MIDDLE SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT
Grades 5 &
The Pottstown Middle School, 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), agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the 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 the State’s high standards.
This school-parent compact is in effect during school year 2017-2018.
The Pottstown Middle School will:
- Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards as follows:
= Assess students using DIBELS Oral
Reading Fluency, DAZE, and Classroom Diagnostic Tool (CDT) assessments, a
minimum of three times a year.
= Use test data to inform instruction.
= Use a researched based Core reading
series for Language Arts instruction, McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders series.
= Differentiate instruction based on
students needs, learning styles and abilities.
= Title I/Intervention Team pull-out
(small groups), providing intervention services for students who qualify.
= Utilize 95% Group materials for
decoding or comprehension skills, based on student need.
= Utilize the REWARDS (Word Attack
& Rate Development Strategies) program, based on student need.
= Utilize the Soar-to-Success reading
program, based on student need.
= Enhance instruction with a variety
of appropriate grade level novels both fiction and non-fiction.
= Offer participation in the annual
Reading Olympics event.
= Provide workshops led by classroom
teachers or Title I intervention specialists.
= Provide before school and/or after
school tutoring (pending approval).
Hold parent-teacher conferences during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement. Specifically, those conferences will be held:
= November 20-21, 2017
= February 1, 2018
3. Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress.
Specifically, the school will provide reports as follows:
= Communications through homework
= Quarterly Report Cards
= Phone calls/notes to parents, as
= Individual conferences with parents,
= School and teacher websites
Provide parents reasonable access to staff.
Specifically, staff will be available for consultation with parents as
Conferences: November 2017 and February 2018
= Mondays through Fridays from 7:15 – 7:45 AM and 2:25 – 2:40 PM, with 24-hour notice so that teachers have the opportunity to gather notes, grades, sample work, etc. in order to better communicate to parents about their child.
= Other specific times before or after
the school day mutually agreed upon by teacher and parent.
5. Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and to observe classroom activities,
= Friends of Pottstown Middle School
= Field Trips, clearances required
= Open House / Back to School
= American Education Week
We, as parents, will support our children’s learning in the following ways:
= Monitor attendance by ensuring my
child attends school unless he/she is sick.
= Make sure my child completes
homework and is prepared for class.
= Communicate with the school by
promptly reading all correspondences from the school or the school district and
responding, as appropriate.
= Attend Open House and parent
= Make sure my child is at school on
= Provide my child with a quiet place
= Ensure my child gets enough sleep at
= Monitor the amount of TV and type of
programs my child watches.
Monitor the amount of time my child is engaged on electronic devices.
= Make sure my child has breakfast
before school or gets to school in time for breakfast.
= Dress my child in a clean,
appropriate school uniform.
= Promote positive use of my child’s extracurricular time.
I, as a student, will share the responsibility to improve my academic achievement and achieve the State’s high standards. Specifically, I will:
Always put forth my best effort.
Do my review work and homework.
Show my school papers or notes to my parents.
Give my parents my homework book to sign. (if needed)
Bring all necessary books and materials to class.
Arrive at school on time, unless I am sick.
Be responsible for my own behavior and accept consequences for my actions.
Go to bed at a reasonable time so that I am rested and ready to learn.
Eat breakfast so I have energy to work and learn at school.
Show respect for adults and classmates I encounter at school.
Wear my school uniform as described in the student handbook.
Additional Required School Responsibilities:
The Pottstown Middle School will:
= Involve parents in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s parent involvement policy, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, usually at a Friends of Pottstown parent meeting.
Involve parents in the joint development of any school-wide program plan, in an
organized, ongoing, and timely fashion.
= Hold an annual meeting to inform parents of the school’s participation in Title I, Part A programs, and to explain the Title I, Part A requirements, and the right of parents to be involved in Title I, Part A programs. The school will convene the meeting at a convenient time to parents, and will offer a flexible number of additional parental involvement meetings, such as in the morning or evening, so that as many parents as possible are able to attend. The school will invite to this meeting all parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs (participating students), and will encourage them to attend.
Provide information to parents of participating students in an understandable
and uniform format, including alternative formats upon the request of parents
with disabilities, and, to the extent practicable, in a language that parents
= Give information to parents of participating children about Title I, programs that includes a description and explanation of the school’s curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure children’s progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
Provide opportunities for regular meetings for parents to formulate
suggestions, and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions about the
education of their children. The school will respond to any such
suggestions as soon as practicably possible.
Send each parent an individual student report about the performance of their
child on the State assessment in at least math, language arts and reading.
Provide each parent timely notice when their child has been assigned or has
been taught for four (4) or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not
highly qualified within the meaning of the term in section 200.56 of the Title
I Final Regulations (67 Fed. Reg. 71710, December 2, 2002).
5th/6th Gr. Title 1 Coordinator _______________________ ____________________