Family and Community Engagement
Welcome to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools! Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) has a strong commitment to family and community engagement in schools, and we are excited about the opportunity to serve you and your family this school year. As the school district’s primary outreach division, the Strategic Partnerships and Family Engagement department is responsible for coordinating family support and participation throughout CMS. Our goal is to educate and support the development of the whole child – academically, socially, and emotionally – so every student in CMS can experience success in school and in life. Your participation is crucial in achieving this goal. Research shows that parents are a vital part of the educational process and experience of their children. When schools partner with families to develop meaningful relationships that support learning, children will succeed not just in school but also through life.
This handbook is designed to give you an overview of what to expect from your experience in CMS, as well as to provide you with the information you will need to ensure that your child has a successful school year.
At CMS, we recognize that learning is a partnership between families and schools. Your input is extremely valuable to us, and we invite you to contact the Community Partnerships and Family Engagement department at (980) 343-6256 with any questions or recommendations regarding family engagement.
Opportunities to Get Involved In Your Child’s School
Monitoring Your Child’s Academic Progress
Monitoring Your Child’s Academic Progress
CMS offers a variety of tools to inform you about your child’s progress in school. We encourage parents to utilize the tools listed below to keep track of your child’s progress and to address any issues as they arise.
CMS Structure and School Staff Roles
Our district has nine learning communities with each having its own learning community superintendent. Organizing our district through nine learning communities ensures our students, staff, and families have access to resources within their communities. If you have questions or concerns, it is always best to contact your child’s teacher and or principal first. The learning community structure also allows for district level support and intervention. To find out what learning community your school is assigned to, please visit https://www.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsschools/Pages/SchoolsbyLC.aspx or call 980-343-3000.
Your child’s school has a variety of support resources that are available to you. The most important person to know is your child’s classroom teacher. You can contact your child’s teacher by writing a note, sending an email, calling the school or visiting the classroom. In addition to the teacher, there are many other staff members who help families and students succeed in education, including:
- The principal is the lead school administrator. S/he serves as the instructional leader of the school and is responsible for student grade level placement and overall school operations.
- The assistant principal supports the principal as a member of the school’s administrative team and often manages different areas such as student discipline, scheduling, transportation and other support services.
- The school counselor provides leadership for the implementation of the North Carolina Guidance curriculum, counseling for students, and consultation for parents and staff.
- Resource teachers and literacy and math facilitators are trained in special strategies to help students overcome learning challenges in reading and math.
- Multilingual Learner (ML) teachers work with students and families whose native language is not English.
- Speech therapists help children improve their written and spoken language communication.
- The school nurse assists with student health and medical needs.
- The school psychologist provides mental health support, consultative services and evaluations for students.
- The school social worker helps assess various student needs and connects students and families with critical school and community services.
- School family advocates provide support and resources to parents and students in most Title I schools.
Every school is supported by a team of people with different areas of expertise who are dedicated to ensuring that your child receives a quality education. Additional information regarding the different roles of student support staff is included in this handbook. Please feel free to reach out to the appropriate staff member with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your child’s educational experience.
Other Tips For Student Success
Below are a few educational habits that you can adopt to support your child’s academic success.