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Family Involvement and Engagement Plan

Whitwell High School Family Engagement Plan (2012-2013)

Families and community members should be engaged in the education of students based on the following standards:

  • Families are welcomed into the school community;
  • Several parent workshops are held during the school year.
  • Parent teacher conferences are held twice a year.

Families and school staff should engage in regular and meaningful communication about
student learning;

  • A website,, is updated frequently to list the educational needs of families.
  • Parents are informed through the Parent Messenger automated calling system.
  • Families and school staff work together to support student learning and development;
  • Report cards are given out every nine weeks.

Student Performance Reports are given out at the midpoint of the nine week grading period.
Parents have opportunities to volunteer at school events and programs.

  • Families are informed and encouraged to be advocates for students;
  • Training for parents is offered for:
  • Study skills
  • Graduation requirements
  • College and financial aid preparation
  • Social issues

Families are full partners in the decisions that affect children and families;

  • Parent workshops are held to provide information to parents to assist in making good educational decisions for their children.


  • Community, civic, and business resources are made available to strengthen school programs, family practices, and student learning.
  • Local businesses contribute to the Tiger Pride Program put in place to reward attendance, academic excellence, and community service.

Schools shall establish and develop programs and practices that enhance family engagement and address the specific needs of students and families. Decisions affecting students, schools, and established school procedures shall always be made within the parameters of legal and Board of Education policies. The programs and practices will be comprehensive and coordinated and will include the following goals:

I. Assist families in developing skills and techniques to support their children's learning.
II. Promote clear, two-way communication between school and family about school issues, instructional programs, and children's progress.
III. Identify and reduce barriers to family engagement, including such barriers as those of economic concerns, disabilities, limited English proficiency, limited literacy, or issues related to cultural diversity.
IV. Inform, involve, and train family members, where appropriate, in voluntary instructional and support roles at school.
V. Provide information about community and support services for children and families.
VI. Include families in decision-making affecting schools and programs when consistent with law and board policy.
VII. Provide professional development for teachers and staff on ways to work effectively with parents, families, and volunteers.
VIII. Provide access to the family engagement policy for each family and post the policy in each school.



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