School, Parent and Family Engagement Policy

J.R. Smith Elementary


School Parent and Family Engagement Policy


Parents are instrumental to the success of education at J.R. Smith Elementary.  The school maintains a high level of parental engagement and will continue to foster these relationships.  Parents are encouraged to volunteer in classrooms, fluency clinics, and in school wide programs.  The PTA at J.R. Smith is a vital link to parental engagement and operates programs such as Meet the Masters, Reading Incentive Programs, APPLE Parties, and health programs.


The school community council is an important link with parents.  Parent members of this council provide feedback to the school on parent concerns and issues.  They assist in the development of our school improvement plans and in educating the public on the status of the school.  They participate in funding decisions with regard to the school improvement plan.


Parents are notified of school activities in a variety of ways.  All parents receive a school calendar at the beginning of the year or at registration.  The school maintains a web site with weekly activities listed.  Teachers notify parents of classroom schedules, and many send weekly or monthly newsletters.  The school increasingly uses texts, social media and a weekly email from the principal to communicate with parents. The use of web sites is a district goal that we will continue to address at the school. 


Academic progress of students is reported in several ways.  Parents have web access to teacher grade books at all times.  In addition, conferences are held three times per year.  At these conferences scores on assessments such as Easy CBM Math, DIBELS, RISE, NWEA, and benchmarks are discussed and reviewed.  Educational goals are reviewed and new goals are formed. Teachers, parents, and students sign an education plan with goals created in this session. (See attached Student Education Plan)


Our needs assessment indicated that parents have an interest in academic training that will allow them to better assist their students.  Parent trainings have been provided in literacy, early literacy and mathematics.  We will continue to build upon and expand these trainings in order to meet parent expectation.


J.R. Smith Elementary School will convene an annual Title I Meeting, to which all parents of participating children shall be invited and encouraged to attend, to inform parents of their school’s participation in Title I.  This meeting will be part of our annual back to school night. Title I will be explained/defined.  By being a school-wide assistance school, all children benefit from Title I services and staffing as needed.


J.R. Smith Elementary School will inform parents in a timely manner to develop an annual review the following documents:

  • Title I School-wide Plan
  • Title I School-parent Policy
  • Title I School-parent Compact
  • Other Title I documents as needed


This happens through the PTA and Community Council meetings.


J.R. Smith Elementary School will provide parents with an explanation of the school’s evidence-based curriculum and academic assessments in a variety of ways. Such as:

  • Review at Parent Teacher Conferences
  • An agenda item in PTA and Community Council Meetings
  • Posted on web-site that hard copies are available upon request at the school


J.R. Smith Elementary School will provide regular trainings to help parents work with their children to improve achievement.  Some examples are:

  • APPLE (Active Parents Participating in Learning Experiences) Nights
  • Dual Language Immersion trainings
  • Newsletters
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Volunteer Trainings


J.R. Smith Elementary School will, to the extent feasible and appropriate coordinate parent engagement programs with the following:

  • Head-start
  • Special Education
  • Migrant Program
  • Homeless Program


J.R. Smith Elementary School will ensure that the information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of all children in a format and to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.


J.R. Smith Elementary School will provide other reasonable support for parental engagement activities as parents may request.