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Parent Compact



The William Rowen Elementary School, and the parents of the students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will 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 children achieve the State’s high standards.

This school-parent compact is in effect during school year 2018-2019.


(Provisions bolded in this section are required to be in the Title I, Part A School-Parent Compact)

School Responsibilities
The William Rowen Elementary School will:

1. Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards as follows:

Rowen teachers employ the use of the School District of Philadelphia’s (SDP) Planning and Scheduling Timelines, Common Core Standards, Danielson Framework, and the Understanding by Design framework to develop standards-based lessons.  They utilize Teacher Collaboration meeting times to collaborate, peer-review lesson plans, and share best practices to maximize the alignment of instructional materials to their content.   All teachers, including Special Education (SE) teachers, use the Common Core Standards in the Planning and Scheduling Timelines to ensure that both the content and performance standards are addressed for all students.  Lesson plans are reviewed by the principal and returned to the teachers with feedback, with specific attention to the standards addressed therein.

2. Hold parent-teacher conferences (at least annually in elementary schools) during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement.  Specifically, those conferences will be held:

Three parent-teacher conferences will be held this year at Rowen. The dates are November 7-9, 2018, January 30-February 1, 2019, and April 3-5, 2019.  Back to School Night is another opportunity for parents and teachers to meet and discuss the upcoming year.

3. Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress.  Specifically, the school will provide reports as follows:

William Rowen Elementary School provides four report cards each school year and four interim progress reports each school year.

4. Provide parents reasonable access to staff.  Specifically, staff will be available for consultation with parents as follows:

Teachers will be available to consult with parents during teachers’ preparation times and before and after school with prior notice.

5. Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and to observe classroom activities, as follows:

Parents are encouraged to volunteer in classrooms. Parents must complete volunteer application, which includes criminal and child abuse background checks. Parents will be given access to classrooms to observe classroom activities. Parent must provide school and classroom teacher with advanced notice of classroom visitations.

Parent Responsibilities
We, as parents, will support our children’s learning in the following ways:

  • Monitoring attendance.
  • Making sure that homework is completed.
  • Monitoring amount of television my child watches.
  • Volunteering in my child’s classroom.
  • Participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to my child’s education.
  • Promoting positive use of my child’s extracurricular time.
  • Staying informed about my child’s education and communicating with the school by promptly reading all notices from the school or the school district either received by my child or by mail and responding, as appropriate.
  • Serving, to the extent possible, on the Home and School Association and/or the School Advisory Council.

—–Student Responsibilities
We, as students, will share the responsibility to improve our academic achievement and achieve the State’s high standards.  Specifically, we will:

  • Do my homework every day and ask for help when I need it.
  • Read at least 30 minutes every day outside of school time.
  • Give to my parents or the adult who is responsible for my welfare all notices and information received by me from my school every day.

The William Rowen Elementary School will:

  1. Involve parents in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s parental involvement policy, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way.
  2.  Involve parents in the joint development of any schoolwide program plan, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way.
  3. Hold an annual meeting to inform parents of the school’s participation in Title I, Part A programs, and to explain the Title I, Part A requirements, and the right of parents to be involved in Title I, Part A programs.  The school will convene the meeting at a convenient time to parents, and will offer a flexible number of additional parental involvement meetings, such as in the morning or evening, so that as many parents as possible are able to attend.  The school will invite to this meeting all parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs (participating students), and will encourage them to attend. 
  4. Provide information to parents of participating students in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon the request of parents with disabilities, and, to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand.
  5. Provide to parents of participating children information in a timely manner about Title I, Part A programs that includes a description and explanation of the school’s curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure children’s progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
  6.  On the request of parents, provide opportunities for regular meetings for parents to formulate suggestions, and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions about the education of their children.  The school will respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible.
  7. Provide to each parent an individual student report about the performance of their child on the State assessment in at least math, language arts and reading.
  8. Provide each parent timely notice when their child has been assigned or has been taught for four (4) or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified within the meaning of the term in section 200.56 of the Title I Final Regulations (67 Fed. Reg. 71710, December 2, 2002).

To help build and develop a partnership with parents to help their children achieve the State’s high academic standards, the William Rowen Elementary School will:

  1. Recommend to the Regional No Child Left Behind District Liaison, the names of parents of participating children of Title I, Part A programs who are interested in serving on the State’s Committee of Practitioners and School Support Teams.
  2. Notify parents of the school’s participation in Early Reading First, Reading First and Even Start Family Literacy Programs operating within the school, the district and the contact information.
  3. Work with the School District of Philadelphia in addressing problems, if any, in implementing parental involvement activities in section 1118 of Title I, Part A.
  4. Work with the School District of Philadelphia to ensure that a copy of the State Education Agency’s written complaint procedures for resolving any issue of violation(s) of a Federal statute or regulation of Title I, Part A programs is provided to parents of students and to appropriate private school officials or representatives.

__________            __________________            _______________

School                                     Parent(s)                                Student

___________           __________________            _______________

Date                                        Date                                        Date




Last modified: September 3, 2018