EAST LEE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL Title I, Part A Parental Involvement Plan

I, Sue Zellers , 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.

East Lee County PIP

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)].

Mission Statement

Parental Involvement Mission Statement (Optional)

Response: Parent Involvement at East Lee County High School mission is to provide support to families to help students achieve their highest potential.

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 [Sections 1118(c)(3), 1114(b)(2), and 1118(a)(2)(B)].

Response: During the SAC meeting and the annual Title I meeting, parents will be given the opportunity to provide input into how the funds will be allocated and how to improve parent involvement. To obtain more parent involvement, parents will be invited to join the SAC during the fall Open House, through the school newsletter, school website, and via ParentLink phone calls. Parents will be provided information with every progress report and newsletter including, but not limited to, upcoming events, meetings, graduation requirements, college, career, financial aid, and testing information. Agendas, sign-in sheets, flyers, handouts, and meeting minutes will be maintained in the Title I Toolkit.

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

21st Century Community Learning Center Parent Workshops

Parents of students enrolled in the 21st CCLC program will be invited to participate in parent involvement workshops which are offered quarterly.

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

Development of Agenda

APC

August

Letters home/Agenda/Attendance/Signed Compacts/Meeting Minutes

2

Advertise the meeting

Parent Involvement Specialist

Quarterly

Letters home/Agenda/Attendance/Signed Compacts/Meeting Minutes

3

Annual Title I meeting in conjunction with Open House

Principal

August

Letters home/Agenda/Attendance/Signed Compacts/Meeting Minutes

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: Open House Orientation will be held outside the normal work week on a Saturday prior to the beginning of the school year to provide flexibility for parents and students to attend. The Saturday Open House Orientation will offer the opportunity for parents to attend on an alternative day to avoid a conflict with the local elementary and middle schools Open House schedules. Translators are available throughout the day for assistance.

Monthly SAC meetings are held in the evenings to encourage maximum parental participation and a translator is available.

21st Century Community Learning Center parent meetings are held at various times including at parent pick-up and in the evening.

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

Annual Title I meeting/Open House/Orientation

Principal/APC

Increase the level of involvement of parents to become active in the decisions made at the school.

August

Agenda, Handouts, Sign-in-sheet, Advertisements

2

ESOL Parent Night

ESOL Contact

Parents are provided information regarding school programs and extracurricular activities

Fall and Spring

Flyer, Agenda, Handouts, Sign-in-sheet, Parent Evaluations

3

21st CCLC parent workshops

Career Counselor

Parents are provided information on college admission criteria and career opportunities

Quarterly

Flyer, Agenda, Handouts, Sign-in-sheet, Parent Evaluations

4

SAC meetings

SAC Chairperson

Parents are given the opportunity to provide input into the School Improvement activities and expenditure of School Improvement funds

Quarterly

Flyer, Agenda, Handouts,Sign-in, meeting minutes

5

Spring Ninth Grade Registration Night

APC

Parents are provided the opportunity to meet with members of the guidance department and administration regarding appropriate course selections, high school credits, and graduation requirements

April

Flyer, Agenda, Handouts, Advertisement, Course Selection Sheet

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

Faculty training on ParentLink

APC

Increased communication with parents regarding student achievement in class

August/ Ongoing based on need

ParentLink usage reports

2

Expectation that teachers read the school newsletter with research-based articles on parent involvement

Parent Involvement Specialist

Research-based articles on parent involvement

Monthly

Newsletter

3

Technology professional development on creating and maintaining teacher websites

APC

Increased communication with parents regarding classwork and homework

August/ Ongoing based on need

Teacher websites

4

Professional Development on Pinnacle Gradebook

APC

Increased communication with parents regarding student progress in a course

August

By-weekly interim reports

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: Include tips and suggestions for parents on the school website

Enhance our family-friendly school

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 program at East Lee County High School will be disseminated to parents at the Annual Title I Meeting in the fall. Parents will also be provided information about curriculum, academic assessments, and state expectations of student proficiency at each grade level during the Open House on the Saturday prior to the beginning of the school year.

Progress reports will be sent home with students every two weeks and teachers will communicate with parents through the use of ParentLink. Parents of incoming ninth graders will be invited to meet with members of the Guidance department in the spring prior to their ninth grade year to discuss their child's academic needs and plan for high school courses. Parents will be given a Program of Studies at this time and will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide input in their child's course schedule requests.

All parents are invited to join the SAC during the Open House, through Newsletter articles and ParentLink messages. At SAC, parents can make suggestions/decisions that will positively impact the school.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. Any comments from parents about the Parent Involvement Plan will be forwarded to the Title I office.

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: ELCHS will provide translation services upon request at workshops, meetings, and conferences and the TalkSystem will be used as appropriate. Written communications will be available in multiple languages (English, Spanish and Creole) and parents can choose their preferred language for ParentLink. The school will make every effort to provide special accommodations (when requested) for parents with disabilities and/or special needs.

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

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

College and student success trainings

Parent Involvement Specialist

Enhanced knowledge and college awareness

Quarterly

2

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Parent Involvement Specialist

Enhance the programs and extra curricular activities.

Ongoing

Upload Evidence of Input from Parents

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

Uploaded Document

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.

Uploaded Document

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.

Uploaded Document

Evaluation of the 2012-2013 Parental Involvement Plan

Building Capacity Summary

Provide a summary of activities provided during the 2012-2013 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 Annual Meeting

1

389

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

2

Each teacher provides expectation of student achievement; what students need to know and be able to

1

900

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

3

Provide sessions with parents to help them select the most appropriate courses for their student

1

220

Increase the level of involvement of parents to become active in the decisions made at the school

4

Monthly SAC Meetings

5

75

Parents are given the opportunity to provide input into the School Improvement activities and expenditure of School Improvement funds

5

Notify parents about school functions, when students are absent, tardy, suspended, etc.

25

1600

Increase communication with parents; provide updates on school functions in multiple languages

6

Provide specific strategies for parents to use to help their children with the skills being taught

8

1600

Increase communication with parents; provide updates on school functions in multiple languages

Staff Training Summary

Provide a summary of the professional development activities provided by the school during the 2012-2013 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

Preschool professional development for teachers on how to use the ParentLink phone system.

1

90

Communication with parents concerning individual student performance

2

Preschool professional development for teachers on how to create a website.

1

90

Increase communication with parents and provide class updates.Website support is available throughout the year by the RTT tech.

Barriers

Describe the barriers that hindered participation by parents during the 2012-2013 school year in parental involvement activities. Include the steps the school will take during the 2012-2013 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

Non-English speaking (LEP)

Translation services available

2

Parents feel intimidated (all subgroups)

Family-friendly school

3

Time of events (all subgroups)

Flexible meeting dates