Highland County Public Schools
Highland Middle 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 Virginia’s high standards.
- Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet Virginia’s standards as follows:
Our school staff will work as a team to gather and analyze data in order to determine the best ways to meet each child’s individual needs. All available resource teachers will be utilized to best support student needs and the classroom teacher. Our curriculum is directed by the Virginia Standards of Learning and frequent training is provided to our staff to keep them up to date with the best research based instructional strategies.
- Hold parent-teacher conferences, at least annually, during which parent, teacher and student responsibilities will be discussed as related to the individual child’s achievement.
Specifically, Highland County parent-teacher conferences will be held two times a year. Additional conferences are encouraged at the request of the parent or teacher.
- Provide parents with frequent reports on their child’s progress.
Graded progress reports based on the Virginia Standards of Learning are sent home four times each year in grades six through eighth. Additionally, progress will be reported to parents as needed through phone calls, conferences, and written communication. Power School access is available to parents in grades six through eight for regular monitoring of progress.
- Provide parents reasonable access to staff.
School staff is available to meet with parents by appointment on Parent Conference Days. Meetings with school staff are encouraged and may be set up as needed by contacting the school. Informal contacts with staff may take place at Open House, Title I events and before and after school. Teachers and parents may also communicate by telephone, note, email, and text.
- Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and to observe classroom activities.
Volunteer help from parents is a vital component in the support of the instructional program, as well as in the successful operation of our school. Parents are encouraged provide information about their availability for teachers to access when volunteers are needed. Additionally, parents may contact the classroom teacher to schedule opportunities to observe.
We, as parents, will support our child’s learning by:
Making sure that our child attends school on time and on a regular basis
Establishing a homework routine and making sure that homework is completed
Monitoring and limiting the use of TV, computer games, and all types of social media
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.