• WHERE IS THE PLAN AVAILABLE?

    The Family and Community Engagement Plan and all other  Title I information are available on our school’s website at https://www.gcpsk12.org/SycamoreES under the Title I Section. Families can also find paper copies of this Family and Community Engagement Plan in our Parent Center.  The Plan…Promise is available on MyPayments Plus and on their child’s eClass page.

  • HOW IS THE PLAN DEVELOPED AND REVISED?

    It is reviewed and revised at least annually during the Planning Meeting in the spring. All feedback forms from the Planning Meeting are submitted to the Office of Federal Programs for review. Families who are not able to attend the Planning Meeting have the opportunity to review draft documents and provide input during the draft document review period.

  • COMMUNICATION

    At Sycamore Elementary, we are committed to communicating frequently with our families about student learning. Using two-way communication, families can send and receive notes, emails, phone calls, and website updates to stay informed. Sycamore Elementary offers a flexible number of meetings at convenient times to meet the needs of our families. In addition, families may request a meeting to discuss their child’s progress by contacting Marjorie Mantilla, Parent Instructional Coordinator, at 678.765.4861 or marjorie.mantilla@gcpsk12.org.

  • OUR DISTRICT GOALS

    Empathy: Cultural competence, staff and student wellbeing, educator diversity.
    Equity: Multi-tiered system of supports, opportunity and access, equitable resource allocation.
    Effectiveness: Results-Based evaluation system, talent management, educational return on investment.
    Excellence: Preferred education destination, post-secondary and workforce readiness, world-class communication and engagement.  

  • OUR SCHOOL GOALS

    We will provide all students with high quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment to meet high academic standards.

    Sycamore ES will implement a multi-tiered system of supports to address academic and non-academic student needs and remove barriers to success. 

    Sycamore ES will expand student opportunities to access high quality, rigorous and culturally relevant curriculum, and enrichment opportunities throughout the year.

    Our instructional focus will be to…

    • Recognize sight words.
    • Read for fluency and comprehension.
    • Write to respond to literature, express opinions, cite evidence and strengthen writing in all types of texts.

  • WHAT IS A FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PLAN?

    It is a plan that describes how our school will provide opportunities to improve family engagement that will support student learning at school and at home. All students and their families are invited and encouraged to fully participate in the opportunities described in this plan. The school will provide information and as many opportunities as possible for the participation of all family members.

  • WHAT IS A SCHOOL-FAMILY PROMISE?

    It is a written agreement that outlines how the school, the students, and the family will work together to ensure your child’s academic success. An effective School-Family Promise contains the following elements:

    • Clear learning goals that are linked to the school’s improvement plan
    • Specific skills students will learn during the year
    • Strategies that staff, families, and students will use to improve student learning
    • Ways to extend learning at home
    • Methods teachers and family members will use to communicate about student progress
    • Opportunities for family members to observe and participate in the classroom
    • Jointly-developed by families, school staff, students, community business partners, and other stakeholders during our Planning Meeting
    • Reviewed and revised throughout the year during Building Parent Capacity activities and Parent Teacher conferences. Families can review the School-Family Promise on the school website.

    ENGAGING AND EMPOWERING FAMILIES WITH…

    • Title I Program Information: Program information is available during the Title I Planning Meeting in the spring and Annual Parent Meetings in the fall, on the school website, and in the Parent Center.
    • Curriculum Information: Knowing what your child is learning at school is important. We will keep you informed throughout the year about what your child is learning during parent meetings, conferences, eCLASS, and on our school website.
    • Student Progress Monitoring: The Parent Portal is an online resource that allows families to view grades, attendance, schedules, assessment, and your child’s results, course history, and much more. Monitoring your child’s progress in school is an important way to be engaged.
    • Parent Resources: We have many resources available for checkout to use at home with your child. We also host several parent workshops to empower you as you work with your child at home.
    • Staff Training: We will train our staff to effectively communicate with you. Your input on how we train our staff is valuable.
    • Communication: We will communicate, to the extent feasible, all information with you in a language and format you understand. Whenever possible, we will provide interpreters during parent workshops, and academic events. Translation is available for most documents.
    • Transition Support: Entering a new school can be scary for both students and families. We will host events to make sure both you and your child are aware of what is expected and how you can prepare as your child transitions to a new school level, college, and career.

  • WORKING TOGETHER TO ENSURE SUCCESS

    Sycamore Elementary School will…        

    • Encourage families to participate in Building Parent Capacity activities to support the development of literacy skills and vocabulary development strategies in all content areas.
    • Help parents understand skills and strategies that they can use at home to support their children in improving language development, reading comprehension and written expression.
    • Provide support and resources through the Family Engagement Center. 

    Dr. Kelly Scarborough, Ed. D          5/18/2023
    Principal's Signature                     Date

    As Students, we will…icon: person reading a book

      • Read for 20 minutes daily.
      • Read for understanding of the text.
      • Write to respond to literature, express opinions, cite evidence and strengthen writing in all types of texts.

    As Families, we will…icon: man and woman

    • Participate in Building Parent Capacity activities to learn strategies to use at home to support my child’s learning at home.
    • Use Parent Portal to monitor my child’s progress.
    • Communicate with teachers to support my child’s learning at home.

  • LET'S TALK

    Sycamore Elementary is committed to frequent two-way communication with our families about student learning. Some of the ways that we communicate with our families include:

    • School website: https://www.gcpsk12.org/SycamoreES

    • Student Agendas, Friday Folders

    • School Messenger

    • Parent Teacher Conferences

    • Parent portal email, phone conferences, eClass, Zoom

    • Parent Instructional Coordinator

    • Parent Outreach Liaison

    • Social Media: Facebook, Twitter

    If you need interpretation and/or translation services, please contact: Ali Castro, Parent Outreach Liaison 678.745.2008 or ali.castro@gcpsk12.org

  • ACTIVITIES TO BUILD OUR PARTNERSHIP

    Staff, parents, family members and students of Sycamore ES worked jointly to develop the School-Family Promise. Please plan to join us for the following opportunities to support student learning.

    • Title I Planning Meeting

    • Title I Annual Parent Meeting

    • Curriculum Night

    • AKS @ Home

    • Parent Conferences  (October 18-19 and March 6-7)

    • National Family Engagement Day

    • Kindergarten Info Meeting

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  • DID YOU KNOW?

    • Title I is a federal program designed to support school reform efforts to improve teaching and learning for all students.
    • Title I programs are based on effective means of improving student achievement and include strategies to support family engagement.
    • The Title I Office reserves at least one percent of the district’s allocation to fund family and community engagement programs. The use of these funds is based on suggestions gathered at our spring Planning Meetings from families and community members. Funds are distributed equally to all our Title I schools.
    • Childcare and/or transportation may be provided for meetings and school events.

     

    OUR MISSION

    Our mission at Sycamore Elementary School is to achieve our personal best in our school, community, and world by setting goals, doing our job, and making every minute count.

  • VISIT OUR FAMILY ENGAGEMENT CENTER

    Our Family Engagement Center has learning games, books, and many other resources available for families to checkout and use at home. Our Parent Instructional Coordinator, Marjorie Mantilla and our Parent Outreach Liaison, Ali Castro are available to help you find resources, navigate the Parent Portal, connect with teachers, and learn about ways you can help your children at home.

    Our Family Engagement Center is located to the left of the Welcome Desk in Room 1.109.

    Hours of Operation

    Monday-Friday

    7:45 am-3:45 pm

    Please contact Marjorie Mantilla, Parent Instructional Coordinator or Ali Castro, Parent Outreach Liaison for additional information about our Family Engagement Center and resources available for check-out.

    678.765.4861

    marjorie.mantilla@gcpsk12.org

    678.745.2008

    ali.castro@gcpsk12.org

     

    To learn how to volunteer at our school or how to set up a classroom observation, contact Marjorie Mantilla, Parent Instructional Coordinator, or Ali Castro, Parent Outreach Liaison, using the contact information above.