What is Title I?
City Park Elementary is identified as a Title I school as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Title I is designed to support state and local school reform efforts tied to the challenging State academic standards to improve teaching and learning for students. Title I programs must be based on effective means of improving student achievement and include strategies to support family engagement. All Title I schools must jointly develop, with parents and family members a written parent and family engagement policy.
We are here for you!
City Park Elementary is committed to helping our parents and families attend the family activities listed in this policy. Please call or email us if you need assistance with child care or transportation in order to participate in our programs.
Jason Brock (706) 278-8859 or
City Park School Council
City Park Elementary invites all parents to join the School Council to share ideas and ways to involve other parents and family members to build partnerships with school, families, and the community. The team will meet four times during the school year, but parents and family members can also submit their ideas or suggestions at school activities and meetings, as well as through our parent surveys and website. If you would like to learn more about the School Council, please contact the principal at (706) 278-8859 or complete the interest form and leave it in the Main Office.
- City Park is Branching Out
- 2018-2019 Parent Engagement Goals
- School Parent Compacts
- School Plan for Shared Student Achievement
- Building Partnerships
- Parent and Family Engagement
- What is a School-Parent Compact?
- Communication About Student Learning
- Parent Compact Goals
- In the Classroom
- At Home
City Park Elementary is Branching Out!
City Park Elementary will take the following measures to promote and support parents and family members as an important foundation of the school in order to strengthen the school and reach our school goals. We will:
- Ensure that all information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is published in both English and Spanish, posted on the school website, and included in the monthly school newsletter for all families
- Provide trainings for staff on strategies to improve communication with parents and ideas to increase family engagement with reading and math activities for our students outside of the classroom. Staff will also share best practices during meetings
- üPartner with early childhood programs, middle and high schools, college and career ready resources or organizations, parent resource centers, or other programs (as applicable) to help prepare parents and their children for successful school transitioning
- Share information in English and Spanish in the school newsletter for parents to understand the school’s academic standards and assessments as well as the ways parents can monitor their child’s progress and work with educators
- Communicate with all families and the community on a regular basis regarding school-wide events and activities, through phone messages, social media, and flyers
- Work with our parents to develop relevant trainings and helpful presentations to educate our staff on the importance of parent and family engagement and how to support student learning
- Provide necessary materials and handouts for parents at conferences, meetings, and activities to help parents work with their child to improve their child’s achievement
- Use our Partners in Education and School Council to improve awareness of the activities and events listed in the school parent and family engagement policy
- Work with the district to offer literacy and computer classes for parents and family members to help further enhance their various educational levels
- Collect feedback from parents and family members at all events and post a suggestion form on the school website in order to respond to parents’ requests for additional support for parent and family engagement activities
2018–19 District Goals
By 2019, Dalton Public School students will meet or exceed the state target cohort graduation rate for all students. By 2019, Dalton Public School students will be reading at or above grade level as measured by the EOG. By 2019, Dalton Public School students will meet or exceed the state performance target in Reading on the EOG. By 2019, Dalton Public School students will meet or exceed the state performance target in Math on the EOG. Educate all students in learning environments that are safe, drug free, and conducive to learning.
2018–19 School Goals
By 2018, City Park Elementary School students will meet or exceed the state performance target in Reading, ELA, and Math. In addition, student scores will increase in Writing, Science, and Social Studies.
As part of this plan, City Park Elementary and our families will develop a school-parent compact, which is an agreement that parents, teachers, and students will develop that explains how parents and teachers will work together to make sure all our students reach grade-level standards. The compacts will be reviewed and updated annually based on feedback from parents, students, and teachers during the Community Cares event and the School Forum. The school-parent compacts also are shared with parents during parent-teacher conferences and kept with each child’s teacher if parents need another copy.
School Plan for Shared Student Achievement
What is it?
This is a plan that describes how City Park Elementary will provide opportunities to improve family engagement to support student learning. City Park Elementary values the contributions and involvement of parents and family members to establish an equal partnership for the common goal of improving student achievement. This plan describes the different ways that City Park Elementary will support family engagement and how parents can help plan and participate in activities and events to promote student learning at school and at home.
How is it revised?
City Park Elementary invites all parents to attend our annual Title I Meeting in October to review and revise this parent and family engagement policy, as well as the school wide plan, our school-parent compact, and the family engagement budget. Additionally, parent input and comments regarding this plan are welcome during the school year through written form turned in to the main office. The plan is posted on our school website for parents to view and submit feedback throughout the year. All parent feedback received during the year will be used to revise the plan for the next school year. Parents and family members can also give feedback during PTO meetings, Family Nights, and School Council meetings during the school year including our annual PTO Open House.
Who is it for?
All students participating in the Title I, Part A program, and their families are encouraged and invited to fully participate in the opportunities described in this plan. City Park Elementary will provide full opportunity for the participation of parents and family members with limited English, with disabilities, and of migratory children.
Where is it available?
Parents are given opportunities during PTO meetings, Family Nights, and School Council meetings to view the policy. The plan is also posted on the school website and social media. Parents can also retrieve a copy of the plan from the main office.
- District Parenting Classes
- Sharing is Caring: (for Christmas)
- Contact Emily Jones at 706-278-8859
- Big Red Reads Summer Schedule
- Contact Alice Ensley at 706-281-5842
- City Park Literacy, Math, and Science Family Nights
- Coffee and Conversation
- City Park Caravan
- Shaw Partnership
- DFUMC Partnership
- Grace Presbyterian Partnership
- Follow us on City Park’s Facebook for upcoming events
Parent and Family Engagement
City Park Elementary believes that family engagement means the participation of parents and family members in regular two-way and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:
That parents play an integral role in assisting 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
What is a School-Parent Compact?
A School-Parent Compact for Achievement is an agreement that parents, students and teachers develop together which explains how all will work together to make sure all of our students master grade-level standards.
- Link to goals of the school improvement plan
- Focus on student learning
- Describe how teachers will help students develop those skills using high-quality instruction
- Share strategies parents can use at home
- Explain how teachers and parents will communicate about student progress
- Describe opportunities for parents to volunteer, observe and participate in the classroom
Communication about Student Learning
City Park is committed to communicating with families through the school year about our students learning progress and academic achievements. Some of the ways you can expect us to connect are:
- Daily students agenda/folders
- Progress report and report card
- Telephone calls
- City Park Automatic Phone Messenger
- Parent-teacher conferences
- Updates on the school website/Facebook/Twitter
- Workshops and parenting classes
- Notes home
- E-mail/class websites
Parent Compact District Goals
-Increase the total weighted percentage of students performing at levels 2, 3, and 4 on GMAS in ELA, math, science, and social studies by three percent in 2019. (Content Mastery on CCRPI)
-By 2019-20, the district will have districtwide nine week benchmark/interim assessments built and operational for all EOG and EOC tested content to be used to monitor instructional programs and student achievement.
City Park School Parent Compact Goals
-By 2019, the percentage of students at City Park School performing at levels 2, 3, and 4 on the Georgia Milestone in ELA, math, science, and social studies will increase by three percent.
-By 2019-20, City Park School will have districtwide nine-week benchmark/interim assessments built and operational for all EOG tested content to be used to monitor instructional programs and student achievement.
In the Classroom
City Park School staff work with families to support student academic achievement in all content areas. Some of the ways we do this include:
- Offer two family nights this year focusing on academic content and ways to increase student achievement
- Achieve 100% of participation during Fall Parent Conferences so that families receive timely information early in the school year
- Academic Celebrations
- Parent Workshop opportunities with the Title I Parent Involvement Coordinator, Canvas Learning Management System, State Standards and Standards Based Report Cards, ways to volunteer
During parent- teacher conferences, City Park parents learn about their child’s accomplishments and receive materials to ensure success in their learning throughout the year. Ways to help support your child are:
- Attend Parent Teacher conferences
- Check homework and planners
- Attend Content Family Nights
- Listen to your child read every night
- Join PTO
- Stay connected via Facebook, Twitter
- Practice math fact fluency
City Park Student Council share ideas about how our school should look, sound and feel for students to be successful. The City Park Student Council has the following suggestions to help students connect learning from school to home:
- Talk to your family about your guided reading books and what you are learning in math
- Bring home notices and encourage families to attend Family Nights and school activities
- Use your technology to play instructional games in reading and math and share the games with your family
- Demonstrate CATtitude (Come prepared, Act respectfully, Take responsibility, Show kindness)
Adoption of Policies
This parent and family engagement policy has been developed jointly and agreed on with parents and family members of children participating in Title I, Part A programs.
This policy was adopted by City Park School on 10/19/2018 and will be in effect for the period of the 2018-2019 school year. The school will distribute this policy to all parents of participating Title I, Part A children on or before October 29, 2018.
This School-Parent Compact for Achievement was jointly developed by the parents, students and staff of City Park School. Teachers suggested ways for parents to help students at home and parents added ideas that gave us ideas about their needs in this process. Students helped us with suggestions about ways in which they learn best. Meetings are held each year to review the compact and to make changes based on what our students need.
We welcome comments from parents, students and staff at any time!