2016-2017 Family Engagement Plan

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    School Introduction:      

    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.


    Welcoming Environment


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

    ·       Family Liaison: Lee Yang


    Our school communicates with families in many ways.

    ·       Mailings, letters in parents’ languages

    ·       School website

    ·       Flyers sent home with students through period 5 classes

    ·       Phone calls home with interpreters available

    ·       When families call, email, or send a note, we do our best to respond within 24 hours.

    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.

    ·       For more about our work on racial equity, contact: Rose Santos, Principal

    ·       The goal of the school is to have staff who represent the demographics and languages of our students.

    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:

    ·       Open house before school starts

    ·       Student/parents conferences four times each year with language grouped meetings to explain school rules, expectations and help available if needed by families.

    ·       Student Ambassadors welcome new students who come in after the school year has started

    ·       Full time nurse and social worker to help with needs of families, including social and emotional needs in addition to medical needs.

    ·       1.5 full time counselors to help students and their families with all issues related to school and college opportunities


    For students and families moving to the next school in their pathway, we support the transition by:

    ·       For students over 21, we have a pathway to continued schooling at adult programs in the metro area


    ·       CNA Certified Nursing Assistant program for students interested in a nursing career.


    ·       Naviance for all students beginning in level 2A to explore college and career opportunities.


    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: Families receive the compact at Open House, conferences, sent home with students, as well as when registering at the school.


    ·       The compact will be updated: May 2016

    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 Open House on September 1 from 4-7pm at the school.


    ·       During first conference night


    ·       At Site Council


    ·       Anytime with the principal


    ·       Culture Party in December for entire school and invited guests from the community


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

    ·       We have interpreters available for all languages.


    ·       We offer taxi coverage


    ·       We send home notices in all languages


    ·       We provide dinner for families


    ·       We have raffles for food, bikes and school supplies

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

    ·       60% of our students are over 18 years old, so we are providing leadership opportunities for our students in Site Council and the Student Ambassador Program

    ·       We also have the Genius Squad for technology where students teach other students

    ·       The YMCA program

    ·       GGals

    ·       Karen Organization of Minnesota (KOM)

    ·       Families are encouraged to join Site Council during the first conference opening meeting



    Teaching and Learning


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

    ·       Report cards and progress reports will be distributed Mailed home every quarter.


    ·       Parent-Teacher conferences are held 4 times each year.


    ·       Site Council meets at school


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

    ·       Parent Portal is available by contacting: Sandy Lucas


    ·       iPad information is available on the website


    ·       Students are trained on iPad security and appropriate use


    ·       During Site Council meetings, iPad use and security is discussed with parents and students

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

    ·       GGals – 1 day per week; 2 hours

    ·       YMCA -2 days per week; 2 hours

    ·       KOM – 2 days per week; 2 hours

    ·       Extended Day Learning Program – 2 days; 2 hours


    Community Partnerships


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

    ·       KOM

    ·       YMCA

    ·       GGALS


    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 leap.spps.org, and printed copies are available in the office.