Parental Involvement

We cultivate a school environment that is welcoming, supportive and student centered by:

  • Encourages open communication with families
  • Parents are encouraged to participate in perception survey
  • School information is provided in a timely manner

Professional Development that is provided to school staff that helps build partner ships between families and the school is:

  • Teachers are trained in evaluation of data so they can better share it with parents
  • Book studies are and professional development center on a variety of topics that are related to working with families and children

Information to families related to the proper health, safety and well being of their children is located in:

  • Monthly building newsletter
  • Weekly classroom newsletters
  • Parents are contacted on an individual basis when concerns arise about a child’s health or safety
  • Mass communication (School Messenger) with families regarding issues dealing with health, safety, and child well being

Information about school policies, procedures, programs and activities is provided to families in the following ways:

  • Activity calendar on our web page
  • Our web page highlights events
  • Student handbooks go home at the beginning of each year
  • Classroom and building newsletters share programs and activities
  • The district newsletter, School Matters, contains information on school events, polices, procedures, and programming

The school communicates in a format and language that is understandable to the extent practical by:

  • Translators are provided if necessary

The school provides information and involves families in monitoring student progress by:

  • Conferences are held twice a year
  • Report cards are sent home at the end of each trimester
  • Parents may access the Online Gradebook to check the academic status of students in grades 3-5
  • Parents are provided copies of NWEA standardized testing results three times a year
  • Parents are encouraged to work with their students on fluency based on scores established during the DIBELS benchmark testing

Families are provided with timely and meaningful information regarding Michigan’s academic standards, State and local assessments, and pertinent legal provisions by:

  • IEP and 504 meetings are held annually
  • Standardized test results are sent home
  • MEAP reports are sent home with information concerning individual student and school progress on standards established by the State of Michigan
  • Newsletters contain information about academic standards
  • Parents may view their child’s academic progress using Online Gradebook

The following volunteer opportunities are provided to families to their children’s school activities:

  • Cooper’s Parent Association frequently seeks parent volunteers
  • Parents are encouraged to chaperone field trips
  • Parent volunteers are frequently used for classroom center time

The school works with families to establish learning goals and help their children accomplish these goal in the following ways:

  • Conferences provide an opportunity to discuss learning goals
  • Classroom newsletters
  • Home/School Compact
  • Benchmark scores for DIBELS (fluency) are shared with families, and school personnel work with students individually to accomplish their fluency goal

The school works with families to provide a school and home environment that encourages learning and extends learning at home by:

  • Pointers and advice are given to parents on successful measures to use at home to encourage homework completion on a regular basis
  • Meaningful homework is sent home for the parents to review and/or reinforce
  • Staff members track student at home progress on learning goals

The school involves families as partners in the process of school review and continuous improvement planning by:

  • Parents are asked to review and provide input on our school improvement plan
  • Parent input is gathered during conferences to improve student and academic programming

Families are involved in the development of its District-wide parent involvement policy and plan, and distributing the policy and plan to families by:

  • Parent Association Meetings

The school builds constructive partnerships and connects families with community-based programs and other community resources in the following ways:

  • Our school social worker, teachers and administration assists families in connecting with outside programs, agencies, and resources