Family Engagement Plan 2020

  • 2019/2020 Family Engagement Plan

    The Family Engagement Plan (FEP) is organized into four impact areas. We will be working together this year to build positive and goal-oriented relationships in each area. Families and staff at school developed this plan together.  At Galtier Community School we strive to educate, inspire, and empower a community of lifelong learners through a personalized learning format, in an environment of respect for all.

    Welcoming Environment

    Our school has staff member(s) available for families to discuss this plan and ask questions

    • Family Liaison: Ms. Krista, Counselor
    • School Principal: Sharon Hendrix

    Our school communicates with families in many ways.

    • Families will be informed about what is happening at Galtier in multiple ways.  Families will receive Wednesday Folders that will go home with any information. Important information will be posted on the school website.  Classroom teachers will have monthly and/or weekly newsletters that will go out to families. Quarterly newsletters will be sent home to families from the principal.

    The achievement gap, or rather the “opportunity gap,” between students of color and white students in Saint Paul Public Schools is unacceptable. Our school is working to change practices and systems by identifying the barriers that make it harder for students of color to succeed and for their families to support their learning.

    • Personalizing learning and putting the students more in the forefront of their own education is one way in which we practice equity for all at Galtier.
    • Galtier has a School Leadership Team that makes school wide decisions based off of disaggregated data.
    • Galtier has a strong advocacy group in our PTO.
    • Family Nights that embrace all racial/cultural groups
    • Teachers were able to meet 25% of Galtier’s families personally when conducting home visits in the fall.  When teachers meet parents where they are at, it breaks down the systematic barriers of a large school system.

    Transitions between schools can be challenging, and we work to help families as their children start and leave our school.

    For new students and families, we support the transition by:

    • Pre-k has several events such as:  Take your Parent To School Day, and Buddy Reading Day, where families come to school and feel a part of the whole school community to ease the transition into kindergarten.
    • PTO reaches out to new families to make them feel welcome and answer any questions they might have.
    • Galtier will provide a PreK and Kindergarten registration night in spring.
    • Open House at the beginning of the school year for families to meet the teachers and staff.
    • Open House for prospective students will take place in winter of 2019 and current families will be on hand to give tours and answer questions.
    • PreK families are invited to visit the Kindergarten classes. For students and families moving to the next school in their pathway, we support the transition by: 
    • 5th grade students will do a site visit to Murray Middle School to see what Middle School will look like.
       

     

    Family Partnerships

    Our school-parent compact establishes the shared responsibility for student success between the school, families, and students. Families and teachers work together to develop the compact.

    • Copies of the compact are available: Open House, Conferences, and available upon request in the main office.
    • The compact will be updated: April 2019

    There are many opportunities for families to build connections to the school and to each other.

    • Title I Annual Meeting where we will share information about school programs:
    • Galtier will provide a Family Hospitality Room where families will have access to computers and other resources.  Families will also be able to wait for their children before dismissal.
    • Monthly PTO Meetings, Family Nights/Curriculum Nights
    • National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) will be on February 11, 2019
    • Parent Teacher Home Visit Project
    • Family Nights – Academic Parent Teacher Teams

    We work to make these meetings and events available for every family in the school.

    • Interpreters will be provided during conferences and other family meetings.
    • Transportation will be provided for families to participate in meetings such as conferences and other family meetings.

    Our school supports families as advocates and provides opportunities for parent leadership

    • Families are encouraged to be a part of the active PTO
       

     

    Teaching and Learning

    Our school shares information about student achievement with families in multiple ways

    • Report cards and progress reports will be distributed Fall of 2018, Winter 2019, and Spring 2019

    • Parent-Teacher conferences will be held Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
    • Family nights are held to inform parents/guardians about curriculum so they are able to help their children at home.  Specific skills are given to parents/guardians on how they can help support literacy at home such as reading with their child and asking questions about what they read or what was read to them.

    Our school will engage families in Personalized Learning as a key strategy to accelerate student achievement, as these changes come to our school

    • Families will have access to school computers to help support their child’s growth and the school's Personalized Learning initiative.

    Many before- and after-school enrichment and support opportunities are available for students

    • Extended Day Learning, Rec in Motion, and Band are a few after school activities that will support and enrich student learning.

     

    Community Partnerships

    Our school develops community partnerships to provide additional support for students and their families

    • Galtier Community School receives services from an outside mental health organization.  Galtier will also be partnering with the University of MN to support literacy and life skills.    

     

    This plan is available as part of our school’s SCIP, or School Comprehensive Improvement Plan at scip.spps.org, is on our school website at school.spps.org, and printed copies are available in the office.