Parent/Family Compact

Neal Math and Science Academy 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), and NMSA students 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 the NMSA students achieve high standards

Ensure we meet our school’s mission and vision.

Mission: The NMSA community is dedicated to the social, emotional, and academic growth and success of all our students that they may thrive within a global society.  

Vision: We will create an environment that empowers all students to obtain high levels of achievement by setting rigorous expectations, implementing systems of support, and providing individualized learning experiences.

This school-parent compact is in effect during the 2015-2016 school year.

School Responsibilities

NMSA 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:

NMSA has established, or is establishing, a curriculum scope and sequence for every subject area. Each subject- whether related to core or otherwise, are aligned to Common Core Readiness Standards. NMSA delivers instruction to students based on student needs. In addition to our general courses that align with other Middle School level course offerings, we have 2 advanced courses for ELA and 2 advanced courses for Math that will allow students to earn high school level credit at the completion of the 2015-2016 school year. We also have an Advanced Science course for students in the 6th grade. Next year, we will roll out advanced Math and ELA classes at every grade level to ensure we are pushing our students to reach their potential.

NMSA also offers an array of intervention and instructional level courses so that our continuum of services meets the needs of all of our students. We have a Math and ELA intervention course that provide students with basic reading and phonemic development and adding and subtracting skills.

Everyday, students are provided additional time to experience enrichments such as recycling, coding, greenhouse planting, drama, music, well as time to work on fundamental skills such as sentence diagramming, novel studies, computer-based math programs that track and monitor student growth.

Each day, teachers meet with Instructional Coaches during Professional Learning Communities to monitor their classroom data. Teachers look for their individual student’s strengths and weaknesses and modify and adjust their instruction. Similarly, if and when teachers see a need arise in the classroom, they place students into groups within their classrooms to ensure the students are being challenged or supported effectively.

  1. Hold Student-Led Parent Conferences during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement.  Specifically, those conferences will be held:
  1. Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress.  Specifically, the school will provide reports as follows:

Parents 4 Student Success: October 8, 2015

Fall and Spring Conferences via Student Led Conferences: 11/23, 11/24, 3/23, 3/24

Parents 4 Student Success: February 4, 2016

Families 4 Student Success: May 24, 2016

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

Parents are able to connect with staff members at any time via phone or email listed on the school’s website. Additionally, teachers have set up communication systems such as Remind 101 and Classroom Dojo to communicate with families.

Parents are also able to request conferences with teachers anytime throughout the school year. Teachers have specific “plan” periods they can meet with parents and/or before or after school based on the parents’ requests.

Additionally, conferences at NMSA are scheduled unique to other buildings in the district. Our format is as such:

2 hours of Drop-In Conferences for 15 minutes each. At this time, parents/guardians can visit any of the teachers she/he desires to.

2 hours of Scheduled Team Conferences for 30 minutes each. These are Student Led. Students show artifacts that support their best work while teachers share the student’s strengths, areas needing improvement, and classroom and national assessment data. Parents can call in to set up these conferences. Teachers have a list of 10-15 families they call to request appointments with as well.

Finally, Families 4 Student Success provides the entire school community a chance to access staff. Staff members, alongside the partnership of our community partners (NCCP), develop engaging events in the evenings at least once a quarter. School data is shared. Individual student data is also shared coinciding with resources with interventions and strategies to help students continue growing at home.

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

Parents are able to volunteer through NMSA’s Parent Teacher Organization and various grade level opportunities. During school-wide events parent/guardian participation is strongly preferred. We are able to support parents in the classroom through pre-planned activities and communication with teachers/Grade-level AP. Examples of participation would be during cultural assemblies, school clubs, and special classroom events. Our goal is to have parents always feel welcome in the school, while keeping an environment focused on student well-being and education.

Parent & Family Responsibilities

We, as parents, will support our student’s learning in the following ways:

Describe the ways in which parents will support their children’s learning, such as:

  • Monitoring attendance.
  • Monitoring amount of television children watch.
  • 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 policy advisory groups, such as being the Title I, Part A parent representative on the school’s School Improvement Team, the Title I Policy Advisory Committee, the District-wide Policy Advisory Council, the State’s Committee of Practitioners, the School Support Team or other school advisory or policy groups.

Student Responsibilities

We, as students, will share the responsibility to improve our academic achievement and achieve the state’s high standards.  Specifically, we will:

Describe the ways in which students will support their academic achievement, such as:

  • 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 my parents or the adult who is responsible for my welfare all notices and information received by me from my school every day.
  • Participate in extra-curricular activities to represent NMSA.
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