2021-22 Parent and Family Engagement Plan
Granbury Independent School District
Parent and Family Engagement Plan
Our mission, in collaboration with unique partnerships, is to provide a rigorous academic curriculum along with enriching and individualized opportunities empowering every student to compete in an ever-changing world.
In order to help our students achieve this goal, parents and families are asked to become involved in their child’s education. It is the intention of each campus to involve the parents and families of its students as much as possible by making the parents and families feel welcome and asking for their input on certain campus decisions. Each family is encouraged to participate whenever possible. Studies have indicated that high family engagement brings about high student achievement.
During the 2021-2022 school year, nine Granbury ISD campuses will be served with supplemental Title I federal funds. Title I funds are part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The nine campuses receiving Title I funds are:
Acton Elementary, Acton Middle School, Baccus Elementary, Brawner Intermediate, Granbury Middle School, Granbury High School, Oak Woods School, Mambrino STEAM, and Roberson Elementary.
The Title I Part A federal program requires each campus receiving those funds to follow certain guidelines and perform certain activities. The required guidelines are as follows:
- Conduct annual meetings and offer flexibility in scheduling the dates and times for these meetings
- Involve parents in the planning, reviewing, and implementing of Title I programs
- Disseminate information to parents concerning the curriculum and academic assessment used within GISD and its Title I programs
- Create and distribute School-Parent-Student Compacts in collaboration with parents
- Distribute the Parents Right to Know notification regarding Teacher and Paraprofessional qualifications
- Request and encourage participation from parents of migratory children, students with disabilities, and students of diverse cultures
Annual Meetings and Parent Engagement Activities
All Title I funded campuses are to hold parent and family meetings within the first month of the school year. These meetings are to be flexibly scheduled on more than one day and more than one time to meet working parents’ needs. It is at these meetings the campus principal is to notify parents of the requirements for receiving supplemental Title I funds.
Hold their Meet the Teacher nights the week before school starts. The scheduling of this event is to accommodate a parent’s work schedule. The campuses also hold back to school meetings after school starts to inform parents of school information, Title I information and how to encourage parent participation in the schools. Elementary campuses also hold Open House during Texas Public School week for parents to come and enjoy their student’s classroom and visit with their teacher. Each campus offers a variety of other parent engagement activities throughout the school year.
Middle School campuses:
Host events for incoming sixth graders to help them become familiar with the campus layout, pick up their class schedules, and participate in team building activities. The middle schools also hold parent information nights to inform parents of school information, Title I information and how to encourage parent participation in the schools.
Granbury High School:
Holds their Meet the Teacher Nights approximately three weeks into the new school year. At this meeting the parents and students tour the building and visit each teacher’s classroom to become familiar with the curriculum being taught as well as each individual teacher’s classroom expectations. Title I information and requirements are distributed. Parents and families are strongly encouraged to be involved in their child’s education by working as a partner with the schools.
Title I funded campuses must meet federal requirements and timelines regarding informing parents of the federal funding the campus receives, how that funding is used, the parents’ rights regarding teacher qualifications, and the development of the Parent-School Compact.
Many of the requirements are met through parent meetings held during the school year. Notification of each of these meetings is disseminated through campus newsletters, notices sent home to parents via their students, Remind text messaging, as well as district and campus websites. Each type of notification is presented in English and Spanish.
Throughout the school year each elementary and intermediate campus presents special family oriented nights such as Family Reading Night, Family Math Night, Family Science Night, and Family Game Night. STEAM activities are also held at campuses throughout the year. The secondary campuses hold many of the same family night activities but also include Family College Nights, Career and College Ready information, and Test Prep classes. It is at the secondary level that the students are exposed to the different possibilities of post- secondary opportunities.
Parents of all students are encouraged to call or email their student’s teachers anytime to schedule a conference if needed. Email addresses and campus phone numbers can be found on the GISD website at www.granburyisd.org.
Parent Engagement in Planning, Reviewing and Implementing the Title I Program
Each campus, whether federally funded or not, includes parents on its Campus Leadership Team (CLT). This team, which is facilitated by the campus principal, makes decisions regarding many aspects of the campus. The CLT will be at least four times annually in order to stay atop any developments within the school, review and discuss issues that need to be addressed regarding campus planning or school-wide events that need coordinating, and conduct formative and summative reviews of the Campus Improvement Plan (CIP).
During the spring, the CLTs are involved in the decisions regarding the use of campus local, state and federal funds. When federal funds are used, the overriding consideration must be whether or not the expenditure will increase student achievement. As with every federal educational fund, the use of this money must be directly related to student achievement and student success.
Dissemination of Curriculum and Academic Assessments Information
All Granbury ISD campuses disseminate information to parents concerning academic assessments. This information is used to drive instruction and achievement. The forms used to disseminate this information vary from campus newsletters, postings on campus websites, notices sent home to parents, and messages sent to parents through the School Messenger and Remind texting programs. All Title I funded campuses are required by federal law to focus on student achievement. Academic assessments are written to test the students’ learning of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and in preparation for the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests. These assessments are created by the district’s curriculum department and are used to guide the instruction in the district.
The Granbury ISD Curriculum is designed from the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Parents can find the TEKS for all grade levels at the Texas Education Agency website: www.tea.state.tx.us. State assessment information can also be found on this TEA website.
STAAR test results are reported through a student portal that is available to students and their parents through the Texas Assessment Management System. A student can see his or her recent test results and, in many cases, the student can see the test question, his or her answer choice, and a reason why the answer choice is correct or incorrect. The student is also able to see his or her test results from previous administrations. Each student is provided a unique access code to log in to the data portal. The access code is found at the bottom of the student’s STAAR Report Card. The student portal can be accessed at https://www.texasassessment.com/, and there is no charge for students or parents to use it.
A School-Parent-Student Compact is a three-way commitment between all parties to focus on the improvement of student achievement. It is the responsibility of all parties to develop a partnership that will help all children achieve the high academic standards set by the state of Texas. Compacts are distributed to parents within the first 10 school days of the new school year. These compacts are reviewed and discussed with the campus faculty at the earliest opportunity and reviewed and revised annually by the Campus Advisory Committee for each campus.
Granbury ISD uses a variety of resources to communicate with parents. The GISD webpage hosts the latest news of the district at www.granburyisd.org. Parents are encouraged to register on the website to get updates and information. School Messenger is used to communicate through the phone system. The Remind texting program is also used to distribute information to parents directly to their cell phones. Information is posted on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, and Itunes. Campuses send out newsletters, calendars and email and Remind messages. Information is also posted on campus marquees. Parents are encouraged to keep their email account, address and phone information current at their child’s school to make sure they are receiving the most current information. Each family also has access to the GISD Skyward Family Access for their student to review current grades, missing assignments, tardies, absences and other pertinent student information.
Programs for Assisting Children in Transition from Early Childhood Programs to Elementary School
Granbury ISD will provide the ReadyRosie early education tool to families in Granbury ISD and the community to deepen and scale the parent engagement efforts by leveraging the power of video modeling and mobile technology to meet and equip parents wherever they may be located. ReadyRosie has hundreds of brief videos in English and Spanish that model everyday interactions in familiar environments with real parents. Additionally, the ReadyRosie program will be used to involve parents and the community in providing educational and practical everyday parenting videos for families with students in Grades K-3. Through these efforts, parents can be involved with Granbury ISD before and during their children’s school experiences while enhancing the transition between early childhood and the schools.
Participation of the Parents of Migratory Children, Students with Disabilities, and Students of Diverse Cultures
Granbury ISD makes every effort to involve the parents and families of all students in the learning environment. In this effort, the district attempts to meet the needs of all parents by offering flexible meeting times and flexible delivery methods for information. Parents of students with disabilities are encouraged to become a part of their child’s educational decision making process as well as an active member of the volunteers at the school.
With its more than 770 Emergent Bilingual (EB) students (formerly known as Limited English Proficient), Granbury ISD actively seeks input from these parents. Because of their value to the learning community, parents and families of EB students are encouraged to participate in campus events. At most campus events interpreters are used, to the extent possible, to facilitate communication with parents of diverse cultures.
Granbury ISD makes every effort to fulfill the needs of every parent in order to increase the parent’s involvement in its schools. At many of the campuses, childcare is offered during parent meetings in order to allow parents more opportunity to attend and become involved in their child’s education.
Granbury ISD strongly encourages all parents to become active partners in their child’s education. Parents who take an active part are blessed with children who enjoy success and a lifelong love of learning.
This DRAFT of the 2021-2022 Parent and Family Engagement Plan will be reviewed with parent participation at the next District Advisory Committee Meeting in March 2022.