Family & Community Engagement Plan
- We are a Team
- Response to Intervention
- School Information
- Second Harvest Program
- PTO T-Shirts
- Parent/Community Involvement
- School Safety
- Tracking Student Progress
- Student Attendance
- We Need YOU!!!
The Jefferson County Schools Family and Community Engagement Plan is based on the concept that families have a major influence on their children’s achievement in school and through life. As a result of this influence, positive results occur when schools, families, and community groups support learning. The New Market Elementary School Family and Community Engagement Plan supports those beliefs and we invite and encourage parents and community members to participate in school events, support our students & faculty and to learn all they can in the process.
New Market Elementary School faculty and staff expect that families and community members are an integral part of our school. Parents, family members and community members are welcome in our school and are encouraged to visit at any time. Classes are offered for parents as well as for faculty and staff in the Love & Logic curriculum, which is used throughout the school year. School Volunteer Training is also offered. We also have a school bullying prevention curriculum and procedures in place. In addition, we offer training sessions about how to help with homework. These occur during our Fall and Spring Parent Teacher Conferences and target reading strategies to use at home.
Response to Intervention is offered daily through Star Time to each child based upon the child’s academic and behavioral needs. Instruction is provided and individual progress monitored. Meetings are held with parents when student progress is not what it should be and students need more intensive assistance. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher anytime by notes, e-mail, or by calling the school during the teacher’s planning period. Teachers use student planners, class notebooks, and daily calendars to inform parents of students’ daily behavior and grades. The Pre-K teacher holds monthly parent involvement meetings.
Families in need may sign up for the Second Harvest Food for Kids Program. Students are given enough food from the five basic food groups to take home on Fridays to insure they have something to eat over the weekend. New Market United Methodist Church, located adjacent to the school, has offered room for storage of the food, members assist with the delivery to the site and bag the products for school distribution.
Parents are given many opportunities to participate in the decision making process of New Market Elementary School. We believe their input is important to the process of creating class rosters. Parents are asked to serve on the Community Engagement committee, the School Improvement Plan committee, the School Health Index committee, and are nominated to serve on the PTO Executive Board. Parents are invited to attend various music programs throughout the school year, STEAM Night, the Grandparents Tea, a Veteran’s Day Program, Pre-K and Fifth Grade Graduations, as well as the school’s Honors Day, etc. Parents are asked to participate in the schools’ Book Character Day near Halloween to read to classes. A Veterans’ Day Program allows students to invite military family and friends where they are recognized and honored in a special program. PTO hosts an annual Fall Festival/Literacy & Math Night and provides volunteers for the library’s annual Book Fair. Fifth Grade sponsors opportunities where parents and community members are invited to participate in raising money for a fifth grade overnight field trip. Parents are also encouraged to attend special events through the school year such as field day, fun day, county-wide elementary field day, the school and county-wide spelling bees, scholars’ bowl tournaments, as well as chorus performances and many grade level field trips. The annual county-wide spelling bee is hosted at New Market Elementary. Students are also encouraged to invite family members to eat lunch with them on any school day.
Visitors are only allowed to enter our school after we have verified who they are and why they are here. The visitor must be “buzzed” into the school building because all building doors are locked. During afternoon car rider dismissal, the person picking up the child must have a specialized car tag with their name on it. If a child must be dismissed through the office, a driver’s license must be shown and that person must be listed on the child's emergency card as having access to the child. We have radios assigned to each school employee for communication purposes in case of an emergency. We have a School Resource Officer from the Jefferson County Sheriffs Department assigned to our school that patrols the area to make sure our school is secure. Our crisis team meets regularly to update our notebook of plans that we are to follow. We have security cameras and lights that surround our building so that we can monitor activity. All outside and classroom doors are locked throughout the school day. School safety is very important to us at New Market Elementary School.
Student progress is easily accessible to parents through the ASPEN school information system as well as through the Remind app and the Class DoJo app where students are rewarded for good behavior by earning points. The RTI2B program is fully implemented at NMES and positive behavior supports are in place.