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Family and Community Engagement Plan

Family and Community Engagement Plan

Dandridge Elementary School



Families have a major influence on their children's achievement in school and throughout life. As a result of this influence, positive results with student achievement occur when schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning. The Dandridge Elementary School Parent Engagement Plan supports these beliefs in the following ways.


Student handbooks are updated annually and distributed to every student at enrollment. The student handbook outlines rules, procedures, and communication information. Parents and students are asked to sign the school/parent/student compact each year.
A phone notification system is used to leave messages on a parent or guardian's phone.
All classroom teachers send home weekly newsletters.
Teachers and parents use daily planners or communication folders between home and school depending upon the grade level of the student.
Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) home visits are conducted through collaboration with our Family Resource Center twice a year as a Pre-K initiative.
Families are given timely reports on progress with report cards every 9 weeks and progress reports between report cards in compliance with the Jefferson County Schools calendar.
Our website can be found at This site contains all faculty email addresses, articles highlighting school activities, and photographs taken during school and after-school functions.
A school-wide weekly newsletter is sent home conveying a weekly lunch menu and reminders of up-coming events and opportunities. The newsletter may be received electronically at parent request.

Dandridge Elementary School will establish multiple avenues to involve stakeholders at school.

Volunteers are used in a variety of ways such as but not limited to: one-on-one and small group tutoring, chaperoning field trips, classroom assistance, and social activities.
Grade level musical performances are scheduled throughout the year.
Dandridge Elementary School holds an Open House at the beginning of each year in order for students and parents to meet and greet faculty.
Parent-Teacher Conferences are held in the fall and spring.
Opportunities exist for parents to review the Common Core standards for grades K-5 electronically on the county web site at Parents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with grade specific curriculum, standards and student textbooks each year during Open House.

Scheduled school wide events are planned for each school year including but not limited to:

Reading Night and Evening of the Arts are regularly scheduled events at DES that parents are invited to attend with their child/children.
Parents are encouraged to attend events such as Band and Chorus concerts, book fairs, and Spring Fling.
PTO members are at after-school events to distribute information.

Opportunities for parents to participate in the decision making process of Dandridge Elementary School:


Parents are invited to join the PTO at the beginning of the school year. This organization works with school personnel to support on-going programs in the school.
A parent representative will serve on a committee that will, among other things, be asked to examine the allocation of selected school resources.

Parents are encouraged to contact teachers and administrators with comments and concerns about Dandridge Elementary School. We believe that the education and well being of our students is our primary concern. Success in these areas is best achieved through a partnership with students, parents, teachers, administration, and community.