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Placerita Jr. High School - October 13, 2019

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Thank you for your support at our CPK Restaurant Night!

Also, thanks for your support for the crazy day last Friday with the fires and cancelling school. We only had three students show up for school which was really good out of almost 1100.


We are working on rescheduling the Pacesetters field trip that was cancelled on Friday. We will let you know as soon as we have a new date.

This Week at Placerita 10.13.19


This Week at Placerita 10.13.19


Good Evening Placerita Families!


Welcome to the last week of the First Quarter! I know that’s hard to believe but we are here.


Thank you all so much for supporting our fundraiser at CPK last week. We really appreciate your help in helping our students.


We have our first Placerita Parent Organization Breakfast Meeting this Tuesday Morning right after Drop-off in Tanner Hall. We will be sharing data about Placertia for the Fall as well as hearing from Placerita Staff about programs and clubs on campus. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the meeting. If you want to feel more connected to school please plan on attending. We look forward to seeing you there.


We also have an ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) meeting this Thursday Night at 6:00 PM in Tanner Hall. If you are a parent of an English Learner we would love to see you there.


This Friday is our first Miner Munchies and a chance for you to contribute to help our PPO moms provide snacks for staff at Brunch. Please see the Sign-up Genius at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e48aaa822a7f94-october and sign up to help.

Thanks so much! Our Staff are very grateful for your support.


This Friday (3-5 PM) is also our Fall Festival! Encourage your students to attend. It will be a fun afternoon. Ticket prices start at $5 but will be $10 at the door on Friday.


We did not receive enough sign-ups for our Parent Academy classes we had presented earlier so we will be cancelling those evening classes; however, we are going to have a similar set of classes for our Spanish speaking parents. Dates and times for those will be out next week.


This Friday is also the end of the First Quarter. Encourage your students to check their assignments and get everything they need completed before Friday.


That’s it for tonight. Have a great week.


Mr. Turner

Placerita Parent Family Engagement Policy for Title I


Placerita Jr. High School

John Turner, Principal

Title I, Part A School-Level Parent and Family Engagement Policy

This policy describes the means for carrying out designated Title I, Part A parent and family engagement requirements pursuant to ESSA Section 1116(c).

Each school served under this part shall jointly develop with, and distribute to, parents and family members of participating children a written parent and family engagement policy, agreed on by such parents, that shall describe the means for carrying out the requirements of subsections (c) through (f). How are parents notified of the policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language the parents can understand? How is the policy made available to the local community? How and when is the policy updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school (ESSA Section 1116[b][1])?

Placerita Jr. High School has developed a written Title I parent and family engagement policy with input from Title I parents and family members. Staff created a rough draft of the Parental Involvement Policy, shared it with and received input from parents and families at the annual Title 1 meeting, shared it with and received input from the parents and families of ELAC, and submitted it to the SSC for review and approval. It was then submitted to the Board for approval. It has distributed the policy to parents and family members of all Placerita Jr. high School High School students, since Placerita runs a schoolwide program. The Parent Involvement Policy is distributed to the parents and families at Back to School Night, is posted on the school website, and is available in hard copy form in the school’s office. The policy describes the means for carrying out the following Title I parent and family engagement requirements.

To involve parents in the Title I, Part A programs, the following practices have been established:

§ The school convenes an annual meeting to inform parents and family members of their school’s participation in the Title I program and to explain Title I requirements and the right of parents and family members to be involved in the Title I program.

§ QHHS holds an annual Title 1 Information Meeting two weeks prior to and on the same day as the Back to School Night Event.

The school convenes an annual meeting to inform parents about Title I, Part A requirements and about the right of parents to be involved in the Title I, Part A program (ESSA Section 1116[c][1]). Add details about the annual meetings in the box below:

The parents and families of Placerita Jr. High School are shared the following information:

  • Placerita participates in Title I, the requirements of Title I, and their rights to be involved (e.g. teachers qualifications, supplemental services, and school of choice provisions)
  • The parents will be notified of the meeting via Blackboard Connect telephone and email messages and Infinite Campus notifications.

The school offers a flexible number of meetings for Title I, Part A parents, such as meetings in the morning or evening (ESSA Section 1116[c][2]). Add details about the meetings in the box below:

§ Title 1 Information is shared at various ELAC Meetings, SSC Meetings, PAC Meetings, and other school meetings held throughout the year.

§ Staff will hold morning, afternoon, and evening meetings to meet the needs of the diverse schedules of the parents to increase parental involvement.

§ Invitations and compacts are available in both English and Spanish.

§ A bilingual message is sent home via the telephone system

The school involves parents of Title I, Part A students in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s Title I, Part A programs and the Title I, Part A parent involvement policy (ESSA Section 1116[c][3]). How does the school involve parents?

Parents and families are invited to all SSC Meetings to provide input on Title 1 Programs during the time that Title 1 Information is shared. Title 1 Updates are shared at all SSC Meetings.

The school provides parents of Title I, Part A students with timely information about Title I, Part A programs (ESSA Section 1116[c)(4][A]). How does the school provide the information?

Information about the Title 1 Programs are communicated through the School Website, and Automated Phone Calls to each family of Placerita.

  • SAT Preparation notification
  • Guidance Notes
  • E-mail
  • Parent Advisory meetings
  • Placerita Website
  • Back to School Night
  • Title I Parent Night
  • School-Parent Compacts
  • Program Improvement and non-highly qualified teacher notices

The school provides parents of Title I, Part A students with an explanation of the curriculum used at the school, the assessments used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet (ESSA Section 1116[c][4][B]). How does the school provide the information?

This information is shared through the following:

  • Back to School Night
  • Title I Parent Night
  • Quarterly Progress Reports
  • Links to Curriculum and Standards
  • Placerita Website
  • CAASPP / ELPAC Reports
  • Open House

If requested by parents of Title I, Part A students, the school provides opportunities for regular meetings that allow the parents to participate in decisions relating to the education of their children (ESSA Section 1116[c][4][C]). How does the school provide the opportunities?

  • School Site Council
  • Parent Advisory Committee
  • E-mail
  • Parent Breakfast Meetings

§ Parent-Teacher meetings

The school engages Title I, Part A parents in meaningful interactions with the school. The School-Parent Compact supports a partnership among staff, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement. To help reach these goals, the school has established the following practices:

The school provides Title I, Part A parents with assistance in understanding the state’s academic content standards, assessments, and how to monitor and improve the achievement of their children (ESSA Section 1116[e][1]).

Placerita will, with the assistance of its district, provide assistance to parents of children served by the school in understanding topics such as the following:

  • The State’s academic content standards and/or the Common Core Standards
  • The State and local academic assessments including alternate assessments
  • The requirements of Title I
  • How to monitor their child’s progress

§ How to work with educators

The school provides Title I, Part A parents with materials and training to help them work with their children to improve their children's achievement (ESSA Section 1116[e][2]).

The activities, such as workshops, conferences, classes, equipment or other materials that may be necessary to ensure success may include:

  • Title I Conferences
  • Open House
  • E-mail
  • Back to School Night
  • Website

§ Supplemental Classes

With the assistance of Title I, Part A parents, the school educates staff members in the value of parent contributions, and in how to work with parents as equal partners (ESSA Section 1116[e][3]).

Placerita will, with the assistance of its district and parents, educate its teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff, in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools, by:

  • Professional Development
  • Power School

§ Staff Meetings

The school coordinates and integrates the Title I, Part A parental involvement program with other programs, and conducts other activities, such as parent resource centers, to encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children (ESSA Section 1116[e][4]).

Placerita will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement with Title I programs and activities that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children, by:

§ Asking parents to follow the School-Parent Compact

§ Providing access to our Parent Center and our Multi-media Library for access to various resources

The school distributes Information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities to Title I, Part A parents in a format and language that the parents understand (ESSA Section 1116[e][5]).

Placerita will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent- programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand:

  • Email
  • Website
  • Push Notifications
  • Flyers (Bilingual)
  • Guidance Notes (Bilingual)

§ Automated Phone Messages

The school provides support for parental involvement activities requested by Title I, Part A parents (ESSA Section 1116[e][14]).

Placerita JHS provides activities and services upon request throughout the year. Some of these services include:

§ Fingerprinting for Volunteers

§ Access to Technology through extended hours in the Library

§ Scheduling conferences with Counselors and Staff as requested

§ Attending Professional Development Conferences as available

§ Invitations to various community related meetings, such as the SSC, ELPAC, REACH, and Title 1 Advisory Meetings

The school provides opportunities for the participation of all Title I, Part A parents, including parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory students. Information and school reports are provided in a format and language that parents understand (ESSA Section 1116[f]).

Attach a copy of the School-Parent Compact in both English and Spanish + any other appropriately translated language.

This policy was adopted by Placerita Jr. High School on October 1, 2019 and will be in effect for the period of the 2019-20 School Year.

The school will distribute the policy to all parents of students participating in the Title I, Part A program on, or before: October 31, 2019.

John Turner

Principal

For A PDF of the above document see below.

During the Month of October we wear pink on Wednesdays for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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ASB is Hosting a Fall Festival for Students

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Healthy Choices Parent Meeting

If you are interested in what will be shared with students in our Healthy Choices curriculum in both Science and PE you may attend this meeting for a review of the curriculum. It will be on November 7 @ 6:30 PM in Tanner Hall.
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Click on the link below for a PDF copy of the letter above

Other Important Dates for Parents this Fall

Miner Munchies

We will need your help with snacks for staff. We will send out Sign-up Genius forms for each event. Two events this Fall - October 18 and December 13


Placerita Parent Organization

Breakfast Meetings - Right after Drop-off in the morning in Tanner Hall.

Fall Meeting - October 15th

Two more in the Winter and Spring - January 15 and March 18


Student of the Month Meetings for Selected Students (Parents Invited)

October 4, November 1, December 6, February 7, March 6, and May 1


Healthy Choices Parent Meeting

Meeting to review the Science and PE curriculum related to Sex Ed. Parents can review all parts of curriculum with an option to opt out.

November 7 @ 6:30 PM in Tanner Hall

We have Minimum Days on October 23-24 for Professional Development and Department Collaboration

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Click on the link below for a PDF of the calendar above

Important Upcoming Dates in October at Placerita

  • PPO Breakfast Meeting Tuesday Morning After Drop-off
  • ELAC Meeting Thursday 6 PM Tanner Hall
  • Miner Munchies 10/18 Brunch in Library
  • Fall Festival 10/18 3-5 PM
  • End of Q1 10/18 End of Day
  • Fire Drill 10/22
  • Minimum Days 10/23-24 Dpt and PD Time
  • Halloween Costume Contest 10/31 Brunch Extended brunch
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Placerita Jr. High School

Placerita has been serving Jr. High students in Newhall for almost 60 years. Placerita is just north of Los Angeles in the Santa Clarita Valley.