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Family Involvement in Children's Education - October 1997

Appendix B: South Delta 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


South Delta Elementary School

South Delta School District

Rolling Fork, MS

(Rural)


  • Student folder sent home weekly for parent review contains child's corrected work and results of any tests, with space for the teacher to write additional notes to parents.

  • Parent seminars/workshops address such topics as children's self-esteem, homework, grade-specific learner objectives.

  • Back-to-School Night inaugurates the home-school partnership, with strategies to maximize parent attendance and inform parents about what their children should learn (e.g., students and parents demonstrate hands-on learning activities specific to each grade level).

  • End-of-School Night provides parents with a chance to review the school year with staff and to recommend changes for the upcoming year; attendance maximized by having parents pick up student report cards at meeting.

    Funding Sources2:

  • Title I

    Evidence of Success:

  • Attendance at seminars and PTA meetings now averages 50, versus 10 in the past.

  • Partnership with Welfare Department has increased number of regular volunteers at the parent resource center.

  • Reading, language arts, and math ITBS scores increased from 1993–94 to 1994–95 for first through fifth grades (e.g., in math, increases ranged from 5 percent for third graders to 12 percent for first–graders; in language arts, increases ranged from 5 percent for second–graders to 12 percent for first–graders).

  • School recently taken off probation for not meeting requirements for state mean ITBS scores.

  • pre-K–5

    691


    85% African American

    15% white


    90% 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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