EMERADO SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITIES
The Emerado Elementary School and the parents of Emerado students
participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title 1 agree
that this Parent-School Compact outlines how the school and parents share the
responsibility for improved student academic achievement, and the means by
which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will
help Emerado students achieve North Dakota's high academic standards.
The Emerado School-Parent Compact is in effect during the 2012-2013 school
1. Provide highly-qualified teachers and high-quality curriculum taught in a
supportive and effective learning environment that enables students to meet
North Dakota's academic standards.
Teachers will attend state reading and math conferences and meet in RTI teams
to discuss best practices in reading and math instruction. Teachers will
participate in professional book studies.
The Spalding Method will be used in grades K-8.
Spalding is a comprehensive multi-sensory language arts approach that improves
reading decoding and speed. This method will target the needs of all students
by providing systematic instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency,
vocabulary, and comprehension. It is based on solid research and has been
successful since the 1950s. It equips teachers with the resources, diagnostic
tools, and interventions needed to support the learning of traditional,
special education, and ESL students within the same classroom.
Teachers will use math instructional methods that are scientifically-based
and discuss mathematics instruction in RTI teams. The Title 1 math teacher
is a member of NCTM and shares best practice information with classroom
teachers. Instructional methods used in K-4 are the following: counting-on
strategy, number line for addition and subtraction,integration of literature
into math instruction, sorting shapes using properties, writing about math,
building geometric structures using a variety of materials, rhythmic patterns
in music and poetry, and integration of math concepts into music lessons.
Students are encouraged to apply math to REAL situations and are expected to
master their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
All teachers will use BEST practices in math instruction and differentiate
their instruction in order to meet the needs of all learners. Differentiated
instruction means that teachers may not have all students participating in
the same lessons at the same time. High standards of achievement are
expected of ALL students. Most classes at Emerado are small; therefore,
students can receive one--to-one instruction as needed.
Teachers will try to integrate subjects across the curriculum. For instance,
middle school teachers will make every effort to integrate language arts,
science, history, social studies, math, research skills, and art. Elementary
teachers will integrate subjects within themes and units.
Emerado School has adopted a Response to Intervention approach.
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a program to help learners that have not
mastered one or more skills. Student progress is closely monitored at each
stage of intervention to determine the need for further research-based
instruction and/or intervention in general education, in special education, or
RTI-B(Response To Intervention-Behavior) will be used in grades K-8 to teach
behaviors that will improve learning and increase academic achievement.
RTI-B is a program that identifies behaviors that interfere with learning. It
teaches behaviors that enhance learning and self-esteem. Its purpose is to
identify students who are struggling with behavior and to provide early,
effective assistance. Student progress will be closely monitored at each
stage of intervention to determine if there is a need for further research-
based instruction and/or intervention in general education, in special
education, or both.
3. Hold parent-teacher conferences in the fall and spring.
Though conferences are held for all students twice a year, parents will be
encouraged to call and/or visit with the classroom and Title 1 teachers
throughout the year.
4. Provide parents with frequent reports on their children's progress.
Students receive report cards every nine weeks. Parents will be able to
monitor children's progress via Power School.
Title 1 students will be given a Title 1 progress report 3 times a year and
results will be sent home. A progress portfolio will be maintained on each
Title 1 student.
5. Provide opportunities to parents for participating in their children's
classroom activities and for observing school events.
Music and sporting events as well as parent visitations will be hosted
throughout the school year at Emerado School.
6. Parent/Community Involvement Action Committee
This committee will meet to discuss how to improve parent involvement,
support school programs, involve the community, and enhance the school
7 Parent Support - Parents will be provided information that assists
parenting and/or other training opportunities. This information will be
disseminated in the following ways: school and Title newsletters, Title 1
parent resource library, conferences, Emerado School web page and Emerado
School Title 1 web site, NDDPI Title 1 web site for parents, and North Dakota
State PIRC (North Dakota Parent Information and Resource Center).
After-School Academic Program - An After-school program will be available
for students in grades Prek-grade 8.
There will be two Title 1 informational meetings: the fall meeting will
discuss the Title 1 program (e.g. targeted-assisted program, selection,
assessments, method of instructional delivery, parent/teacher surveys from
the previous spring, parent-teacher-student compact, progress monitoring,
schedules, pull-out). The spring meeting will discuss budget, results of
surveys, student progress, Title 1 assessments, strategies for improvement,
parent/community involvement, and changes to Parent-Student-School Compact).
PTO meetings are held throughout the year and teachers and parents are
encouraged to attend.
Parenting Classes - Parenting classes will be hosted by Emerado School.
8. Parent Input - Surveys will be sent to parents at least twice a year.
The fall survey will assess parent understanding of the Title 1 program
and solicit suggestions as to how Emerado School can be improved. Also,
it will ask what kind of training parents would like Emerado School to
The spring survey will be used to assess parents' understanding and
satisfaction with the Title 1 program and will solicit suggestions for
improving the Title 1 program and school climate. For example, it will ask
parents to evaluate whether the Title 1 program helped their child.
9. School will provide classrooms for community programs such as Girl Scouts,
Boy Scouts, Hunter Safety, and 4H.
Parents will support their children's learning in the following ways:
See that child attends school on a regular basis and is on time.
Make sure that homework is completed.
Stay informed about child's education.
Talk with child about his/her school activities.
Attend school events as time allows.
Encourage reading by reading to and with children.
Help child learn basic math facts.
Help child with organizational skills.
Keep current with school happenings by checking student backpacks and