Building parent involvement at Redan Elementary is one of our highest commitments to ensure the success of our students and increase academic performance. We welcome our parents’ suggestions and recommendations for ensuring that we are providing a quality educational program for all students. Research has shown that when parents are involved in their child’s education the children are likely to: a) earn better grades; b) score higher on tests; c) attend school regularly; d) have better behavior and social skills; e) be more positive in their attitude toward school; f) complete assignments and homework; g) graduate and continue their education. Redan Elementary School parents are encouraged to play an active role in their child’s educational program by working on various school committees, such as the Title I Parental Involvement Committee, PTA, School Council, and the Consolidated School Improvement Planning Committee /AdvancED Committee, and participating in classes through the Redan Academy for Parents to help parents receive additional support with developing a deeper understanding of the curriculum for the core content areas.
Parents at Redan Elementary are recognized as our primary partner in educating and supporting student learning. This relationship is vital to improving student academic performance and student behavior. The following classes or activities will be coordinated through the Redan Parent Academy and School Community and Cooperative Culture Committee to involve parents in our comprehensive interdisciplinary educational program.
- Title I Annual Meeting
- Open House and Curriculum Night
- Instructional Fall Carnival
- Parent/Teacher/Student Led Conferences.
- Redan Tutorial Program: Bridging the Gap After School Tutoring Program
- Testing In-service and Parenting Workshops
- 5th Grade Meeting (Rising Sixth Graders)
- Kindergarten Preview Day
Redan Elementary uses the following communication methods to provide parents with timely information about school wide programs and the academic progress of the students:
- Redan Communication Packet (Weekly): Information is sent home to parents about the behavior and academic progress of their child(ren). In addition, newsletters, graded work, progress reports, program announcements and other school related materials are sent home on Thursdays in a folder.
- Agenda and Student Handbook: Each student in grades Pre-K-5 are afforded an opportunity to purchase an agenda for $5.00. Students are given a copy of the Student Handbook which is used to communicate to parents, information regarding local school’s expectations and policies and procedures. The agenda provides teachers and parents with a means of daily communication about academic and behavior issues. The DeKalb School District’s Student Code of Conduct explains rules and guidelines for the school system and the local school.
- Redan Elementary Newsletters: These information letters for parents are given out weekly and monthly. Any news that concerns the whole school and/or individual classes is addressed in these publications.
- Calling Posts and Local School website
- Email Tree/Email addresses will be collected from every parent and school news will be sent to parents via email too.
- CSIP/SACS Surveys (January): Parents complete these surveys. The collected data is compiled and reviewed to improve the overall school environment. Results are shared with all stakeholders.
- Infinite Campus is a secure, web-based student access information application for parents, guardians, and students. Access and data is secure in that users can view only that information for which they are authorized. The entire district will be implementing Infinite Campus and providing parents with access codes to view their child’s academic and attendance data. Ability to check student information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Ability to view a variety of student information such as attendance and discipline, Increased sense of ownership and responsibility for personal progress through viewing of homework assignments and due dates, grades, test scores and personal course schedules. Also, improved communications with the school and with students’ teachers.
- Progress reports will be issued every 4.5 weeks with a final report card issued every 18 weeks at the end of each semester.