Dover High School
2013-14 Parental Involvement Plan
Dover High School realizes that a quality education is the responsibility of both the school and the family working together as a team. Students in our district come from a variety of cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds. Since parents are a crucial part of their children’s education it is important that the faculty and the parents develop a close working relationship. Parents need to feel comfortable and welcome at the school. It is the responsibility of our school to provide resources and support to the parents. Dover High School acknowledges the need for this joint commitment to student achievement. Due to our commitment to active parental involvement and in compliance with Act 307 of 2007(Amended Act 603 of 2003) and Act 397 of 2009, Dover High School has established the following parental involvement plan.
A. Parent/School Compact
A Parent/School Compact is signed each year by parents, students and teachers. It recognizes the need for parents to understand grade level content and to monitor his/her child’s progress. The compact indicates how the school will provide instruction to enable students to meet academic achievement standards and how the parents will support their child’s learning. Communication between home and school must be two way, regular, and meaningful.
B. Student Handbooks
Student handbooks are provided for each family at the beginning of the school year. The handbooks are designed to help parents assist in his/her child’s learning and includes contact information for all teachers and administrators, attendance requirements, and all school rules and procedures.
C. Parent Involvement Activities
Dover High School hosts parental involvement activities throughout the year. These activities provide instruction to parents on how to incorporate developmentally appropriate learning activities in the home environment in order to improve student achievement. An instructional facilitator is available to coordinate these activities. Other parent involvement activities may include the following:
- Ninth Grade (Freshman) Orientation
- Open House
- College financial aid workshop
- Band and choir concerts
- Report to the Public
- Red Ribbon Week Activities
- Parent Academic Night
- High School Graduation
- Academic Awards Ceremony
- Two Parent Teacher Conferences - Parent teacher conferences provide opportunities for meetings with parents on a regular basis for decisions relating to the education of their child. Parents are provided with information on assessments, school curriculum and ways that they can help ensure their child’s success. Parent resources and information about obtaining additional resources will be disseminated to parents at this time.
- Scheduled Conferences - Parents are encouraged to schedule additional conferences whenever there is a concern about their child’s education or social development.
- Parents are encouraged to take advantage of the Parent Center, where the District provides meaningful material to enhance the ability of parents to participate in their child’s education. The materials will support enhancing their parenting skills and provide guidance in how to support their child’s education.Topics include positive discipline, teaching responsibility, bedtime problems, drug and alcohol awareness, attention deficit disorder, strong-willed children, blended families, and many others. These materials will be available for them to borrow for review. The Parent Center is located in the high school library.
Program Evaluation for Parental Involvement
Documented attendance at parent/teacher conferences, parent night activities, and other evidence of parental involvement will be reviewed by building principals and parent coordinators periodically through the year to assess the effectiveness of the Parental Engagement Program. Pinnacle online grade book is implemented, as well as district email and website, as tools designed to build greater capacity to further two-way communication between school and parents. Input will be sought in order to determine how effective the technology is. A parental engagement survey will be distributed in order to gain feedback on the quality, and effectiveness, of the school’s parental involvement efforts. The Parent Advisory Committee will review this data and make improvement recommendations for the next year. Annual meetings will be held to discuss changes and implementation of new programs with community support.
- updated 9-25-2013