Statement of Purpose
Childress ISD is dedicated to facilitating a lifelong learning process where every student is a successful learner through family support for students, awareness of social values, academics, and strengthening of family dynamics through a positive link between school and home. Childress ISD will involve parents in all required aspects of Title I as well as other grant programs requiring parental involvement.
Development of Parental Involvement Policy
A District advisory council comprised of parents, community members, teachers, business leaders, and administrators will meet in an open forum to compose and design an implementation process for the District Parent Involvement Policy. The open forum will take place during a regularly scheduled District Site-Based Meeting held at a convenient time for all parties involved.
All three CISD campuses are classified as School-Wide Title I programs (meaning the student population is more than 40% eligible for the free and/or reduced lunch program) for the 2010-2011 school year. The primary function of the Title I program is to improve the basic educational program. Due to Childress ISD campuses being School-Wide, this program can serve all students on all campuses. Title I law requires that:
School districts have a written Parental Involvement Policy
Parents be involved in the design, operation and evaluation of Title I
Parents be consulted about school activities and be trained on how to help their children
Whenever possible, activities should be presented in the language spoken at home
Parents of students attending any of the Title I schools have the right to know the professional qualifications of the teachers in their child’s classroom(s). In addition to qualifications, parents also have the right under NCLB to request the following:
A teacher’s state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grades and subject he/she teaches
The status of the teacher’s certificate
The teacher’s college major, whether the teacher has an advanced degree, and the field of their certification or degree
The qualifications of paraprofessionals serving your student
The Title I program is designed to build school and family relationships supporting a partnership to improve student academic achievement in:
Knowledge of content standards and student achievement standards established by the State of Texas
Knowledge of the process for monitoring student progress
Professional Development for campus staff regarding how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with families as equal partners, including the value of families and how to implement and coordinate family programs by offering opportunities to be involved in school events
Providing user and language friendly format to ensure the information related to the educational process is presented clearly and uniformly
Examples of Title I communication are listed below:
Parental Involvement Policy
Newsletters (not all campuses)
Website (able to be translated into multiple languages)
Fall Parent Conferences
Spring/Fall Parent Meetings
Highly Qualified status notification
NCLB report cards
Each campus will develop a school-parent compact (agreement) with the parents of the students participating in the program. This compact will be reviewed and revised annually. Contents of the compact will include information about how students, parents/guardians, and staff will share responsibility for promoting student achievement. Compacts encourage students, parents/guardians, and school personnel to collaborate toward impacting student achievement in a positive way.
Parental Involvement Opportunities
Childress ISD will support a variety of ways for parent(s) to actively be involved in the student’s learning, development, and achievement. At each of the district’s three campuses, parents may contribute through volunteer programs and create a positive and supportive home atmosphere. Some examples of opportunities for parent and community involvement include but are not limited to:
Migrant/Title I meetings
District Site-Based Committee
Campus Site-Based Committee
Grade Level Programs and Family Fun Night at CES
Learning is Fun Together (LIFT) at CJHS
Career and Job Fairs at CHS
Honors and Sports banquets
An evaluation of the Title I program will be conducted annually and will include questions pertaining to the effectiveness of the program. The results of this survey will be compiled and used in the evaluation of the Title I program during the district’s and campuses’ Needs Assessments in the spring of each year. The District Site-Based Committee will meet in the spring to review the Title I program and evaluate, revise and renew the School-Parent Compact, Parent and Family Engagement Policy, and Title I program.
CHILDRESS ISD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability in providing education services, activities, and programs, including vocational programs, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; as amended.