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The mission of Virginia Beach City Public Schools Parent Involvement is to improve student achievement by fostering the growth and development of mutually beneficial relationships with the parent, teacher, and student.

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The Tri-Campus jointly developed this family engagement policy in consultation with school personnel, community members, and parents and adopted it on    Nov 4th.    A list of committee members responsible for the writing of this policy can be found in Appendix A.   This policy was distributed to parents of participating children and to the extent practicable, provided in a language the parents can understand. This policy shall be made available to the local community via the school webpage.  If the Title I plan is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the local educational agency will submit any parent comments with the application when the plan is submitted to the state. This family engagement plan will be updated annually to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.


The Tri-Campus will:

  1. Convene an annual meeting on November 9 to which all parents of participating children shall be invited and encouraged to attend, to inform parents of their school's participation in Title I and to explain the requirements of Title I, and the right of the parents to be involved;
  2. Offer a flexible number of meetings.  A schedule of this year’s meetings can be found in Appendix B;
  3. Involve parents, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s Title I program, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school family engagement policy and the joint development of the schoolwide program plan (if applicable);
  4.  Provide parents of participating children:
    1. timely information about Title I programs;
    2. a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet; and
    3. if requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children, and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible; and
  5. If the schoolwide program is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, submit any parent comments on the plan when the school makes the plan available to the local educational agency. (if applicable)


To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, the Tri-Campus and Virginia Beach City Public Schools assisted under this part:

  1. shall provide assistance to parents of children served by the Tri-Campus and Virginia Beach City Public Schools, as appropriate, in understanding such topics as the state's academic content standards and State student academic achievement standards, state and local academic assessments; also monitor a child's progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children;
  2. shall provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve individual achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster family engagement;
  3. shall educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals, and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents; and how to communicate and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school;
  4. shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate family engagement programs and activities with public preschool and other programs; conduct other activities such as parent resource centers that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children;
  5. shall ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format that is practicable and in a language that parents can understand;
  6. shall provide such other reasonable support for family engagement activities under this section as parents may request.



The Tri-Campus, to the extent practicable, shall provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, in a format that is practicable and in a language that parents can understand.

Appendix A
Title I Family Engagement Committee Members

Diamond Springs Elementary School

Newtown Elementary School

Williams Elementary School

Mrs. Coston- Principal
Mrs. Schafer- Assistant Principal 
Title One Chair
Ms. Shindelar
Family Engagement Liaison 
Rebecca Robbins
Parent Representatives
Leroy and Pat Burton
Kristi O’Neill

Mrs. Panko – Principal
Mr. Spady – Assistant Principal 
Title One Chair
Mrs. Felton
Family Engagement Liaison 
Geniece Hyman
Parent Representatives
Crystal Correa

Mr. Timothy Sullivan- Principal
Mrs. Meishe Thirus-
Assistant Principal
Title One Chairperson
Mrs. Christina Whitlock
Family Engagement
Ms. Jeneshia Ferebee
Parent Representatives
Ms. Shelia Adams
Mrs. Arcely Eisman
Mrs. Krump
Mrs. Robinson

Appendix B
Family Engagement Events

Diamond Springs Elementary School Events/training




Meet and Greet

September 2016

Open House

September 2016

Breakfast with Santa

December 2016

Library Night out

November and March 2016

Monthly Leadership Assembly

Every month

Library Honor Roll


Parent Involvement Days (class visits)


Quarterly Struggling Student Workshops

2nd, 3rd, 4th Quarter

Math Month

March 2017

Pe/Math Night

March 2017

Newtown Elementary School Events/Training


Newtown Meet and Greet


Newtown Open House


Fall Festival Family Bingo Book Night


Dinner with Dads


P.E. and Health Night Materials

March 2017

Math Night (Computational Fluency)

March/April 2017

Book Fair and Parent Literacy Night

  1. Parent Literacy Night Materials
  2. Breakfast with Moms and Dad Materials

March 2017

Technology Showcase  March

April 2017

Math and Literacy Hour of Power

May 2017