School Improvement Plan
Comprehensive Needs Assessment
To download a PDF of the School-Family Compact click HERE
- What is a School-Parent Compact?
- District Goal
- Brookwood School Goals
- In the Classroom
- At Home
- Jointly Developed
- Building Partnerships
- Communication about Student Learning
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
-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 2021. (Content Mastery on CCRPI)
-By 2020 - 2021, the district will have districtwide benchmark/interim assessments for all EOG and EOC tested content to be used to monitor instructional programs and student achievement.
Brookwood School Goals
-By 2021, the percentage of students at Brookwood School performing at levels 3 and 4 on the Georgia Milestone in ELA, math, science, and social studies will increase by three percent.
-By 2020-2021, Brookwood School will administer the MAP Growth assessment to be used to monitor instructional programs and student achievement.
In the Classroom
Brookwood School staff will work with students and families to support student academic achievement in all content areas. Some of the ways we will do this include:
- Designing engaging work for students that results in profound learning
- Offering family resources electronically and in print, with ideas and suggestions for supporting the academic learning process
- Offering family supply boxes to support learning at home
- Offering opportunities for parents to become more involved in volunteer activities at Brookwood School
How to support your children:
- Maintain a home environment where learning is a priority
- Ask your child to talk about what they are learning and reading
- Monitor television and video game play
- Be consistent with expectations, such as a routine bedtime
- Attend Parent-Teacher conferences
- Check homework and planners
- Attend school events
- Listen to your child read every night
- Volunteer at Brookwood
- Promote independence, respect, and responsibility
Brookwood Student Leaders gave us feedback about our school. Here are their suggestions to help students connect learning from school to home:
- Bring work home to share with parents and ask for their feedback.
- Involve their families in all school events.
- Apply things we learn to real life at home and at school.
- Demonstrate our Brookwood Pledge each day.
We are Brookwood!
We are kind and respectful.
We listen and follow directions.
We are prepared and ready to learn.
We have good manners and character.
WE ARE BROOKWOOD!
This School-Parent Compact for Achievement was jointly developed by the parents, students, and staff of Brookwood School. Teachers suggested ways that parents can help students at home and parents added ideas about their needs in this process. Students helped us with suggestions about ways that 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!
- Orientation: Beep 'n Greet, August 10-14
- Open House: Online Airing, October 12-16
- Family Nights: TBD Due to Pandemic
- School Counselor: Alex Taylor
- Parent Teacher Organization: Sarah Lavender
- Parent University, Caring is Sharing: Jackie Taylor at 706-876-4200
- Little Cats: (for preschoolers) Contact Saira Laruy at 706-281-5878
- Big Red Reads Summer Schedule: Contact Alice Ensley at 706-281-5842
- Home/School Partnerships by grade level
Communication about Student Learning
Brookwood School is committed to maintaining two-way communication with families through the school year about student learning progress and academic achievement. Some of the ways you can expect us to reach you are:
- Student communication folders
- Reports of progress and report cards
- Infinite Campus Parent Portal
- Parent-teacher conferences
- School website/Social Media
- Workshops and parenting classes
- Notes sent home and email
- Message board in lobby and halls of school
Parent Engagement Policy
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Parent and Family Engagement Policy and Plan for Shared Student Success
- What is Title I?
- What is a School Plan for Shared Student Achievement?
- How is it revised?
- Who is it for?
- Where is it available?
- 2018 District Goals
- 2018-2019 School Goals
- School Parent Compact
- Let's get together
- Parent and Family Engagement
- Brookwood is Branching out
- Brookwood School Council
- Adoption of Policy
What is Title I?
Brookwood 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.
What is a School Plan for Shared Student Achievement?
This is a plan that describes how Brookwood Elementary will provide opportunities to improve family engagement to support student learning. Brookwood 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 Brookwood 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?
Brookwood Elementary invites all parents to attend our annual Title I Meetings in August 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. Brookwood 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?
2018 District Goals
By 2018, Dalton Public School students will meet or exceed the state target cohort graduation rate for all students. By 2018, Dalton Public School students will be reading at or above grade level as measured by the EOG. By 2018, Dalton Public School students will meet or exceed the state performance target in Reading on the EOG. By 2018, 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.
2018-2019 School Goals
By 2019, Brookwood Elementary School students will increase proficiency in Milestones achievement results and Lexile results as seen in detail on our publically available State of the School infographic at brookwood.daltonpublicschools.com
School Parent Compact
As part of this plan, Brookwood 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 School Council and open period feedback. The school-parent compacts also are sent home to parents early each school year and kept in the office if parents need another copy.
Let's get together
Brookwood Elementary will host the following events to build the capacity for strong family engagement to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement. Times for all meetings for parents and family members are listed below.
- School Council – Aug 23, Oct 25, Jan 24, Mar 28, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.
A forum for parents and family members to participate in roundtable discussions with the principal and staff regarding the school wide plan, parent and family engagement policy, school-parent compacts, and the family engagement budget.
- Annual Title I Meeting – Aug 23 at 11:15 a.m. and Aug 24, 2018 at 7:45 a.m.
We invite you to a meeting of learning and sharing about our Title I program, including our parent and family engagement policy, the school wide plan, the school-parent compacts, and parents’ requirements. Invitations will be posted in the school newsletter, front door, and social media.
- PTO/Open House/Discover Brookwood – Aug 28, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Learn about the Brookwood PTO and approve budget; meet your child’s teacher, and our friendly and helpful school staff.
- Parent-Teacher and Student Conferences – October 2018 Scheduled updates on your child’s progress.
- PTO/Brookwood Ballyhoo – Oct 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Come celebrate learning fun with games sponsored by the Brookwood PTO; converse with our school staff.
- PTO/Chorus Show – Dec 18, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Come celebrate our fine arts showcase sponsored by the Brookwood PTO and our chorus; converse with our school staff.
- Spring PTO Meeting/Drama Performance – TBA
Come celebrate our fine arts with a performance by our drama group and review the Brookwood PTO work from the past year; election of PTO officers for the next school year.
- District Choral Festival – April 18, 2018 at 6:15 p.m.
Come join an evening of choral performance when all 6 elementary schools combine choirs in a fantastic showcase.
- Career Day – TBA
A connection with the school, parents, and community to share careers and future job opportunities for students.
Parent and Family Engagement
Brookwood 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 should talk daily with their children about what they are learning and reading about
- 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.
Brookwood is Branching out
Brookwood 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
- Partner 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 schoolwide 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 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
Brookwood School Council
Brookwood 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) 876-4200 or complete the interest form and leave it in the main office.
Adoption of Policy
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 Brookwood School on 09/07/2018 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 September 28, 2018.