Parent and Family Engagement

January 2023

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What is Title I, Part A

Title I is the largest federally funded program for elementary, middle, and high schools. Title I helps students, teachers, and parents. Through Title I, school districts receive money based on the money of low-income families in each district. Each district uses its Title I money for extra educational services for children most in need of educational help. The focus of the Title I program is on helping students meet the same high standards expected of all children. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) serves as the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESA) which focuses on the clear goal of fully preparing all students for success in college and careers and the right of parents to be involved in the education of their children.

What are your rights as a parent?

Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), it is your right to request the following information about your child’s teachers’ training and credentials:

  • Whether the teacher met the state requirements from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for certification for the grade level and subject area which they teach;
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or other temporary status through which Georgia qualifications or certification criteria have been waived;
  • What undergraduate or graduate degree(s) the teacher holds, including graduate certificates and additional degrees, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration; and
  • Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.
If you wish to request information concerning the qualifications of your child's teacher and/or paraprofessional, please contact the principal of your child's school.

Parent's Role in Supporting Student Success

Parents are an important part of the Title I team and are partners with the school in helping their to child’s achieve. As the parent of a student in a Title I school, you have the right to:

  • Be engaged in planning and implementation of the parent and family engagement policy and program in your child’s school
  • Ask to see the school and your child’s progress reports
  • Request information about the professional qualifications or your child’s teacher(s) and/or paraprofessional(s) including degrees and certification held, and whether the teacher is certified in their respective area of instruction
  • Help decide if Title I is meeting your child’s needs and offer suggestions for improvement
  • Ask about your child’s school designation under the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA),Title I, Part A
  • Know if your child has been assigned or has been taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet applicable state certification, licensure requirements, or district requirements for certification
  • Help develop your school’s policy for how parents and schools work together to promote student achievement

School's Role in Supporting Student Success

All Title I schools in GSCS are school-wide programs. This means that school staff work to improve instruction in an effort to increase student achievement, for all students, particularly those students who are low achieving or performing below grade level expectations. In a school-wide Title I program all students can benefit from extra support or services to meet their educational goals. Title I schools in GSCS are responsible for the following actions:

  • Involve parents in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I programs, including the parent and family engagement policy.
  • Develop jointly, with parents, a school-parent-student compact focused on academic achievement.
  • Inform parents in an understandable language and format.
  • Offer parent meetings at various times and in various formats.
  • Provide information to parents about state standards, curriculum, and assessments and how parents can monitor student progress.
  • Build parent capacity by coordinating and integrating parent programs and activities with other federal , state, and local programs.

District's Role in Supporting Student Success

Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) are defined as school districts, county offices of education, and district-funded charter schools that are responsible for the following actions:

  • Plan and implement educational programs, activates, and procedures aa required under Title I that engages parents.
  • Reserve 1% of Title I funds for parent and family engagement activities if the LEA receives more than $500,000.
  • Develop a family and parent engagement policy with the participation of parents..
  • Conduct an annual evaluation of the parent and family engagement policy and implement changes based upon the findings of the evaluation.
  • Build parent capacity by providing literacy and technology trainings for parents
  • Build capacity of school staff by providing resources to assist staff in communicating with parents to promote student success
  • Provide full opportunities for participation of parents with limited English proficiency, disabilities, of migratory children and when appropriate , in a language and format that they can understand

Principal- Michael Mathis

reetings, Orrs Parents, Students, Community Partners and Friends:

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year of excellence at Orrs Elementary School. It is an honor and a pleasure to serve your students this year. I have served students as a high school and elementary teacher, instructional coach, curriculum coordinator, school improvement specialist, assistant principal and now as the proud principal of Orrs. This service is founded on a strong commitment of ensuring success for all students and this can only be accomplished when all of us work together. With that in mind, we must work daily to help our students exceed their goals.

To accomplish this, students should:

- attend school daily, on time, ready to learn and share with others.

- share daily learning experiences with parents and set new goals together.

Additionally, parents are asked to:

- communicate regularly with your child’s teacher to support the learning process.

- celebrate your child’s success as he/she masters skills and concepts.

Our investment in this work will help Orrs students exceed their goals.

Thank you for sharing in the cooperative work of “Engineering Excellence” for every student at Orrs.

Michael Mathis


Orrs Elementary School

“Where Excellence is Deliberate!"

Assistant Principal- Quanedra Jackson

Greetings, Orrs Parents, Students, Community Partners and Friends:

I am Quanedra Jackson and I am the proud Assistant Principal of Orrs Elementary School. During my time at Orrs, I have served as a teacher, instructional coach, and now I am thankful to serve our Orrs family as the Assistant Principal. I am a native of Griffin, Ga and was educated through the Griffin Spalding County School System. I believe that every child should have the opportunity to receive a quality education - no matter what! We ask that you partner with us to help all of our scholars reach their full potential.

At Orrs, we are committed to providing a safe, encouraging, and rigorous learning environment conducive to meeting the social, emotional, and learning needs of your child.We must all work together as a team to ensure that our scholars are exceeding their goals. Together we can ensure that our scholars are prepared and equipped with the skills they need to thrive as contributing members of society.

Counselor-Kimberly Mitchell

Greetings Orrs Family!

I am so excited and thankful to serve as Orrs Elementary School Counselor! I cannot wait to help our precious students reach their potential. I am here to serve you and your students, so please let me know if there is anything I can do to help your child(ren) socially, emotionally, or academically.

Looking forward to getting to know you better!

Parent Liaison- Paige Samples

Hello, my name is Paige Samples. I am the Parent Liaison for Orrs Elementary. I am also the Math Lab teacher. I have been in education for 19 years. While at Orrs, I have taught all grades from Kindergarten through 4th grade. I absolutely love math and am so excited to have the opportunity to help students find success in math through the math lab. I am looking forward to this year at Orrs and working with you and your children to have a successful year.