Title I at PE

Plymouth Elementary School is a Title I school and as such, the school receives federal funds for staff, supplies, activities, services, and programs to enhance student learning.

Below you'll find information about what Title I means for Plymouth Elementary School.

Parent/Family Engagement Policy

Plymouth Elementary School Title I Parent/Family Engagement Policy 2017-2018

We believe that home, school, and community involvement is a shared responsibility among school staff, parents, students, and community members. The parent is recognized as the child’s first educator. In order to develop effective communication between the home and school, parental involvement in school activities is encouraged and supported by Plymouth Elementary in the following ways:

  • All parents can become involved with their child’s education by joining the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Parents can participate through subcommittees of the PTO or through volunteering their services in various ways. Information is distributed at the yearly Back-to-School Night. The PTO has a link, with a PTO email address, on the Plymouth Elementary page of the Colonial School District website or a parent can call the school and ask to be put in touch with a PTO representative.
  • All parents are invited to attend Parent-Teacher Conferences held in the fall and spring, as well as classroom, building, and district events. All parents are welcome to visit classrooms during American Education Week.
  • The District allocates a portion of its federal grant funds to support parent/family involvement workshops at Plymouth Elementary. The Principal, Federal Programs Coordinator, math coaches, and the reading specialists are available to consult with parents at Open House and at Curriculum Night.
  • At least one parent/family meeting will be set by the Title I Coordinator so that parents/family are involved in the review of the Plymouth Parent/Family Involvement policies. The Principal will share school goals, explain the school curriculum and assessment procedures, and discuss expected proficiency levels based on state standards with parents at PTO meetings, Open House, Curriculum Night and or at other events.
  • The School-Parent/Family Compact was designed to outline the ways in which staff, parents/family, and students share responsibility for student achievement. The Compact is sent home with Title I students during the first week of school.
  • Parents/Family of Title I students may complete a parent/family survey at the conclusion of each school year in order to give input concerning parent involvement activities and the organization of the Title I program for the upcoming year.
  • The Title I program and the Parent/Family Involvement policy will be reviewed on a yearly basis.

The support which parents give to the education of their students is a needed and appreciated part of the home, school, and community partnership.

Right to know letter

August 2017

Dear Parent:

As a parent of a student attending a school that is receiving Federal Title I dollars, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the teacher(s) and instructional paraprofessional(s) who instruct your child.

Federal law requires every Title I school district to comply and to provide you with the requested information in a timely manner.

We are happy to provide this information to you. At any time, you may ask:

  • Whether the teacher met state qualifications and certification requirements for the grade level and subject he/she is teaching;
  • Whether the teacher received an emergency or conditional certificate through which state qualifications were waived; and
  • What undergraduate or graduate degrees the teacher holds, including graduate certificates and additional degrees, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration.

You may also ask whether your child receives help from a paraprofessional. If your child receives this assistance, we can provide you with information about the paraprofessional’s qualifications.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which was signed into law in December, 2105 and reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1956 (ESEA) includes additionally right to know requests. At any time, parents and family members can request:

  • Information on policies regarding student participation in assessments and procedures for opting out; and
  • Information on required assessments that include:
    • Subject matter tested,
    • Purpose of the test,
    • Source of the requirement (if applicable)
    • Amount of time it takes students to complete the test, and
    • Time and format of disseminating results.

Our staff is committed to helping your child develop the academic knowledge and critical thinking he/she needs to succeed in school and beyond. That commitment includes making sure that all of our teachers and paraprofessionals meet applicable Pennsylvania state requirements.

We look forward to the upcoming school year, and together we will make a difference in your child’s life.

Sincerely,

Maria Wileczek

Federal Programs Coordinator

School-Parent Compact

The Colonial School District Plymouth Elementary Parent-School Compact 2017-2018

Student’s Pledge

I will:

  • Be on time
  • Read every day
  • Give my parents or guardians all notices given to me by the school
  • Ask for help from an adult when I feel I need it
  • Complete my homework
  • Do my best each and every day

Teacher’s Pledge

I will:

  • Create a partnership with every family in my class
  • Monitor student progress and update parents
  • Be sure that students receive help as soon as they need it
  • Provide high quality, challenging, and engaging instruction in a supportive environment
  • Share responsibility with students and parents in striving towards student achievement

Parents’/Family’s Pledge

We will:

  • Communicate with my child’s school and teacher as often as I can
  • Encourage my child’s learning at school, at home, and in the community
  • Let my child’s teacher know if my child has any problems with learning
  • Help my child see how to use reading and math to pursue his/her interests and goals
  • Allow myself to be empowered through education by attending workshops and meetings organized by the school
  • Learn as much as I can about my child’s curriculum so that I can assist his/her learning

Parent Involvement Policy

Parent involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way and meaningful communication involving student learning and other school activities, including ensuring that:

  • Parents play an integral role in assisting in their child’s learning
  • That parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school
  • That parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child

Parents are encouraged to join and attend the monthly PTO meeting. All parents are invited to attend the District Parent Council meetings hosted by the Superintendent. Parents may discuss any ideas, suggestions or questions with their Principal, Mrs. Gregitis.

The School District

The Colonial School District will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement:

  • At least one parent meeting will be set by the Title I Coordinator so that parents are involved in the review of the District School Parent Involvement policies. The Principal will share school goals with parents at PTO meetings or other events.
  • The school will provide information and invite parents to discuss any concerns or ask any questions that they may have. Your child’s teacher(s), building principal or

Title I Coordinator will be responsible in addressing these items.

Communication

Education is a partnership between home and school. We value parent involvement at every level and encourage you to partner with us. In order for this partnership to be effective, we need to be able to communicate.

Please feel free to call, write a note, or e-mail us if you have concerns or questions about your child’s education. We are always available to schedule a conference to discuss any issue or concern you have regarding your child.

Plymouth Elementary
542 Plymouth Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

Phone:
610.825.8190

Fax:
610.825.7853

E-mail:
rgregitis@colonialsd.org



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