GALAXY MIDDLE SCHOOL Title I, Part A Parental Involvement Plan

I, Patricia Corr , 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: Galaxy Middle School believes that parent involvement is essential to student achievement. The Parent involvement Plan strengthens our partnership with parents as we work collaboratively together to teach children. At Galaxy Middle School, we know that through the collaborative efforts of all people who support our students, we will continue to excel at teaching the skills that children need to be productive members of society.


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: Parents will be invited and are encouraged to participate and become members of the School Advisory Council (SAC) which meets every month. During SAC meetings parents will be provided information on the school's Title I allocation. SAC members provide input on the Parent Involvement Plan and the Title I budget, as well as all other plans related to school improvement. Parent surveys are also used to solicit parent input. Comments from parents are documented on SAC minutes. One purpose of our Title I school is to review the Parent Involvement Plan and the School Improvement Plan. the PIP is available on our website and there's a hard copy in the front office. parents are encouraged to give suggestions on the use of Title I funds.


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

Title X, Homeless

Title X Coordinator provides services to families to ensure that students have school supplies, community resources, and transportation.

2

Title I, Part D

Transition plans are coordinated with the Department of Juvenile Justice with funds from the Neglected and Delinquent programs.

3

Title III

Parent Leadership Council meetings ar eheld at the district level for parents of ELL students to provide them with different trainings and operations.


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

Establish Open House /Annual Meeting date and activities

Principal and SAC

May

Date set on School Calendar and parent sign in sheets

2

Prepare agenda for Open House/Annual Meeting

Principal

September

Completion of Agenda

3

Gather information on Title I such as brochures and DVD outlining services

Assistant Principal

September

Information prepared for distribution

4

Train teachers about plans/goals of Open House/Annual Meeting

Principal and Assistant Principal

September

Faculty meeting minutes and comments

5

Advertise open House/Annual Meeting

Principal, teachers

September

Number of attendees, survey, newsletter, flier, website, connect-ed message

6

open House/Annual Meeting

Teachers

September

Sign-in sheets, Title I 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: Workshops and meetings will be scheduled at different times to accommodate parents' varying schedules and availability. Guidance services are available for students/guardians before, during lunch, and after school. Meetings may be scheduled in the morning, afternoon, or evening. For example, activities such as Open House and Curriculum Nights and held in the evening. Generally, SAC meetings are held in the late afternoon. Input for the School improvement Plan is solicited from parents; and parents can offer input at meetings, via email, or at parent conferences. Teachers hold parent conferences individually or by teams in the morning, and can be scheduled at different times as needed. Parents get information on student test scores and interventions that may be in place for a student, that are used to assist in closing the achievement gap.


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

Open House and Title I Program Information, Open House

School Staff

Provide information to parents on expectations and how parents can help their children

September

Sign-in sheets, Title I survey

2

Galaxy Showcase

Event Coordinators

Showcase student accomplishments and building community

October

Sign in sheets

3

Science Fair Night

Contact, School Staff

Showcase student accomplishments

December

Sign in sheets

4

Social Studies Fair

Contact, School Staff

Showcase student accomplishments

February

Sign in sheets

5

Literacy Fair

Contact, School Staff

Showcase student accomplishmenst

April

Sign in sheets

6

Rocket Run 5K

PE Coach, Principal

Building community, Wellness acitivites

December

Sign in sheets

7

Parent Training/SAC Memebrship training

SAC Chair, Principal

Increase parent knowledge of academic expectations and how best to support their children

October

SAC sign in sheets

8

OLWEUS

School Counselor

Collaboratively develop a team to focus on bullying awareness and coping strategies

October-May

Membership Rosters and agendas


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

Common Core and Teacher Evaluations

Administration

Understanding of expected academic goals

From August 2014-June 2015

exit slips, sign-in sheets, agenda, presentation materials

2

Title I Program Overview

Assistant Principals

Teachers will learn about what is offered through Title I services

October

Sign-in sheets, exit slips, agenda, presentation materials


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: Galaxy Middle School has a Media Parent Resource Center that is open to families during the week. The Center provides computers with internet access that families may use. Parents can check out books and educational materials to be used at home. Galaxy Middle holds numerous family activities throughout the year to encourage families to take active interest in their child's education. Open House is held is September. At this event, parents meet teachers and learn about curriculum and expectations for the year. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom and to join PTA. Information on Title I programs are shared at the Open House using brochures and an informational Power Point presentation. Galaxy Middle hosts a Showcase, in which there is a program offered to the parents on how to 'Survive Middle School' and gives parents support, resources, and strategies as how to best encourage and support their children to be successful.


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: Information about the Title I programs will be provided through newsletters, booklets/brochures, and an informational PowerPoint shown during Open House. The Title I Parent Involvement Plan brochure and Title I booklet are sent home with each student. Curriculum and assessment information is shared by teachers at Open House, during parent conferences, during the Galaxy Showcase, and through newsletters. Florida Standard Assessment information is sent home to parents via backpack and is also available on our website. Parents may provide input to the school via parent input forms and surveys.


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: Information regarding parent participation is provided to parents via school website, Connect-ed phone messages, newsletters, parent/teacher conferences, student backpacks, workshops, and meetings. District information is available in English and Spanish. When requested, the District will provide a translator for other languages if school staff are not able to assist. Books and videos in Spanish are available through the ESOL teacher. ESOL paraprofessionals translate information for parents over the phone and at conferences. There is a Parent Leadership Committee meeting for parent of ELL students. The Parents-to-Kids program is offered yearly in English and Spanish. Parents with special needs are accommodated. Galaxy Middle School is handicapped accessible.


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

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)];

Parent conferences, IEP meetings, PST meetings, are scheduled so that parents can be present and provide input. For parents that are unable to attend, phone conferences are available.

Teachers, Administration, School Counselors

Involved parents make the home to school transition complete.

Ongoing through June 2015


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.