• Granbury Independent School District

    Parental Involvement Plan

     

    2010-11

     

    The mission of Granbury ISD for the 2010-2011 school year is to help students build successful futures through academic excellence and character development.

     

    The parents of Granbury ISD students play an important role in accomplishing this goal.  It is the intention of each campus within GISD to fully involve parents in the education of their children and to make the parents feel welcome on campus.  Parents of students in all grade levels will be included in a variety of coordinated and comprehensive activities that encourage parent involvement.  The activities will vary according to the grade levels served on each campus; however, the goal at every campus is a high degree of parent involvement which will, in turn, bring about higher student achievement.

     

    Each campus within Granbury ISD will follow the basic guidelines listed below; however, eight of GISD’s campuses are being served with Title I Part A funds.  These campuses are obligated to follow federal guidelines for involving parents in their child’s education.  Those campuses are Acton Elementary, Baccus Elementary, Mambrino Elementary, Oakwoods Elementary, Roberson Elementary, Brawner Intermediate, Granbury Middle School, and Crossland Ninth Grade Center.  The mandatory guidelines set forth by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 are:

    • Annual meetings and the flexibility in scheduling these meetings
    • Involvement of Parents in Planning, Reviewing, and Implementing of Title I Programs (where applicable)
    • Dissemination of information to parents concerning the curriculum and the academic assessments used within GISD and the Title I program (where applicable)
    • School-Parent Compacts (where applicable)
    • Participation of Parents of Migratory Children, Parents with Disabilities, and Parents of Diverse Cultures

    Annual Meetings

     
    All campuses convene parent meetings within the first month of the school year.  The meetings are scheduled with flexibility to allow parents to attend according to their work schedules.  Many campuses hold a Meet the Teacher Night before or shortly after school begins.
    • The elementary campuses hold their Meet the Teacher Nights the week before school starts.  The scheduling of this meeting is set up to accommodate parents’ work schedules.  At these meetings the students and parents come to school to locate their classroom, meet the teachers, drop off the student’s school supplies, and become familiar with the campus administration and campus layout.
    • At the middle school level, both campuses host Pirate Camp for sixth graders before school starts.  During this camp, the students pick up their class schedules, familiarize themselves with the campus and take part in team building activities.  Parents are invited to this activity.  On the Thursday prior to school beginning, the seventh and eighth grade students take part in a schedule pick up and Meet the Teacher.  This event is held from noon until 6:00 p.m. to allow all students and parents to participate.
    • Granbury High School and Crossland Ninth Grade hold 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 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, 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.  The secondary campuses hold many of the same family night activities but also include Family College Nights.  It is at the secondary level that the students are exposed to the different possibilities of post secondary opportunities. 

    Parent Involvement in Planning, Review, and Implementation of Title I Programs Including School-Parent Compacts 

     

    Each campus involves parents on its Campus Leadership Team.  It is this team that makes decisions regarding the campus with the guidance of the principal.  The Title I campuses distribute the School-Parent Compact at the annual Title I Parent Meeting.  The compact is explained to the parents and in return, the parents are asked to sign the compact to show their commitment to their child’s success in school.  The compacts are also discussed with the faculty at faculty meetings.
       

    During the spring planning time, the parents involved on the Campus Leadership Teams are consulted regarding the use of the campus allocation of federal and local money.  The parents are involved in every aspect of campus plans.  They are asked for input in the implementation of the campus plans for its federal funds.  The main focus for the planning and expenditure of federal funds is whether or not the expenditure will increase student achievement.

     

    Curriculum and Academic Assessments
     

    All Granbury ISD campuses disseminate information to its parents concerning the use of academic assessments to guide instruction and achievement of its students.  The dissemination of this information can be in the form of a newsletter, notices home to parents, or information posted on the campus website.  As required by the NCLB Act of 2001 all Title I campuses must focus on student achievement.  Academic assessments are written to test the students’ learning to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and in preparation for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.  These documents are created by the district’s curriculum department and are used to guide the instruction in the district.

     

    Parent Involvement and Participation of Parents of Migratory Students, Parents with Disabilities, and Parents of Diverse Cultures
     
    Granbury ISD has involved its parents through several activities included in its District Improvement Plan.  The activities range from increasing the attendance rate by making personal calls to parents of children who are absent to involving parents in the use of data folders in which the students monitor their learning.  Parents may also be involved in activities that academically prepare students for life after secondary school and/or entering the work force.
     

    All parents whose children are assigned to the RISE program or to the Behavior Transition Center are asked to become involved in the district’s Character Education programs on their child’s home campus once the student returns to that campus.

     
    Granbury ISD has more than 400 limited English proficient students in its schools.  When parent meetings are held on campuses, the district interpreters are used to the extent possible in order 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.      

     
     
    Posted 9/1/2010