STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
The philosophy of the St. Mary Parish Public School System is based on the underlying belief that a child's education is vitally affected by the quality and character of the relationship between home and school. The school system recognizes that parents are their children's first teachers and valuable partners in educating children. The school system is eager to combine the educational forces of home, school, and community to improve educational opportunities for all children.
Berwick Junior High School is dedicated to facilitating a positive interaction between parents and school. Emphasis is placed on forming a home-school partnership to benefit the students and all those involved in their welfare. This school's staff recognizes the parents' right and responsibility to be involved in an organized, ongoing, and timely way in the planning, review, evaluation, and improvement of our many parent programs.
DEVELOPMENT AND REVIEW OF SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT POLICY Section 1111(h)(2)(E)(6)
The St. Mary Parish Public School System and Berwick Junior High School have developed this parental involvement policy with the collaboration and input from parents of participating children. This policy is in direct alignment with the district policy and serves as the basis for parental involvement and is an integral part of the School Improvement Plan. Each school year a meeting of the school improvement team including parents and students will be convened with representatives of all students identified in the subgroups listed in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002. Each school year, the school improvement team will address any concerns and dissatisfaction expressed by parents through a review and update of the School Parental Involvement Policy.
Parents serving on the School Improvement Team provide input on parental involvement policy and activities to be implemented at Berwick Junior High School. Berwick Junior High School will provide agendas and sign-in sheets to the district office to insure parents are involved in the process.
At an Open House/Parent Information Night, the principal will present the School Parental Involvement Policy. Throughout the school year, additional meetings will be conducted at various times to provide parents and community members ample opportunity to review and comment on the School Parental Involvement Policy. Assistance will be provided to parents requiring transportation, childcare, and interpreters and other identified needs, as they are determined.
HIGH STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
1. At the beginning of each school year, a student/parent/teacher compact is signed by all stakeholders in order to build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the State's high standards.
2. The compact describes the school's responsibility to provide a high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment. It also describes the way in which parents will be responsible for supporting their children's learning and ways parents may volunteer and participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.
3. Issues of open communication between parents and teachers are also addressed in the compact.
BUILDING CAPACITY FOR INVOLVEMENT
1. Berwick Junior High School will conduct an annual orientation meeting (Open House) and periodic meetings during the year to inform parents of the State's achievement standards, state, and local academic assessments, and instructional programs provided in the school.
2. Berwick Junior High School, in collaboration with the district, will provide materials and workshops to help parents work with their children to improve their children's academic achievement. A partial list of activities from the school's improvement plan are:
a. Brochure on improving child's vocabulary
b. Daily homework assignments posted on website so parents can have access.
c. Reading websites posted for parents to access.
d. Brochure on improving child's reading comprehension skills
e. Testing information concerning the LEAP/iLEAP exams will be sent home to parents.
f. Brochure on improving child's basic math skills.
g. Parent letter sent about Accelerated Math, English, and reading classes.
Communications to all parents related to school and parents' programs, meeting, and other activities will be in one or more of the following forms and in the parent's native language when practical: *monthly newsletters *monthly calendars *periodic flyers *absentee phone calls home daily *teacher phone calls home *newspaper/television announcements *teaming conferences with parents and students *district and school website posting.
LOUISIANA PARENT INFORMATION RESOURCES CENTER
The St. Mary Parish Public School System and its schools inform parents of the existence and purpose of the Louisiana Parent Information Center through newsletters, posters, and announcements at parent involvement activities.
**Louisiana Promise-Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC): 520 Olive Street, Suite C-4, Shreveport, LA. Toll-free line: 1-866-751-6958. www.lpirc.org
**Louisiana Parent Training and Information Center (PTIC): Shanida Mathieu, Education Advocate (St. Mary Parish), 201 Evans Road, Building 1, Suite 100, Harahan, LA 70123. Phone: 504-888-9111 or 1-800-766-7736. Fax: 504-888-0246. www.laptic.org
For more information, call toll-free 1-888-814-6252, or visit www.NoChildLeftBehind.gov
To request free publications, call toll-free 1-877-433-7827, or order online by visiting www.ed.gov/pubs'edpubs.html