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New Market Elementary School Family and Community Engagement Plan

For the School Year 2018-2019

       The Jefferson County Schools Family and Community Engagement Plan are based on the concept that families have a major influence on their children's achievement in school and through life. As a result of this influence, positive results occur when schools, families, and community groups support learning.  The New Market Elementary School Family and Community Engagement Plan support those beliefs and we invite and encourage parents and community members to participate in school events, support our students and faculty and to learn all they can in the process! 

New Market Elementary School faculty and staff expect that families and community members are integral part of our school.  Parents, family members and community members are welcome in our school and are encouraged to visit at any time.   Classes are offered for parents as well as for faculty and staff in the Love & Logic curriculum, which is used throughout the school year.    Olweus, and School Volunteer Training are also offered. We also have a school bullying  prevention  curriculum and procedures in place. In addition, we offer training sessions about how to help with homework.  Theses occur during our Fall and Spring Parent Teacher Conferences and target reading strategies to use at home.    

 Response to Intervention  is offered daily through Star Time to each child based upon the child's needs.   Instruction is provided and individual progress monitored.     Meetings are held with parents when student progress is not what it should be and students need more intensive assistance.    Parents are encouraged to contact their child's teacher  anytime  by notes, e-mail, or  by  calling the school during the teacher's planning period Tutoring is offered daily after school and scholarships are available.  Teachers use student planners, class notebooks and daily calendars to inform parents of students' daily behavior and grades.  The Pre-K teacher holds monthly parent involvement meetings.   

The school's computer lab is open periodically to assist children and parents with help  for school projects, research, and to work on Science Fair projects.   All parents are invited to join and attend PTO meetings throughout the year and are encouraged to ask questions and present ideas or suggestions at those meetings.   There are also many opportunities throughout the school year for parents to participate in school and PTO sponsored activities.   Annual activities include school and PTO fundraisers; Christmas in Jefferson County  collection of green beans; collections of Box  Tops for Education; and contributions to the United Way. This year, our families were also invited to take advantage of the free backpack give-a-way that was sponsored by an area church group.   Our Principal routinely teaches students that they should always be willing to give back to their community, and uses these opportunities to set an example of how to do so.  Parents are kept informed of school activities through school wide newsletters, PTO newsletters, teachers' classroom newsletters, the school district's website, the school's website, through a large outdoor sign at the school, and  the Blackboard Connect call system.  New Market Elementary School's website includes  the district's calendar,  faculty  emails, school events, and a lunch calendar for easy access.  Parents are given an opportunity to look at curriculum for each grade level during Open House or via the web at any time.   Assessments are explained through brochures, newsletters and at Open House, as well as during RTI, 504 and student-support team meetings.  Annually, at the Open House meeting, the Principal explains the curriculum and assessments used in our school the current school data,  as well as the qualifications of our highly trained faculty and staff.    Also, at the Open House  Meeting, the Principal explains the school improvement plan, its process, findings, and action steps to achieve the goals  that have been set.   Parents are included on the School Improvement Plan Committee and their input is valued.   The  State  Report  Card is  available on line and is  published in the local newspaper.  A copy of curriculum standards is available for view on-line, as well as in the school office and library at any time.   A list of Math resources has been provided to parents and teachers.   Parents of pre-kindergarten students are offered Parenting Education  and Pre-k staff makes home visits upon student enrollment. Parenting  Classes  are offered  through the Family Resource Center.  These classes have a developmental education focus and give parents suggestions for activities that can be done at home.  In addition, parents who have their child screened at the Family Resource Center prior to entering kindergarten will receive quarterly newsletters with helpful parenting tips.    

Families in need may sign up for the Second Harvest Food for Kids Program.  Students are given enough food from the five basic food groups to take home on Fridays to insure they have something to eat over the weekend.   New Market United Methodist Church, located adjacent to the school, has offered room for storage of the food,  members  assist with the delivery to the site and bag the products for school distribution. East Tennessee Children's Hospital provides staff for the "Healthy Kids Club" which meets with students twice per week. Nutrition lessons as well as physical activities are provided.   

The PTO sells t-shirts that are color-coordinated with students' grade level.  Parents and community members may purchase the shirts which sport the school logo.  These shirts can be seen worn throughout the community. 

Parents are given many opportunities to participate in the decision making process of New Market Elementary School.  We believe their input is important to the process of creating class rosters.  Parents are asked to serve on the Community Engagement committee, the School Improvement Plan committee, the School Health Index committee, and are nominated to serve on the PTO Executive Board.  Parents are invited to attend various music programs throughout the school year,  STEAM Night,  the  Grandparents Tea,  a Veteran's Day Program,  Pre-K  and Fifth Grade Graduations, as well as the school's Honors Day, etc.  Parents are asked to participate in the schools' Book Character Day near Halloween to read to classes. A Veterans' Day Program allows students to invite military family and friends where they are recognized and honored in a special program.  PTO hosts an annual Fall Festival/Literacy  & Math  Night and provides volunteers for the library's annual Book Fair.   Fifth Grade sponsors opportunities where parents and community members are invited to participate in raising money for a fifth grade overnight field trip.    Parents are also encouraged to attend special events through the school year such as field day, fun day, county-wide elementary field day, the school and county-wide spelling bees, scholars' bowl tournaments,  as well as  chorus and drama performances.  The  annual  county-wide spelling bee is hosted at New Market  Elementary.   Students are also encouraged to invite family members to eat lunch with them on any school day. 

Visitors are only allowed to enter our school after we have verified who they are and why they are here. During afternoon car rider dismissal, the person picking up the child must have a specialized car tag with their name on it. If a child must be dismissed through the office, a driver's license must be shown and that person must be  listed  on the child's emergency card as having access to the child. We have radios assigned to each school employee for communication purposes in case of an emergency.  We have a School Resource Officer from the Jefferson County Sheriffs Department assigned to our school that patrols the area to make sure our school is secure. Our crisis team meets regularly to update our notebook of plans that we are to follow. We have security cameras and lights that surround our building so that we can monitor activity. School safety is very important to us at New Market Elementary School. 

Student progress is easily accessible to parents through the ASPEN school information system as well as through the Class  DoJo app where students are rewarded for good behavior by earning points.  The RTI2B program is fully implemented at NMES and positive behavior supports are in place.    

Student attendance is critical to achievement.  Parents are encouraged to make certain students arrive on time each day and that they remain at school for the duration of the school day.  Students are encouraged to be present and rewarded for perfect attendance each grading period. 

Parents are asked to participate, communicate, and work closely with their child each day to boost their learning and be involved in their education.   The principal  and faculty are readily accessible to  the  parents and  truly care about each student and their achievement.