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Parent and Family Engagement: Building School and Parent/Family Capacity
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Friday, August 25, 2017

Parent and Family Engagement: Building School and Parent/Family Capacity



Stone Middle School builds the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parent/family engagement to ensure and to support a partnership among our school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement by providing information for the following topics in a parent-friendly format, to the extent practicable, and in a language that parents/families can understand:


  • District and School Parent/Family Engagement Plan jointly developed with parents and families
  • Annual Title Meetings, Orientation, and/or Open House at each school including the requirements of Part A 
  • School-Parent-Student Compacts (Section 1116(a), (b), ESSA) jointly developed with parents/families
  • Parent/Family Volunteer Opportunities
  • Student Progression and how to monitor their child’s progress through SAMS Active Parent, Universal Screener (STAR and NWEA) Parent Reports, Progress Reports  (4 ½ weeks) and Report Cards (9 weeks)
  • Parent-Family Resource Center (opened M-F 3-6 p.m. in The Think Center at Stone Middle School)
  • Student Handbooks including Parents’ Right to Know with the following information:
    1. how parents/families can request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers or paraprofessionals
    2. how parents/families will be provided information related to their child’s academic achievement if the student has been assigned a teacher who does not meet applicable State certification or licensure requirements for more than 4 weeks
  • Level of achievement on each academic assessment (MAP, MST, MKAS2, SATP2 and ACT) required by state and federal laws
  • Easy-to-understand annual School Report Card 
  • State or local policies on student participation in statewide assessments, including their rights to opt-out
  • Updated information can be found on our school website, through reminders and updates sent out via Remind 101, Connect Ed, flyers, teacher letters, etc.


Parent and Family Engagement: 2017-2018


Stone Middle School participates in the collection of Box Tops and Coca Cola Bottle Tops.  

Parents are able to collect and send their tops to school to give to their child’s homeroom teacher. Prizes and rewards are given to students and classes with the highest collection amount.


There are opportunities available for parents to purchase Tomcat Tags to show support of the SCSD.

Donations are accepted for lunch for the judges for Science Fair and gift items and/or food can be donated during Teacher Appreciation Week in the spring semester. Parent volunteers are welcomed to assist and support PBIS celebrations at the end of each nine weeks.


2017-2018 Parent and Family Engagement Calendar of Events


When schools, families, and communities work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer and enjoy school more.  All parents/families of students are invited to attend the meeting and training opportunities below.


Handbook Distribution ~ July-August 2017

Schools provide parents with a copy of the documents listed above to support effective parent and family engagement via the Parent-Student Handbook during the first days of school.


Orientation and Open House ~ August 2017

All parents are welcome to attend this meeting regarding introduction to teachers, school goals, and school tour.  Information for this event is given out at registration, displayed on the school marquee, and published on the district website. Students whose parents are unable to attend will have an information flyer sent home by each teacher with contact information made available.


Parent Communication On-Going  ~  SMS regularly uses Remind Messaging, teacher messaging, Connect Ed, flyers, and the website for information concerning upcoming activities. Often the local newspaper publishes information concerning the schools.


SMS’s Buddy Walk takes place at a SMS football game on September 14, 2017. This campaign allows for everyone in attendance to walk the track in support of Down’s syndrome. Donations are also taken at this event.


Veteran’s Day Breakfast – On the day before Veterans Day, November 10, 2017, the Student Council, the local VFW, Sawmill, and the Bank of Wiggins provide a breakfast for the Stone County Veterans. The choir and band students perform at this event. Supporters are welcomed.


Locker High Celebration – The Friday after Valentine’s Day, February 16, 2018, the Locker High Committee composed of Locker High graduates, the social studies department, Excel, Student Council, and History Club will sponsor a reception in the SMS Library.


Awards’ Day Ceremonies – 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students have awards day celebration the last week of school each year.  Parents are encouraged to attend.


Volunteering-Ongoing – A variety of sports and activity groups have booster club support to assist in facilitation successful outcomes throughout the year. This list includes, but is not limited to, Choir, Band, Athletics, Believer’s Club and Academic organizations (Beta Club, Excel Field Trips). Information and updates are provided to the through the aforementioned communication methods. Supporters are welcomed to join the Prayer Walk, See You at the Pole, Career & Technical Night, Science Fair, Spelling Bee, Book Fair Luncheon, and Pep Rallies.


Open Door Policy for Lunch and Special Events-Ongoing – Parents are open to having lunch with their child and visiting the classroom any day. Please check in the front office.


Staff Training- Ongoing: Training is provided to all school employees during staff development on how to work effectively with parents and families of students as equal partners and how to implement activities and programs that build ties between parents/families and the school.  


2018-2019 Parent and Family Engagement Policy/Plan Review and Revision- Spring 2018

Review and update parent and parent engagement policies/plans, Compacts, Activities and request input via surveys and meeting attendance. Parents are provided opportunities for suggestions and feedback via front office suggestion box, input at parent/teacher conferences, notes to teachers/administrators, phone calls, and online surveys. Data are compiled and discussed among administrators, teachers, and leadership teams.


Unable to attend?  Contact us for information at

Stone Middle School – 601-928-4876 or

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