A strong partnership between the school and home is essential if a quality educational program is to be provided to all students. Lykins Elementary School is dedicated to the philosophy that parent involvement is integral to the success of each student. For this reason, parents are actively recruited as our partners for success. Lykins Elementary has created a Parent and Family Engagement Policy, which includes activities as outlined in section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA).
In accordance with this policy, Lykins Elementary agrees to:
Convene an annual meeting to explain Title 1 services to parents and inform them of their right to be involved in the program;
Involve parents, “in an organized ongoing and timely manner,” in planning, review, and improvement of Celina’s Title 1 program;
Provide information about Title 1 services to parents, describe the curriculum, the student assessments and proficiency levels students are expected to meet, provide opportunities for regular meetings, and respond promptly to parent suggestions;
Involve parents in the planning, review, and improvement of the Lykins Elementary Campus Improvement Plan;
Parents will receive communication from the school through newsletters and the Celina ISD website. This gives parents information regarding curriculum, meetings, and school events for the coming week;
Lykins Elementary PTA distributes a newsletter monthly and includes updates and current information regarding the school;
Parents will be invited to attend special programs or activities presented by students;
Provide opportunities for parents to participate as parent and community representatives on campus and district improvement committees.
The purpose of Title I is to improve the basic programs of Lykins Elementary and to provide opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge and skills contained in the state standards (TEKS) and to meet the state performance standards as measured in elementary on MAP testing. Districts receiving Title I, Part A funds must implement programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents in the Title I program. A written Parent and Family Engagement Policy must be developed and agreed upon jointly with parents and distributed to parents.
In order to build capacity for involvement, the Lykins Elementary staff will provide assistance to parents in such areas as understanding the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards and student performance standards. They will also offer assistance on information about state and local assessments, the requirements of this act and how to monitor their child’s progress. Lykins Elementary staff members will also provide parents with information as to how they can work with educators to improve the performance of their children and information as to how they can participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.
Lykins Elementary will have a meeting to inform parents of the school’s participation in the Title I program and the requirements, as well as the parents’ right to be involved. The meetings will be held at times that are convenient for families. Information about the school’s performance, new Title I guidelines, the school curriculum, and other important information is provided. Language translation will be provided to ensure parent participation and attendance.
Lykins Elementary will provide materials to help parents work with their children to improve achievement. Materials will be distributed throughout the year by way of email, written notices and/or newsletters.
Lykins Elementary will educate all staff members regarding the value of parent involvement and the positive impact it has on student achievement and in understanding how to utilize parents as partners.
Lykins Elementary will ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the home of participating children in the language used in homes.
Lykins Elementary will provide reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request. They will take suggestions from parents by email, verbally, or in written form.
To the extent that is practical, Lykins Elementary will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency or with disabilities, including providing information and school profiles in a language and format that parents understand.