• Norcross Elementary


    150 Hunt Street

    Norcross, GA 30071

    (770) 448-2188


    Last Revised: May 23, 2023


    The Family and Community Engagement Plan and all other Title I information are available on our school’s website at https://www.gcpsk12.org/NorcrossES under the Parents Section. Copies of the Plan/Promise are available upon request.


    It is reviewed and revised at least annually during the Planning Meeting in the spring. All feedback forms from the Planning Meeting are submitted to the Office of Federal Programs for review.  Families who are not able to attend the Planning Meeting have the opportunity to review draft documents and provide input during the draft document review period.


    Norcross Elementary communicates with families via: flyers, Student Support Team Meetings, Friday folders, emails, parent-teacher conferences, telephone, and progress reports/report cards.

    To schedule a meeting or classroom observation, you will need to contact the assistant principal of the grade level at least 24 hours prior at (770) 448-2188.

    Mrs. Jamie Tidwell: Kindergarten and 1st Grade; Title 1

    Dr. Katrina Bilal: 2nd & 3rd Grade

    Mrs. Alicia Lapinski:  Special Education

    Mrs. Contacia Cross: 4th & 5th Grade; ESOL


    Empathy: Cultural competence, staff and student wellbeing, educator diversity.
    Equity: Multi-tiered system of supports, opportunity and access, equitable resource allocation.
    Effectiveness: Results-Based evaluation system, talent management, educational return on investment.
    Excellence: Preferred education destination, post-secondary and workforce readiness, world-class communication and engagement.  


    We will provide all students with high quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment to meet high academic standards.

    We will provide all students with high quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment to meet high academic standards.

    Norcross Elementary School will increase the percentage of students scoring in the proficient and distinguished levels on the state and local assessments in the areas of Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.

    Our school goal is reading fluency and comprehension through all content areas (English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies).


    It is a plan that describes how our school will provide opportunities to improve family engagement that will support student learning at school and at home. All students and their families are invited and encouraged to fully participate in the opportunities described in this plan. The school will provide information and as many opportunities as possible for the participation of all family members.


    It is a written agreement that outlines how the school, the students, and the family will work together to ensure your child’s academic success. An effective School-Family Promise contains the following elements:

    • Clear learning goals that are linked to the school’s improvement plan
    • Specific skills students will learn during the year
    • Strategies that staff, families, and students will use to improve student learning
    • Ways to extend learning at home
    • Methods teachers and family members will use to communicate about student progress
    • Opportunities for family members to observe and participate in the classroom
    • Jointly-developed by families, school staff, students, community business partners, and other stakeholders during our Planning Meeting
    • Reviewed and revised throughout the year during workshops, conferences and meetings to assure we are diligent in our efforts to meet the child's academic success


    • Title I Program Information: Program information is available during the Title I Planning Meeting in the spring and Annual Parent Meetings in the fall, on the school website, and in the Parent Center.
    • Curriculum Information: Knowing what your child is learning at school is important. We will keep you informed throughout the year about what your child is learning during parent meetings, conferences, eCLASS, and on our school website.
    • Student Progress Monitoring: The Parent Portal is an online resource that allows families to view grades, attendance, schedules, assessment, and your child’s results, course history, and much more. Monitoring your child’s progress in school is an important way to be engaged.
    • Parent Resources: We have many resources available for checkout to use at home with your child. We also host several parent workshops to empower you as you work with your child at home.
    • Staff Training: We will train our staff to effectively communicate with you. Your input on how we train our staff is valuable.
    • Communication: We will communicate, to the extent feasible, all information with you in a language and format you understand. Whenever possible, we will provide interpreters during parent workshops, and academic events. Translation is available for most documents.
    • Transition Support: Entering a new school can be scary for both students and families. We will host events to make sure both you and your child are aware of what is expected and how you can prepare as your child transitions to a new school level, college, and career.


    Norcross Elementary will…

    • Host Family Learning opportunities focused on strategies for reading fluency and comprehension.
    • Provide parents with materials available for checkout from the Parent Center to assist their child at home with reading fluency and comprehension.
    • Provide parents opportunities to learn how to use online resources to help their child and monitor their progress.

    Please ensure all activities engage families in the education of their children.

     Dr. Kassia Sutton                  5/23/2023

    Principal’s Signature                  Date

    As Students, we will…icon: person reading a book

    • Practice at home daily reading fluency and comprehension strategies.
    • Use critical thinking skills for reading fluency and comprehension with strategies learned.
    • Work with our parents at home using resources provided by the school for reading fluency and comprehension.

    As Families, we will…icon: man and woman

    • Attend workshops and school wide events to receive information on reading fluency and comprehension strategies for assisting our children at home.
    • Use strategies learned through online resources and school wide events to help improve critical thinking skills in reading fluency and comprehension.
    • Visit and/or contact the Parent Center or school for resources and materials to help my child at home in reading fluency and comprehension.


    The following are methods for communication: phone calls, in person meetings, email, DOJO and parent-teacher conference.

    If you need interpretation and/or translation services, please contact: Eduardina Checo (770)-448-3168.


    Title 1 Meetings:                   Annual Parent Meeting
                                                 Planning Meeting
                                                 Workshops/School wide Events

    Family Learning:                                Family Learning Workshop

    Parent-Teacher Conferences:            Fall – October 18-19, 2023
                                                               Winter – March 6-7, 2024

    Committees:                               Local School Council (LSC)
                                                       Counseling Advisory Committee
                                                       Media/Technology Committee
                                                       Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
                                                       School Volunteer

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    • Title I is a federal program designed to support school reform efforts to improve teaching and learning for all students.
    • Title I programs are based on effective means of improving student achievement and include strategies to support family engagement.
    • The Title I Office reserves at least one percent of the district’s allocation to fund family and community engagement programs. The use of these funds is based on suggestions gathered at our spring Planning Meetings from families and community members. Funds are distributed equally to all our Title I schools.
    • Childcare and/or transportation may be provided for meetings and school events.


    Our Mission/Vision

    Norcross Elementary School will become a world-class school where educators create a community of successful, self-motivated, life-long learners who will become responsible and productive citizens.


    Our Family Engagement Center has many resources available for checkout including, learning games and books. Mr. Robert Fortenbery, our Parent Instructional Coordinator, is available to help find resources, connect with teachers, and assist in navigating the Parent Portal, eCLASS, and My Payments Plus.

    Our Family Engagement Center is located in Building B, 3.146.
    Hours of Operations: M-F 8:20 – 3:15

    Please contact Mr. Fortenbery for additional information about our Family Engagement Center and resources available for checkout.

    (770) 326-8006



    Families are welcome to volunteer with the PTA, Local School Council, Family Engagement Center, Media Center, and classrooms. Please contact Mr. Fortenbery/Mrs. Checo to complete the appropriate forms to participate in the volunteer orientation.