Plano Middle School
Dear Parents:Plano Middle School and the parents of students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (participating children), agree that this compact describes how parents , The totality School staff and students will share the responsibility to improve the academic achievement of students and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children reach the state's high standards.This compact between school and parents is in effect during the 2018-19 school year.Plano families take pride in sending their children to schools that provide safe and equitable learning environments, and where each student achieves success fostered by a culture of excellence and backed by strong partnerships between home, school and community. The following are the commitments that Plano Middle School will fulfill:
- Plano Middle School will provide a high quality curriculum and instruction in an effective and supportive learning environment that allows participating children to meet the State's student academic achievement standards as follows:
- Staff has developed grade-level curricula that include common assessments and data review processes.
- Teacher teams use data from classroom, building, and state assessments to ensure that student needs are reviewed and supported regularly through the use of interventions and extension groups.
- Plano Middle School will provide a welcoming environment for all students and their families as follows:
- Welcoming behavior standards apply to all staff, including teachers, social workers, reception staff, custodians, instructional aides, cafeteria workers, and health care personnel.
- Visitors and callers are received courteously, as quickly as possible and can easily obtain information.
- Staff will accompany parents, when necessary, to places around the school building.
- Administrators, social workers and nurses provide guidance and information when necessary.
- Plano Middle School will hold parent-teacher conferences (at least once a year) during which this compact will be discussed in relation to the particular child's achievement. Specifically, those conferences will be held: in the fall and spring of each school year.
- Plano Middle School will provide parents with frequent reports on their children's progress. Specifically, the school will provide reports as follows:
- Quarterly, progress reports that describe various topics related to student learning, the specific characteristics of the student and the grades of the course will be shared with the home.
- Teachers use various ways of informing parents that may include one or more of the following; email, telephone contact, newsletters or other communication platforms based on applications.
- Three times a year, the individual results of the students of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) will be shared with the home.
- Annually, the results of the individualized standardized tests (ie, PARCC, ACCESS) will be shared with the home.
- Plano Middle School will provide parents with reasonable access to staff. Specifically, the staff will be available to consult with parents as follows:
- The school welcomes new families, offers tours of the school building and a brief orientation of the school.
- Teachers and families can meet during Open House, Teacher Conferences, and various school functions.
- Teachers, social workers and administrators make personal contact with families when appropriate and necessary.
- Family Events
- Extra curricular presentations
- The school will communicate celebrations and successes, as well as academic behavior and concerns in a timely manner
- Parents are encouraged to contact their child's classroom teacher or other school staff to ensure that all questions can be discussed in a timely manner
- Plano Middle School will provide parents the opportunity to volunteer and participate in the education of their children through the following activities:
- Parent/ Teacher Conferences
- Field Trips
- Activities/School Events
- Clasroom Volunteers
- Fine Arts and Extracurricular Events
Parent Responsibilities - Tutors
Plano Middle School encourages our families to support their student's learning in the following ways:
- Parents / guardians will keep contact information with the school updated so that the school can communicate with parents by phone, mail or email.
- Parents / guardians will guarantee student attendance, every day and on time.
- Parents/Guardians will send students to school ready to learn, e.g. enough sleep, proper diet, appropriately dressed and well groomed.
- Parents / guardians will check students' grades regularly, make sure they complete assignments, and that students have supplies (ie gym shoes, art supplies).
- Parents / guardians will guide students to schedule a regular time to study, complete homework and read every night.
- Parents / guardians will limit home exposure time to television, video games and the Internet; ensure the appropriate age.
- Parents / guardians will attend parent / teacher conferences.
- Parents / guardians will volunteer to participate in school functions, classrooms, and classrooms.
- Parents / guardians will encourage students to participate in extended day activities, ie, extracurricular programs, athletics, fine arts, etc.
- Parents / guardians will support the schools plan to encourage positive behavior through PBIS.
- Parents / guardians attend school events, such as: open house, orientation nights, lectures, concerts, extracurricular events, etc.
- Parents / guardians will be kept informed about their children's education and communicate with the school immediately reading all notices from the school or school district either received by my child or by mail and responding, as appropriate.
- Parents / guardians are encouraged to serve, as far as possible, a policy advisory groups.
It is strongly recommended that students begin to appropriate their learning and share the responsibility to improve their academic achievement and social growth in the following ways:
- Students will complete any work sent home and return with questions that may arise.
- Students will study, complete homework and / or read at least 30 minutes every day outside of school hours.
- Students will attend school regularly
- Participate in a safe and supportive learning
- Participate in student-led conferences
- Students will give their parents / guardians or the adult who is responsible for their welfare all notices and information received by the teacher / school every day. These are shared in a startup folder.
- Students should start taking more initiative to discuss peer interactions with staff of family and school to develop social skills that support a positive learning environment.
Mark Heller, Principal