San Diego Unified School District

BENITO JUAREZ ELEMENTARY

“Striving for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

for the Success of All Students”

 

BENITO JUAREZ ELEMENTARY

HOME-SCHOOL COMPACT

2010-11

 

Juarez Elementary and the parents of the students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title I, part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and students agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve California’s high standards.  This Home-School Compact is in effect during the 2010-11 school year.

 

SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITIES 

Juarez Elementary will:

Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables all students to meet California’s academic achievement standards as follows:

v  Teachers will organize the instructional day by implementing all components of the Literacy Framework.

v  Planning for curriculum and instruction will be based on California’s state standards for literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies.

v  Planning for differentiated instruction to meet the individual needs of students will be based on on-going assessment and monitoring of student progress.

v  Students identified in need of additional support will receive additional instructional time through:

o   Support from Power Hour, the site based literacy program, providing intensive literacy instruction, targeting student point of need

o   Support from part time hourly non classroom teachers

o   Support from the English Learner Support Teacher

o   Support from service learning undergraduate students from SDSU’s Department of Psychology

o   Support from Jefferson School of Law Federal Work Study Participants

o   Support from Everyone a Reader program

o   Support from Rolling Reader program

v  Teachers will make a commitment to continue learning and refining their instructional skills through site and district professional development opportunities.

 

Hold parent-teacher conferences during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement.

v  During the 2010 – 2011 school year parent conferences are scheduled for:

o   Wednesday, November 17-Friday, November 19

o   Wednesday, March 30-Friday, April 1

v  Additionally, teachers will schedule parent conferences/meetings as the need arises.

 

Provide parents with frequent reports on their child’s progress.

v  The principal will provide information via the following avenues of communication:

o   Connect Ed phone messages

o   School notices

o   School newsletters

o   Phone calls

o   E-mail

v  Teachers will provide information via the following avenues of communication:

o   Personal conferences

o   Personal notes

o   Phone calls

o   Weekly written reports

o   Individual student contracts

o   E-mail

 

Provide parents reasonable access to staff.

v  In general the principal and instructional staff at Juarez Elementary are accessible to parents during non instructional hours before and after school

v  Specifically, parents may schedule time to meet with the principal and/or teachers during the following hours:

o   8:00am – 9:00am every morning

o   3:30pm – 4:00pm after school

o   1:30pm – 4:00pm on Wednesdays (when no professional development is scheduled)

 

Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class and to observe classroom activities as follows:

v  Parents are always welcome to observe in their child’s classroom, per Board Policy and corresponding legal codes.  Site policy states that parents shall contact the teacher a minimum of 24 hours in advance to schedule a visit. 

v  Parents are invited to participate/assist teachers on field trips.

v  Parents are actively recruited to become school volunteers.  Volunteers provide support in their child’s classroom, in the school office, during breakfast and lunchtime, and on the playground.

v  Parents have opportunities to volunteer in support of school wide events such as the Scholastic Book Fair, picture days, bus evacuation drill, Benito Juarez Day, Western BBQ Lunch day, Fiesta Lunch Day, Holiday shop, and Field Day.

v  Family Fridays extend an invitation for parents to read with their children in the classroom on the first Friday of every month.

v  Family events are scheduled over the course of the school year.  For the 2010-11 school year these will include:

o   Back to School Nights

o   Family Fridays

o   PTA Family Nights Out

o   PrimeTime Parent Nights Out

o   Parent University

o   Halloween Parade

o   PrimeTime Halloween Carnival

o   Winter Holiday Program

o   Spring Expo/PTA Ice Cream Social

o   Parents’ Pastries Day

o   Benito Juarez Day

 

PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES

We, as parents, will support our child’s learning by:

v  Ensuring daily school attendance except in case of illness

v  Requesting an Independent Study Contract only for true emergency needs, making my child’s attendance at school a priority

v  Making sure that my child has a quiet, designated study area and that all homework is completed and submitted on time.

v  Monitoring and rationing the amount of time my child spends watching television, playing video games, and working/playing on the computer.

v  Volunteering in my child’s classroom.

v  Attending school/family events.

v  Participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to my child’s education.

v  Promoting positive use of my child’s extracurricular time.

v  Staying informed about my child’s education and communicating with the school by promptly reading all notices from the school or the school district either received by my child or by mail and responding as appropriate.

v  Serving to the extent possible, on advisory groups, such as the School Site Council/Site Governance Team, District Advisory Council for Compensatory Education, the English Learner Advisory Committee, or other advisory groups.

v Modeling for my child appropriate behaviors, supporting our character education traits:  responsible, respectful, fair, kind, honest, and trustworthy.

 

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

We, as students, will share the responsibility to improve our academic achievement and attain California’s high standards.  To ensure a safe, positive, rewarding educational experience, we will:

v  Strive for excellence and our personal best on a daily basis.

v  Show respect for ourselves, others, and cooperate with all adults.

v  Be courteous, respectful, honest, and cooperative with all students and staff members.

v  Maintain regular school attendance, come to class on time, be prepared to work, and take responsibility for our learning.

v  Actively participate in the learning and teaching process.

v  Complete all assignments on time and to the best of our ability.

v  Solve problems peacefully.

v  Listen carefully, follow directions, and adhere to all district, school, and classroom rules.

v  Use positive language and good manners that shows respect for others.

v  Respect personal and school property.

v  Read at home at least 30 minutes every day.

v  Give to my parents or the adult who is responsible for my welfare all notices and information received from my school every day.