximately the midway point of the first quarter.
It is the expectation that all parents will schedule a conference with their child’s teacher
during that week. The first report cards of the year, as well as the MAP testing results,
are distributed the Monday we return from Fall Intersession. Teachers are available for
conferences by appointment at other times throughout the school year.
Parents are welcome to volunteer at school. Volunteer scheduling in the classroom is at
the teacher’s discretion. Other volunteer opportunities are available during the school
events. Volunteers are asked to follow the guidelines provided to them at the time of
registration. Volunteers on field trips may be assigned a student group to supervise.
Should this occur, the parent needs to prepare to follow teacher directions for meeting
times and trip rules. Volunteering for supervision on the playground requires a prior
meeting with the principal and close communication with the employee to that
Communication between home and school is critical to student success. Parents are
asked to check student backpacks daily and are encouraged to communicate questions,
comments and/or concerns directly to the teacher. Communication will vary from
teacher to teacher. A central office newsletter, the Principal’s Pen is published and sent
home at the beginning of each month. Information is also posted on the Mesa Verde
webpage. Please go to the district webpage at www.amphi.com and under “select
schools” choose Mesa Verde.
Assistance at Home
Students need parents to be involved in their education at home by assisting them with
homework and by reading with them daily. Parents should provide a place and time
where their child can do their work each evening. In addition, parents should discuss the
importance of school with their children on a regular basis.
Attendance and Tardiness
Students are expected to be at school every day. Illness and family emergencies are
expected to occur. Please report all absences to the school office. Excessive tardiness is
not acceptable. We must teach children to be on time and ready to learn. Parent support
is needed in order for children to be on time.
Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
Mesa Verde Elementary School is very proud of its hard working PTO. Parents are
encouraged to attend meetings and assist the organization in accomplishing their yearly
Mesa Verde School Council
The Mesa Verde School Council serves as an advisory and decision making body for the
school. This official group meets about five times per year. Agendas are posted on the
Library window and also at the district office. Elected and appointment parents positions
are available on the Council. Members serve two-year terms. The Council is made up of
the same number of parent and teacher representatives, a classified employee, a
community member and the principal.
Parents may object to specific learning material or an activity on the basis that it is
harmful to family beliefs regarding morality, sex and/or religion. Such objections should
be addressed to the school principal. When necessary an alternative activity will be
provided for the student(s).