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SZ 2019 - 2020 Family & Parent Engagement Plan

   Sallie Zetterower Elementary School

Parent & Family Engagement Plan 2019 - 2020

Plan Revised: March 26, 2019

2019 -2020 Bulloch County District Goals:                                                                                              2019 - 2020 Sallie Z. Elementary School SMART Goal:

- Increase graduation rates by 3% by 2020.                                                                                                - SZES will increase its GMAS ELA weighted content 

- Increase the number of students reading on grade                                                                                  proficiency by 3% from 61.4% in 2019; to 62.6% in 2020;

  level by 3% by 2020.                                                                                                                                         to 63.8% in 2021. 

What is Title I? Title I is a Federal program designed to support state and local school reform efforts tied to challenging state academic standards in order to reinforce and enhance efforts to improve teaching and learning for students. Title I programs must be based on effective means of improving student achievement and include strategies to support parental involvement. SZES is one of 13 schools in Bulloch County identified as a Title I school under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

SZES Supports Achievement: SZES will take the following measures to promote and support parents as an important foundation of the school in order to strengthen the school and reach our goals. We will:

  • Communicate with families and the community on a regular basis regarding school wide events and activities via call outs, flyers and newsletters.
  • Conduct staff development annually on family engagement practices and effective strategies for staff to communicate and build partnerships with parents.
  • Partner with Langston Chapel Middle School to share information about family engagement opportunities that will help prepare parents and  their children for a smooth transition to the middle school.
  • Distribute information in English and Spanish for parents to understand the school's academic standards and assessments, as well as the ways parents can monitor their child's progress and work with educators.
  • Work with parents to develop relevant trainings and helpful presentations to educate them on how to help their child achieve academic success.
  • Listen and respond to parents' requests for additional support for family activities to better meet parents needs.
  • Maintain a Family Resource Center to help parents establish a home learning environment.

SZES Plan for Shared Student Achievement

What is it? Sallie Z. Elementary values the contributions and involvement of our parents in order to establish an equal partnership for the common goal of improving student achievement. This plan describes the different ways Sallie Z. Elementary will encourage and support family engagement. It also addresses opportunities where parents can participate in activities and events that will help promote their child's learning at school and home.

How is it revised? Sallie Z. Elementary invited all parents to attend our annual Parent Input Forum last spring to review and revise the Parent and Family Engagement Plan, School Improvement Plan, School-Parent Compact and Family Engagement Budget. The plan is posted on our school website for parents to view and submit feedback throughout the school year. All parent feedback received during the year will be used to revise the plan for the next school year. We also distribute an annual spring parent input survey online to ask parents for their suggestions for the plan and the use of funds for family engagement. Parents can also give feedback during parent meetings and activities that are held throughout the school year including our Speak Up for Education event.

What is it for? All Sallie Z. students and their families are encouraged and invited to fully participate in the opportunities described in this plan. SZES will provide full opportunity for the participation of parents and family members with limited English, with disabilities, and of migratory children. Residential facilities in the school attendance area are included in any family engagement correspondence and activities as well.

Where is it available? The plan will be sent home with all students before November 1, 2019. Parents can also retrieve a copy of the plan from the school's front office staff, the Family Resource Center or the SZES website.

Parent and Family Engagement at Sallie Z. Elementary - SZES believes that family engagement means the consistent participation of parents in meaningful two-way communication involving student academic learning and other school activities. We believe:

  • That parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child's education at school.
  • That parents are full partners in their child's education and are included, as appropriate, in the decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child.

School-Parent Compact - As part of this plan, Sallie Z. Elementary School and our families will develop a School-Parent Compact. This compact is an agreement to explain how parents and teachers will work together to make sure all students reach grade-level standards. The compact will be reviewed and updated annually based on feedback from parents, students, and teachers received throughout the school year. A copy of the School-Parent Compact is kept with each child's teacher. If parents need a copy of the compact, it can be found on the school's website or a copy can be obtained from the school's front office.

SZES Family Resource Center and Mobile Parent Resource Cart - SZES Family Resource Center and Mobile Parent Resource Cart - Both are filled with educational games, books, for families to borrow, along with free brochures on topics such as: academics, homework, discipline, Title I, and more. The SZES Family Resource Center is located in the Media Center. It is open daily during school hours. The Mobile Parent Resource Cart will be in front of the school on Wednesday and Thursday mornings (located in the front lobby on rainy days and during the winter months) from 7:15 AM to 7:50 AM. For more information, please call Sherry Jordan at 912-618-0287.

Let's Get Together! SZES will host the following events to build the capacity for strong family engagement to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve our students' academic achievement.

  • Open House - July 30, 2019 - Meet your child's teacher and our friendly and helpful staff.
  • Title I Annual Meeting - September 19, 2019 - This very important meeting gives parents the opportunity to learn more about the Title I program (Family Engagement Plan, School Improvement Plan, School-Parent Compact, Family Engagement Budget and your rights as parents in our school system). Parents/Guardians are invited to attend either the morning or evening meeting. Invitations will be sent home with all students, a call out to parents/guardians will be made and will be posted on the school website and other social media.
  • Parent Orientation Night - September 19, 2019 - Great opportunity for parents & families to learn about grade level expectations.
  • Family Literacy Night - March 5, 2020 - Come enjoy interacting with the SZES teachers and learn new ways to make reading fun at home.
  • Speak Up For Education - February 2020* - Parents, school council members, and the community are invited to attend and participate in the annual education forum hosted by the Bulloch County Board of Education. Please R.S.V.P. for Child Care by contacting Sherry Jordan, FES at (912)618-0287.
  • Title I Parent Input Forum - Spring 2020*- Families are strongly encouraged to take part in the annual review of the Parent & Family Engagement Plan, School Improvement Plan, School-Parent Compact and the Title I budget. Flyers, social media and school website notification will be posted with the dates and times.
  • Title I Parent Input Survey - Spring 2020* - This online (paper survey by request) gives parents the opportunity to give additional input about family engagement programs, The School-Parent Compact, the Parent & Family Engagement Plan and the Title I budget for the 2020 - 2021 school year.  Flyers, social media and school website notification will be posted with the dates and times.
  • Transition Night for 5th Graders & their Families - May 2020*- This program allows 5th graders and their families to get a glimpse of what to expect on the first day of middle school. Program will be held at Langston Chapel Middle School.  Flyers and website invitations will be sent to parents of 5th graders.

Sallie Z. Elementary is committed to helping

our parents attend the family

engagement activities listed in this plan.

Please call or email us if you need assistance

with child care or transportation in order to

participate in our programs.

Sherry Jordan, Family Engagement Specialist

(912) 618-0287