Parental Involvement Plan St. Benedict at Auburndale 2019-2020
As a part of the mission of the Roman Catholic Church, the Diocese of Memphis in Tennessee Catholic School system is committed to preparing students to be courageous and faithful Disciples of Christ by providing a solid spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical formation under the guidance of the Blessed Virgin Mary in union with the Roman Catholic Church.
System Belief Statements
Our Catholic Schools System mission is rooted in the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church, Sacred Scripture, and Canonical Procedures and these drive all decisions.
The ultimate purpose of our Catholic Schools System is education in the Catholic faith and the salvation of souls.
The success of our Catholic Schools depends upon the commitment of all personnel to high quality standards and expectations along with modeling of Catholic virtues.
Through high academic standards students develop a deep understanding of essential knowledge and skills cultivating their capacity to reason, problem solve, and produce quality work to better serve God and the community.
As Catholic educators we see all of God’s children as unique and aim to meet the diverse needs of our students.
The Mass, the sacraments, Catholic devotions, service, and prayer are essential to the faith formation provided by Catholic Education.
Catholic schools recognize parents and families as the primary educators of their children therefore, effective collaboration and communication as partners in the education of their children is essential to the success of our Schools.
A safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment promotes student achievement.
The implementation of curriculum, design of instructional activities, and the use of assessments are focused on providing learning opportunities and feedback that support student achievement.
The System, as an outreach of the Catholic Church, has an obligation to reach out to the community in the mission of evangelization, proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom, and sharing the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ with all of God’s children.
I dreamed I stood in a studio
and watched two sculptors there,
The clay they used was a young child’s mind and they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher;
The tools she used were books and music and art.
One was a parent with a guiding hand and gentle loving heart.
And when at last their work was done, they were proud of what they had wrought. For the things they had worked into the child could never be sold or bought!
And each agreed that the child had thrived Because they had not worked alone. For behind the parent stood the school, and behind the teacher stood the home!
Parent Involvement (from The Parent Institute)
Parent involvement is all about the children.
Parent involvement boosts student achievement.
Communication with parents must be carefully planned and two-way.
It is important to treat parents as partners instead of as clients.
Parent trust in your school is required for student achievement.
Parent involvement barriers are real- and must be addressed.
School staff makes all the difference in parent involvement.
It is important to make sure you don’t have a parent involvement
It is important to know why parents say they are not more involved.
Research shows that children whose parents are involved in their school perform better academically. Parents are children’s first educators and it is imperative that schools and parents work together to support student learning. This goes beyond merely informing parents of what is happening at the school or communicating about grades and homework. It goes beyond getting parents to participate in school fundraisers or volunteering at class parties. According to the work of Joyce Epstein, there are “six types of involvement” schools should implement to support student learning. These areas are communicating, helping parents promote children, volunteering, student learning, decision-making, and collaborating with community. In addition to these six, we have added faith formation to encompass the spiritual foundation of our school.
There are many ways we communicate with parents about student progress, school events and school progress:
Weekly School Monday Mail
Monthly School Newsletters
Admin Notify Messages
Quarterly Report Cards
Parent Conferences available upon request
Meet the Teacher Night
School Website updated with daily announcements
Parent Orientation Meetings
Parent and Student Meetings with the counseling department
Social Media updates with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Quarterly Updates from the school counselors
Helping Parents Promote Children
Schools and families can work together, assisting each other with child rearing skills.
Evidence of Effectiveness
Faculty and Parent Feedback
Counseling Parent Meetings
Fall and Spring 2019-20
Counseling and Parent Feedback
There are many ways parents can help their children learn at home.
Parent and Counseling Feedback
Encouraging Higher Level Reading
Parents and Students
Parent and Student Feedback
Providing Writing Opportunities
Encourage outside Internships
At SBA, the Home-School Association is very involved in the life of our students and faculty. The organization is run by officers and meets on a regular basis during the school
year. Activities include teacher luncheons, honor society receptions and senior student and parent activities. Interested parties should inquire about participation with the Development and Alumni Directors.
Our Athletic Department recruits and trains parent commissioners for each athletic team at SBA. Commissioners are instrumental in assisting coaches with parent contacts and with needs of the athletes. Interested parties should contact the Athletic Director.
At SBA, the Advisory Board is composed of individuals best suited to consult the principal on school matters. The majority of the Board is composed of members of the parent body. The Board meets regularly during the school year and is a valued part of the school culture. The Home School Association is completely composed and run by members of the parent body. This group is another valued body that is consulted by the administration. The AdvanceEd Parent Committee is composed of parents who meet on a
regular basis during the accreditation process of SBA. Their ideas and concerns are included in all school improvement plans.
Collaborating with Community
The Counseling department at SBA has resources available for our students and families with psychological, emotional and educational needs. If teacher or school sponsored peer tutoring in subject areas is not sufficient, outside tutors and agencies are also available.
Our PLUS and FOR ONE Departments and the Counseling Department work with the Shelby County School System to assist with testing for learning differences. We also assist students to obtain special services for college board testing.
The faculty and staff at SBA works with many church and community organizations for service opportunities. SBA continues to lead the way in serving with the Memphis Food Bank, Lifeblood, St. Jude’s Children Hospital, Make-A-Wish, March for Life and so many more.
As a Catholic school, it is our mission to work with students and families in the faith formation of each student. This includes faith formation of Catholic students within the Catholic Church and encouraging non-Catholic students to participate in faith formation within their family’s religious context. Every student participates in Theology class each year, attends class and school Masses and participates in service projects. Guest speakers are provided both during school hours and outside school hours for students, faculty and parents so more opportunity is given for reflection of current faith practices. SBA has a Theology department with a department chair, a Spiritual Affairs Director and a rotating staff of priests.
Please view our calendar on the SBA website: www.sbaeagles.org
Advisory Board Members
Jon Bascom, Jennifer Bougeois, Alicia Brown, Colleen Butterick, John Hyden, Board Chair Amy Iovinelli, Adrienne LeBlanc, Jim Marconi, Erik Matheson, Michael McCusker, Darren Mullis, Patty Neuhoff, Father Johnnie Smith, Steve Vescovo
Home-School Association Officers
Jennifer Bougeios and Amy Iovinelli – Co-Presidents
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