WHERE IS THE PLAN AVAILABLE?
The Family and Community Engagement Plan and all other Title I information are available on our school’s website under the Title I Section. Families can also find paper copies of this Family and Community Engagement Plan in our Family Center.
HOW IS THE PLAN DEVELOPED AND REVISED?
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.
Mountain Park uses Class Dojo for classroom communication between parents and teachers. Schoolwide news and announcements will be shared via Parent Square. Written communication is available to all parents in both English and Spanish with additional languages available upon request.
In addition, interpreters are available in multiple languages for parent-teacher conferences, Family Engagement Center meetings, and individual parent meetings. Mountain Park’s policy for scheduling meetings at a parent’s request is to respond within 24 hours. Parents should contact the school for assistance at (770) 921-2224.
We have a Facebook and Instagram page where we also share school news and events.
OUR DISTRICT GOALS
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.
OUR SCHOOL GOALS
We will provide all students with a high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment to meet high academic standards.
Mountain Park ES
- All students learn best when they are actively involved in meaningful and developmentally appropriate opportunities for success.
- Educators, students, parents, and the community share in the responsibility of enabling students to become confident, self-directed, life-long learners who recognize the relevance of learning.
- Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and cultural needs.
- Challenging, appropriate expectations increase individual student performance.
- Students learn to make appropriate behavioral and academic decisions given a safe, supportive, and challenging environment.
WHAT IS A FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PLAN?
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.
WHAT IS A SCHOOL-FAMILY PROMISE?
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 [Tell how your school will review the School-Family Promise with families throughout the school year. Include examples such as reviewing the Promise at building parent capacity activities and parent-teacher conferences.]
ENGAGING AND EMPOWERING FAMILIES WITH…
- 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.
WORKING TOGETHER TO ENSURE SUCCESS
Mountain Park ES will…
- provide strategies that families and students can use to improve student achievement in reading and math.
- provide resources and website links for families and students to practice activities.
- create ongoing opportunities for two-way communication with families and students to strengthen achievement
As Students, we will…
- read every night to ourselves or with a buddy to practice reading on-level text with accuracy.
- learn math facts to support problem-solving. Use resources from my teacher and websites to help me.
- bring home newsletters and Monday folders.
As Families, we will…
- Attend workshops to assist my child with reading and math.
- Use tip sheets, websites, and resources provided to assist my child at home.
- Communicate any questions or concerns needed.
Methods of regular two-way teacher-family communications:
- Email, text, website, and phone calls
- Zoom meetings
- Paper correspondence, Friday Folders
If you need interpretation and/or translation services, please contact Charlotte Thomas at 678.245.3959 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACTIVITIES TO BUILD OUR PARTNERSHIP
- Curriculum Night
- Annual Title I Parent Meeting
- Building Parent Capacity workshops
- School-wide Service Projects
- International Night
- STEM Night
- Parent-Student Reading Club
- Social and Emotional Learning Strategies
- Academic Nights
- Parent-Teacher Conferences :
October 18 & 19 and March 6 & 7
- Title I Planning Meeting
DID YOU KNOW?
- 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 is to provide an environment where all children, valued as individuals with varied abilities and potential, can acquire the academic knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in life.
VISIT OUR FAMILY ENGAGEMENT CENTER
Our Family Engagement Center has learning games, books, and many other resources available for families to check out and use at home. Our Parent Instructional Coordinator is Charlotte Thomas. She is available to help you find resources, navigate the Parent Portal, connect with teachers, and learn about ways you can help your children at home.
Our Family Engagement Center is located in Trailer #3096.
Hours of Operation: 8:30-2:30 (Monday – Friday)
Please contact Charlotte Thomas for additional information about our Family Engagement Center and resources available for check-out.
Please contact your child’s teacher for volunteer opportunities and the classroom observation policy.