At Imagine Foundations at Morningside Public Charter School (PCS), we believe that you, the parents and guardians, have the primary responsibility for each child’s education. Our professionals are committed to partnering with you to fulfill that responsibility. We set high expectations for ourselves and our students, in order to provide you with a quality educational and moral development program in a safe, nurturing environment.
We set high expectations for you, too. Parental involvement is critical to the success of students, and thus parental involvement and communication will be a priority at Imagine Foundations at Morningside. A significant body of research indicates that when parents participate in their children’s education, the result is an increase in student achievement and an improvement of students’ attitudes. Increased attendance, fewer disciplinary problems, and higher aspirations also have been correlated with an increase in parent involvement, regardless of socioeconomic status.1,2
Therefore, we ask all our parents and guardians to sign a Parent Covenant outlining the ways parents can be involved in their child’s schooling by committing a minimum of 10 hours a year to their child’s academic success. Consistent with our school goals, we will focus our efforts on improving support for learning through parent involvement in school, continuously improving communication, and providing resources to support learning outside of school.
More specifically, Imagine Foundations at Morningside will implement the following strategies in order to promote parent participation and encourage parental involvement in the school:
- Utilize the website for the posting of news and events.
- Create an interactive component to our Web site where parents can post questions or concerns.
- Invite a parent at each grade level to participate in the creation of a parent handbook.
- Organize regular family math, science, social studies, and literacy nights.
- Create ongoing volunteer opportunities for parents in the school.
- Invite a member of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and someone from the local business community to participate on the School Improvement Team.
- Use all media available to promote activities in which parent participation is critical.
- Create recognition opportunities for parents who are regular attendees at school events.
Olmstead, P. P., & Rubin, R. I. (1983). Linking parent behaviors to child achievement: Four evaluation studies from the parent education follow-through programs. Studies in Educational Evaluation. 8, 317-325.