Title I Parent & Family Engagement Policy

John Tyler Elementary

Portsmouth Public Schools

Parental & Family Engagement Policy



            John Tyler Elementary School’s Title I Parental Involvement Policy encourages parents of children to participate in Title I as our partner. We welcome all parents to participate.  This policy stresses shared responsibility between the school and parents in order to attain high student achievement.  The involvement of parents in their children’s education is critical; therefore, John Tyler’s Title I Parental Policy will include the following provisions:


  • Parents and the school community will develop and/or update the parental involvement policy annually.
  • The school and the Title I office will offer family opportunities that will promote student achievement and student success.
  • Establish a Title I Parent Team annually, which will meet quarterly during the school year, and include parent representatives.
  • Hold an Open House at the beginning of the school year to explain the Title I program’s goals and convey the importance of parental involvement on the fourth Tuesday in September.
  • Inform parents of their rights to suggest or recommend Title I projects.
  • Conduct a survey. The end of the year results will be used in planning for the following school year.
  • Coordinate and integrate the parental involvement strategies with other programs, such as preschool programs and Head Start.
  • Network with community-based organizations, to assist parents, by sharing information about self-improvement activities such as GED, Adult Basic Education classes, and technology training.
  • Communicate timely information about Title I programs to parents and staff, and inform them of any revisions in federal and state law.

2018-19 Parent & Family Engagement Policy Committee 

Heidi M. Lewis, Principal
Eric Jamison, Assistant Principal
Kimberly Jones, Parent, President of John Tyler PTA
Aurthor Williams, Community Partner, L.E.V.O.C .Family Services  
Cardell C. Patillo, Jr., Mentor/Volunteer
Shelia Barrett, Kindergarten
Samantha Loper, 2nd grade
Melissa Setler, 3rd grade
Lakesha Frost, 6th grade
Diane Shores, Librarian
Heather Neal, Reading Instructional Coach
Yolanda C. Bell, Community Partner, DDCC
Michelle Smart, Title I Parent Liaison
Natira Given, School Counselor



























Parent Calendar of Events




28        End of Summer – PTA Movie Night

31         Sneak Peek: Meet Your Teacher Event 10am – 12 pm



4          First Day of School

6          PTA Spirit Day at Pelican’s

19        Title I Family Engagement & School Compact Meeting – 4:30 pm (all parents are welcomed)

21         Grandparents’ Day Event (Title I)

25        Military Families Workshop (Title I) 5pm

            PTA, Open House, &

Title I – Annual Meeting 6 –7:15 pm

26           Early Release Day – Dismissal at 12:55

27        Fall Fundraiser Begins



8          Regular School Day – Inclement Weather

            PTA Spirit Day at Chipotle

8-12      Scholastic Book Fair

9          PTA Meeting – 4th grade Performance

10        International Walk to School Day

15         Fall Pictures by Life Touch

15-26    Read-a-Thon

16        Watch D.O.G.S. Meeting

24           Regular School Day – Inclement Weather

26        Trunk o’ Treat

30        Benchmark Testing Begins

31         Storybook Characters’ Day



2          Benchmark Testing Ends

6          No School – Teacher Workday

7          Reading is Fun – Parent Workshop

 (Title 1)

9          Early Release Day – Dismissal at 12:55

12         No School – Veteran’s Day

14        PTA Spirit Day at Chick-fil-a

20        Family Lunch Day

21            Early Release Day – Dismissal at 12:55

22 – 23 No School - Thanksgiving Break



4          Make up Picture Day

5          Discipline with Love Workshop - 6 pm

6          Discipline with Love Workshop - 9:30 am

11         PTA Meeting &

Winter Program - K, 5, & 6 Performance

14        PTA – Parents’ Night Out

20           Regular School Day – Inclement Weather

21-31     No School - Winter Break




1           Winter Break

2          All Students Return to School

8          PTA Meeting – STEAM Night/Math Parent Workshop (Title I)

15-28    Benchmark Testing – 2nd 9 weeks

21         No School – Dr. King Day

28           Regular School Day – Inclement Weather

29        No School – Teacher Workday



4          PTA – Candy Gram Sale Begins!

5-9       School Counselors’ Appreciation Week

8          Spring Fundraiser Begins

12         100th Day of School

PTA Meeting – 3rd grade Performance

18         No School – President’s Day

26        NSU Science Night (Title I – Parent Workshop)



1           Read Across America – Be a Guest Reader!

4             Early Release Day – Dismissal at 12:55

Parent Teacher Conference Day

4-8       Scholastic Spring Book Fair

11         Spring Pictures by Life Touch

12         PTA Meeting – 1st grade Performance

            Science Fair   

26        Benchmark Testing Begins– 3rd 9 weeks

National Elementary Honor Society Induction at 6:00 pm


4          Benchmark Testing Ends

5              Early Release Day – Teacher Workday

11         Volunteer Appreciation Event

15-19     Spring Break

22-26    SOL Spirit Week

25        Field Day – Grades K-2

            Field Day – Grades 3-6



4          Lunch Hero Day!

6-10     Teacher/Nurse Appreciation Week!

8          PTA Meeting - 2nd grade Performance

27        No School – Memorial Day



10        Recognition Assemblies

11         6th grade Promotion Ceremony & Kindergarten End of the Year Program

            Class Celebrations

12-14      Early Release – 12:55 pm

14        Last Day of School