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Whitfield County Schools Title I Parent Advisory Meeting

on Fri, 2014-05-16 08:15

Parents have the opportunity to meet with district leaders to help design and plan student and parent activities funded by federal Title I dollars.

All parents of students in Whitfield County Schools are invited to a Title I Parent Advisory meeting on Tuesday, May 20, from 5:30–6:30 p.m. The meeting will be at the central office building at 1306 South Thornton Avenue in Dalton.

The purpose of the meeting is for parents and community members to share their ideas and feedback regarding the district’s improvement plan and parent involvement policy for the upcoming school year. The school district’s current improvement plan is available for review on the Federal Programs page of the district website at www.whitfield.k12.ga.us.

Title I funds enhance educational opportunities for students by supplementing regular classroom services. The goal is to help students master basic and advanced skills for their grade level in the core content areas of reading/language arts, math, science, and social studies.

All Whitfield County Schools parents are encouraged to attend the May 20 meeting. For questions or more information, please contact Lorijo Calhoun or Freida Talley at (706) 217–6733.

EES & PGE Hosting Parent Program Featuring Meals in Minutes

on Tue, 2014-01-21 12:25

 * * * Article updated to include sessions at Eastside Elementary School * * *

Learn to make “Meals in Minutes” starting this week at Eastside and Pleasant Grove elementary schools (presented in English & Spanish).

Click to view and download a printable flyer with more information

These free classes offer parents the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Food Talk program featuring Meals in Minutes beginning this week. The series of sessions at the schools will be presented in English and Spanish.

Topics include:

  • Stretching your food dollars
  • Food safety
  • Stress-free mealtimes
  • 15-minute one-dish meals

Please download a flyer using one of the links above for class dates and times. For more information, please contact Ania Arias at (706) 278–8207.

Planning for Bad Weather

on Mon, 2013-12-16 16:22

With the first day of winter being Dec. 21, we want to remind our families about our plans to respond appropriately to bad weather. Part of that plan depends on our families (and staff) to keep their contact information up-to-date.

It is important to keep a current phone number where you can be reached on file at your child’s school. Our automated messaging system calls each student’s home when school is delayed or cancelled. We try to schedule calls no later than 8 p.m. the night before a potential closing and no earlier than 6 a.m. on the day in question. The information is updated 24/7 on the district’s website and other methods detailed below.

This is a good time to ensure all of your contact information–address, cell phones, work phones, and email addresses–is updated with your school.

We have several other ways to keep you informed when school is delayed or cancelled.

  • WCS Website - Notices will be published prominently on the home page of this website.
  • Social Media - Go “like” our Facebook Page and follow @WCSchools on Twitter for the latest news and updates.
  • Local Media - We share updates with media partners in Dalton and Chattanooga that include the Dalton Daily Citizen, WDNN, and local radio such as Mix 104.5. If you are reading, watching, or listening to a media outlet, you should hear an update.
  • Automated Messaging System - We call the phone number on file in Infinite Campus when schools are delayed or closed.

Whitfield County Schools does not announce when schools are open. If we have not announced that schools are closed due to bad weather, please assume everything is on schedule.

While we’re on this topic, please make a note that while we announce when schools are delayed or closed, we do not announce when they are open. If you haven’t heard anything through the methods described above, then assume buses will run on schedule and school will be open.

How do we decide when schools close?

Even with the amazing technology available today, weather is hard to predict. We use a team approach to decide if schools will close due to inclement weather conditions.

We consult reports from the National Weather Service, local meteorologists, and experts from the Whitfield County Emergency Management Agency. Our staff checks road conditions early. We also work with other school districts in the region to see how they react to the weather.

Based on all of this information and feedback, the superintendent makes a decision. Our primary concern is the safety of students and staff with consideration about how important instructional time is for your children. We announce the decision as soon as possible, but never before reviewing all available information.

Remember, you can always return to the school system’s website at www.whitfield.k12.ga.us for the latest official updates.

Thank You Letter to Georgia’s Parents

on Tue, 2013-11-19 11:16

by Dr. John Barge
State School Superintendent

See this letter as a PDF (English / Spanish)

November is Parent Engagement Month in Georgia, and schools across the state are highlighting the role parents play in a student’s education. In addition, November 21st is National Parent Involvement Day, a time for all parents to consider how they can get more involved in the education of their children, regardless of the grade level.

So far, it’s been a busy year with many changes, from the implementation of the Career Pathways/Clusters initiative in all our high schools to the continued roll out of the state’s new teacher and leader evaluation system. We want to challenge our students and elevate our teaching methods to meet the demands of the 21st century economy. We want to not only test knowledge, but teach students how to apply it in real-world situations. Most of all, we want students to see the relevance of the classes they’re taking and how they will use that knowledge after graduation.

We are also working hard on the second year of our College and Career Ready Performance Index, a great way for parents and the community to keep up with how schools are performing on a number of measures – not just one test score. The index will let teachers put their focus back on the child in the classroom instead of just worrying about the test - because there’s so much more to accountability than testing. We want to put the focus back on the children, which will ultimately lead to improved student achievement.

The only way we will be successful with these initiatives is if parents are actively engaged in them. I encourage you to look for more ways to become involved in your child’s school and hope that you will urge your friends who have children to do the same. Engaged parents can make the difference between a school that’s barely getting by and a school that’s thriving.

When it comes to parent engagement, the research is clear: when schools, families, and communities support each other, students of all backgrounds and ability levels achieve at the highest levels.

As the father of a high school senior, I know how challenging it is to stay engaged in the lives of our children. Life is demanding and there is almost never enough time to get everything done; but, being involved in your child’s education is arguably one of the most important roles we play as parents.

Anyone can be an involved parent by just showing up, but I challenge each parent to become more engaged in the process by asking questions, getting the facts and getting more connected to your child’s education.

To assist parents in the process, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) provides Get the facts…get connected…GET INVOLVED! resources for parents and schools to encourage parent engagement. One of the resources is a Parent Engagement Month calendar that provides specific activities for parents to do with their children at home each day during the month to support learning and academic achievement. While the calendar is designed to be used in the month of November, parents can also use it to find ways to engage in meaningful conversations and positive interactions with their children throughout the year.

To access an electronic copy of the calendar or to check out other parent engagement month resources such as brochures, videos, letters, and tip sheets provided by the GaDOE, please contact our Parent Engagement office at 404–656–2633 or visit our website.

Parents, the strength of your support is immeasurable. When we educators hit a bump, help us plow through it. We simply cannot succeed without you and your support.

On behalf of our schools and school systems, I want to thank all the parents and families who have taken on the demanding job of being engaged in your child’s education. Throughout this month, I hope you will take time to become more involved, but please do not stop there. When November is over, please continue being a part of your child’s education. With actively engaged parents and families, my vision of making education work for all Georgians will become a reality.

Dr. John Barge, a parent and a former school administrator, is Georgia’s State School Superintendent.

Georgia Parent Survey

on Wed, 2013-11-06 10:50

The time to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey for the 2013–14 school year has arrived. Data from the survey will be used to calculate the School Climate Star Rating within the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).

The survey is currently open and will remain open through Friday, January 31, 2014. It will be administered electronically and may be completed in 5–10 minutes using a computer, smart phone, or iPad.

Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education. Data results from the survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online.

We hope you will participate in the survey. The link is posted below. After you click on the link, a drop-down menu will appear to select the school district and the school.

Georgia Parent Survey
http://admin.doe.k12.ga.us/gadoe/sla/gaparents.nsf/Survey.xsp

PTO Math Night at NHE

on Tue, 2013-02-12 09:27

Students completed math activities with their families last week during New Hope Elementary School’s recent Math Night following the First Grade PTO program.

The night of Thursday, Feb. 7, was designed to familiarize parents with the new Math Common Core Standards (CCGPS). Students earned a “What’s Your Guess?” ticket with each activity visited. Two candy jars were on display for students to guess the quantity inside each one. Winners received a math game called 7 ate 9 and the candy.

Attending students also qualified for grade-level drawings for math games. All in all, Math Night was a “measured” success! Enjoy a few more photos below from the events that night.

National School Counseling Week

on Mon, 2013-02-04 10:39

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated this week (Feb. 4–8, 2013) to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

School counselors support students

School counselors actively engage in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents. They work in partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world and focus on positive ways to enhance students’ social/personal, educational and career development. Counselors work with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

“School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, personal/social skills and career awareness in post-secondary options,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.”

More than 30,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the week’s festivities to call attention to the myriad benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program.

Parents or community members with specific questions or concerns about school counseling programs should contact the school counselors at their local schools. More general information can also be found on ASCA’s Web site at schoolcounselor.org.


The American School Counselor Association is a worldwide nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va. Founded in 1952, ASCA supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they not only achieve success in school but are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. The association, which is the school counseling division of the American Counseling Association, provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to more professional school counselors around the globe.

Educators want parents' opinions

on Fri, 2013-02-01 07:39

All parents of students in Whitfield County Schools are invited to a Title I Parent Advisory meeting on Monday, Feb. 4, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Central Office at 1306 South Thornton Avenue in Dalton.

The purpose of the meeting is for parents and community members to share their ideas and feedback regarding the system’s consolidated application and the system parent involvement policy for the upcoming school year. Visit the school district’s website to review the current consolidated application and parent involvement policy.

Title I funds enhance students’ educational opportunities by providing educational services to supplement regular classroom services. The goal is to help students reach grade-level proficiency in basic and advanced skills in the core content areas of reading/language arts, math, science, and social studies.

All Whitfield County School parents are encouraged to attend. For questions or more information, please contact Lorijo Calhoun or Freida Talley at (706) 217–6733.

Get ready. Winter is coming!

on Thu, 2012-12-13 09:03

The first day of winter is Dec. 21, and we know there is always a chance snow and ice will swoop in and change our schedules for us. We have plans to respond appropriately to bad weather, and part of that plan depends on our families (and staff) to keep their contact information up-to-date.

It is important to keep a current phone number where you can be reached on file at your child’s school. Our automated messaging system calls each student’s home when school is delayed or cancelled. We try to schedule calls to go out no later than 8 p.m. the night before a potential closing and no earlier than 6 a.m. on the day in question. The information is updated 24/7 on the district’s website and other methods detailed below.

This is a good time to ensure all of your contact information–address, cell phones, work phones, and email addresses–is updated with your school.

We have several other ways to keep you informed when school is delayed or cancelled.

  • WCS Website - Notices will be published prominently on the home page of this website.
  • Social Media - Go “like” our Facebook page and follow @WCSchools on Twitter for the latest news and updates.
  • Local Media - We share updates with our media partners in Dalton and Chattanooga that include the Dalton Daily Citizen, WDNN, and local radio such as Mix 104.5. If you are reading, watching, or listening to a media outlet, you should hear an update.
  • Automated Messaging System - We call the phone number reported in Infinite Campus when schools are delayed or closed.

While we’re on this topic, please make a note that while we announce when schools are delayed or closed, we do not announce when they are open. If you haven’t heard anything through the methods described above, then assume buses will run on schedule and school will be open.

How do we decide when schools close?

Even with the technology today, weather is difficult to predict. We use a team approach to decide if schools will close due to inclement weather conditions.

We consult reports from the National Weather Service, local meteorologists, and experts from the Whitfield County Emergency Management Agency. Our staff is also out driving the roads early in the morning to inspect road conditions. We also work with other school districts in the region to see how they react to the weather.

Based on all of this information and feedback, the superintendent makes a decision. Our primary concern is the safety of students and staff, and we must also consider how important instructional time is for your children. We announce the decision as soon as possible, but never before reviewing all available information.

Remember, you can always return to the school system’s website and find the latest official updates.

These resources are gathered here for parents and families of students. Many of these resources are recommended by the Georgia Department of Education, especially to help families learn about the Common Core Standards & curriculum. If you find a broken link, please email us to let us know.

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