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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 SZES SMART Goal:

 - Increase graduation rates by 3% by 2020.                                                                                              Reading Goal: During the 2019 - 2020 school year, SZES

- Increase the number of students reading on                                                                                          will increase GMAS ELA weighted content proficiency

grade level by 3% by 2020.                                                                                                                            by 3% from 61.4% in 2019; to 62.9% in 2020; 

                                                                                                                                                                           to 63.8% in 2021.

What is Title I? SZES is one of 13 schools in Bulloch County identified as a Title I school per the 2018 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Title I is designed to support state and local school reform efforts tied to challenging state academic standards in order to reinforce and enhance the 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. All Title I schools must jointly develop with all parents a written Parent & Family Engagement Policy/Plan.

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/guardians to develop relevant trainings and helpful presentations to educate them on how to help their child achieve academic success.
  • Listen and respond to parents'/guardians' 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 Brooklet Elementary will encourage and support  family engagement. It also addresses opportunities where parents/guardians 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 students participating in the Title I, Part A program, and their families, are encouraged and invited to fully participate in the opportunities described in this plan. Sallie Z. Elementary will provide full opportunity for the participation of parents/guardians with limited English, parents/guardians with disabilities, and parents/guardians 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/Guardians can also retrieve a copy of the plan from the school's front office staff, the Family Resource Center or the SZES website (printable plan page 1 ) (printable plan page 2).

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

  • That parents/guardians play an integral role in assisting their child's learning.
  • That parents/guardians are encouraged to be actively involved in their child's education at school.
  • That parents/guardians 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/guardians 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/guardians, students, and teachers received throughout the school year. The School-Parent Compact is kept with each child's teacher. If parents/guardians 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 - The SZES Family Resource Center and the Mobile Parent Resource Cart  offer educational games and other resources that your child can use at home that provide math and reading skill practice in fun ways. These are available for you to borrow at no cost. The SZES Family Resource Center is located in Media Center.  It is open on daily during school hours. The Resource Cart will be in front of the school on Wednesdays & Thursdays mornings (weather permitting). For additional information, please contact Sherry Jordan, Family Engagement Specialist at 618-0287 or by email at sjordan@bullochschools.org. 

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/guardians, 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 ELA/Reading Night - March 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 RSVP for Child Care by contacting Sherry Jordan, FES at (912)618-0287.
  • Title I Parent Input Meeting - 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 Family Engagement 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 programs, Title I budget, Family Engagement Plan and School-Parent Compact for the 2020 - 2021 school year. Flyers and web notices about the survey will be sent to all families in the Spring of 2020.
  • 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/guardians 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 

sjordan@bullochschools.org