Presentation on theme: "RPEMS Classroom Volunteering"— Presentation transcript:
1 RPEMS Classroom Volunteering 2014-2015 Roland Park Elementary/Middle School5207 Roland AvenueBaltimore, MD 21210(410)RPEMS Classroom Volunteering
2 City Schools Volunteers Legal disclaimer:As a volunteer your services to City Schools are provided strictly in a volunteer capacity without any expressed or implied promise of employment.
3 Mission StatementRoland Park, an urban elementary/middle school, empowers our diverse community of learners to achieve academic excellence. Teaching and learning at Roland Park provide a positive, engaging, and challenging environment for creative and critical thinking.
4 This Presentation Volunteers are critical to student success Volunteers, PBIS, and the 3 R’sExpectations of RPEMS Classroom VolunteersBCPS Code of ConductStudent Rights and ResponsibilitiesParent and Guardian Rights and ResponsibilitiesAdditional Rights of VolunteersNext Steps for Volunteers
5 Volunteers are critical to student success Volunteers help:Support teachersSupport students academically – remedial support and enrichment opportunitiesEnhance the RPEMS experienceSupport students emotionally and sociallyPractice reasoning and problem solving skillsEncouraging PBIS and Modeling the 3Rs
6 Volunteers are critical to students – supporting teachers Volunteers can be helpful to teachers in a number of ways:Guest speakers/experts on specific units of studyOne-on-one assistance for studentsSmall group facilitationGradingAdditional coach classesWorking with students on their Science Fair or History Day projectsPhotocopiesLesson planning
7 Volunteers are critical to students - academically Tutoring (during school and after school)Mentoring (during school and after school)Afterschool Clubs/SportsIn-class support to teachersOne-on-one assistance for studentsSmall group facilitationAdditional coach classesWorking with students on their Science Fair or History Day projects
8 Volunteers are critical to students – enhance RPEMS experience Library VolunteeringWriting Center VolunteeringMy Word! Literary Festival –Coordinating assemblies and visiting authors and illustratorsScience Fair or History Day JudgesFacilities improvement – gardening, mural painting, etc.Thinking about grant ideas and opportunities
9 Volunteers are critical to students – emotionally and socially by encouraging Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)It’s more than just blue tickets (or gold or purple)PBIS is a framework for helping the school define, teach, and acknowledge behavioral expectations.It is:a research based model of teaching and supporting positive behaviors to meet the needs of ALL students.common routines and uniform language around appropriate school behaviorsconsistent throughout the school
10 PBIS and The Three “R”sEvery member of the RPEMS community (children, staff and volunteers) is expected to demonstrate positive behavior that is based on the three “R”s of PBIS.
11 The Three “R”s throughout the school RespectfulSpeak kindly to and about othersActively listenFollow adult directionsAsk permission to use thingsUse appropriate language and toneResponsibleWalk in all areas of the school buildingKeep hands, feet, and body to yourselfAccept consequencesRespect school propertyReport inappropriate of destructive behaviorReadyGive your best effortBe on timeFollow proper dress codeBring necessary materialsKnow and follow BCPS code of conduct
12 The Three “R”s in the classroom RespectfulRaise your hand to participateUse appropriate language and voice during group workRespect school propertyResponsibleBring all necessary materialsRemain in assigned areaComplete and turn in all class work and homeworkDo your own workAsk for help when you need itReadyArrive on timeRemain on taskGive your best effort
13 Volunteers are critical to students – emotionally and socially by practicing reasoning and problem solving skills
14 When confronted with an issue, we want students to stand up for themselves. They should not ignore problems and should never overreact.
15 A note about discipline… RPEMS has no expectation that volunteers would discipline students. Students should respect volunteers. If you feel like your safety or the safety of other students is at risk, please get a member of the RPEMS staff or send another student to get a staff member.
16 RPEMS expectations of volunteers ConfidentialityDependabilityCommunicationSupportPositive AttitudeProfessionalism
17 RPEMS expectations of volunteers - Confidentiality You may have access to grades and records. You will know the children who are succeeding and you will know the children who are struggling. Discuss concerns with staff or the administration, NOT with other volunteers, parents or in the community.
18 RPEMS expectations of volunteers - Dependability The teachers and staff have planned activities for you and your students. If something comes up, please be considerate of those depending on you. Please notify the teacher 48 hours in advance. Please arrive on time and ready to volunteer.
19 RPEMS expectations of volunteers - Communication When you have questions or concerns about policy and procedures, ask the teacher or administration. Most problems can be solved with respect and honest communication.
20 RPEMS expectations of volunteers - Support As a school volunteer, you will be in a support position. Your role is to support the classroom teacher and the administration of the building since they are legally and professionally responsible for the education of all students at the school. Please only perform the duties given by the teacher or administration.Volunteering is not a time to roam the halls, visit your child’s classroom and/or attempt to conference with a teacher. We are happy to schedule any of those, but please don’t do it during volunteer time.
21 RPEMS expectations of volunteers - Attitude Come to school with a positive attitude, one that will say to each student, “you are so special, I’m glad that I have the opportunity to work with you.” Please follow the teacher’s directions to the best of your ability.
22 RPEMS expectations of volunteers - Professionalism Adults can be great role models. Please refrain from using mobile phones in the classroom. Please refrain from bringing younger siblings to the class. Please dress appropriately – revealing clothes or clothing with messages are not permitted.We love that you would want to be in your own child’s classroom, but please realize that this may be an additional barrier to your student’s success. To the degree possible, please consider volunteering in a different class or a different grade.Please sign in at the main office and wear a visitor’s badge while volunteering.
23 BCPS Code of Conduct – 6 Principles The Baltimore City Public Schools Code of Conduct 2012-13 Six principles that provide an important foundation to guide behavior. If the RPEMS community abide by these principles, we will contribute to a positive learning environment.I respect others and myself. I am kind and courteous. I demonstrate positive verbal and nonverbal communication and positive behavior.I am responsible for my behavior and its consequences.I come to school on time, focused and prepared to work.I demonstrate behaviors that promote a clean, safe and civil learning environment.I respect school property and the property of others.I present myself in an appropriate and orderly fashion at all times and in all settings, and I demonstrate personal honor and integrity at all times.
24 STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES Students have the right to: Attend school and receive a free and appropriate public educationBe taught in a safe learning environmentBe treated courteously, fairly and respectfully by other students and school staffReceive a written copy of district and school policies and proceduresBring complaints or concerns to the school principal or staffRequest or challenge in writing an explanation of anything in their education recordsBe told, orally and in writing, the reason(s) for any disciplinary decisionsReceive information about the procedures for appealing disciplinary decisionsHave a parent or guardian attend applicable disciplinary conferences and hearingsHave school staff or an administrator present when police are called, and have a parent or guardian notified of the nature of the investigation and other details as appropriate, unless the situation involves child abuse or neglect
25 STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES Students have the responsibility to: Attend school daily, be prepared for class and complete assignments to the best of their abilityKnow and obey school rules and instructions given by the school principal and staffTell school staff about any dangerous behavior or activity that occurs on school grounds, or off school grounds if it may result in disruption to the educational settingBring only those materials to school that are allowedBehave respectfully toward everyone in the school communityKeep parents or guardians informed of school related issues and give them any materials intended for parents or guardians and sent home with students by City Schools
26 PARENT AND GUARDIAN RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES Parents and guardians have the right to: Be actively involved in their children’s educationBe treated courteously, fairly and respectfully by all school staff and principalsGet information about the policies of the Board and procedures that relate to their children’s educationGet regular reports, written or oral, from school staff regarding their children’s academic progress or behavior, including but not limited to report cards, behavior progress reports and conferencesReceive information and prompt notification of inappropriate or disruptive behaviors by their children and any disciplinary actions taken by principals or school staffReceive information about due process procedures for disciplinary matters concerning their children, including information on conferences and appealsReceive information from school staff about ways to improve their children’s academic or behavioral progress, including but not limited to counseling, tutoring, after-school programs, academic programs and mental health services within City Schools and the communityReceive information about services for students with disabilities and English language learners, when applicableReceive communications through provided translators
27 PARENT AND GUARDIAN RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES Parents and guardians have the responsibility to: Make sure their children attend school regularly and on time and, when children are absent, let schools know whyTell school officials about any concerns or complaints in a respectful and timely mannerWork with principals and school staff to address any academic or behavioral problems their children may experienceSupport City Schools by being a role model for their children, talking with their children about school and expected behaviorRead and become familiar with the policies of the Board, CEO administrative regulations and this Code of ConductGive updated contact information to City Schools and their children’s individual schoolGive their children a space to complete their homework or allow participation in after-school programs that permit the completion of homeworkBe respectful and courteous to staff, other parents, guardians and students while on school premises
28 Additional Rights of Volunteers To receive clear and specific directions from the teachers and staffTo feel that you are an important part of the community and your help is recognizedTo receive constructive feedback on your volunteeringTo have your skills, dignity, and individual needs respectedTo not be left in charge of an entire classTo expect to have fun
29 As a volunteer, you agree to: Be dependable and arrive on timeNotify the designated school staff with reasonable notice about absences, tardiness and any other problems that may prevent you from fulfilling your obligationSign in and out each time you visit the schoolNot take disciplinary action against studentsRespect the privacy of all students, staff and volunteers by keeping all information received confidential (including but not limited to test results and home/family matters)Never be under the influence of or in possession of alcohol or drugs while servingNever carry weapons while servingBe respectful of students’ learning abilitiesNot use inappropriate language while volunteeringNever transport children without permissionTry really hard to avoid using electronic devices such as smart phones while working with studentsNot engage in religious or political activity when volunteeringNever give medication to childrenNot to photograph a student without express permission from the principalReport unsafe conditions and notify appropriate school personnel of and suspected child abuse and/or neglectCommunicate any concerns or questions to the teacher, principal or volunteer coordinator
30 Next steps for volunteers FingerprintingIf you have been fingerprinted within the last year, please call CJIS (Criminal Justice Information Services) at Let them know when you were fingerprinted in the last year and ask for proof that you were fingerprinted. They will send/ /fax that information to you. You would then bring/send RPEMS a copy.If you have not been fingerprinted within the last year, go down to Central Office (200 East North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202) and get the fingerprinting done there. To be fingerprinted, you need a letter from Roland Park requesting your fingerprinting because we need you at the school. When you go to North Ave, please take that letter with you. They will not fingerprint you without it. When you are done getting fingerprinted, please bring proof of fingerprinting to the school. To get this letter, Phillip at Please include your full government name.Sign up through Classroom parentCome to school!