PONCE DE LEON HIGH SCHOOL Title I, Part A Parental Involvement Plan

I, Brian Morgan , 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: The mission of the Parental Involvement Policy is to enable and encourage all parents to participate as informed partners with school personnel in implementing the Title I school and home programs in an effort to improve student academic achievement and school performance.


Review Rubric:
Mission statements are written concisely, free of jargon, and parent-friendly and inspire stakeholders to be involved and supportive of the program. Strong mission statements include:

·  Explanation of the purpose of the parental involvement program;

·  Description of what will be done; and

·  Description of the beliefs or value of the LEA.

Review Status: Adequate

Review Comments:

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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: Ponce de Leon High School agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:







Ponce de Leon High School will put into operation programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents, consistent with section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Those programs, activities and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.







Consistent with section 1118, Ponce de Leon High School will work to ensure that the required school-level parental involvement policies meet the requirements of section 1118(b) of the ESEA, and each include, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with section 1118(d) of the ESEA.







In carrying out the Title I, Part A parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, Ponce de Leon High School will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required under section 1111 of the ESEA in an understandable and uniform format and, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.







If Parental Involvement Plan, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, Ponce de Leon High School will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school submits the plan to the LEA.







Ponce de Leon High School will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A in decisions about how the 1 percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental involvement is spent.







Ponce de Leon High School will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and expects that Ponce de Leon High School will carry out programs, activities and procedures in accordance with this definition:







Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring—







(A) that parents play an integral role in assisting their child's learning;



(B) that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child's education at school;



(C) that parents are full partners in their child's education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child.



(D) the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 118 of the ESEA


Review Rubric:
Strong responses include:

  • Identification of the group responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of the plans;
  • Description of the procedures for selecting members of the group;
  • Explanation of how the input from parents will be documented; and
  • Description of the process and involvement of parents in the development of required plans; and
  • 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)].

 

Review Status: Adequate

Review Comments:



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

District Calendars

We will send home District Calendars in the fall of each school year. These calendars give helpful information and tips to help parents stay abreast of school activities and work with their students at home.

2

Parent Guides

We will send home Parent Guides in the fall of each school year. These guides give helpful information and tips to help parents work with their students at home.

3

Fifth Grade Orientation

We will communicate with Ponce de Leon Elementary School in coordinating an orientation session in May to help provide a smooth transition to the high school for the upcoming sixth grade students

4

Sixth Grade Orientation

We will offer an orientation session for parents and upcoming sixth grade students during pre-planning week in August each year.


Review Rubric:
Strong responses include:

  • Identification of the specific federal programs; and
  • Description of how the programs will be coordinated.

 

Review Status: Adequate

Review Comments:



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)].

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Activity/Tasks

Person Responsible

Timeline

Evidence of Effectiveness

1

Schedule Meeting through District Title I Coordinator

Brian Morgan

June 2015

Meeting Date Set

2

Inform Parents of Meeting

Brian Morgan

August 2015

Blackboard Connect Voice, Text and Email Messages Printouts, School Marquee

3

Gather Title 1Handout Materials

Karen Anderson

August 2015

Copy of Handouts

4

Title 1 Family Night

Brian Morgan

August 25, 2015

Copy of Sign In Sheet


Review Rubric:
Strong responses include:

  • Identification of specific activities or tasks;
  • Identification of the person(s) responsible for completing the task;
  • Reasonable and realistic timelines; and
  • Description of the evidence the school will use to demonstrate the effectiveness and/or completion of the activity/task.

 

Review Status: Adequate

Review Comments:



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: Our school will schedule meetings during the daytime as well as at night in order to accommodate parents. We will keep accurate minutes of scheduled meetings so that we can relate what was discussed with parents at a later time, if they are unable to attend scheduled meetings. We will provide transportation to and from meetings on an as needed basis.


Review Rubric:
Strong responses include:

  • Description of the process the school will use to ensure that workshops/meetings are offered at a flexible times; and
  • Specific examples of the flexible schedule offered to parents.

 

Review Status: Adequate

Review Comments:



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)].

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Content and Type of Activity

Person Responsible

Anticipated Impact on Student Achievement

Timeline

Evidence of Effectiveness

1

Parent Teacher Conferences/Materials and ideas will be provided to parents to help them work with students at home

Classroom Teacher / Guidance Counselor

Increased exposure

As needed

Increase in student achievement

2

Focus Parent Portal

Data Entry

Increased exposure

Ongoing

Increase in student achievement


Review Rubric:
Strong responses include:

  • Description of the content and type of activity including the following: o The state’s academic content standards and state student academic achievement standards, State and local assessments including alternative assessments, Parental involvement requirements of Section 1118, and How to monitor their child’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their child;
  • Identification of the person(s) responsible;
  • Correlation to student academic achievement;
  • Reasonable and realistic timelines; and
  • Description of the evidence the LEA will use to demonstrate the effectiveness and/or completion of the activity/task

 

Review Status: Adequate

Review Comments:



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

Communicating and working with parents; Stressing value of parental involvement

Administrative Staff

Improve the ability of staff to work with parents

As needed

End-of-year Climate Survey increase in Parental Involvement


Review Rubric:

·  Content and type of activity including the following:Valuefollowing:

  • Valuing of parental involvement,
  • Communicating and working with parents,
  • Implementation and coordination of parental involvement program,
  • Building ties between home and school,; and
  • Cultural sensitivity;

·  Identification of person(s) responsible;

·  Correlation to student academic achievement;

·  Reasonable and realistic timelines; and

·  Description of the evidence the LEA will use to demonstrate the effectiveness and/or completion of the activity/task.

Review Status: Adequate

Review Comments:



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: Our front office reception area has a Parent Resource kiosk where pamphlets, brochures, etc. are available for parent pick-up. Our staff refers parents to the center when they need additional strategies to help their children.


Review Rubric:
Strong responses include:

  • Identification of the type of activity;
  • Specific steps necessary to implement this activity;
  • Person(s) responsible;
  • Timeline; and
  • Description of the evidence the school will use to demonstrate the effectiveness and/or completion of the activity/task.

 

Review Status: Adequate

Review Comments:



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: Parent Orientations are provided annually to inform parents of the graduation requirements and curriculum that our school uses along with the academic assessments that are used to measure our students progress. Mid-term progress reports are sent home during each grading period to inform parents of how their children are progressing prior to report cards being issued.







Parents serve on the School Advisory Council and attend meetings where decisions are made that affect our students educationally.

Title 1 programs are announced on our school marquee and Blackboard Connect. Informational flyers, brochures, etc. are available in the Parent Center kiosk in the front office reception area.



At the request of parents, meetings are scheduled to discuss decisions relating to their student's educational success



Any unsatisfactory comments made by parents will be included in the plan and will be made available to the local education agency.


Review Rubric:
Strong responses include:

  • Process for providing information to parents;
  • Dissemination methods;
  • Reasonable and realistic timelines for specific parent notifications; and
  • Description of how the school will monitor that the information was provided.

 

Review Status: Adequate

Review Comments:



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: We will provide all written communication sent home to parents in our students' native languages when they have marked that there is another language primarily spoken in their homes.


Review Rubric:
Strong responses include:

  • Process the school will use for translating information into a parent’s native language;
  • Description of how the school will ensure that parents with disabilities will have access to parental involvement activities and/or services;
  • Description of how the school will ensure that information is available to parents considering the fluctuating student populations;
  • Specific languages in which information will be provided; and
  • Process the school will use to monitor that schools provide information to parents in a language they can understand, if feasible.

 

Review Status: Adequate

Review Comments:



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:

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Activity

Description of Implementation Strategy

Person Responsible

Anticipated Impact on Student Achievement

Timeline

1

Involving parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of that training [Section 1118(e)(6)];and

School Advisory Council Meetings

Brian Morgan

Improved Academic Achievement by All Students

2015-2016 School Year

2

Providing necessary literacy training for parents from Title I, Part A funds, if the LEA has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for that training [Section 1118(e)(7)]; and

Parent Nights

Brian Morgan

Improved Academic Achievement by All Students

2015-2016 School Year

3

Maximizing parental involvement and participation in their children’s education by arranging school meetings at a variety of times, or conducting in-home conferences between teachers or other educators, who work directly with participating children, with parents who are unable to attend those conferences at school [Section 1118(e)(10)];

Phone Conferences

Karen Anderson/Heather Bailey

Improved Academic Achievement by All Students

2015-2016School Year

4

Adopting and implementing model approaches to improving parental involvement [Section 1118(e)(11)]; and

Faculty Meetings

Brian Morgan

Improved Academic Achievement by All Students

2015-2016 School Year

5

Developing appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses, including faith-based organizations, in parental involvement activities [Section 1118(e)(13)].

School Advisory Council Meetings

Brian Morgan

Improved Academic Achievement by All Students

2015-2016 School Year


Review Rubric:
Strong responses include:

  • Identification of the activity which may include the following:
  • Involving parents in the development of staff training, providing literacy training, paying reasonable and necessary expenses to conduct parental involvement activities, training parents to help other parents, adopting and implementing model parental involvement programs, organizing a local education agency parent advisory council, and/or developing roles for community organizations and/or business in parental involvement activities;
  • Description of the implementation strategy;
  • Identification of person(s) responsible;
  • Correlation to student academic achievement; and
  • Reasonable and realistic timelines.

 

Review Status: Adequate

Review Comments:



Upload Evidence of Input from Parents



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


Review Rubric:

Review Status: Adequate

Review Comments:



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.


Review Rubric:
School-Parent Compact must include the following components:

  • Description of the school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables children to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards;
  • Identification of ways parents will be responsible for supporting their children’s learning (for example, monitoring attendance, homework completion, or television watching; volunteering in their child’s classroom; and participating as appropriate in decisions relating to the education of their children and positive use of extracurricular time); and
  • Highlight the importance of communication between teachers and parents on an ongoing basis through, at a minimum: parent-teacher conferences in elementary schools, at least annually, during which the compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement; Frequent reports to parents on their child’s progress; and Reasonable access to staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and observation of classroom activities; and
  • Evidence that parents were involved in the development/revisions to the compact [Section 1118(d), ESEA].

 

Review Status: Adequate

Review Comments:



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.


Review Rubric:

Review Status: Adequate

Review Comments:



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

Annual Title 1 Parent Night

1

40

Improved Academic Achievement

2

Individual Parent/Teacher Conferences

19

120

Improved Academic Achievement

3

Focus Parent Portal

203

203

Improved Academic Achievement

4

Remind 101

38

38

Improved Academic Achievement


Review Rubric:
Strong responses include the content and type of activity, number of activities, number of participants, and the correlation to student achievement.

Review Status: Adequate

Review Comments:



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

Faculty Meetings

6

30

Improved Academic Achievement


Review Rubric:
Strong responses include the content and type of activity, number of activities, number of participants, and the correlation to student achievement.

Review Status: Adequate

Review Comments:



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

Inabiltiy of economically disadvantaged or disabled parents to attend meetings/parent conferences

Conduct meetings via phone conferences; provide transportation


Review Rubric:
Strong responses include:

  • Identification of barrier which hindered participation by parents in parental involvement activities (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); and
  • Description of how the LEA will use the information gathered from the evaluation to design strategies for more effective parental involvement policies described in Section 1118.

 

Review Status: Adequate

Review Comments:



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


Review Rubric:
Activities described in this section should be correlated to student achievement and include sufficient detail that another LEA or school could use the information to develop a similar program.

Review Status:

Review Comments: