Parent Engagement Plan
Piedmont Elementary 2015-2016
Piedmont Elementary seeks high quality, effective communication with parents through the following avenues:
- Parent/School/Student Compacts are utilized at Piedmont Elementary to outline responsibilities for each party in the process of achieving student success.
- Our Blackboard phone system which is utilized to leave a 60 second message on one parent or guardian phone per student.
- We utilize our updated website found at http://piedmontelem.tn.jce.schoolinsites.com/ This site contains all faculty email addresses for easy access. It also contains articles highlighting school activities and student work.
- Administration sends home a monthly school calendar and informative flyers as needed.
- Teachers send home classroom newsletters.
- Parent-Teacher Conferences are held in the fall and spring semesters.
- Student handbooks are created by administration/staff/parent committees and distributed to every student at enrollment. The student handbook outlines rules, procedures, and communication information.
- Parents are encouraged to send a note, email, call, or drop by the school when a concern arises.
- A marque in the front of the school is used to remind families of important upcoming events.
- Home visits are conducted through collaboration with our Family Resource Center. Our pre-k teachers conduct two home visits a year per student as a pre-k initiative.
- Our PTO board maintains a website and a Facebook page. A PTO newsletter is sent home with each child monthly.
- Families are given timely reports on progress with report cards every 9 weeks and mid-terms between each 9 week reporting period.
Piedmont Elementary will establish multiple avenues to involve stakeholders at school.
- Piedmont Elementary holds an Open House at the beginning of each year in order for students and parents to meet and greet faculty.
- A Parent Information Meeting is held annually at Open House. Achievement results for the school are shared with those attending.
- Piedmont Elementary will train volunteers and chaperones on discipline and FERPA along with health and safety measures.
- Volunteers are used in a variety of ways such as but not limited to: one-on-one and small group tutoring, chaperoning field trips, classroom assistance.
- PTO sponsors and runs a fall carnival during which time students have refreshments, play games, and win prizes during the school day.
- Local Veterans are invited to Piedmont Elementary for a breakfast and performance by second and second grade students on Veteran’s Day.
- For the Read Across America Celebration, parents, community members, and local college athletes are invited to come into classrooms and read to students.
- In the spring, parents and families are invited to the school-wide day long field day.
- Parents are invited to eat with their students in our school cafeteria during their child’s scheduled lunch time.
- The school library sponsors a Book Fair each semester. Students purchase books and win books throughout the week. The Book Fair is open one evening for Family Night.
- Each grade level conducts a performance at differing points throughout the year for parents and families to attend.
At Piedmont Elementary, families and school staff will continuously work together to support student learning both at home and school.
- Administration and teachers meet with parents and guardians to discuss student academic and behavioral concerns.
- Teachers and parents use daily planners or communication folders between home and school depending upon the grade level of the student.
- National Geographic magazines are sent home with students monthly.
- Teachers send home books for students to read at home.
- Teachers utilize communication apps to easily pass along information to families.
- Websites for classrooms are maintained by teachers.
- National Geographic, Study Island, IXL Reading, IXL Math, and Brain Pop are all subscribed programming available to students at home through the internet.