Parent Involvement is an integral part of the early childhood education experience and will serve as an important step toward success in school. Parent involvement also provides parents/guardians and children with opportunities to grow as a family. Throughout the school year, parent involvement will take on many different forms—open house, parent/teacher conferences, and family fun nights. Additional opportunities will be share throughout the school year. Some are listed below.
Families are asked to read for at least 10 minutes per night with their 4K student. Families will be provided with monthly reading logs to record the minutes. With the guidance from a family member, students will color in one picture (e.g. backpack, pumpkin, etc.) for every 10 minutes of reading. Reading logs will then be returned to the 4K teacher at the beginning of the following month. Students will be given an incentive reward for each completed sheet. Incentives will be literacy based ranging from bookmarks to books to pencils that promote reading.
Monthly Reading Logs
An important component of the MH4K is the Family Outreach Program. The focus on the program is to provide parents and children with opportunities to grow as a family. Throughout the school year, activities, presentations, and workshops will be open to all families. Each family is encouraged to participate as much as possible. You will be informed of activities via flyers, notes, and information on our web site.
MH4K FAMILY OPEN GYM
MHASD will offer monthly open gym sessions on the second Saturday of each month (October-March). These open gym sessions will provide opportunities for 4K students to practice gross motor skills (i.e. running, skipping, jumping, etc.) with their family members.
PARENTS' PLACE PROGRAM
Mount Horeb Area School District has partnered with Mount Horeb Public Library on various family fun and parent education nights that focus on many areas of child development. Please see the Mount Horeb Library Website for a calendar of events.
MH4K ADVISORY COUNCIL
Parents and community members have the opportunity to participate in the MH4K Advisory Council. Advisory Council provides a forum for parents and community members to dialogue with the purpose of enhancing our 4K program. It is desirable to have one parent from each site participate in Advisory Council. The Advisory Council meets four times per year (October, December, March, and May) in the Primary Center library. Please contact Nicole Tepe for additional information.
PALS FOR PARENTS
Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, all Wisconsin 4K students were required to participate in the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS). This year, the Mount Horeb Area School District Program will administer this assessment in the fall and spring. For more information about PALS, visit the parent page of the PALS Wisconsin website
One of the wonderful things about the Mount Horeb Area School District is the opportunity for families and community members to participate in the life of the school and contribute to the success of our children’s learning. This outreach component is very important for the success of our 4K programming.
To ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff, all potential volunteers to the Mount Horeb Area Schools and 4K sites are required to complete a Volunteer Background Check Form. All returning volunteers are also asked to fill out this form yearly and return it to any school office. Only one completed form per volunteer is necessary, even if you volunteer in more than one building or site. Please see the MH4K Volunteer Handbook for more information.
MH4K PROGRESS REPORTS
The MH4K program follows the 5K-12 district practice of completing progress reports at the end of the first and second semesters. Unlike 5K-12, progress reports are sent home with students at the end of the grading period. 4K progress report areas are based on the Wisconsin Model for Early Learning Standards. For additional information click the link below.