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Family Involvement in Children's Education - October 1997

Appendix B: Hueco Elementary School


Program/School, LEA, City, State

Program Description

Student Characteristics


Parent Involvement Activities/Strategies

Grades Served;
Enrollment

Race/Ethnicity

% Poverty1 and Title I Status


Hueco Elementary School

Socorro Independent School District

El Paso, TX

(Rural)


  • Parent workshops and courses address general parenting skills, including effective nurturing, child development, drug abuse prevention, and health and physical well-being. The number of parents who attend ranges from eight to 30.

  • Classes in citizenship, ESL, GED, and computer skills support parents' own educational and personal goals. Two years ago, 20 parents became U.S. citizens through the citizenship course.

  • All Hueco families participate in the Super Readers program, which provides incentives for parents to read with their children.

  • Family Math nights introduce parents to school curriculum. Participation increased from 30 parents at the first session in 1995–96 to 80 in 1996–97.

  • All home-school communications and parent workshops and activities are conducted in both English and Spanish.

  • Twenty to 30 parents attend the monthly Parent Communication Council which allows them to share their concerns about the school with the principal and vice principal.

  • Teachers receive release time to conduct home visits.

    Funding Sources2:

  • Title I, Bilingual Education, private donations, state aid, PTO fundraising

    Evidence of Success:

  • The number of parents involved in at least one activity increased from 30 percent in the 1994–95 school year to 80 percent in 1996–97.

  • Parent participation in the school has grown beyond fundraising and clerical work to include participating in school decision-making and classroom instruction, furthering their own educational goals, and contributing to students' learning at home.

  • Student attendance averages 97 percent.

  • In two recent years, each grade level scored at or above the 70th percentile in all areas of the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills.

  • Pre-K–5

    600


    98% Hispanic

    95% FRL

    Schoolwide Program


    1 All schools and districts included in this Idea Book receive Title I funding. This column indicates whether a school has implemented a schoolwide program.

    2 Administrators in many schools cannot separate the costs of parent involvement efforts from other reforms and activities. This is especially true in schools that have implemented schoolwide programs (as have most schools in this appendix). However, administrators reported that, in addition to their school or district general operating budget, the funding sources listed here provide a major source of support for their parent involvement efforts.
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