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De Portola Middle School


Home/School Compact

De Portola Middle Schooland 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) (participating children), agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share 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 California’s high standards.

This Home/School Compact is in effect during school year 2015-2016.




Required Home/School Compact provisions


School Responsibilities

 De Portola Middle School will:

1.     Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables participating children to meet California’s student academic achievement standards as follows:

De Portola will maximize instructional time by offering a p0 program for students to increase enrichment courses. Teachers at De Portola will also be highly qualified and work closely with co-teachers and classroom aides. Teachers will work as Professional Learning Communities to plan rigorous curricula, ongoing assessments, lessons and units of study that are tied to Common Core standards. Teachers will collaborate on a weekly basis. Classroom instruction will be differentiated, rigorous, and engaging, as monitored by weekly Administrative classroom visits. All students will be required to take 4 core academic courses of study, which must include: Math, English, Social Studies and Science.


2.     Hold parent-teacher conferences (at least annually in elementary schools) during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement.

Parent teacher conferences are held twice a year. They are scheduled for Fall and Spring Semesters. All parents are invited to attend, and 10-minute appointments are scheduled per student. Parents can also arrange for an additional conference with a teacher. A counselor or Vice Principal may attend these meetings.


3.     Provide parents with frequent reports on their child’s progress.

Progress reports will be sent home with students every 6 weeks. Parents can also use Power School Parent Portal to view their student’s academic progress. Progress on IEP goals will also be sent home each semester. Parents may also monitor their child’s academic progress through the use of the online Parent Portal tool.


4.     Provide parents reasonable access to staff.

Parents may contact staff via phone or email. They may also arrange for a conference with a single teacher or multiple teachers and a counselor or administrator.


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

Parents must complete a volunteer application in the main office and then schedule times in advance for volunteering. Parents at De Portola volunteer for lunch supervision, evening and day events, help with classroom projects, provide library support, and help with field trips and school events. A parent may shadow their child in the classroom after they sign in at the main office and give a minimum of 24 hours notice.



Parent Responsibilities

We, as parents, will support our child’s learning by:

·         Checking my child’s planner nightly.

·         Logging on to Powerschool Parent Portal weekly, to monitor my child’s grades and attendance.

·         Contacting my child’s teacher when there is a concern about an assignment or grade.

·    Making sure that homework is completed.

·    Monitoring amount of television my child watches.

·    Volunteering in my child’s classroom.

·    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 advisory groups, such as the School Site Council (SSC), the District Advisory Council for Compensatory Education (DAC), the English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC), or other school advisory groups.

·    Ensuring that my student reads every night at home.



Optional additional provisions


Student Responsibilities

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

üDo my homework every day and ask for help when I need it.

üGive to my parents or the adult who is responsible for my welfare, all notices and information received by me from my school every day.

üRead at least 30 minutes every day outside of school time.

üLog into Power School frequently to monitor my grades and attendance.

üVisiting my school counselor when needed.

üRemaining on task during class, and participate in class assignments and discussions.

üSeek help from my teachers by raising my hand, asking questions, and taking advantage of tutoring hours.