Family Engagement Policy

PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT STANDARDS


Dalton High School and our parents have adopted the National PTA Standards for Family-School Partnerships as the school’s model in engaging parents, students, and the community. These standards are:
  • Welcoming All Families
  • Communicating Effectively

  • Supporting Student Success
  • Speaking Up for Every Child
  • Sharing Power
  • Collaborating with Community

Dalton High School is committed to helping our parents and families attend the family activities listed in this policy. Please call or email us if you need assistance in order to participate in our programs.
Kelly Spinetta
(706) 876-4952 or kelly.spinetta@dalton.k12.ga.us

SCHOOL COUNCIL


Dalton High School has a school council which provides the opportunity to share ideas and ways to involve parents and family members to build partnerships with school, families, and the community. The team will meet several times during the school year. Parents and family members can also submit their ideas to be shared at these meetings. If you would like to learn more about the School Council, contact Kelly Spinetta at 706-876-4952.

Parent Resource Center


Visit the DHS Parent Resource Office during school hours and check out books and resources to help you support your child’s education. Computers and IPads are available for parents to explore Canvas, the Parent Portal and educational resources. For more information or for a visit after school hours, contact our family engagement coordinator at (706) 876-4952.


PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT


Dalton High believes that family engagement means the participation of parents and family members in regular two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:

  • That parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning.
  • That parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school.
  • That parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on committees to assist in the education of their child.

SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACTS


As part of this plan, Dalton High and our families will develop a school-parent compact, which is an agreement that parents, teachers, and students will develop that explains how parents and teachers will work together to make sure all our students reach standards and goals. The compacts will be reviewed and updated annually based on feedback from parents, students, and teachers. The school-parent compacts are sent home with students by their Language Arts teachers. All parents are asked to sign and return the signature page after reading and agreeing to the components of the compact.

SEE SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACTS HERE

Parent and Family Engagement Policy and Plan for Shared Student Success
2019-2020 School Year

SCHOOL GOALS

  • Increase the total weighted percentage of students performing at levels 2, 3, and 4 on GMAS in ELA, math, science, and social studies by six percent in 2020. (Content Mastery on CCRPI)
  • Through professional learning communities and collaboration, teachers will have a better understanding of content standards, learning intentions, success criteria, and Tier 1 strate-gies that will be evident in the work students are asked to do.


SCHOOL PLAN FOR SHARED STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

What is it?
This is a plan that describes how Dalton High School will provide opportunities to improve family engagement to support student learning. Dalton High values the contributions and involvement of parents and family members to establish an equal partnership for the common goal of improving student achievement. This plan describes the different ways that Dalton High School will support family engagement and how parents can help plan and participate in activities and events to promote student learning at school and at home.


How is it revised?
Dalton High School invites all parents to attend our annual Title 1 meeting to review and revise this parent and family engagement policy, as well as the schoolwide plan, and our school-parent compact. Additionally, parent input and comments regarding this plan are welcome during the school year through an online form. The plan is posted on our school website for parents to view and submit feedback throughout the year. All parent feedback received during the year will be used to revise the plan for the next school year. We also distribute an annual survey and to ask parents for their suggestions on the plan and the use of funds for family engagement. Parents and family members can also give feedback during parent meetings and activities during the school year.


Who is it for?
All students and their families are encouraged and invited to fully participate in the opportunities described in this plan. Dalton High School will provide full opportunity for the participation of parents and family members with limited English, with disabilities, and of migratory children.

Where is it available?
Each year the plan will be updated on this page. Parents can also retrieve a copy of the plan in the Parent Resource Center.

LET'S GET TOGETHER!

Dalton High will host the following events to build the capacity for strong family engagement to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement. Several meetings for parents and family members will be held in English and in Spanish at different times during the school year.


High School 101 – August 23 & August 26, 2019 (English); August 13 & August 29, 2019 (Spanish)
Orientation for parents of freshmen or parents who are new to Dalton Public Schools.

Open House – September 03, 2019
Meet your child’s teacher and our friendly and helpful school staff for the year. Learn helpful information to prepare for the school year.

Senior Information Session– September 03, 2019
Find out what the next steps are for graduation and college.

Annual Title I Meeting – September 03, 2019
Come to our Annual Title I Meeting and learn about our Title I program, including our parent and family engagement policy, the school-wide plan, the school-parent compacts, and parents’ requirements.

Elementary, Middle and High—September 6 & September 16, 2019 (English); September 9 & September 27, 2019 (Spanish) To help parents understand the school system and what to expect at each level.

Homework and Study Skills (Secondary Level)– September 18, & October 21, 2019 (English); October 11 & November 7, 2019 (Spanish) Learn practical ways to help your child develop homework and study skills.

Helping Your Teen Choose a Career – September 30 & October 18, 2019 (English); September 13 & September 23, 2019 (Spanish) To provide ideas and resources on how parents can help their teen choose a career.

Guiding Your Child through Adolescence with Positive Discipline— November 1 & November 4, 2019 (English); October 25 (Spanish) To help parents understand the transitions their teenagers are going through and provide ideas on positive discipline.

Federal Student Aid and the Roadmap to College—October 2 & October 10, 2019 (English); October 17 & November 19, 2019 (Spanish) To help parents understand post-secondary educational options, the process for applying for financial aid and scholarships, and eligibility requirements for HOPE and PELL. Also, to provide tools for parents to research information about post-secondary study and available scholarships.

Title I Review Meeting – May 14, 2020
Participate in a forum for parents and family members and discuss, with the principal and staff, matters relating to the school-wide plan, the parent and family engagement policy, the school-parent compacts, and the family engagement budget.

Dalton High School is Branching Out!

Dalton High will take the following measures to promote and support parents and family members as an important foundation of the school in order to strengthen the school and reach our school goals. We will:

  • Ensure that all information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is published in both English and Spanish, posted on the school website, and included in the school newsletter for all families that is sent with progress reports.

  • Provide information for staff on strategies to improve communication with parents and ideas to increase family engagement.

  • Partner with middle schools, college and career ready resources or organizations, parent resource centers, or other programs (as applicable) to help prepare parents and their children for successful school transitioning.

  • Share information in English and Spanish in the school newsletter for parents to understand the school’s academic standards and assessments as well as the ways parents can monitor their child’s progress and work with educators.

  • Communicate with all families and the community on a regular basis regarding school-wide events and activities, through text messages, phone messages, social media, and flyers.

  • Work with our parents to develop relevant trainings and helpful presentations on the importance of parent and family engagement and how to support student learning.
  • Provide necessary materials and handouts for parents at conferences, meetings, and activities to help parents work with their child to improve their child’s achievement.
  • Use our School Council to improve awareness of the activities and events listed in the school parent and family engagement policy.
  • Offer workshops to help parents understand the school system and how they can help their high school students.