General Policy Statement:
McDowell County Schools recognize that the education of children is an ongoing, cooperative partnership between the home and the school. Parents are their children’s first teachers; therefore, the continued involvement of parents in the educational system is most important in fostering and improving educational achievement.
Parent Involvement Goals:
• Communication- Keep parents informed and maintain consistent, two way communication through the following avenues: parent newsletters, Parent Link Calls, Memos from the Office, Classroom Webpages updated monthly, Principal’s Newsletter updated weekly, Parent-Teacher Conferences, phone calls and notes home individually as needed for celebrations and feedback, Progress Reports sent home mid nine weeks, Annual Title 1 Parent Meeting
• Student Advocacy and Home-School Connections- Child Family Support Team, Response to Intervention Team, Individual Education Plan Team, Open House, monthly PTO meetings, School Improvement Team monthly meetings to include at least three parent representatives, Parent Advisory Committee to meet once a quarter
• Volunteering- Power of Parent Partnership (P3) Contract Program, expectations that all P3 Parents will serve at least three hours each nine week period, P3 Quarterly Award’s Ceremony, partnership with McDowell High School to design special P3 Badges, volunteer sign in log, Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, partnership with local businesses to donate gift certificates for meals and family games for P3 Partners, community volunteers
• Parent Training- Doughnuts and Discussions, Lunch and Learn, Cookies and Connections offered during each quarter to support parents in fostering and improving educational achievement of their students; focus on a specific aspect of the classroom or current issue and trend in education (ie-Read to Achieve)
Eastfield Global Magnet Schools currently has community volunteers that provide tutoring, scholarships for field trips, and resources for classrooms. We actively pursue applications on file with Central Office through the Volunteer Program coordinated by Melanie Dunham. Additionally, we receive support for clothing, food, and educational supplies from Clinchfield Baptist Church and First Methodist Church of Marion. Clinchfield Baptist Church also provides the extra-curricular Good News Club for students on Wednesdays.
Parental participation is a great benefit to your child. An annual evaluation of the effectiveness of the parent involvement policy will be conducted. A survey will be sent out at the conclusion of the school year to assess the overall school programs and our efforts to involve parents.