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Family and Community Engagement Plan


I. Jefferson Middle School encourages high-quality, effective communication with parents using the following methods:
a. All parents and community members will be invited to an Open House at the beginning of each school year.
b. Two parent teacher conferences are held annual (fall/spring)
c. Student handbooks are given out each year informing parents and students of policies and procedures.
d. The "open door" policy encourages parents to visit the school at any time.
e. School activities will be announced through e-mail, phone calls, school sign, website, Remind App, and other media.
f. Student academic progress is communicated to parents on a regular basis. At a minimum, report cards are sent home each nine weeks and mid-term reports are sent home at the mid-point of each grading period.
g. Aspen, the new student information system, has a parent portal.
h. JMS Communication 101. Parents will be invited to attend. This will be a hands-on experience to education parents on the nuances of Aspen.
i. Documents will be provided in a language that parents can understand.
j. Student handbook/planners are created by the RTI 2 B team and distributed to every student at enrollment. The student handbook/planner outlines rules, procedures, and communication information.
k. Our Blackboard Connect phone system is utilized to leave informative messages on parent or guardian phone per student.

II. Jefferson Middle School will create multiple avenues to involve stakeholders at the school.
a. In coming 6th graders and their parents are invited to an orientation in May of each year in order to help ease the transition to middle school.
b. At the end of incoming 6th graders 5th grade year, students from JMS feeder schools participate in a student orientation.
c. School counselors will provide assistance parents in such areas as understanding state standards, assessment, and how to monitor their child's progress.
d. Volunteers are used in a variety of ways, ranging from chaperoning field trips and other activities to fundraising activities.
e. Sports teams, band and chorus have activities throughout the year
f. The facilities will be accessible to parents in order for them to hold meetings/workshops, work on projects, and obtain materials to encourage parents to support their child's academic success.
g. We encourage parents to become active in our PTO. This organization spends a great deal of time helping the school obtain needed materials and resources. For questions or concerns regarding PTO news or membership, call our school receptionist, Kippy Johnson, at 475-6133.

III. Jefferson Middle School will support and encourage coordination for parent involvement activities with the Jefferson County Family Resource Center and Central Office staff.