Parent and Family Engagement Policy
ROGER BELL NEW TECH ACADEMY
PARENT and FAMILY ENGAGEMENT POLICY
Title I Schoolwide School
The staff at Roger Bell New Tech Academy believes educating our children should be a continuous collaboration between the home, school, and the community. To ensure parent and family engagement in the planning and implementation of the Title I program, the following activities will be implemented at Roger Bell New Tech Academy.
Roger Bell New Tech Academy (RBNTA) staff members, parents and families will jointly develop a written Parent and Family Engagement Policy to be distributed annually to parents and families of all children. This document will be distributed to parents and families in the RBNTA Student Handbook and at intake meetings for new students. Review of the policy will occur annually at the Spring Meeting with opportunities for input at the school throughout the spring.
Opportunities for Regular Public Meetings
Annual Fall Meeting and Annual Spring Meetings will be held at Roger Bell New Tech Academy.
An Annual Fall Meeting will be held in conjunction with “Open House” to
- Inform parents and families about the school’s facilities and its Title I Schoolwide designation
- Inform parents and families of summary results of the prior year’s EOG testing, if available
- Provide parents and families with an overview of the Title I Program
- Provide parents and families with information concerning parent and family engagement requirements, assessment data, school performance profiles, and forms or methods of measuring students’ progress.
The Annual Spring Meeting will be held in conjunction with another family event
- To evaluate and/or make improvements on current program or upcoming activities.
- To solicit input from parents and families in the design and implementation of the School Improvement Plan and the Parent and Family Engagement Policy for the upcoming year.
- To share over-all preliminary EOG results, if available, and alert parents and families that individual
reports, if available, will be sent home at the end of the year in report cards.
Regular Title I Parenting Meetings
Title I Parenting Meetings will be held during the school year, usually at night, to provide continued information, support and resources for all parents and families. Examples include Reading Parent and Family Night and Math/STEM Parent and Family Night. Flexible times, childcare, and transportation will be provided as needed. Parents and families will be strongly encouraged to attend other school events and conferences, volunteer in classroom activities, and observe in the Title I program.
Training topics are determined by our needs assessment data and parent and family suggestions. Meetings will be scheduled on a regular basis.
- Reading and math training events will each be held during the year between the Annual Fall Meeting
and Annual Spring Meeting dates so teachers can
-explain state standards in curriculum and recent assessments
-provide strategies to improve student achievement
-explain ways to monitor student progress, such as weekly folders, progress reports, report
cards, phone communication, and conferences
- Parents and families will be notified in advance of the scheduled activities.
- Parents and families may request additional meetings with staff members to address questions or comments.
- Instructional plans and assessment information will also be communicated to parents and families
through newsletters, weekly planners, and teacher websites.
- Materials available for parent and family information and for use with their children will be available in the Parent and Family Resource Center. The materials in this Center are available for circulation through a check-out and return log folder located with the resources.
Coordination with Other Programs
We will meet our goals of establishing liaisons and maintaining communication with other school programs and other related external agencies and organizations through collaboration and coordination with individuals in those groups and through the following actions:
- Notifying parents and families of assistance from outside agencies, such as Food Banks, Salvation Army, church programs for assistance, recreation/sports/arts opportunities, Boy and Girl Scouts, Toys for Tots, the public library and summer programs.
- Inviting participation by adults from the community into school assemblies and programs with notification via flyers and social media.
- Enabling distribution of food donated by a local United Methodist Church group, Backpack Buddies, supervised by our guidance counselor. The backpacks are provided by Carteret-Craven Electric Membership Corporation.
- Supplying transportation and guidance counselor supervision for students who qualify for new sneakers at Foot Locker in New Bern through the Rotary Club.
- Supporting participation in school events sponsored by the library/media center, art, music, and physical education teachers at our school.
- Hosting Clinical Teacher Interns and Clinical Nursing students from East Carolina University, as available, in our classrooms and school to help prepare them as highly qualified teachers and nurses.
- Receiving Marines from a squadron stationed at Cherry Point as mentors for students identified by staff and guidance counselor.
- Accessing services, as needed, through the Crisis Center in New Bern, Craven County Schools, Coastal Community Action, Inc., Smart Start, and MCCS Children and Youth Program.
- Supporting the work of the Military Student Liaison
- Hosting the Craven County Health Department’s Smile Mobile annually to provide basic dental services to students in need
Opportunities for LEP and SWD Parents
Once a need is identified, we will attempt to assist parents and families with limited English proficiency and parents and families with disabilities in the opportunity to participate in their children’s educational curriculum and environment.
- Spanish versions of district forms, as well as “Reading Connection” and “Math and Science Connection,” will be provided through Federal Programs at Central Services.
- The ECP department provides Spanish versions of all forms and documents.
- All parents will be invited to participate on school committees, including our Parent Council and Cabinet.
The Student-Parent-Teacher-Administrator Contracts, a voluntary agreement between home and school, will
- Be reviewed through the Parent Council and School Improvement Team in the spring of each year, or earlier, for suggestions for improvement.
- Be distributed at the beginning of each school year and at intake meetings as new students enroll.
- Define expectations and shared responsibilities of all parties,
- Identify parents and families as equal partners with the school for student learning.
- Be discussed and signed at Open House in Grades 1-5 and during Kindergarten Orientation for that grade level.
- Be posted one in each classroom.
- Parents and families will receive a photocopy of the signed contract.
- Teachers will keep a copy for each student to be housed in the classroom and referenced during student/parent/teacher conferences throughout the year. Signature spaces for documentation are located on each Contract.
- Title I will make a copy for compliance documentation.
Parent Advisory Council
A school Parent Council will
- Be comprised of PTA Board members and parent volunteers, along with Title I staff
- Be formed in the spring of each year to help with all aspects of the schoolwide project for the following year
- Serve as a liaison between home, school, and the community
- Meet periodically throughout the year.
Opportunities for input will be included
- At Open House
- At Title I Parenting Trainings
- At Parent Council meetings
- At intake meetings for new students.
- Through the school website at www.cravenk12.org/RBA
Educating the School Personnel
- The HUG Volunteer Coordinator will be invited to speak at one of the first staff meetings to explain the program and how teachers can help.
- There will be a HUG Moment scheduled in staff meetings so teachers can share the effective ways volunteers are making a difference in their classrooms.
- The HUG Coordinator will designate a time for volunteer training before parents/families begin volunteering.
Coordination and Integrating Parent Involvement
At Roger Bell New Tech Academy, we coordinate our programs and activities with the following staff and programs to support parent and family participation in the education of their children.
-English Language Learners/ESL district leaders
-School nurse, counselor, military liaison, social worker
-RBE Parent Teacher Association or organization
-Public preschool (through the District Title I office)
-Godette Head Start
-Parent and Family Resource Center
-Craven County Schools/Preschool Information meeting in the winter
Revised 8.13.19 with input from parents in May 2019.
RBNTA Title I Student-Parent-Teacher-Administrator Agreement
Roger Bell New Tech Academy
Craven County Schools
We know that learning can take place when there is a collaboration of effort, interest, and motivation. As we are all committed to ____________________________________’s progress in school, we are going to do our best to promote his/her achievement.
This is a promise to work together. We believe that this agreement can be fulfilled by our team effort. Together we can improve teaching and learning.
As a student I pledge to:
- Work as hard as I can on my own school assignments.
- Discuss with my parents what I am learning in school.
- Follow the Code of Student Conduct.
- Ask my teacher questions when I don’t understand something.
As a parent I pledge to:
- Provide a quiet study time at home and encourage good study habits.
- Talk with my child about his/her school activities every day.
- Reinforce the Code of Student Conduct.
- Find out how my child is progressing by attending conferences, looking at school work, or calling the school.
- Encourage my child to read by reading to him/her and by reading myself.
As a teacher I pledge to:
- Provide motivating and interesting learning experiences in my classroom.
- Explain my expectations, instructional goals, and grading system to students and parents.
- Explain the Code of Student Conduct to the student and his/her parent(s).
- Communicate and cooperate with each parent to ensure the best education possible.
- Find out what techniques and materials work best for the student.
As a principal/administrator I pledge to:
- Create a welcoming environment for students and parents.
- Communicate to students and parents the school’s mission and goals.
- Ensure a safe and orderly learning environment.
- Reinforce the partnership between parent, student, and staff.
- Act as the instructional leader by supporting teachers in their classrooms.
- Provide the appropriate in-service and training for teachers and parents.
“Most important, we promise to help each other carry out this agreement.”
Signed on this date_______________________________