For Parents

*Important Parent Information*
You will find important Garrett documents and information below! (2018-2019)

Parents Right to Know Letter 2018-2019.docx

Below is the 2018-2019 Garrett Parent Compact

School-Parent Compact 2018-2019

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Garrett Elementary School

Moving Forward School of Excellence


Garrett Elementary and the parents of the students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title I, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) (participating children), 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 the State’s high standards.

This school-parent compact is in effect during the 2018-2019 school year.


School Responsibilities

Garrett Elementary 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: Garrett Elementary provides high-quality curriculum and instruction through it’s commitment of teaching the grade level standards provided by our Alabama State Department of Education.  Through the support of the district and state, guidelines are provided and implementation is monitored and supported. An evaluation system is in place to observe and provide feedback on instruction.  Resources are provided from the district and the school through allocations from various fiscal entities. Professional development is provided to educators to continuous improve instruction through research-based practices and strategies.

  1. 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.  Specifically, those conferences will be held:         Parent-teacher conferences are held several times during the school year.  Annually, our school has a conference day for all parents in September. Other opportunities for parent-teacher conferences include by appointment and by invitation from the teacher. Appointments may be made by calling the office or emailing the teacher.  Conferences may be set before school (7:30-8:00 a.m.) or after school (3:30-4:15) from Tuesday to Thursday based on the availability of both parties. Other available dates and times may be arranged by the teacher.

  1. Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress.  Specifically, the school will provide reports as follows:   At Garrett we provide a monthly calendar with dates of the following:  Signed papers every 2 weeks, progress reports are distributed during the the middle of the nine weeks (5th week) and report cards are distributed every 9 weeks (4 times a yr.). Parents may gain access to the INow gradebook by retrieving a password from the office with proof of  ID. INow passwords may be picked up during regular business hours or during parent meetings.

  1. Provide parents reasonable access to staff.  Specifically, staff will be available for consultation with parents as follows: Parents are able to have access to teachers by signing in and getting a visitors pass for quick visits, if additional time is needed, a conference may be set up through the office.  All teachers use the Remind App, email, websites, and communication folders to communicate from home to school and school to home. Teachers may be reached during regular school hours in person and by leaving a message with the office.  Such availability is outside of instructional time.

  1. Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and to observe classroom activities, as follows:                             Garrett provides many opportunities for parents to volunteer on many calendar events of choice and by completing a Parent Action Team form.  Forms are provided by the office and provided during parent meetings. By completing the forms, parents may select opportunities in which they can play an active role at Garrett.  Parent Action Teams will meet regularly to discuss ways to achieve goals for the school. Fundraising, volunteering for events, beautification of the campus and participating on the school improvement team are a few of the teams parents can serve.

  1. Ensure regular two-way, meaningful communication between family members and school staff, and, to the extent practicable, in a language that family members can understand.                                                                                  Regular correspondences are sent home communicating activities and important information.  Teachers send home regular communication through student’s take home folder. School messenger, social media, phone calls and the school website are additional sources used to share information.

Parent Responsibilities

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

  • Follow the Garett Handbook and MPS Handbook of Student Conduct

  • Monitoring attendance and preventing tardiness

  • Checking take home folders

  • Assisting with homework and assuring it’s completed

  • Volunteering in my child’s classroom

  • Attend parent meetings and required meetings

  • Assure child(ren) come to school ready to learn

  • Promote positive use of 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.

  • Serving, to the extent possible, on advisory groups, such as Title I advisory committees and parent and family engagement committees.

Student Responsibilities (revise as appropriate to grade level)

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

  • Honoring the Student Creed & 7 Habits daily

  • Completing homework every day and ask for help when needed

  • Read at least 30 minutes every day outside of school time

  • Provide my parents or the adult who is responsible for my welfare all notices and information received by me from my school daily


School Representative Signature          Parent Signature(s)            Student Signature

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