School Reports

INTERLACHEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Title I, Part A Parental Involvement Plan

I, Beth Nelson , 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 schoolís 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:Our mission at Interlachen Elementary School is to provide engaging and effective standards based instruction that will allow students to reach academic proficiency and develop student autonomy. All stakeholders, through collective responsibility, will provide a safe and supportive environment to ensure student success.


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:Parent Involvement Team meetings are held monthly. PI Team plans grade-level Family Nights and the designated expectation for the event. All Parent Involvement meetings are advertised and documented with an agenda, minutes and sign-in sheets.



We held a School Compact-Review with parents to obtain their input on the document. We will also refer back to the contract during parent conferences.



Title I PIDAC meetings are held as needed to disperse district information about the Audit Box procedures and new resources available to parents and schools. Books are donated by Title I to be used in our Lending Library program and to involve parents in one on one reading with their child.



PTO meetings are held monthly to plan for upcoming events and to disperse fund requests for technology, student rewards, field trips, fundraisers and other items brought to the table. We also discuss how we plan to spend our Title I parent Involvement dollars.



Parent conferences are held to communicate areas of concern and to discuss the Positive Behavior Systems to be used by teachers. Teachers and parents also discuss how the parent can support the school by helping their children with homework. Teachers contact the caregivers of each student within the first two weeks of school to create a positive school environment. Teachers contact the parents of students who have in place or need PMPs to arrange a conference to discuss the Progress Monitoring Plan.



Teacher generated weekly or monthly newsletters are sent home to keep parents informed of events going on in the classroom as well as in the school.



Phone calls, text messages and emails are sent out to parents using our district system with specific reminders or pertinent information about events taking place at school- the communication program is School Messenger. Parents can either opt in or opt out of this line of communication.



An IES monthly newsletter goes home with notes, anti-bullying resources, dress code, volunteering,messagesfrom administration, dates of importance and events taking place during the month at IES.



The Title I bifold is distributed to all families with information regarding Title I programs, parent involvement, right to know information, parent self-assessment and general district accessibility information.


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)].

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Program

Coordination

1

Project Praise

The McKinney Vento Act works with guidance and the data clerk to ensure students who are homeless get equitable services to allow them to succeed in school. (Transportation and advocate for school meetings) Students of families displaced by hurricane Matthew can receive assistance through Project Praise.

2

Title III ELL

Translation/tutors are available for ELL students as well as ESOL certified staff.

3

Migrant/Title 1 PC

Transportation and services for migrant children with specific needs (ex. medical).

4

Promoting Voluntary Kindergarten Roundup

IES coordinates and advertises with area daycares to promote the Kindergarten Roundup. Kindergarten teachers came to the school each Wednesday in July from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to administer K screenings for registration. Appointments are made for parents not able to come during those times.

5

CDS Family and Behavioral Health Services, Inc.

Our contact, Latina McCullough, assists parents who have no transportation in getting them to the doctor and pharmacy when needed. She is also able to counsel parents on other available services and/or resources.

6

Stuart Marchman Act Behavioral Healthcare

Not a federal program, but important to our parents and community: Counselors from Stuart Marchman, a local mental/behavioral health service provider, are available for students who meet the criteria for counseling services. This service is available with parent consent at low or not cost to the family. The counselor comes to the school once a week. SMA offers in-home service when needed.


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 schoolís 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)].

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Activity/Tasks

Person Responsible

Timeline

Evidence of Effectiveness

1

Title One Annual Meeting and Open House grades PK-2

Administrators/Teachers

9/6/2016

Introduction to Parents/ Title I information/Bifold (Parents will sign in when they visit classrooms and parents will participate in an annual survey.)

2

Title One Annual Meeting and Open House grades 3-6

Administrators/Teachers

9/8/2016

Introduction to Parents/Title I Information/Bifold (Parents will sign in when they visit classrooms and parents will participate in an annual survey.)


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:IES PTO meeting times are varied. Some are in the afternoon at 3:30 and some are in the evening at 5:30 due to survey feedback. Family Nights are in the evening after most parents are home; when possible, food andchild careis provided. MTSS, IEP,504meetings and parent conferences are scheduled at the parent's convenience. Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled at the convenience of the parent as well. Home visits or phone conferences are conducted when parents are unavailable to attend otherwise. Transportation is provided when needed to facilitate parental attendance at meetings.


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 childís 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)].

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Content and Type of Activity

Person Responsible

Anticipated Impact on Student Achievement

Timeline

Evidence of Effectiveness

1

Title I Information provided at the annual Title I Open House

Administration/Teachers

Increase parent understanding of resources and materials available to assist all aspects of student growth, as well as to educate parents on Florida's standards and modes of progress monitoring and testing

PK-2nd 09/06/16 and 3rd-6th 09/08/16

Knowledgeable and engaged parents: students with good attendance, positive behavior and successful academic scores/Parents can monitor progress through quarterly progress reports and report cards, as well as through Skyward./Sign-in sheets and agendas will demonstrate completion of the activity.

2

Splash Into Science

5th Grade Teachers/Parent Involvement Committee

Increased understanding of FCAT Science Assessment and Science standards/engaged parents and students

10/27/16

Knowledgeable parents and students will result in student success / District Science progress monitoring will indicate rates of student growth on standards/Parents can monitor progress through quarterly progress reports and report cards, as well as through Skyward/Sign-in sheets and agendas will demonstrate completion of the activity.

3

Math Night

Grade Level Teachers/Parent Involvement Committee

Activities demonstrate Math skills, parents work with their child on the project building family ties/Increased awareness of Math standards and interaction with math manipulatives

K-2 03/02/17 and 3-6 is 3/6/17

Knowledgeable parents and students will result in student success / District Math progress monitoring will indicate rates of student growth on standards/Parents can monitor progress through quarterly progress reports and report cards, as well as through Skyward/Sign-in sheets and agendas will demonstrate completion of the activity.

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Make It, Take It

Grade Level Teachers/Parent Involvement Committee

Encouraging family and school ties/engaged parents/modeling and teaching of good reading practices at home/building positive school cultures

K-2 is 12/12/16 and 3-6 is 12/15/16

Knowledgeable parents and students will result in student success/Parents can monitor progress through quarterly progress reports and report cards, as well as through Skyward/Sign-in sheets and agendas will demonstrate completion of the activity.


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)].

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Content and Type of Activity

Person Responsible

Anticipated Impact on Student Achievement

Timeline

Evidence of Effectiveness

1

Staff Bullying Training

Assistant Principal/TOSA

Staff awareness and knowledge about bullying helps to provide a safe and respectful learning and school environment.

8/2/2016

Decrease in number of student referrals and behavior interventions/decrease in number of bullying reports/engaged and positive student behaviors/improved academics

2

iReadyTraining

Curriculum Associates Trainer

Teachers will be trained on how to effectively share the appropriate reports with parents and be able to explain a student's progress. Parents will be able to use the progress monitoring information to help their child in specific academic areas and to motivate them to succeed.

10/12/16

Knowledgeable, engaged, informed parents, increased student success on district and state testing

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MTSS

MTSS Coordinator

More communication between teachers and parents regarding student growth/Increased achievement in struggling students currently in the MTSS process/A decrease in the number of students in the MTSS process.

weeklymeetings starting August

A decrease in the amount of students in MTSS tiers 2 and 3


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:Pre-K parent and Grandparent's Day activities, Parent Conferences, Raptor training for parent volunteers, field trips, Title I PIDAC meetings, Dot and Dash training provided by Title I, Fall Festival and Auction, PTO, School Improvement Committee, 1st Grade Mother's Day program, Pre-Kindergarten graduation, Title One Parent Nights, 3rd grade Cambridge Science Fair, Family Movie Night and Dads Take Your Kids to School Day all promote parent involvement in their child's education. School Messenger, the school website, the IES Facebook page and/or notes home will be used to notify parents of school wide events.



Person(s) responsible: In all cases, Administration will oversee the activities. The Parent Involvement Committee and grade levels responsible for their night plan and run the event with help from staff members and at times, high school students getting community service hours. Teachers are responsible for all other activities.



Timeline: Parent nights are held quarterly, parent conferences are held as requested by parents offering flexible times, PIDAC meetings are scheduled through the Title I office, School Messenger notifications and school notes are sent on an as needed basis, teacher newsletters are sent home either weekly or monthly, and IES newsletters are sent home in backpacks monthly.



All activities are on our Google calendar available for staff. Important dates are sent home via newsletters and/or School Messenger call outs. Reports can be printed with dates and times of calls including a description of the call. Parent nights and other parent activities have agendas and sign-in sheets for documentation.



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 parentsí comments with the plan that will be made available to the local education agency [Section 1118(c)(5)].

Response:To keep parents informed, we offer: classroom and school wide newsletters, callouts to homes by School Messenger, messages on the outside marquee, an interpreter is available for Spanish speaking parents, a signer is on campus for deaf parents and students, parent notifications from the district or notes from the teacher may be sent home in Spanish for Spanish speaking parents, progress reports, parent surveys, report cards, Parent-Teacher Compacts, ESE meeting notifications, 45-day retention letters when necessary, home visits and parent conferences. Parent conferences are scheduled at the request of both the teacher and the parent to learn ways to help their child/children become successful students. Parents receive the Title 1 information flyer at the Title 1 Open House meetings. Explanations of Florida Standards and types of academic assessment used to measure progress, including district and state testing is given to parents. Title I funding information is included such as the additional staff and the hiring of tutors to supplement the educational services provided to our students. Parents are encouraged to be involved in PTO and on the School Improvement Committee. Each student has a Nicky Communicator folder and students in grade 4 and 5 have a student agenda to transport information daily from school to home and back again. The Title I Parent Survey asked for comments from parents and these are addressed at parent involvement meetings. To document this process, we keep copies of newsletters in the Title I AuditBox(both teacher and school), reports from School Messenger, parent night agendas and sign-in sheets and copies of meeting notifications.


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:To keep parents informed we offer weekly and monthly newsletters, an interpreter is available for Spanish speaking parents, an ASL signer is on campus for deaf parents and/or students, progress reports, parent surveys, report cards, Parent-Teacher Compacts, ESE meeting notifications, 45-day and retention letters are sent when necessary, home visits and parent conferences. Parent conferences are scheduled at the request of both the teacher and the parents. Parents are included in PTO and on the School Advisory Committee. Project Praise provides tutoring and other resources to the families that qualify under the McKinney Vento Act.

Donations are made to the school from outside agencies that are given to families of children with disabilities and to migratory children in need.

There is accessibility to all school functions and facilities for the physically handicapped.

Family Nights offer a meal or snack and when possible,child carein addition to the planned activity which encourages families to more readily participate. We have Nicky Communicator folders and student agendas for grades 4 and 5 that go home daily carrying information between home and school. We have a school website at http://www.ies@putnamschools.org and Skyward's parent portal so parents can learn of activities taking place at school and keep up with their child's academics. The School Messenger phone call program tells parents of events taking place at IES or at the district level.


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


 

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Activity

Description of Implementation Strategy

Person Responsible

Anticipated Impact on Student Achievement

Timeline


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.

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Content and Type of Activity

Number of Activities

Number of Participants

Anticipated Impact on Student Achievement

1

Title I Information/Open House (K-2 and 3-5)

2

364

Increase parent understanding of resources and materials available to assist all aspects of student growth

2

Bingo for Books Family Night

1

33

Knowledgeable and engaged parent/child behavior modeling and carry over to classroom behavior resulting in higher student achievement

3

Math/Science Family Night

1

53

Knowledgeable students and parents result in increased student achievement

4

1st Grade Cambridge "Meet the President" Family Night

1

18

Knowledgeable students and involved parents result in increased student achievement


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)].

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Content and Type of Activity

Number of Activities

Number of Participants

Anticipated Impact on Student Achievement

1

Team Leader meetings

3

11

Team Leaders collaborated with their teams including information on how to reach out to parents and to communicate effectively with them, which gets parents more involved in their child's education/Teachers were made aware of the availability of classroom websites

2

Staff Development on MTSS procedures

1

45

Teachers were trained in the use of and how to monitor PMP's, which included a parent conference


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)].

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Barrier (Including the Specific Subgroup)

Steps the School will Take to Overcome

1

Transportation

We transport parents and/or students when needed. We also make parents aware of Ride Solutions as a cheap and alternate transportation provider.

2

Economy

We will bring more books into the home for reading (some of which are provided by PIDAC), we will provide shoes and clothing to those in need, we will provide lice treatments to those who cannot afford it and food items through our Food Backpack Program in collaboration with local churches.

3

Parents level of education

We will continue to educate parents as to the importance of an education including keeping them informed of new curriculum and state and local assessments, as well as how to support their children with homework.

4

Work schedule conflicts

We offer flexible meeting times for parents.


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)

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Content/Purpose

Description of the Activity