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    Mary Johnson, Parent Liaison
     
    Parent Liaisons serve as a link between schools and families. Parent Liaisons’ key responsibilities include coordinating family academic-based workshops, supporting parents in their understanding on how to engage effectively in their child’s educational experience, and creating opportunities to share resources to equip parents with tools to help their child achieve academic success. Parent Liaisons seek to work with families to discuss the Title I School-Parent Compact and Title I School Level Parental Involvement Policy.
     
    The Parent Center is located on the first floor of the school opposite of the staircase. Inside you'll find computers, school information and our dedicated parent liaison Deirdre Washington. You can reach out to her at dswashington@atlanta.k12.ga.us.
     
     
     

    According to researchers Anne T. and Nancy Berla in A New Generation of Evidence: The Family is Critical to Student Achievement. National Committee for Citizens in Education (1994), “When schools work together with families to support learning, children tend to succeed not just in school, but throughout life. In fact, the most accurate predictor of a student's achievement in school is not income or social status, but the extent to which that student's family is able to: (1) Create a home environment that encourages learning; (2) Express high (but not unrealistic) expectations for their children's achievement and future careers; and (3) Become involved in their children's education at school and in the community.  Ultimately, when parents are involved, not only do students fair better, but so do schools.  Therefore, our philosophy regarding parent involvement is simple—Parents are our partners in education.  As such, we are open to appropriate parent interaction in the daily operation of our school and encourage such so that we might better maintain an open home-school connection.

    A.   We will involve parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely way in the planning,
    review, and improvement of school-wide programs and the school parental involvement policy by...

    Providing parents with information in a timely manner on improving our school wide programs by inviting them to help us with the involvement policy at the beginning of the school year which we will establish a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) which consist of parents from each grade level; Parent Liaison, School’s Grade Level Chairperson(s), and one person from the school leadership team. This committee will be chaired by a parent. We will meet with our PAC group three (3) times a year (Fall, Winter& Spring) to review, revise and distribute our school-wide plan & school parental policy. Our school’s Parent Liaison or High School Family Engagement Specialist will facilitate the PAC meeting in the fall. All other subsequent meetings will be led by elected parent leader. Our Fall meeting will be held in the first two months of school and provide an overview of the goals and objective of the Title I program, and it’s services along with our school’s proposed budget for Title I funding that we received for The State. This meeting will also provide a review of the district’s Comprehensive Local Education Agency Improvement Plan (CLIP); South Atlanta Title I School wide/School Improvement Plan and the Parental Involvement Policy. We will welcome each parent‘s input and comments at any time regarding our school’s policy and plan.

    B.    We will update the school parental involvement policy periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school and distribute it to the parents of participating children
    and make the parental involvement plan available to the local community, by…

    Updating the school parental involvement policy periodically to meet the changing needs of our parents and students at the school.

    The parental involvement policy will be distributed to parents of participating children. SAHS’ parents and local community will be invited to meet, discuss and review the parental involvement policy. The parental involvement plan will also be available to the local community. Parents and local community members will have multiple opportunities to meet and provide feedback to us about the parental involvement policy by participating in the PAC meeting and additional Title I meetings and on the website.

    C.    We will conduct an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to inform parents about the school’s Title I program, the nature of the Title I program, the parents’ requirements and the school parental involvement policy, the school-wide plan, and the school-parent compact and encourage and invite all parents of participating children to attend by…

    Conducting an annual meeting, at a convenient time to inform parents about our Title I program/budget, the nature of the Title I program, the school parental involvement policy and the requirements are additionally, the school wide plan, and school- parent compact will be reviewed. Parents of participating children will be encouraged to attend by implementing a school-wide campaign to invite parents to meet and learn about our Title I program. SAHS will host (2) two Annual Title I meetings with in the school year (Fall & Spring). We will mail invitations and post on our school’s website along with putting it in our newsletter to engage more of our stakeholders. The school’s Annual Title I meeting will be placed on flyers and be available to our parents and public via a link on our school website, as well as on our school marquee as, through posts on Facebook and Twitter pages so follow us on these websites. In additional, the LEA Executive Director and the Office of Federal Grants and Program Compliances will receive a copy of our flyer to review for their file at the district office. At this current time English is the language of the significant percentage of students and parents. However, the Annual Title I Letters and flyers will be published in Spanish to support our ESOL student population(less than 3%).

    D.   We will offer a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may provide, with funds provided under Title I, transportation, child care, or home visits, as such services relate to parental involvement by…

    Being flexible with meeting days and times to allow more parents to attend. We will survey parents to determine the most feasible days and times for meetings.  We will also, as the need arises with funds provided under Title I, and with approval of the Office of Federal Grants Program and Compliance: transportation, child care, or home visits, as such relate to increasing to parent involvement.  We will provide parents of participating children with timely information about the Title I program, a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school.  In an effort to ensure that we are accessible to everyone, we will provide transportation to meetings and childcare for underage children.

    E.    We will provide parents of participating children with timely information about the Title I program, a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms
    of academic assessments used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet, and provide opportunities for regular meetings, if requested by parents, to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their child, and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible, by …

    Providing assistance to parents of participating children, as appropriate, in understanding the state’s academic content standards, the state’s student academic achievement standards, the Title I ,Part A, how to monitor their child’s progress and to work with educators also by facilitating quarterly academic. We will focus on Reading, Social Studies, English, Science and Math. Additionally, SAHS will offer parent workshops that provide training to assist parents with monitoring their children progress. Workshop topics will include but are not limited to: Accessing the Parent Portal through Infinite Campus Student Information System; Analyzing Standardized Test Reports; and Reading and Understanding Progress Reports.

    F. We will jointly develop with parents of participating children a school-parent compact
          that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility  

          for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and 

          parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the state’s high 

          standards by…

     

    Working collaboratively work with parents to develop a school-parent compact which outlines how parent, and the entire school staff as well as students share the responsibility for improving student academic achievement by means of the school and parents building a partnership to help children achieve. We will also have bi-monthly Parent Power Hour Meetings with the principal to discuss their concerns.

     

    G. We will provide assistance to parents of participating children, as appropriate, in     

              understanding the state’s academic content standards, the state’s student academic

              achievement standards, the state and local academic assessments including alternate

              assessments, the requirements of Title I, Part A, how to monitor their child’s progress,
              and how to work with educators, by…

    Taking the following actions to ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent home to parents of participating children in an understandable and format, which including alternative formats upon request and to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand by a variety of ways. Additionally to keep parents abreast of information, the Robo Call will be used to communicate our meetings and other activities. This automated telephone call system delivers a recorded message; other alternative formats include our school marquee, flyers newsletters and social media outlet Facebook and Twitter, Remind 101.

    A.   We will provide material and training to help parents to work with their child to improve their child’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement, by…

    Providing parents with materials covered in our academic and curriculum nights to help support parents with their students at home.  At the beginning of the year parents of 9th graders will be able to attend a workshop and receive information and materials as their students’ transition to high school.  We will provide parent training on a Bi-annually basis per grade levels on topics related to school improvement; we will inform parents of their right to be involved in our Title I, Part A programs and request regular meetings via a posting on the school website and school marquee. Parent will be offered workshops on College and career planning and be introduced to the educational technology students are using in class for reading, mathematics, and science.  Parents will also be provided with trainings on the Flexible Learning programs offered through Title I for “at-risk” students per school improvement requirements.

    B.    We will provide training to educate the teachers, pupil service personnel, principal,
    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 the school, by …

    Providing trainings/workshops to educate teachers, principal and other staff members on how to communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, as well as how to implement and coordinate parent programs to increase parent volunteer to assist in classrooms, cafeteria and main office. These parents will be recognized in our parent center as well as put on our wall of Awesome Parents of SAHS.  We will also have our parent resource room where parents can come and do resume also go online to do job search.

    C.    We will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities, such as Head Start, Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, and public preschool and other programs will conduct other activities, such as a parent resource center that will encourage and support parents to participate in the education of their children.

    South Atlanta High School will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities, such as Head Start, Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, and public preschool and other programs will conduct other activities, such as a parent resource center that will encourage and support parents to participate in the education of their children.

    D.   We will take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand, by…

    Taking the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent home to parents of participating children in a clear and understandable format, which will include alternative formats upon request, and to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can comprehend. Additionally, to keep parents a breast of information on behalf of the school, the Robo Call System will be used to communicate meetings and other activities to our parents. This automated telephone call system delivers a recorded message; other alternative formats include our school marquee, flyers newsletters and social media outlet Facebook and Twitter, Remind 101.

    E.    We will provide full opportunities, to the extent practicable, for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required under section 1111 of the ESEA in an understandable and uniform format and including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand, by…

    Providing opportunities to the extent practicable for the participation of parents with limited English Proficiency parents with disabilities and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school report required under section 1111 of the ESES in an understandable format.

    South Atlanta High School will collaborate with the District ESOL Academic and Community Liaison to support our families from different ethnic groups and cultures including our migrant population.  At the current time, English is the language of the significant percentage of parents at South Atlanta High School. However, if services deem necessary South Atlanta High School will provide a well-coordinated academic program and services that target parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities as well as providing support for parents of migratory children.