Title I Annual Parent Meeting Azalea Middle School September 3, 2013 6:00 p.m. AMS Safety Net Classrooms
Welcome and Introductions All About Title I Standards and Testing Parental Involvement Agenda
What is “No Child Left Behind”? Education act signed into law in 2002 that aims to: Ensure that every student has a high-quality education; Challenge and motivate students; Provide highly qualified teachers, who use proven teaching methods; and Ensure a safe, drug free learning environment.
What is Title I? Title I is the largest federal assistance program for our nation’s schools. The goal of Title I is a higher quality of education for every child. The program serves millions of children in public elementary and secondary schools each year including eligible students in non-public schools.
How Title I Works The federal government provides funding to states each year for Title I. The Florida Department of Education sends the money to the district. The school district identifies eligible schools and provides Title I funds. Azalea Middle implements a school-wide program.
School Classifications • Reward School – School grade A and schools that improve a letter grade • Prevent School- School grade of C • Focus School- School grade of D • Priority School- School grade of F
Be involved and request regular meetings to express your opinions and concerns Be provided information on your child’s level of achievement on assessments like FCAT in reading/language arts, mathematics, and science; Request and receive information on the qualifications of your child’s teacher; and be informed if your child is taught by a non-highly qualified teacher for four or more consecutive weeks. Parent’s Right to Know
School Public Accountability Report (SPAR) provides parents and the community with important information about each public school Demographic data; School safety and climate for learning information; Academic data; Graduation rates; Class sizes; Teacher and staff information; Curriculum and instruction descriptions; Postsecondary preparation information; and AYP information. Available at the school office or online at http://doeweb-prd.doe.state.fl.us/eds/nclbspar/index.cfm School Accountability Report Card
Florida’s academic content standards establish high expectations for all students. Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and Common Core Standards identify what your child needs to know and be able to do in all content areas. Information located at: http://www.floridastandards.org/Standards/FLStandardSearch.aspx Educational Standards
Next Generation Sunshine State Standards form the framework of everything taught at school. Additionally, Common Core Standards will be phased into all grade levels by 2014-2015 Curriculum Reading Mathematics Writing Science School’s Curriculum
Measuring Student Success • Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)—Grades 3-8 • Florida Assessment for Instruction in Reading (FAIR) • Math (6-8), Writing and Science (8th only) benchmark assessments in September and January.
Feb. 26 – 28,2014 FCAT Writing (8th grade) April 15 - 26, 2014 Students tested on: Reading/Language Arts Mathematics Science (8th grade only) Information on FCAT may be found at: http://fcat.fldoe.org/fcatpub3.asp FCAT (Grades 3-8)
Florida End of Course (EOC)Assessments(Algebra) Algebra 1 EOC Assessment – early May 2014 Geometry EOC Assessment Civics EOC (All 7th grade!)
AMS Title 1 • Title I funds pay for the following: - Additional teachers, social worker, technology and data support • Additional training for school staff • Extra time for instruction (Before and/or after school programs); • Parental Involvement Activities; and/or • A variety of supplemental teaching methods and materials. • Technology such as Smart Boards, Kindles and laptops
Title I funds • Azalea Middle is provided $404,000 to pay for services and programs for our students.
Who decides how funds are used? • Every school has a School Advisory Council (SAC) composed of: • Parents, Teachers, Other staff that works at the school, Principal and Students • The School Advisory Council along with parent input determines how to use Title I funds.
Title I law requires that all Title I schools and families work together. How we work together is listed in our: School Level Parental Involvement Policy; Parent-School Compact; and School-wide Title I Plan (School Improvement Plan). Parents can also read the District’s Parent Involvement Plan at www.pcsb.org under Title 1 Working together!
Please sign your child’s Compact and review it…working together is important. Parent-School Compact
Parent-School Compact • School Agreement • Believe all students can learn. • Show students and parents we care. • Consistently present engaging lessons. • Teach, model and enforce safe, responsible and respectful behavior. • Have on-going communication with students and parents; including conferences and tools such as telephone, Portal, Moodle, emails, agenda etc. • Provide opportunities for parents to volunteer and participate in their child’s school activities.
Parent-School Compact • Parent Agreement • Have on-going communication with my child’s school, including parent-teacher conferences. • Support the school staff and respect cultural differences of others. • Participate in school events. • See that my student attends school daily and is punctual. • Talk to my student weekly about homework and academic progress. • Encourage reading at home. • Support my child in following the school’s modified dress code every day.
Parent-School Compact • Student Agreement • Come to school each day on time with my homework completed and with supplies that I need. • Show respect for my school, myself, other students, and have consideration for cultural differences. • Believe that I can learn, and I will learn. • Work to the best of my ability. • Follow the rules of conduct at my school. • Do not bully others and speak out against bullying. • Follow the school’s modified dress code every day.
Involve parents in a meaningful way in the development, implementation, and review of the parental involvement program. PTA (evenings) Principal Roundtable (mornings) Parent Knights Parent Involvement Policy Requirements
Convene an annual meeting to inform parents of Title I students of Title I requirements and their rights to be involved in the Title I program. Offer meetings at flexible times to maximize participation Parent Involvement Policy Requirements
Provides parents of Title I students with timely information about Title I programs. Parent Involvement Policy Requirements
Assists parents in understanding academic content standards, assessments, and how to monitor and improve the achievement of their children. Parent Involvement Policy Requirements
Provides materials and training to help Title I parents work with their children to improve their children's achievement Parent Knights Principal Roundtable Parent Involvement Policy Requirements
Parent Involvement Opportunities • Title 1 Family Knight activities • Title 1 Family Knight planning committee • PTA committees – meet monthly • School Advisory Council – meets monthly • School Website • School Messenger Announcements • Email questions, comments and updates • Individual Conferences
Your involvement is Key to your child’s success! You are your child’s first teacher. You have the ability to influence your child’s education more than any teacher or school. You know your child best: Share information about your child’s interests and abilities with teachers; and Ask to see progress reports on your child and the school.
Support Your Child’s Education Share a love of learning Read to your child Ask your child to read to you Limit TV time Take advantage of the public library and the school media center and Title I Family Resource Library Show interest in your child’s school day Ask her/him questions Ask to see homework Praise their efforts Encourage good study habits Communicate with the teachers and other staff Attend workshops
Get to Know Your School & Communicate With Teachers Attend school events Visit the classroom Volunteer at the school Join parents’ organizations Keep teachers informed Attend special parent trainings Attend parent-teacher conferences Be prepared for the meetings Consider whether you have met your responsibilities as stated in the parent-school compact List your questions before the meeting
Resolving concerns • All concerns should be brought to those closest to the situation, starting with individual teachers, and then followed by the grade level offices.
6th grade office • 6th grade office: • Clerk: Carol Maston: Ext. 2096, firstname.lastname@example.org • Guidance Counselor: Yata Fields, Ext. 2088, email@example.com • Assistant Principal: Catherine Evans, Ext. 2098, firstname.lastname@example.org
7th grade office • 7th grade office: • Clerk: Emma Arend: Ext. 2071, email@example.com • Guidance Counselor: Latiki Poole, Ext. 2061, Poolela@pcsb.org • Assistant Principal: Angela Owens, Ext. 2073, firstname.lastname@example.org
8th grade office • 8th grade office: • Clerk: Yolanda Davis: Ext. 2041, email@example.com • Guidance Counselor: Julie MacNeal Ext. 2051, firstname.lastname@example.org • Assistant Principal: Derrik Craun, Ext. 2049, email@example.com
You speak…we listen! • Questions or Comments • What would be helpful for you?
Azalea Middle Point System • This year we have implemented a point system to • help track student behavior • target our interventions • recognize students who are doing the right things
Purpose • One of our school improvement goals is to increase all student self-management skills • Last year, we lost too much instructional time on discipline issues • Last year, our well-behaved students did not always receive the recognition and attention they deserve
How it worksTwo week cycle • Blue 0-5 points • Yellow 6-15 points • Teal 15- 25 points • Orange 26+ • Goal – LOW POINTS!
Coming up next • Homeroom Orientation • Classroom Visits