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SUMMERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Title I, Part A Parental Involvement Plan

I, Amy Stanton , 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 parental involvement, and will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with the definition outlined in Section 9101(32), ESEA;
  • Involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A in decisions about how Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental involvement are spent [Section 1118(b)(1) and (c)(3)];
  • Jointly develop/revise with parents the school parental involvement policy and distribute it to parents of participating children and make available the parental involvement plan to the local community [Section 1118 (b)(1)];
  • Involve parents, 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 parental involvement policy and the joint development of the schoolwide program plan under section 1114(b)(2) [Section 1118(c)(3)];
  • Use the findings of the parental involvement policy review to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary, the school’s parental involvement policy [Section 1118(a)(E)];
  • If the plan for Title I, Part A, developed under Section 1112, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school will submit parent comments with the plan when the school submits the plan to the local educational agency [Section 1118(b)(4)];
  • Provide to each parent 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 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 1111(h)(6)(B)(ii)]; and
  • Provide each parent timely notice information regarding their right to request information on the professional qualifications of the student's classroom teachers and paraprofessionals [Section (h)(6)(A)].

Signature of Principal or Designee Date Signed


Mission Statement



Parental Involvement Mission Statement (Optional)
Response: Summers Elementary strives to be a school where children are challenged to reach beyond today.

Involvement of Parents



Describe how the school will involve parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely manner, in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I programs including involvement in the decisions regarding how funds for parental involvement will be used [Sections1118(c)(3), 1114(b)(2), and 1118(a)(2)(B)].
Response: Summers Elementary provides information to parents about Title I programs throughout the year in various ways including the SAC Committee, Meet the Teacher Day, Open House, Volunteer Orientation, Annual Meeting, parent /teacher conferences, monthly newsletters, school website, brochures, PTO meetings and other school events.



The SAC committee is responsible for the decision-making, planning, review and improvement of our Title I program. It consists of faculty, parents and community members. During our Open House, Annual Title I meeting and in school newsletters, the Curriculum Liaison invites parents and community members to become a part of SAC. There is a limit of 25 members. If more than 25 parents or community members are interested, then all names are placed on a ballot and voted upon at the Annual Meeting. If less than 25 people are interested than all may join and a vote is not needed.



Input from the parents is received through the SAC committee, Parent Surveys and evaluation sheets. The school then uses the parent input to develop programs or make adjustments as necessary to deal with parental concerns. The SAC Committee and PTO Board help to develop, review and evaluate the SIP and the PIP.



Parent Involvement funds are discussed at the Annual Meeting, held in September and at SAC meetings. We use sign-in sheets, agendas and minutes to document attendance and discussion.


Coordination and Integration



Describe how the school will coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities that teach parents how to help their children at home, to the extent feasible and appropriate, including but not limited to, other federal programs such as: Head Start, Early Reading First, Even Start, Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, public preschool, Title I, Part C, Title II, Title III, Title IV, and Title VI [Section 1118(e)(4)].
countProgramCoordination
1Head Start, Early Reading First, VPK, Suwannee Valley 4CsWorkshop for VPK on expectations for Kindergarten Readiness, folders of games and checklists will be given to all participants Daycares will be notified about workshop through flyers and phone invitation.
2Columbia County Public LibraryThe local public library offers programming geared to families and children to encourage literacy through various events such as story time and family literacy events. Summers disseminates information from the public library to students to encourage families to participate.
3Title XFamilies are invited to all Title I workshops and meetings. Funds are also provided for tutoring and supplies. This grant seeks to eliminate barriers that would prohibit the child from participating fully in the academic setting and be successful.
4VPKSummers offers VPK to parents of four year old children. This program will help teach parents strategies and parenting ideas to successfully prepare children for school and also expose the young child to expectations for kindergarten.
5Title IIIWhen applicable, information will be available to parents in the language that is spoken at home.

Annual Parent Meeting



Describe the specific steps the school will take to conduct an annual meeting designed to inform parents of participating children about the school’s Title I program, the nature of the Title I program (schoolwide or targeted assistance), Adequately Yearly Progress, school choice, supplemental educational services, and the rights of parents. Include timeline, persons responsible, and evidence the school will use to demonstrate the effectiveness of the activity [Section 1118(c)(1)].
countActivity/TasksPerson Responsible TimelineEvidence of Effectiveness
1Annual Meeting: present a powerpoint to inform parents about the Title I program.Curriculum Resource TeacherSeptember 2016Parents will have an increased knowledge of the Title I program that will be indicated in the parent survey. The CRT will keep copies of flyers that were sent home regarding the meeting, sign in sheets, agenda, and powerpoint presentation in the Title I office.
2Title 1 Brochure dispensed at Meeting and other times.Curriculum Resource Teacher, District liasion Throughout the 2016-2017 School YearThe simplified version of the Parent Involvement Plan will help parents understand the Title I program and will be indicated in the survey.
3Opportunity for parents to receive a hard copy of Title I informationCRTThroughout the 2016-2017 school yearA request form, located in the Title I Notebook, which is housed in the front office of Summers Elementary, will be used for parents interested in receiving information on the Title I Plan and various grants.

Flexible Parent Meetings



Describe how the school will offer a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may provide with Title I funds, transportation, child care, or home visits, as such services related to parental involvement [Section 1118(c)(2)].
Response: Summers offers several meetings throughout the year. Due to our large population of working parents, meetings will be scheduled primarily in the evening, but also during the day to accommodate as many interested individuals as possible. The Annual Meeting will be held within the first 9 weeks of school and offered both during the day and in the evening. Volunteer Orientations will be offered in September during the day, in the evening and at varying times again to accommodate as many interested parents as possible. SAC meetings will be held at various times through out the 2016-17 school year, in order to accommodate the schedules of faculty, parents and community members.



Most parent workshops that are held in the evening will have refreshments paid through Title 1 funding. Information that is provided during meetings or workshops will be made available, upon request, to any parent that was unable to attend.



Parents are given surveys to provide suggestions and input on the programs offered by our school and to determine the need for changes. The Curriculum Liaison gathers the information through Title 1 Parent surveys and shares the results at the April SAC meeting. The SAC then makes suggestions for the PIP based on the results.

We will make the following changes to meet these barriers:

Provide meetings at varying times and on different days of the week, hold several workshops in the evening for working parents, and provide activities for the students and siblings during meetings. In addition Summers will provide Parent Workshop materials to those families who were unable to attend.


Building Capacity



Describe how the school will implement activities that will build the capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement [Section 1118(e)]. Describe the actions the school will take to provide materials and training to help parents work with their child to improve their child’s academic achievement [Section 1118(e)(2)].Include information on how the school will provide other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under Section 1118 as parents may request [Section 1118(e)(14)].
countContent and Type of ActivityPerson Responsible Anticipated Impact on Student AchievementTimelineEvidence of Effectiveness
1Reading Nights to distribute reading materials & offer activities for parents to implement at home.Instructional Coach, Curriculum Resource Teacher, and ELA team Provide parents with games and strategies that help parents monitor and promote reading success.First and Second Semesterincrease in student achievement in ELA, increase parent involvement. The school will document the frequency and attendance.
2Science NightCRT, Science Team and TeachersEncourage interest and participation in science through activities related to ocean life furthering student and parent understanding.October 2016Student achievement will increase and/or an increase in science project participation. Sign-in sheets will provide evidence in increased parental involvement.
3Parent NightsCRT, Instructional Coach and grade level teamsExplain changes in curriculum and provide parents with resources to help students with understanding.Throughout the 2016-2017 school yearParent Nights will increase student achievement in the areas of report card grades, standardized test scores, and local test scores. Parental knowledge will increase with the frequency of the parent nights. Sign-in sheets will provide evidence of parent participation and increased parent involvement.
4Open House Grade level TeachersProvide parents with information about the services the school provides as well as a walk through of a day in the life of their child at Summers Elementary School. September 8, 2016Increased parent knowledge of the school and what it can provide to parents and students.Sign-in sheets will show an increase in parental involvement. An increase in use of the Parent Resource Room will also provide evidence on increased parent involvement
5Title I Annual MeetingsCRTProvides opportunities for parents to become involved and be informed regarding their child's education, increasing participation and student achievement.First Semester 2016Increased knowledge of Title I program.
6Kindergarten OrientationKindergarten Teachers, CRT, AdministrationIncreased student readiness and achievement in Kindergarten by informing families of what to expect in Kindergarten.April 2017Participation indicated by sign-in sheets
7Volunteer Orientation/VolunteeringCRTIncreased student achievement by providing support in the classroomsThroughout the 2016-17 school yearIncreased student achievement and participation indicated by the sign-in log in the front office.
8Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences/School CompactsClassroom Teachers/CRTProvide parents with information on state and local assessments and their child's progress will increase student achievement through parental involvement and communication Throughout the 2016-17 school yearParents will sign the School Compact indicating they have been informed regarding their child's progress.

Staff Training



Describe the professional development activities the school will provide to educate the teachers, pupil services personnel, principals, and other staff in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and schools [Section 1118(e)(3)].
countContent and Type of ActivityPerson Responsible Anticipated Impact on Student AchievementTimelineEvidence of Effectiveness
1Volunteer Training with staffCRTTo provide teachers with ways to utilize volunteers in the classroom to improve student academic achievement1st Semester of 2016Increased parent involvement and the number of volunteer hours donated to Summers through out the school year.
2Title 1 Information Training for School StaffCRTTo provide information to staff on Title 1 programs and Title 1 information that occur on campus. The teachers will then share this information with parents.Through out the 16-17 school yearPositives responses on teacher survey regarding Title 1 information
3Parent/Teacher ConferencesCRT/Instructional CoachTo provide teachers with useful information when conducting parent/teachers conferences. Teachers will share student data and helpful learning/teaching tips with parents to help increase student achievement.1st Semester of 2016Increased parent/teacher communication will increase student achievement
4"MindSet in the Classroom" trainingPrincipal, CRT, Instructional Coach, and some teachers in grades 3-5To provide teachers with helpful tips and strategies to help students focus on the effort they put into a task. Teachers will discuss at parent workshops and send home information regarding "Mindset in the Classroom" to parents to help inform parents so teachers and parents can work together to increase student achievementThroughout the 2016-17 school yearIncreased parent/teacher communication to increase student achievement

Other Activities



Describe the other activities, such as parent resource centers, the school will conduct to encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children [Section 1118 (e)(4)].
Response: During Meet the Teacher, Open House, Annual Meeting and parent conferences parents will be informed about the materials available for use that are offered by the Parent Resource room. Throughout year, parents and teachers may check out materials in any academic area to help build student success at home or in the classroom.



The front office staff will ensure that the Parent Portal will be made available for parents to use to access information on-line about assessments, school grades, Title I, FLDOE, CCSD, and other parent resources.



Kindergarten Round-up will inform parents of upcoming kindergarten students about expectations for their children entering school for the first time.



A monthly newsletter will be sent to provide parents with suggestions for academic activities to do at home.



Finally, activities on at our school site will allow parents to participate in their child's education. During Literacy Week parents are asked to volunteer in a classroom to read a book to the class. Reading nights will allow parents to practice reading and its strategies with their child with teacher assistance available. Science Night will allow parents to learn about science and encourage their child in learning about the sciences. Parent nights will teach parents about Florida Standards particularly in the areas of ELA and mathematics.




Communication



Describe how the school will provide parents of participating children the following [Section 1118(c)(4)]:
  • Timely information about the Title I programs [Section 1118(c)(4)(A)];
  • Description and explanation of the curriculum at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet [Section 1118(c)(4)(B)];
  • If requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children[Section 1118(c)(4)(C)]; and
  • If the schoolwide program plan under Section 1114 (b)(2) is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school will include submit the parents’ comments with the plan that will be made available to the local education agency [Section 1118(c)(5)].
Response: In August parents are invited to meet their child's teacher. This information is provided through the newspaper, marquee, School Messenger call out and school website. During the first weeks of school, parents are given copies of the student handbook. The student handbook informs parents about conferences and academic programs and ways to be involved in their child's academic progress.



In September an Annual Meeting will be held. Information about the meeting will be sent home through the teacher, placed on the school marquee, and on school-wide call out. At the Annual meeting parents learn about the Title I program and are given the opportunity join SAC. This will be documented through an agenda and sign-in sheets. Parents will be given the opportunity to attend a day and evening Annual Meeting.



At Open House in September, parents are informed of the standards that are grade level and invited to tour our campus to learn about all the areas of instruction their child receives and to find out particular programs such as the Resource Room that may assist their child. At Open House parents are given the opportunity to view the Parent Involvement Plan and School Improvement Plan.



Parent Night inform parents of the specific Florida standards as well as the assessment that will be used to measure student progress. The classroom teachers use this time to explain State and local academic expectations and the assessments used by the school throughout the year. Also, the Curriculum Resource Teacher and staff are available to describe the Title 1 program and all it's services. The parents will also receive a Title 1 brochure. Sign-in sheets will document that they have received or seen all items. Times and dates for all events are placed on the school website, marquee and in fliers as well as a School Messenger call out.



Teacher-Parent-Student Compacts are developed and reviewed by SAC. Within the first semester of school, teachers meet with parents to read and sign the Parent Compacts. The compacts are also reviewed during scheduled parent conferences and used to document conferences and phone calls concerning student achievement.



Information about student progress is offered continuously during the school year through mid-term reports, quarterly report cards, RTI documents, Progress monitoring reports, Performance Matters, and STAR data. School and District websites, flyers, meetings and newsletters are also sent home concerning student's progress, grade-level expectations, and district curriculum guidelines.



All documentation of meetings and activities will be kept and recorded by the Curriculum Resource. Copies of agendas, minutes, dates and times are recorded.


Accessibility



Describe how the school will provide full opportunities for participation in parental involvement activities for all parents (including parents with limited English proficiency, disabilities, and migratory children). Include how the school plans to share information related to school and parent programs, meetings, school reports, and other activities in an understandable and uniform format and to the extent practical, in a language parents can understand [Section 1118(e)(5) and 1118(f)].
Response: In August parents are invited to meet their child's teacher. This information is provided through the newspaper, marquee, school-wide callout and school website. During the first weeks of school parents are given copies of the student handbook and SES services provided through Title I.



The student handbook informs parents about conferences and academic programs and ways to be involved in their child's academic progress. Parent are also kept informed about upcoming events through a monthly school newsletter.



Additionally, staff fluent in Spanish will contact parents with limited English proficiency to provide and communicate information for the school. The school is able to use several staff members to translate documents, call or make contact with parents whose primary language is Spanish.



Also in September our Open House is held. The time and date are placed on the school website, marquee and in fliers. At Open House parents are given the opportunity to view the school improvement plan, the parent-teacher compact as well as discuss the subjects and assessments used by the school throughout the year.



In September an Annual Meeting will be held. Information about the meeting will be sent home through the teacher, placed in school newsletter, and on school website. At the Annual meeting parents learn about the Title I program and are given the opportunity join SAC.. This will be documented through an agenda and sign-in sheets. Parents will be given the opportunity to attend a day and evening Annual Meeting.



Parent Compacts are developed and reviewed by a Parent Board. Within the first semester of school, teachers meet with parents to read and sign the Parent Compacts. The compacts are also reviewed during scheduled parent conferences and used to document conferences and phone calls concerning student achievement. The compact includes data pertinent to the student as well as comparison to how the student is doing in relation to other students in the classroom. This provides a way for the parent to know if the student is performing below, at, or above the class average and will help provide data to help guide the student successfully.



Information about student progress is offered continuously during the school year through mid-term reports, quarterly report cards, RTI documents, Progress monitoring reports from Performance Matters and STAR. School and District websites, flyers, meetings and newsletters are also sent home concerning students progress, grade-level expectations, and district curriculum guidelines.



All documentation of meetings and activities will be kept and recorded by the Curriculum Resource. Copies of agendas, minutes, dates and times are recorded.

Discretionary Activities



Discretionary School Level Parental Involvement Policy Components Check if the school does not plan to implement discretionary parental involvement activities. Check all activities the school plans to implement:
X Not Applicable


Upload Evidence of Input from Parents



Upload evidence of parent input in the development of the plan.

Upload Parent-School Compact



Note: As a component of the school-level parental involvement policy/plan, each school shall jointly develop, with parents for all children served under this part, a parent-school compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement Section 1118(d)].

Upload an electronic version of the Parent-School Compact.

Upload Evidence of Parent Involvement in Development of Parent-School Compact



Note: As a component of the school-level parental involvement policy/plan, each school shall jointly develop, with parents for all children served under this part, a parent-school compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement Section 1118(d)].

Upload evidence of parent input in the development of the compact.

Evaluation of the previous year's Parental Involvement Plan

Building Capacity Summary



Provide a summary of activities provided during the previous school year that were designed to build the capacity of parents to help their children [Section 1118 (e)(1-2)]. Include participation data on the Title I annual meeting.
countContent and Type of ActivityNumber of ActivitiesNumber of ParticipantsAnticipated Impact on Student Achievement
1Title I meeting210By helping parents to better understand the structure and support of Title I this will encourage parents to help their children foster a love for learning and the value of education. This will in turn help with student achievement and success in all areas of academics.
2Pirate Night/Science Night1400Increased student achievement due to parents and students increased awareness of science and reading strategies
3Dr. Seuss Reading Night1345Student achievement will increase due to parents having a better understanding of literacy activities and ways to help their children become successful readers
4Parent Nights4277Student achievement will increase due to parents having a better understanding and materials to be able to work with their students at home.
5Family Reading Night7532Increase student achievement in ELA by offering families time to read together and offer help tips and strategies to parents.

Staff Training Summary



Provide a summary of the professional development activities provided by the school during the previous school year to educate staff on the value and utility of contributions of parents; how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners; the implementation and coordination of parent programs; and how to build ties between parents and the school [Section 1118 (e)(3)].
countContent and Type of ActivityNumber of ActivitiesNumber of ParticipantsAnticipated Impact on Student Achievement
1Faculty Volunteer Orientation139Provides teachers with ways to utilize parent volunteers in the classroom to help improve student achievement.
2Teacher-Parent School Compact training134To increase communication with parents, as well as, inform parents about their child's progress as a way to increase student achievement.
3CHAMPS trainig412Provide teachers with support and tips to help with behavior in the classroom and throughout the school.Teachers will be trained on bow to properly include parents in the CHAMPS procedures. Teachers will also communicate this information to families to help families and teachers work together to increase student success at school.

Barriers



Describe the barriers that hindered participation by parents during the previous school year in parental involvement activities. Include the steps the school will take during the upcoming school year to overcome the barriers (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background) [Section 1118(a)(E)].
countBarrier (Including the Specific Subgroup)Steps the School will Take to Overcome
1LanguageTranslator to interpret and translate documents into Spanish.
2Work SchedulesFlexible meeting times

Best Practices (Optional)



Describe the parental involvement activity/strategy the school implemented during the previous schoool year that the school considers the most effective. This information may be shared with other LEAs and schools as a best practice. (Optional)
countContent/PurposeDescription of the Activity