A Message from our Principal, Mr. Gary Smallridge
I want to welcome everyone back to the 2021-2022 school year. I am very excited to have students back on campus and working with our staff face to face. Our opening went very smoothly and our students seem to be very excited about being around their friends and teachers. As you know, the School Board is requiring students and staff to wear face coverings, unless a parent or guardian completes an Opt Out Face Covering Form. We sent a paper copy of the Opt Out Form home with students on 8/18/21. The form is also available to you on our school and district websites. If you don’t want your child to wear a face covering, please take the time to complete the Opt Out Form and make sure that it gets turned into the school.
As we move into week three of school, we will continue to balance classes. The balancing of classes is a normal part of opening school each year, but the process does cause some students to have their schedules changed. Many students are asking for schedule changes with their elective classes. Our guidance counselors are trying to honor student requests, but please know we have limited seats available in our elective classes. Not all requests can be completed.
I want to thank our students for following our safety procedures. Our students are using the hand sanitizer stations and pumps that are in each classroom and office. We are continuing to encourage our students to bring water bottles to school and to use our water bottle filling stations, rather than drinking from our water fountains. Our students are following our directional hallways, traveling on the right side in hallways and on sidewalks. Parents, you have done a great job in keeping your children home when they are sick or showing symptoms. It is also very important for all of us to stay home when we are waiting on test results. This will help keep everyone healthy and reduce the number of direct contacts within our school. I ask you to continue to remind your students to follow the rules and not to let their guards down. If we stop following our safety plan, COVID will spread and schools will be in jeopardy of going back online. None of us wants that to happen, so let us stay strong and keep up our guard.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me by email or by phone.
Title 1 Guidelines and Parent Information 2021-22
TITLE I SCHOOLWIDE PARTICIPATION
Ft. King Middle School operates a school wide Title I, Part A program, which is the largest federally funded grant program for grades K-12. It is designed to provide all children that attend low-income schools significant opportunities to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education.
Title I funds can be used:
· to hire highly qualified teachers and/or para-professionals,
· to provide additional learning time through before/after school and/or summer programs,
· to purchase extra resources such as equipment, computers, and supplemental learning materials,
· to provide additional training for our school’s staff, and
· to implement innovative family engagement opportunities.
You will be invited to attend our Annual Parent Informational Meeting that will explain how this program is used to support the needs of your child and the school goals. You will also receive information about the
rights you have as a parent of a child attending a Title I school. We look forward to sharing this information other exciting news at this meeting!
NOTIFICATION OF TEACHERS “CERTIFICATION”
Schools are required to provide timely notice to each individual parent that their child has been assigned to or taught for FOUR or more consecutive weeks by a teacher or substitute who is not state certified. You will be provided this notification if this applies to your child at any point throughout the school year.
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN (SIP)
The SIP is a tool used by stakeholders to review data, set goals, progress monitor and create action plans. The most recent version of our School Improvement Plan is available by request through the school front office or for review at any time online at https://www.floridacims.org/districts/marion.
“RIGHT TO KNOW NOTIFICATION”
As a parent, you have the right to know the professional qualifications for the classroom teacher and/or paraprofessional who instructs your child. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) allows you to ask to receive information about certification(s)/credential(s) and you can request this information at any time. Requests can be made at any time by contacting our front office and asking for a Parent’s Right-To-Know Request form.
Each Title I school must collaborate with parents to develop an agreement that clearly outlines the responsibilities and commitment that the parents, entire school staff, and student will share. This document is known as the School-Parent Compact and assists with building and developing a partnership to help students achieve the State’s high academic standards.
The School-Parent Compact is a living document, signed by the school, staff, and parent, that will be used throughout the year as parents and school staff communicate about the progress and growth of your child.
Please see your child’s teacher if you have not yet received a School-Parent Compact. If you would like to provide suggestions or input about the compact, please contact the school.
PARENT OPPORTUNITY TO REQUEST MEETINGS
Parent-Teacher Conferences may be scheduled when the need arises at the request of either the parent or the teacher. Parents may schedule a conference by writing a note or e-mail to the teacher, or calling the front office before or after school to set up a time with your child’s teacher. By scheduling a conference, the teacher is able to prepare individual reports, papers, etc., regarding your child to improve the sharing of information during the conference. During planned instructional time, teachers are working hard on supporting students master state standards and are not allowed to conference with parents during planned instructional time. We encourage all parents to set up and attend at least one conference per quarter.
TITLE I PARENT RESOURCES
The Marion County School District invites all parents and families to visit the Title I Parent Resource Center where there are many resources and materials available for checkout to assist you in teaching your child. The Title I Parent Resource Center is located within the Howard Academy Community Center at 306 NW 7th Avenue. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. If you have questions about available materials, please call 352-671-4171.
The Parent Resource Center on Wheels travels to each Title I school in the district and various community events throughout the school year. Resources can be checked out from the van as well! Watch for upcoming notifications alerting you when the van will be at our school.
State Level Parent Resources
The mission of the Bureau of Family and Community Outreach (BFCO) is to empower families and communities with resources and information needed to promote a high-quality education for their children. The Bureau reaches out to serve Florida's diverse families and communities in a number of ways including dropout and bullying prevention; family engagement; volunteer and community involvement; faith- and community-based initiatives; mentoring/student assistance and school and instructional enhancement state grants; and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers federal afterschool grant.
For general information related to Family and Community Outreach, please call: 888-665-5055 or visit the website below: http://www.fldoe.org/schools/family-community/activities-programs/parental-involvement.stml
For questions related to Parents as Teachers (PAT) or home visiting, please contact the National PAT Center directly:
Parents as Teachers, 2228 Ball Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146
Phone (314) 432-4330; FAX: (314) 432-8963 Monday-Friday 8am-5pm http://www.parentsasteachers.org/contact
PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT
Our school is committed to ensuring that meaningful consultation is ongoing between family members and school staff. When families engage with schools to support their students learning, several positive effects can take place:
1. Students learn to read faster.
2. Students typically score higher on tests.
3. Students attend school on a more regular basis.
4. Students experience less disciplinary occurrences.
5. Students are more likely to graduate.
The most recent version of our Parent and Family Engagement Plan is available by request through the school front office or for review at any time online at https://www.floridacims.org/districts/marion (click on your school, then click on “Other Documents”. The District’s Parent Engagement and Family Plan is available in the front office or at www.marion.k12.fl.us under “Curriculum and Instruction”, then, “Grants and Federal Programs”.
SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL (SAC)
People from several groups are welcome to join our SAC committee, including parents, students, community members, business partners, and school staff. Certain SAC members are elected by their peers, business and community members are appointed and the Principal automatically serves. The SAC reviews issues of a school wide nature, helps to create and review the effectiveness of the School-Parent Compact, the Parent and Family Engagement Plan for both the school and district, and reviews the annual School Improvement Plan. SAC meetings fall under the Sunshine Law and are declared public meetings and open to the public at all times. Your input matters and we encourage you to join our SAC committee by notifying the front office. SAC meeting minutes and other related information are available to review by contacting our front office. Our first SAC meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 beginning at 4:15 P.M. in our Media Center.