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How to Plan a Successful Family Night


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This presentation will give teachers and administrators ideas on how to include families in their schools.

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How to Plan a Successful Family Night

  1. 1. How to Plan a Successful Family Night: The Key to Parental Involvement Presented by Sciotoville Community School Teachers Sandy Odle, Family and Consumer Sciences And Amanda Munion, Technology Education
  2. 2. History of Sciotoville Community School <ul><li>Sciotoville High School became Portsmouth East H.S in 1924 </li></ul><ul><li>Late 90’s, Portsmouth City decided to have only an elementary building in Sciotoville and close Portsmouth East H.S </li></ul>
  3. 3. History, Cont’d <ul><li>Met with much </li></ul><ul><li>resistance from citizens </li></ul><ul><li>Organized and hired an </li></ul><ul><li>educational consultant </li></ul><ul><li>Applied to become a community (charter) school in winter of 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiated with Portsmouth City School District to get the unused building </li></ul>
  4. 4. History Cont’d <ul><li>Sciotoville Community School opened in Fall 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Different type of charter school </li></ul><ul><li>Governing Board consists of: </li></ul><ul><li>4 elected members from the community </li></ul><ul><li>1 faculty member </li></ul><ul><li>1 student representative </li></ul><ul><li>Director (principal/superintendent) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Demographics <ul><li>Approximately 70% receive Free or Reduced Lunch </li></ul><ul><li>Most will be first generation college students </li></ul><ul><li>Currently educate grades 5-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Enrollment: 415 </li></ul><ul><li>Effective- 3 years in a Row </li></ul><ul><li>School of Promise </li></ul><ul><li>Winner 3 years </li></ul><ul><li>Currently- Continuous </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why A Family Night? <ul><li>Parental Involvement is the Key to Student Success </li></ul><ul><li>Some parents feel uncomfortable in school environments </li></ul><ul><li>Poverty Inservice- Follow-up consisted of identifying ways to get parents involved </li></ul>
  7. 7. Steering Committee <ul><li>First Year consisted of key staff members and administrators </li></ul><ul><li>Currently, it is non-core subject staff members </li></ul>
  8. 8. Planning- Get Em Here, Keep Em’ Here! <ul><li>Step 1- Free Meal </li></ul>Menu Chicken Noodles Green Beans Apple Crisp Mashed Potatoes Drinks
  9. 9. Step 2- Choosing a Speaker Big Names=Big Money Speakers Unlimited- good resource
  10. 10. Speakers 2005- Dr. Mike Strategies for Saving your Sanity 2006- Spring Speaker. Archie Griffin 2006 Fall Speaker- Cea Cohen Elliott
  11. 11. Step 3 Breakout Sessions <ul><li>Who are the presenters? </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers and Community Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Create catchy titles and brief descriptions </li></ul>
  12. 12. Workshops by Faculty Members <ul><li>How Are My Federal Tax Dollars being Spent Here at East? An informative session on Federal funds presented by John Hendricks Information from the Asst. Director, Rod Walker, will address the OGT. </li></ul><ul><li>Yes, I Want My Kids to Go to College. Our guidance counselor, Melyssa Brown, will offer strategies and explain services available to help your child get a college degree. There will be two sessions, one for parents of junior high students and one for high school parents. </li></ul><ul><li>Do You Know Who’s Watching Your Kids While They are on the Internet? Internet safety tips for parents presented by Amanda Munion. </li></ul><ul><li>How Can Parents Be More Involved in their Child’s Education? This presentation will link parents to learning tips and tools that will help to enhance their child’s education will be presented by Paul Bauer, our curriculum coordinator. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Workshops by Community Agencies <ul><li>College After 30? Many adults are now joining the younger generation on college campuses and finding success. A representative from SSU will offer tips and answer many questions about being a non-traditional student. </li></ul><ul><li>Tough Questions, Good Answers. Information about the Abstinence Education Program presented by Renee Dingess, Portsmouth Health Department. </li></ul><ul><li>Teen Drug Use. Tips and advice from an experienced law enforcement Officer Marty Eveland. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Step 4 Displays/Exhibits <ul><li>Invite Community Agencies to Participate </li></ul><ul><li>Examples include: local hospitals, colleges/universities, military, social organizations, health department, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide bags with free items </li></ul>
  15. 15. Step 5- Keep the Kids Busy!!! <ul><li>It is important to involve the entire “family” </li></ul><ul><li>Must provide childcare and activities for children of all ages </li></ul><ul><li>Our plan includes off-site activities for grades 4-12 </li></ul><ul><li>On-site activities for ages 3-3 rd grade </li></ul>
  16. 16. Step 6- Keeping them Here! <ul><li>Door Prizes in each workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Grand Prize Give-a-way </li></ul><ul><li>Report Cards/Conferences </li></ul>
  17. 17. Implementation <ul><li>Marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Posters in School, Stores, and Gas Stations </li></ul><ul><li>Newspaper Articles </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters mailed home to all students </li></ul><ul><li>Postcards sent home personally from teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Personal phone calls home </li></ul><ul><li>Included on School Calendar </li></ul>
  18. 18. Implementation, Cont’d <ul><li>Getting the staff involved </li></ul><ul><li>All faculty and support staff in attendance </li></ul><ul><li>All faculty select 5 families to personally contact </li></ul><ul><li>Presenters at workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Supervise student activities </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitators to assist speakers, conduct drawings </li></ul><ul><li>Registration tables, setup in gym, report card distribution, etc. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Implementation, Cont’d <ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Parents fill out session and conference evaluations </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty evaluations </li></ul>
  20. 20. Questions and Comments <ul><li>Thanks For Attending </li></ul><ul><li>s [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>a [email_address] </li></ul>