• School, Parent, and Community Enrichment Plan

    for

    School, Parent, and Family Engagement

    Gandy Elementary 2019-­2020

     

    District Name: White Hall School District

    Grades Levels: Kindergarten thru 12th Grade

    Building Facilitator: Cindy Reed-Cook

    District Coordinator: Dorothy Welch

    Percent Free and Reduced Lunch: 54%   164 Free / 23 Reduced  of 348 Total Students as of 9/3/19

    Title I Status: Non-­Title I School / Targeted Assistance



    Parent and Family Engagement Committee Members

     

    Cindy-Reed Cook- Parent Involvement Building Representative

    Karen Haney- Media Specialist

    Tim Taylor- Principal

    Karla Johnson- Counselor

    Dawn Sullivan- Title I

    Samantha Terry- Teacher

    Tracy Reed- Para­Professional

    Ashlea Kennedy- PTO President / Parent

    Laura Witcher- Parent











    School, Parent, and Community Enrichment Plan

    for

    School, Parent, and Family Engagement

    Gandy Elementary 2019-­2020

     

    Communication

     

    Gandy Elementary employs several mediums to communicate with parents/guardians and the community:

    1. The school will publish and distribute a student handbook at the beginning of each school year. The student handbook will contain all policies and procedures pertaining to students, school operations, and policies. The handbook is reviewed annually by a committee of representatives including parent and community representatives. Updates and additions to the handbook are recommended by the committee to the local school board. The district board of directors will have responsibility for any recommendations concerning the handbook.

    Asst. Supt. Dorothy Welch (870)247­2002, Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054

     

    1. All teachers send home a MONDAY RED FOLDER containing graded work, notes to parents, class information, etc. Parents are required to sign the signature page in the folder each Monday that the folder is sent home. The folder is sent home every Monday during the entire school year except on Monday holidays or longer school closings such as Winter Break.

    Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054

     

    1. The school will issue quarterly report cards and an interim report every 4th week of the quarter to make parents aware of student progress and achievement. Parents are asked to sign report cards and are offered two parent teacher conferences to come to the school to discuss student progress. At the first parent teacher conference in the Fall, teachers will distribute testing results from the previous Spring and beginning of the year academic screening diagnostic reports.

    Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054

     

    1. There is a Gandy Elementary website located at www.whitehallsd.org . This website contains all school information including calendar, school news and events, student handbook, all state required information, policies and procedures, discipline, individual teacher sites that contain classroom news, lesson plans, events and activities, class schedules, and more. The school website also contains cafeteria menus, school services, medical and counseling department information, registration information, community links for local demographics, the community of White Hall website, and information regarding student drop­off and pick­up and laws pertaining to student transportation. The site contains a tab for Parents and Students that has resource links, information about other communication sources, and a Parent Engagement Survey.

    Principal Tim Taylor, Media Specialist Karen Haney (870) 247­4054


    1. The Parent Teacher Organization sponsors a Closed Facebook Page and it is open to parents who sign up as members. The page is controlled by the PTO and updated regularly updated with parent information, school activities, and school news.

    PTO President Ashlea Kennedy (870) 247­4054

     

    1. The district utilizes a telephone software communication program that calls (and in the future will text and email) parents regarding school announcements such as inclement weather, holiday closures, crisis notifications, and other event or activity alerts. The district and school uses the communication software IN-TOUCH and REMIND 101 for district level, building level, and classroom communications. Several teachers in the building use CLASS DOJO or REMIND 101 web based communication software to contact parents directly. Parents may use a personal password to access student grades at anytime on the eSchool web based portal.

    Asst. Supt. Nathan White (870) 247­2002

     

    1. The office regularly publishes articles and announcements in the local newspapers (The White Hall Journal, The Pine Bluff Commercial) to keep parents informed and aware. Each year a Report to the Public is printed in the local papers, a building level presentation as well as a district level presentation are offered to parents and public to review and discuss the Report to the Public.

    Counselor Karla Johnson (870) 247­4054

     

    1. A monthly newsletter will be sent home containing events and activities, a calendar that reflects announcements, dates and times for activities, holidays, meetings, school closings, etc. The newsletter will also share helpful resources for parents and stories of motivation and inspiration for students, staff, and parents.

    Principal Tim Taylor, Para­Pro Elizabeth Hoskins (870) 247­4054

     

    1. A pamphlet designed by the Title I Committee and Title I Reading specialist will be given to parents at the Fall Parent Teacher Conferences and throughout the year. It will explain the Title I Program and all programs available to assist students in reading. It will inform parents about the Arkansas Reading Initiative. The pamphlet will offer resources for parents regarding the reading initiative and provide assistance in locating outside support for students in reading.

    Title I Reading Specialist Dawn Sullivan (870) 247­4054

     

    1. There is a large two­ sided digital sign located in front of the school that displays all current activities and announcements. The sign displays messages to the public and we attempt to post messages no less than two weeks in advance. There is a large screen video monitor in the school foyer that runs a PowerPoint presentation with current information, news, and activities. A computer desk is available to all parents and visitors in the school foyer that has the school website loaded as the main screen and ready for use at all times.

    Principal Tim Taylor, Media Specialist Karen Haney (870) 247­4054







    Parent Meetings and Activities

     

    Parents/Guardians of Gandy students are encouraged to attend a variety of meetings and events throughout the school year. The following events are scheduled and the dates and times are readily available on the school website:

     

    1. Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled twice annually. The current year meetings for 2019 and 2020 are set for October 3, 2019, and February 6, 2020. Notices of the conferences are sent home, all communication mediums are utilized to announce the meetings, and records of the meetings are kept by the classroom teachers and building administrator.

    Supt. Doug Dorris (870) 247­2002, Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054

     

    1. At the beginning of the year there is a Meet the Teacher day scheduled for August 19, 2019. Parents are invited to come visit the teacher and staff of the school and bring supplies, receive information, and tour the school.

    Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054

     

    1. On September 23, 2018, parents are invited to a district REPORT TO THE PUBLIC/LITERACY-MATH NIGHT. The school uses this opportunity to share the annual Report to the Public, discuss and distribute information pertaining to the Arkansas Smart Core, and visit with staff about classroom programming and all curricular and extracurricular activities. Teacher's distribute packets, kits, and information that parents can use at home to work on grade level skills (flash cards, take home games, math counters, children's books, Dolch Word Lists, etc.).

    Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054

     

    1. Grandparents come to the school for a Program on Grandparents Day September 6, 2019. All parents are invited to Constitution Day for a program on September 17, 2019.

    Teacher Andrea Ray and Janet Ellis (870) 247­4054

     

    1. The Media Specialist and Principal conduct technology training on Technology Night, September 17th, for parents who need assistance with the school website, learn to access student grades, review student software used at school, review communication software, etc.

    Media Specialist Karen Haney, Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054

     

    1. Constitution Day is celebrated during Freedom Week. Also, recognition of 9/11 is acknowledged in all classrooms. A presentation and program celebrating Constitution Day will be sponsored by the First Grade classes on September 17th. All parents are invited.

    Teachers Teri Akins, Michelle Moss, Norah Adams (870) 247­4054

     

    1.  Parent Book Fair Week is September 9th thru 13th.  Family Book Fair Night is Tuesday, September 10, 2019                                                                         Media Specialist Karen Haney (870) 247­4054

     

        8. October 3, 2019, immediately following Parent Teacher Conferences, the Parent Teacher Organization will hold an open meeting at school where all parents are

          invited to attend.

    PTO President Ashlea Kennedy (870) 247­4054

       

        9.  (TBD) Fall Dance for Students / Students from other campuses invited.

    PTO President Ashlea Kennedy (970) 2474054

     

    1. October 25, Gandy Arbor Day. Tree Planting Ceremony on school playground. Community invited.

    Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054

     

    1. There is an Annual Veterans Day Program for all parents, grandparents, relatives of students held in the evening on

    November 7, 2019.

    Teachers Lisa Morris and Janet Ellis (870) 247­4054

     

    1. Parents will be invited to eat with students during a select day the week before Fall Break in November and during the week before Winter Break in December (Dates TBD).

    Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054

     

    1. Awards Programs at set at the end of each nine week period. All parents are invited to attend on the following dates:

    October 17, January 9, April 2, and May 13.

    Counselor Karla Johnson, Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054

     

    1. Parents are invited to attend a day program, Holiday Sing­a­Long on December 13, 2019.

    Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054

     

    1. PTO Winter Carnival on January 24, 2020. Community invited.

    PTO President Ashlea Kennedy (870) 247­4054

     

    1. February 6, 2020,immediately following Parent Teacher Conferences, the Parent Teacher Organization will hold an open meeting at school where all parents are invited to attend. An overview of 504 Programming will be offered during the Parent/Teacher Conference in the Media Center. A PowerPoint Training for Parents will be available for viewing. The school counselor will be available for discussion.

    Counselor Karla Johnson, Principal Tim Taylor, PTO President Ashlea Kennedy (870) 247­4054

     

    1. Kindergarten Roundup is April 17, 2020. Parents of students who will be Kindergarten age are invited to attend an event at the school in order to promote Kindergarten enrollment.

    Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054

     

    1. Spring Book Fair Night (TBD).

    Media Specialist Karen Haney (870) 247­4054

     

    1. May 8, 2020, parents and relatives of Kindergarten students are invited to Kindergarten Graduation Program.

    Teachers Monica Day, Morgan Johnson, Ashley Gumm (870) 247­4054

     

    1. May 12, 2020 Parents and Grandparents are invited to the year end 5th Grade Music Program.

    Teachers Cindy Reed­-Cook, Amanda Queck (870) 247­4054

     

    1. PTO Sponsored Fun Day for students May 15, 2020. Parent volunteers will operate games and events.

    Teacher Jamison White (870) 247­4054

     



    Volunteerism and Parental, Community Participation Opportunities

     

     

    1. At the beginning of each school year, parents and patrons are given a Volunteer Interest/Participation Form. Parents and patrons are invited to serve on the following committees: Building Level School Improvement Committee, Parental Involvement Committee, Mission/Vision Committee, Handbook Committee, School Parent Teacher Compact Committee, Title I Committee.

    Parent Involvement Representative Cindy-Reed Cook, Title I Reading Specialist Dawn Sullivan, Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054

     

    1. Parents are asked to serve in the Parent Teacher Organization, volunteer as a classroom parent, volunteer to assist with school needs (tutoring, office assistance, field trip chaperones, etc.). Every classroom teacher selects one or two parents as a classroom mom and/or dad. These volunteers will assist with any classroom needs and provide support for the classroom and teacher. All volunteers are part of the Very Important Parents/Patrons V.I.P.s Program.

    Principal Tim Taylor, Parent Involvement Representative Cindy-Reed Cook (870) 247­4054

     

    1. Materials and resources to assist parents with Literacy and Math curriculum support for students are given to parents during the Open House Night on September 23, 2019. Parents are also encouraged to participate in a PowerPoint presentation during Open House in August to view data from the Annual Report to the Public and review the requirements for Arkansas Smart Core hosted by the principal in the school cafeteria.

    Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054

     

    1. A Literacy Night is held in September for parents conducted by a guest author who leads activities and works with parents to motivate families to encourage and promote reading in the home.

    Media Specialist Karen Haney (870) 247­4054


    1. An overview of 504 Programming will be offered during the Parent/Teacher Conference in the Media Center during the February Parent Teacher Conference. A PowerPoint Training for Parents will be available for viewing. The school counselor will be available for discussion.

    Counselor Karla Johnson (870) 247­4054

     

    1. Gandy Elementary works closely with the Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative and the Hippy Reading Program. The Hippy Programs goes into the homes of preschool students and works directly with parents. Hippy students and parents visit the campus twice yearly and eat lunch in the school cafeteria in the Spring (Date TBD).

    Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054

     

    1. All certified staff attend no fewer than two (2) hours of professional development during Summer Professional Development Week for teachers designed to enhance the understand of effective parent and family engagement strategies. No fewer that three (3) hours of professional development for administrators designed to enhance understanding of effective parent involvement strategies and the importance of administrative leadership in setting expectations and creating a climate conducive to parental participation.

    Asst. Supt. Dorothy Welch (870) 247­2002, Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054

     

    1. The principal will reach out annually to businesses and community organizations to partner with the school to create avenues for student and family support. At this time there are several organizations that assist or partner with school in support of students and family:

    White Hall United Methodist Church ­ Sponsors monthly food backpacks for students to take home to families in need. Sponsors an annual Angel Tree during Christmas Holidays. The church provides holiday dinners, food, clothing, school supplies, and holiday gifts for students. Church members volunteer to help provide labor and materials for landscaping around the school and in the school courtyard.

    First Family Church­ Provides weekly Snack Backpacks to students. Healthy food snacks for students to take home and supply students with daily healthy snacks. The church also provides labor and materials to maintain the facility's landscaping.

    The Students of Gandy: ­ Gandy students conduct an annual food drive for the White Hall Community Pantry donating hundreds of pounds of food supplies for families in need of support. Students also hold an annual Shoe Drive. Students collect hundreds of pairs of shoes which are donated and converted into funds to supply fresh water to families who do not have access to fresh water in impoverished locations around America and in third world countries.

    Gandy Elementary: ­ Gandy provides access to the school's play field for local pee­wee football, baseball, and cheer­leading activities. The school hosts local Cub Scout and Boy Scout weekly meetings and monthly Pack and Troop meetings. The school grants access to the public for use of it's 9­hole Frisbee Golf Course. The Gandy Singers perform twice annually, and will do so this year, at the Arkansas Capitol Building, during the Christmas Holiday Season and during the Spring (Dates TBD).

    Principal Tim Taylor, Teachers Ann Tibbs, Cindy Roberts, Lisa Morris, Para­Pro Brandi Tomboli






    School Parent/Student/Teacher-­Principal Compact

     

    A Parent/Student/Teacher­-Principal Compact is signed by each student, the student's teacher, and the student's parent and the principal each year as the student progresses through the school system. The compact is designed with three sections. One section is for the parent, one section for the student, and one section for the teacher and principal. Each section denotes the actions by each of the participants and specifies the actions each will take to make sure the student has every opportunity to become successful. The compact will be reviewed in the Spring of 2020 and adjustments, if any, will be made by by the Student/Teacher/Parent Compact Committee in conjunction with the Title I Committee. The committee itself will consist of representatives from various areas of the school and have no less than two parent representatives. The committee will review parent survey data gathered from the school website and by surveys sent home following the first semester of school to verify and update the actions of the compact.

    Title I Reading Specialist Dawn Sullivan, Parental Involvement Representative Cindy-Reed Cook, Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054

     



    Parent Participation in School Improvement and Student Support

     

    1. There is an active Parent Teacher Organization with a full slate of officers including a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and several committee heads. The Gandy Parent Involvement Representative sits on the PTO Board as well as the principal. The PTO meets monthly providing support for students, teachers, and the school in general. Officers are elected in the Spring. The PTO has a written set of by­laws and updates those annually. The PTO meets twice annually in public forum. During the 2019-­2020 school year, the PTO will meet in public forum immediately following Parent Teacher Conferences in the Fall, October 3, and Winter, February 6.

    PTO President Ashlea Kennedy, Parent Involvement Representative Cindy-Reed Cook, Principal Tim Taylor (870)247­4054

     

    1. At the beginning of each school year, parents are given a Volunteer Interest/Participation Form. Parents are invited to serve on the following committees: Building Level School Improvement Committee, Parental Involvement Committee, Mission/Vision Committee, Handbook Committee, Student/Parent Teacher-­Principal Compact Committee, Title I Committee, and the Parent Teacher Organization. Those parents who show an interest are invited to participate or parents are recommended by Parent Teacher Organization officers to sit on committees. Parent representatives help review, update, and create actions that will be used to improve the school process, environment, communication between stakeholders, school focus, and overall student academic growth and achievement. A training will be held before committee meetings are conducted, during the Fall and the Spring, in order to train and prepare parents for committee work.

    Parent Involvement Representative Cindy-Reed Cook, Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054

     

    1. Parent surveys are posted on the school website and parents (any site visitor) are invited to participate in answering survey questions. The survey will be sent home, in hard copy, at the beginning of the second semester of school in January of 2020. The results of the survey will be issued to all committees that make recommendations and create actions for any type of parental involvement and/or school improvement.

    Parent Involvement Representative Cindy-Reed Cook (870) 247­4054

    1. Title I instructors, principal, classroom teacher representatives, parent representatives of students who participate in Title I services meet each semester immediately following Parent Teacher Conference dates. This year the committee will meet in the Fall of 2019 (Oct. 2) and Winter (Feb.6) of 2020. An agenda will be followed and committee members will discuss and agree upon an updated plan regarding curriculum, activities, strategies, supplemental materials, parental support, test scores, and any other pertinent area of concern for support of Title I programming. The Building Title I Committee will recommend goals for school improvement to the Leadership Committee immediately following their annual meeting dates.

    Title I Reading Specialist Dawn Sullivan (870) 247­4054

     

    1. Gandy Elementary works closely with the Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative and the Hippy Reading Program. The Hippy Programs goes into the homes of preschool students and works directly with parents. Hippy students and parents visit the campus twice yearly and eat lunch in the school cafeteria in the Spring (Date TBD).

    Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054




    Parent Resources

     

    1. There is a computer desk located in the lobby of the school with a computer and printer available for parent use. The computer desktop is set to the school website and the media specialist and principal are available to assist parents whenever there are questions or assistance needed to use the computer or manipulate the website. A Technology Night is held in August to instruct parents in the use of the school website, school based student software, digital communication mediums, access to student grades, digital home resources for students and parents. Materials are available for checkout in the school library and free materials to assist parents are available in the school lobby. Both the school lobby and the media center act as the building Parent Center. The media specialist is Karen Haney. Cindy-Reed Cook, 5th grade teacher, is the designated Parental Involvement Representative/Parent Facilitator.

    Parent Involvement Representative Cindy-Reed Cook(870) 247­4054.

     

    1. Parental Involvement materials, interest forms, school information, volunteer forms, testing data, school demographic data, home curriculum/grade level skill resource kits developed by classroom teachers are distributed during Open House in September. A complete and concise collection of all rules, policies, procedures, and processes for school operation in the form of a student handbook are given to each parent during Meet the Teacher and Open House in September. The student handbook contains complete discipline policies and procedures as well as procedures to follow for inquiries, complaints, and due process.

    Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054








    Parent Participation & Engagement in the Evaluation of the Title I Program

     

    1. The school will engage parents in the annual evaluation of the Title I, Part A Program's parent and family engagement efforts through an annual evaluation using a comprehensive needs assessment filled out by teachers, parents and school staff. The Title I committee, made up of teachers, parents and school staff, will determine the effectiveness of the parent and family engagement plan and make changes if warranted. While collecting evidence about satisfaction with the program and the school's efforts to increase parent and family engagement will be a part of the evaluation, the survey will also collect specific information on the (1) growth in number of parents participating in workshops and meetings; (2) specific needs of parents; (3) effectiveness of specific strategies; and (4) engagement of parents in activities to support student academic growth.

    Title I Teachers Dawn Sullivan and Tracie Stone (870) 247­4054

     

    1. The Title I Building Level Committee will recommend representatives to serve on the District Level Title I Committee. The Building Level Representative will share recommendations and ideas building level with the district level and they will in turn communicate with the building level committee in order to monitor and adjust actions as needed.

    Title I Teachers Dawn Sullivan and Tracie Stone, Principal Tim Taylor (870) 2474054, Asst. Supt. Dorothy Welch (870) 247­2002

     

     

    Data from Volunteer/Interest Forms and Parent Surveys

     

    1. At the beginning of each school year, parents and patrons are given a Volunteer Interest/Participation Form. Parents and patrons are invited to serve on the following committees: Building Level School Improvement Committee, Parental Involvement Committee, Mission/Vision Committee, Handbook Committee, School Parent Teacher Compact Committee, Title I Committee.

    Parent Involvement Representative Cindy-Reed Cook, Title I Reading Specialist Dawn Sullivan, Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054

     

    1. The Volunteer Interest Forms are shared with the Title I Committee and other committees. The survey data, both online and hard copy, will also be shared. The information will be used to determine the level of parental interest in participating in school processes and to derive area of concern through survey questions. The committees will consider remarks and suggestions from parents and accept recommendations from parents made throughout the school year before completing the annual updates to plans and programs of the school.

    Parent Involvement Representative Cindy-Reed Cook, Title I Reading Specialist Dawn Sullivan, Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054

     

     

    Annual Title I Meetings

     

    The Title I instructors, principal, classroom teacher representatives, parent representatives of students who participate in Title I services meet each semester with Title I teachers. Immediately following Parent Teacher Conference dates, the committee will be called to meet in the Fall of 2019, October 2nd, and Winter of 2020, February 5th. An agenda will be followed and committee members will discuss and agree upon an updated plan regarding parental input from parent teacher conferences regarding curriculum, activities, strategies, supplemental materials, parental support, test scores, and any other pertinent area of concern. The Title I Committee will have an agenda, will document the involvement of participation by representatives, take minutes, and act upon recommendations of committee members and parental suggestions made through conferencing and surveys.

    Parent Involvement Representative Karen Haney, Title I Reading Specialist Dawn Sullivan, Principal Tim Taylor (870) 247­4054