• 2018-2019 Family Engagement Plan

    The Parent and Family Engagement Plan is available upon request

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    Timucuan Elementary School 

    Title I, Part A Parent and Family Engagement Plan 2017-2018

                             

    I, Darrell Perry, Principal, do hereby certify that all facts, figures, and representations made in this application are true, correct, and consistent with the statement of assurances for these waivers. Furthermore, all applicable statutes, regulations, and procedures; administrative and programmatic requirements; and procedures for fiscal control and maintenance of records will be implemented to ensure proper accountability for the expenditure of funds on this project. All records necessary to substantiate these requirements will be available for review by appropriate state and federal staff. I further certify that all expenditures will be obligated on or after the effective date and prior to the termination date of the project. Disbursements will be reported only as appropriate to this project, and will not be used for matching funds on this or any special project, where prohibited.

    Assurances

    • The school will be governed by the statutory definition of parent and family engagement, and will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with the definition outlined in Section 8101(32), ESEA;
    • Engage the parents and family of children served in Title I, Part A in decisions about how Title I, Part A funds reserved for family engagement are spent [Section 1116(b)(1) and (c)(3)];
    • Jointly develop/revise with the family that has custodianship of the student the school parent and family engagement policy and distribute it to parents of participating children and make available the parent and family engagement plan to the local community [Section 1116 (b)(1)]
    • Engage parents and family, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs under this part, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school parent and family engagement policy and the joint development of the school wide program plan under section 1114(b)(2) [Section 1116(c)(3)];
    • Use the findings of the parent and family engagement policy review to design strategies for more effective parent and family engagement, and to revise, if necessary, the school’s parent and family engagement policy [Section 1116(a)(E)];
    • If the plan for Title I, Part A, developed under Section 1112, is not satisfactory to the parents and family of participating children, the school will submit parent and family comments with the plan when the school submits the plan to the local educational agency [Section 1116(b)(4)];
    • Provide to each parent and family an individual student report about the performance of their child on the state assessment in at least mathematics, language arts, and reading [Section 1111(h)(6)(B)(i)]
    • Provide each parent and family timely notice when their child has been assigned or has been taught for four (4) or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified within the meaning of the term in 34 CFR Section 200.56 [Section 1112(E)(1)(B)(ii)]
    • Provide each parent and family timely notice information regarding their right to request information on the professional qualifications of the student's classroom teachers and paraprofessionals [Section 1112(E)(1)(A)(I)(L)and Section 1112(C)(1)(A)(II)].

                                                                                                                                       

     

    Involvement of Family

    How the school involves the parents and families in an organized, ongoing and timely manner, in the planning, reviewing and improvement of Title I programs including involvement in decision making of how funds for Title I will be used? [ESEA Section 1116]

     

    Our school notifies parents of upcoming events and activities three weeks prior to the event using flyers, school messenger, and the school's marquee. All parents were invited to attend Orientation on August 11th, 2017 and Open House on August 24th, 2017. We also held our first Title I meeting on August 24th, 2017. At these events, parents were provided with a list of school year events, including SAC meetings. Parents who participated in the first Title I meeting recieved an insight into Title I, discussed possible Title I events, and discussed upcoming meeting dates. At each event, surveys were given to all the parents. The survey information is used to determine additional family needs and interests. The SAC committee and the PTA use the results of the surveys in planning future events and funding for necessary materials for those events. 

    SAC will also participate in reviewing the Parent and Family Engagement plan midyear and at the end of the school year. The SAC committee members and the leadership team meet monthly to discuss the status of the SIP goals and school wide data. All stakeholders are given notice of the meetings and are invited to participate in each session. Meeting notices are sent to parents in various languages as needed to ensure participation from the diverse families we serve. 

     

    Coordination and Integration with Other Programs

    How the school coordinates and integrates Parent and Family Engagement programs and activities with other Programs?

     

    Choose all that apply

    Program

    Coordination

     

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    IDEA (Students with Disabilities

    Parents of students with special needs under IDEA are provided appropriate strategies for working with their children. The VE teachers and guidance counselor coordinate parent conferences to discuss behavior progress and/or academic progress on a regular basis. Collaboratively, they work to complete IEPs and inform parents about their parental rights as it pertains to their child's education in the environment in which they are served. 

     

     

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    VPK

    Timucuan has four VPK units. Highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals support classroom instruction. Teachers follow the standards-based district curriculum. Our teachers and parents work together to implement a program that prepares students for success in Kindergarten. Teachers send home monthly communication letters with strategies to help students at home. Teachers also host events throughout the school year to give parents tips and strategies on working with their child. One event, held toward the end of the school year, helps inform parents of what to expect during the transition into Kindergarten. 

     

     

     

     

    Title I, Part D

    The Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent or At Risk. Title I seeks to provide training and resources to families to help their children be successful in school, graduate on time, and become college and career ready. Title I also seeks to furnish families with strategies for a safe environment.

     

     

     

     

    Title IX, Part A

    The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act authorizes the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program and is the primary piece of federal legislation related to the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. Title I seeks to provide families with resources and training on how to help their children be academically and behaviorally successful in school.

     

     

     

     

    Supplemental Academic Instruction (SAI)

    This “super categorical” is a fund created to assist districts in providing supplemental instruction to students in kindergarten through grade 12. Title I seeks to provide training and resources to families to help their children be successful in school, graduate on time, and become college and career ready.

     

     

     

     

    Violence Prevention Programs

    Primary Youth Violence Prevention Programs focus on utilizing a positive youth development approach, target youth at high risk for violence but who are not necessarily engaging in violence yet and would include programming considered “primary prevention”. Title I seeks to provide families with resources and training on how to help their children be academically and behaviorally successful in school.

     

     

     

    Title II

    The purpose to provide grants to State agencies for higher education, and eligible partnerships to increase student academic achievement. This is done by increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom and highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools. Title I seeks to provide the tools and education necessary to families so that they can work hand-in-hand with the highly qualified school staff to help their children be successful academically and behaviorally in school.

     

     

     

     

    Parent Academy

    Free Parent Academy courses are offered in schools, libraries, community centers and faith-based institutions. The Parent Academy's focus is in three strands: Student Achievement, Parenting & Advocacy, and Personal & Individual Growth. Whereas the Parent Academy offers courses to parents that span over a longer time, Title I educates and provides resources to the family that range from one time workshops to programs over the entire school year.

    How the school coordinates and integrates parent and family activities that teach parents how to help their child(ren) at home? [ESEA Section 1116]

     

    Timucuan Elementary will coordinate parent and family activities throughout the school year to assist parents with learning about the Florida State Assessment, Florida State Standards, math, and reading strategies. For example, FSA Math and Reading Night and Muffins for Moms are workshops designed to inform parents and family members of strategies for helping their children with math and reading. These activities meet the requests of parents and families as well as SIP goals. 

     

    Annual Family Meeting

    A brief description of the specific steps your school will take to conduct the annual meeting to inform parents and families of participating children about the school’s Title I program?

     

    The annual meeting was shared via parent letters, flyers, school messenger, and the information was shared during Orientation. Parent involvement activities as well as the School Improvement Plan were shared with parents. 

    1. Brainstrom and draft presentation materials

    2. Create and distribute parent invitation flyers

    3. Advertise 

    4. Create sign-in-sheets

    5. Maintain meeting minutes and other ducumentation

     

    A description of the nature of the Title I program that is shared with parents (school wide or targeted assistance)?

     

    At out Title I meeting we shared with our parents the projected dates for upcoming activities/workshops and family night events. We also reviewed the School-Parent Compacts, School Improvement Plan, and the school budget. We allowed and encouraged parents/community members to give their input. Title I programs are conducted school-wide. All students recieve free breakfast and lunch daily. Literacy is a key focus of the school and parents are provided opportunities to be included in school-wide literacy activities. 

     

    A description of how the meeting will cover adequate yearly progress (AYP), school choice, and the rights of parents are covered at the annual meeting?

     

    Commuinity stakeholders and parents are given an overview of AYP and school data. The meeting covers student achievement over a number of years. We share SIP goals for the year and ask parents to assist with the goals. This meeting covers the increase in school enrollemnt and its relationship to school choice. Parents are informed of school choice options and programs. We also will cover the Parent's Right to Know letter and discuss with parents that they have the right to request information about teachers. 

    Flexible Family  Meetings

    How will the school offer a flexible number of meetings, such as meeting in the morning or evening? 

     

    AM Sessions at different times

     

    PM Sessions at different times

     

     

    How will the school provide, with Title I funds, transportation, childcare or home visits as such services relate to parent and family engagement?

     

    Timucuan is a neighborhood school and services the majority of students living within a two-mile radius of the campus. Transportation and childcare to events will be provided if/when the need arises. 

     

    Building Capacity

    How the school will implement activities that will build the capacity for meaningful parent and family engagement? 

     

    We will utilize parent surveys throughout the school year for parent input. We will implement activities that will build capacity for meaningful parent engagement by incorporating feedback that was given at the end of the year meeting, last May. The activities will meet our school improvemnt goals.

     

    How will the school implement activities that will build relationship with the community to improve student achievement?

     

    Timucuan is committed to building relationships with the community. We invite community members to attend and participate in different events such as our career day, which gives students real world experiences and understanding or how different careers can relate to what they are working on in the classroom. We also encourage community members to attend the School Advisory Council. We value community input and their participation is important to our success.

     

    How the school will provide materials and trainings to assist parents or families to work with their child(ren)?

     

     

    We will provide trainings and materials throughout the school year to assist parents work with their children at home. Teachers will hold Parent-Teacher conference nights as well as workshops that center on math and reading strategies. Teachers send weekly/monthly communication letters home to alert parents of upcoming units and standards being covered in class. We will host a variety of events dedicated to helping our parents stay informed on how to help their children succeed. The resources and materials provided during the trainings will also be available in the Parent Involvement Center.

     

    How the school will provide other reasonable support for parent and family engagement activities? (opportunities for volunteering, chew and chat, etc.) [ESEA Section 1116]

     

    We invite parents to sign upto become volunteers througout the year. During Orientation and Open House parents were informed on the process of becoming a volunteer.

     

     

    Parent and Family Engagements Events:

    Count

    Name of Activity

    Person Responsible

    Anticipated Impact on Student Achievement

    Timeline

    Evidence of Effectiveness

    1

    Annual Title I Meeting

    Perry/Smith

    To inform parents about available resources, school procedures, and aquire input to improve parental involvement.

    August 2017

    Parent sign-in sheets, PowerPoint, Handouts, Feedback Surveys

    2

    Writing/Literacy Night

    Perry/Smith, ELA Teachers, and Reading Coach

    To provide parents with stategies to use at home to improve writing and literacy.

    December 2017

    Parent sign-in sheets and survey forms

    3

    Data and Technology Night

    Perry/Smith, Teachers, and Instructional Coaches

    To help parents interpret data such as the iReady reports, tips, and strategies on using technology effectively to help their students utilize instructional programs at home

    February 2018

    Parent sign-in sheets and survey forms

    4

    Donuts for Dads

    Perry/Smith, Instructional Coaches, and Teachers

    To provide dads/father figures with resources and strategies that will help support their child's reading and comprehension skills. 

    January 2018

    Parent sign-in sheets and survey forms

    5

    FSA Night

    Perry/Smith, Instructional Coaches, and Teachers

    To inform parents of strategies to use at home to support thier children with math, reading, and science

    February 2018

    Parent sign-in sheets and survey forms

    6

    Muffins for Mom

    Perry/Smith, Instructional Coaches, and Teachers

    To provide moms with resources and strategies that will help support their child's reading and comprehension skills

    March 2018

    Parent sign-in sheets and survey forms

    7

    STEAM Spring EXPO

    Perry/Smith, Instructional Coaches, and Teachers

    To provide parents the opportunity to understand the STEAM program and how they can further assist their child at home in the areas of math and science

    March 2018

    Parent sign-in sheets and survey forms

     

    Other School wide Activities:

    How other activities such as the family resource center, the school will conduct encourage and support parents and families in more meaningful engagement in the education of their child(ren)?

     

    The Parent Resource Center is located in the front office where Timucuan Elementary will maintain a collection of parent involvement materials (books, videos, hands-on-activities, etc.) for parents to use when needed. Classroom teachers will inform parents of our Parent Resource Center and information will be available in the front office. Additionally, messages will be sent via school messenger and placed in the monthly newsletter and calendar. 

     

    Count

    Name of Activity

    Person Responsible

    Anticipated Impact on Student Achievement

    Timeline

    Evidence of Effectiveness

    1

    Parent Resource Room

    J. SMith

    To provide parents with computer access as well as other materials

    Quaterly

    Parent sign-in sheets and parent feedback

    2

    Student of the Month

    Perry/Smith

    To celebrate students who exemplify positive character traits

    Monthly

    Teacher and student feedback

    3

    School Advisory Council Meetings

    Perry/Smith

    To inform parents of upcoming events and school procedures. To advise the school in the facilitation and development of the School Improvement Plan.

    Monthly (2nd Tuesday of each month)

    Parent sign-in sheets and parent/guardian feedback

    4

    Student Awards

    Perry/Smith

    To celebrate students who earned, citizenship, perfect attendance, and honor roll awards.

    Quarterly

    Parent/guardian feedback

    5

     PTA Meetings

     Taylor/Smith

     To foster a strong partnership between teachers and parents and to increase student achievement.

     Monthly

     Parent sign-in sheets and parent feedback

    6

     Open House

     

    To help parents understand the overall instructioanl program and student criteria for being academically and socially successful.

     August

     Parent sign-in sheets and PowerPoint handouts

     

    Staff Development

    Describe the professional development activities the school will provide to educate teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, and other school leaders and other staff on the assistance of parents and families and in the value of their contributions.

     

    Timucuan's leadership team will work collaboratively to provide training for faculty and staff, on parent and family engagement, during some of the early release days. We provide professional development on improving the ability of our staff to understand cultural differences of students using different resources such as the Family and Community Engagement department. We will also invite a specialist from the Family and Community Engagement department to aid in some of the training.

     

     

    Describe the professional development activities the school will provide to educate teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, other school leaders and other staff on how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents and families as equal partners.

     

    Timucuan's leadership team will train the staff on improving communication with the community during some of the early release days. We will continue to train the faculty and staff on the value of parental involvement and communicating/working with parents. We will utilize resources and the specialist from the Family and Community Engagement department. 

     

     

    Describe the professional development activities the school will provide to educate teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, and other school leaders and other staff on implementing and coordinating parent and family programs and building ties between parents and families and the school. [ESEA Section 1116]

     

     

    To provide professional development for teachers on implementing and coordinating parent and family programs/building relationships teachers will participate in the following professional development:

    1. A book study on "Growth Mindset"

    2. Effective communication with diverse students and families.

     

     

    Communication

    How the school will provide timely information about the Title I program and activities?

     

     

    Two weeks prior to an event, parents will be notified through teacher websites, flyers, agendas, the school's marquee, and school messenger. Copies of the flyers will be used for monitoring purposes and will be available in different languages, if needed.

     

    How the school will describe and explain the curriculum at the school, the forms of assessment used to measure student progress and the achievement levels students are expected to obtain?

     

     

    We will offer parents regular meetings, including Orientation, Open House, and SAC meetings to inform parents of the curriculum, assessments, students progress, and achievement. We will also offer parent-teacher conferences as needed.

     

    How, if requested by parents, the school provides opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and participate, as appropriate, in decision relating to the education of their child(ren)?

     

     

    We will ofer regular/flexible meetings to help formulate suggestions in decisions related to their child's education. Progress reports are sent home quarterly to keep parents informed of students' academic progress with the option for parents and families to request a parent-teacher conference.

     

    How the school will submit parents’ and families’ comments to the LEA if the school-wide plan is not satisfactory to them? [ESEA Section 1116]

     

     

    We have a suggestion box located in the front office for parents, as needed. Parents can also complete a Parent Concern form to list any concerns or suggestions.

     

    Accessibility

    A description of how the school will provide full opportunities for participating in parent and family engagement activities for all parents and families?

     

    There will be a variety of activities throughout the school year to engage all parents in the areas of their strengths and comfort zones. We will make accomodations for all parents, including parents with disabilities and parents that may need a translator. 

     

    A description of how the school will share information related to school and parent and family programs, meeting, school reports and other activities in an understandable, uniform format and in languages that the parents and families can understand?

     

     

    A monthly calendar highlighting curriculum information, events, and other parental involvement activities is sent home. We also maintain a school website with our calendar, PTA/SAC information, and numerous links to resources for academic support. We also utilize the school marquee and various boards around the school. Resources and communications will be available in different languages as needed.

     

    Barriers

    A description of the barriers that hindered participation by parents during the previous school year?

     

     

    The following barriers hindered participation by parents last school year:

    1. parental engagement

    2. language barriers

    3. Exceptional student education

     

    A description of the steps the school will take during the upcoming school year to overcome the barriers (with particular attention paid to parents and families of migratory children)? [ESEA Section 1116}

     

     

    As a school, we take the following steps to overcome the barriers faced in the previous school year:

    1. Offer a number of meetings and at various times

    2. Use Title I money to provide refreshments and transportation, if needed

    3. Assure that we have a translator at most of our meetings for parents that speak other languages

    4. Provide training centered on how to work with exceptional students