OWN School-Parent Compact
School Wide Plan
Parental Involvement Policy
Our World Neighborhood Charter School receives funds under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that supports our school’s programs and activities for students and parents. This compact outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the ways the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help our children meet or exceed New York States’ high learning standards.
This School-Parent Compact and Parent Involvement Policy along with the Student-Parent Handbook are guides to how the school, staff, parents, and students will work and communicate about Title I, Part A programs and other programs provided by the school.
High Quality Curriculum in Nurturing Environment
Communication and Access to School Personnel
Opportunities to Volunteer and Participate
Our World Neighborhood Charter School believes that parents are key partners in ensuring the academic success of children. To that end parents are committed to:
The staff and teachers at Our World Neighborhood Charter School also believe that each student has an important role to play in his or her own academic achievement and to the goal of meeting and/or exceeding New York State learning standards. To that end each student is committed to:
New York City Department of Education, New York State Education Department, and the United States Department of Education provide information and resources for parents on how best to support their child’s success in school and information on workshops and programs to support parents and families.
The New York State Parental Information and Resource Center (PIRC) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. There are two (2) PIRC’s in New York State. Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) and Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) in New York State provide resources, services and technical assistance related to family engagement and parental involvement for families and schools.
Family members looking for information, having specific questions or concerns about their child can contact and CCE-PIRC educator to discuss questions regarding parenting and educational issues can have consultations that are free and confidential by either calling (315) 788-8450 or via e-mail to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For issues, concerns, and complaints about OWN Charter School and for additional information about the school, you may contact the following organizations.
SUNY, Charter Schools Institute New York State Education Department
41 State Street, Suite 700 Office of School Improvement
Albany, NY 12207 89 Washington Street, Room 462 EBA
(518) 433-8277 Albany, NY 12234
www.newyorkcharters.org (518) 474-1762
New City Department of Education
Office of Portfolio Development
52 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007
PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY
Part I—School Expectations
In keeping with the founding principles of the school, Our World Neighborhood Charter School believes that parental involvement can take many different forms and is vital for the academic and emotional success of each child and the growth and success of the school as a whole. To that end, parental involvement includes but is not restricted to:
1. Membership on the governing Board of Trustees,
2. Membership and participation in the Parent Teacher Organization
4. Parent teacher conferences
Furthermore, Our World Neighborhood Charter School believes that positive parental involvement is essential to student achievement, and thus encourages such involvement in school educational planning and operations. As stipulated in Section 1118 (d) of the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Our World Neighborhood Charter School will ensure that “…Each school served under Title I, Part A shall jointly develop with parents for all children served…a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff and students will share responsibility for improved achievement and the means by which the school parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the State’s high standards.”
Consistent with the parent involvement goals of Title I, Part A of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), the Board of Trustees, administrators, teachers, staff, and parents of OWNCS will develop and implement programs, activities and procedures that encourage and support the participation of students in all aspects of their child’s education. The board will also ensure that OWNCS provides high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment to enable all students to achieve. Recognizing the importance of communication between teachers and parents, OWNCS will conduct at minimum two parent-teacher conferences annually during which the school’s compact will be discussed in relation to the individual child’s achievement. In addition to providing quarterly report cards on student progress to parents, teachers at OWNCS will make calls home and send home interim reports and other written correspondence informing parents about school and classroom level activities, and student level accomplishments.
Parents and teachers will be engaged in regular, two-way and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities.
Part II—School Parental Involvement Policy (PIP) Required Components
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Board of Trustees is the policy setting and governing body of the school. It is the fiduciary responsibility of the Board to ensure that the school is meeting the requirements and stipulations of the charter and all relevant rules and regulations that will allow the school and its students to be successful. The board is composed of nine members of whom three positions are for parents of the school who currently have children enrolled in the school.
Board meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7pm and are open to the public. Time is allocated for parents to express their concerns to the governing board and to learn what is happening at all levels of the school.
PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION
The PTO is the parents’ organization and is designed to provide a forum for parents to participate in the programs of the school. The PTO meets monthly, usually on the first Friday of each month at 8AM. Parents should always check the PTO’s website and the school website for updated calendar events. Parents are encouraged to regularly attend PTO meetings in order to stay abreast of school events and concerns. Additionally, the PTO executive committee holds monthly meetings with the Executive Director and attends the monthly meeting of the school’s Board of Trustees. All parents may attend and participate in those meetings. The PTO and parents may also, through its by-laws establish committees such as the Education Committee which will allow parents to work closely with the school’s leadership on issues that affect the success of the school and its students.
Parents can reach the PTO by leaving messages in the PTO box in the front office, on the phone at 718-392-3405 x 218 or by visiting www.ownpto.org. The school’s leadership attends these meetings to learn about your concerns and to answer your questions. It is at these PTO meetings that parents can and will learn about programs such as the Intervention Programs that the school uses to address the needs of students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and students who are not meeting academic goals. The PTO meetings and other scheduled parent meetings will also facilitate the dissemination of information about the school’s NYC Department of Education’s Annual Progress Report and the New York State Education Department’s Annual School Report Card, the School Wellness Policy, Title I funded programs, other academic and extra-curricular programs, and school evaluation reports from SUNY, Charter Schools Institute and NYSED, Title I—School wide plan, Supplemental Education Services (if applicable), and other mandated information including English as a Second Language programs.
VOLUNTEERING and GETTING INVOLVED
Parents are encouraged to participate in school-related activities and committees. All parents are automatically members of OWN’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at no cost and are urged to become actively involved. PTO members volunteer as hall monitors, lunchtime assistants, office help, field-trip chaperones, and ambassadors of good-will to local businesses and politicians. Parents and guardians may also serve as Grade Representatives or Class Parents. These roles are key communication liaison positions between the classroom teachers, administration, parents, the Board of Trustees, and the wider school parent community of the PTO. Parents also play key roles in fundraising activities such as Book Fairs and Carnivals.
Another way to participate is by working directly with your child’s teacher. This may involve reading to the class, sharing cultural information, careers, or anything else a teacher might like assistance with. In addition, parents are encouraged to and may participate in many school wide planning activities. There are at least three current parents who serve on the school’s governing Board of Trustees. Parents are encouraged to and do serve on committees to develop the school’s Strategic Plan, School wide plan, Title I Plan, and School Wellness Policy and will continue to encouraged to play a role in the development of the school’s policies, procedures and success.
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
Formal parent/teacher conferences are scheduled twice each year to facilitate open communication between parents and teachers regarding students’ progress. Conferences are held at the end of the first and third quarters of the school year. Parents may also schedule informal conferences or conversations with teachers or School leaders at any time throughout the year.
NEWSLETTERS, LETTERS and COMMUNICATION
An integral part of the school’s parental involvement policy is the school’s commitment to open and frequent communication with parents. The school may also send home a monthly letter with an updated calendar of events. It is an important document that keeps parents abreast of what is happening in school and issues that may affect their child’s education and achievement.
Our World Neighborhood Charter School will disseminate to parents an annual report card with aggregate information, including student achievement (disaggregated by category) and teacher qualifications. These annual reports will take the form of the Annual Report and CIR provided by NYSED, the School Progress Report provided by NYC Department of Education and the Annual Progress Report completed by OWN and submitted to NY State Education Department and SUNY, Charter Schools Institute. Copies of the Annual Report Cards will be accessible online.
Individual student assessment reports will be sent to parents for those children who take the NY State Mathematics and English Language Arts Exams in grades 3-8. Once those reports are available to the school from the NY State Education Department the school will send copies of those reports home. Quarterly report cards detailing children’s progress towards mastery of New York State high standards will also be sent home with the children and through the mail.
Each OWN staff member is also assigned a phone extension and email address. The information is disseminated each year and also can be accessed via the school’s website. Parents are encouraged to communicate with their child’s teachers. The school is committed to directly responding to all parent communication within two school days. In order to facilitate and keep the lines of communication open the school will send home a requesting that parents update their contact information.
OWN School-Parent Compact and Parent Involvement Policy
We agree to work together, to the best of our abilities, as educators and parents to fulfill our common goals of providing for the successful education of our children.
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