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BRIGHT FUTURES ACADEMY 2010-2011 ACADEMIC YEAR. Welcome and Thank You for Sharing this Important Time with US! Parental Involvement United Front Open.

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2 Welcome and Thank You for Sharing this Important Time with US! Parental Involvement United Front Open Door Policy Kindergarten – 4 th Grade Principal-Jaime Madden – Office Team: Carolyn Garcia & Elizabeth Muniz – Lead Teacher: Tom Amenita 5 th – 8 th Grade Principal- Henry DiGiacinto – Office Team: Marianne Kraut & Cheryl Kovalsky – Lead Teacher: Ken Campbell

3 Building a team requires: – Trust – Commitment to the mission – Communication – Collaboration – Courtesy – Conflict Resolution

4 Research conducted by the State of Michigan Department of Education Family participation in education was twice as predictive of students academic success as family socioeconomic status. Some of the more intensive programs had effects that were 10 times greater than other factors. 7 The most consistent predictors of childrens academic achievement and social adjustment are parent expectations of the childs academic attainment and satisfaction with their childs education at school. 10

5 Decades of research show that when parents are involved students have 6 : Higher grades, test scores, and Graduation rates Better school attendance Increased motivation, better self-esteem Lower rates of suspension Decreased use of drugs and alcohol Fewer instances of violent behavior

6 Joyce Epstein of Johns Hopkins University has developed a framework for defining six different types of parent involvement. Parenting Communicating Volunteering Learning at Home Decision Making Collaborating with Community

7 Parent education and other courses or training for parents Family support programs to assist families with health, nutrition, and other services

8 Design effective forms of school-to-home and home- to-school communications about school programs and children's progress – SNAP GRADES- Weekly Newsletters- Website- Automated Telephone Announcements- Agendas Conferences with every parent at least 2x Per Year – PEP/IEP/504 Conferences 2x Per year- REQUIRED Language translators to assist families as needed – Spanish, French & Creole

9 Recruit and organize parent help and support – V.I.P.S Programs – School Volunteering Requirement of 15 Hours School and classroom volunteer program to help teachers, administrators, students, and other parents – Contact Morgan Mitchell!!!

10 Provide information and ideas to families about how to help students at home with homework and other curriculum-related activities, decisions, and planning – PTA Information Sessions Information for families on skills required for students in all subjects at each grade – Sunshine State Standards Information on homework policies and how to monitor and discuss schoolwork at home

11 Include parents in school decisions, developing parent leaders and representatives – PTA – BFA Board of Directors Independent advocacy groups to lobby and work for school reform and improvements – Political Action Group

12 Identify and integrate resources and services from the community to strengthen school programs, family practices, and student learning and development – Collaboration with NPB Recreation Center – Resource Depot – University of Florida Cooperative Extension Program – Florida Power and Light – Dr. Terry Couch – South Florida Fair Grounds – School District of PB County – Palm Beach County Health Department

13 Chain of Command Federal Government School Board of Palm Beach County Florida Department of Education Bright Futures Academy School Board Administrative Staff Teaching Staff, Support Staff and Assistants Chief Executive Officer- Kendall Artusi Utility Taxes Property Taxes Income Taxes Funding Jaime Madden- Principal Henry Di Giacinto- Principal Janine Korody- Webmaster & Special Services Ellen White- Business Manager Marsia Tucci- Testing & Publications Alice McAnelly- Admissions & Extended Day Morgan Mitchell- Community Outreach Carol Merman- Health & Food Services Phil Robinson- Facilities & Transportation Marianne Kraut- Dismissal & Administration Sherry Vazquez- Data Processing Carolyn Garcia- Dismissal & Administration ½ Cent Sales Tax

14 Federal Tax Revenue

15 Where do your federal tax dollars go? Social Security Medicare Medicaid Unemployment Welfare Interest on Debt Defense War on Terror Health and Human Services Education

16 Florida State Tax Dollars Revenue

17 Florida State Tax Dollar Expenditures

18 Local Taxes Derived from: 77.88% Property Taxes: $3.1 Billion 10.91% Individual Certificate Sales 7.42 % State of Florida Remainder= Miscellaneous Taxes – 2009 Tax Roll

19 Local Tax Expenditure 37.04% School District of Palm Beach County – $1,166,223, % County Expenses 15.95% Municipalities 9.36% Waste/Water/Utilities 6.30% Fire Remainder= Miscellaneous Taxes Tax Roll

20 BUDGET COMPARISON PBC SCHOOL DISTRICT $2.7 Billion Total Budget $1.4 Billion General Operating – 51 % of Total Budget $1.0 Billion Capital Projects – 37% of Total Budget BRIGHT FUTURES ACADEMY $ 4,737, Total Budget $ 4,113, General Operating – 87% of Total Budget $338,650 Capital Needs – 7% of Total Budget GET INFORMED- GET INVOLVED VOTE Charter Schools get $0 from State PECO funds for Capital Charter Schools get $0 from the ½ cent sales tax The PBCSD voted last year to move a portion of their general operating funds into their capital fund and in doing so cost PBC Charter Schools over $1,000,000

21 What is a Charter School? Charter Schools in Florida shall…. – Meet High Standards – Provide Parents with information about their childs growth – Improve student learning – Encourage the use of innovative learning methods – Create innovative measurement tools – Provide competition – Create new professional opportunities for teachers

22 Charter Schools Have Board of Directors Bright Futures Board of Directors Mr. John Gnecco- Chair Mr. Bob Frein- Vice Chair Mrs. Rebecca Nelson- Secretary Mr. Frank Walker Dr. Terry Couch Mr. Giovanni deFrancisci Board Meetings are held at the Riverside Campus 6:30 PM on the 4 th Tuesday of every month

23 Mission Statement Provide families with an educational alternative to the currently available school programs, for students enrolling in grades K-8, in accordance with the highest professional standards and in cooperation with school families, key stakeholders, and community members, in an effort to foster academic excellence in a small, safe and nurturing environment that uses an integrated, interactive, multicultural program where each students individual talents are recognized and students are encouraged to reach their full potential, while striving to achieve 100% literacy growth. All parties are taught to recognize the different developmental stages of growth from childhood to adolescence with the ultimate goal of the student realizing their full potential and becoming productive, competitive citizens in a global economy.

24 Car Decals – See Appendix ID Student Identification Badges Staff Uniforms Visitor ID Badge Printers Crisis Response Training – See Appendix CR

25 Attendance & Absences Students must be in attendance for 40 of each 45 days in a 9 week period Make up work must be submitted within ONE DAY on return for each day absent. You must turn in a note, SIGNED BY THE PARENT, in order to receive an excused absence (Details PBCSD P7)

26 Riverside Staff: – Phil Robinson-Marianne Kraut-& Ken Campbell Lighthouse Staff: – Carolyn Garcia-Lynnae Steinberg-Rhonda Gordon Prosperity Staff: – Tom Amenita- Steve Soloman

27 Arrival Time School Starts at 8:00AM (this does not mean you arrive into the parking lot at 8:00AM!) EARLY BIRDS – Students can arriving as early as 7:30-7:44 AM(NO EARLIER) and must be signed in to Before Care! After 7:45 AM they may go directly to their class! LATE ARRIVERS – After 8:00AM students are considered tardy and MUST be signed in at the front office!

28 Map See Appendix P – Please review your arrival/dismissal map Manners – No cell phones in line – Do not block traffic – Obey street signs (no left turn out of lot) – No Yelling at Staff – No drinking and driving – Stay Alert – Remain in your car

29 Dismissal begins at 3:15 on regular school days and 11:15 on half days. THERE WILL BE NO DISMISSALS BETWEEN 2:45 AND 3:15 UNLESS PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE OR THERE IS A FAMILY EMERGENCY No pick up changes without prior written notice.

30 Half Days: – 11:15AM regular dismissal – NO AFTERCARE – PTA hosts Art in the Park!!! Regular Days: – 3:15PM regular dismissal – 3:30PM Shuttle Bus Rider Dismissal

31 Shuttle Bus Departs Promptly at 7:35AM from each campus and you MUST have your child there on time or you must transport! – (See Appendix T) Shuttle Bus forms must be filled out for your child to ride the Bus. – (get out your forms!) Bus Rules must be followed. – (See Appendix BR)

32 Students at BFA ride the bus for various reasons- (get out your Bus Permission Form!) – AM/PM Shuttle – Sick Clinic – PE Transportation – Sports – Clubs – Connections – Aftercare

33 Before Care- – Opens at 7:30AM – Breakfast $1.00 After Care- (See Appendix A) – Begins Monday, August 23 – All AC students will be shuttled to Riverside Campus – $50 Registration Fee See Aftercare Forms

34 Full Time Care: 3:30- 6:00 – 1 st Child: $200 Per Month – 2 nd Child: $150 Per Month – 3 rd Child: $100 Per Month Part Time Care: 3:30- 4:30 – $100 Per Month Per Child August is paid for by the $50 Registration Fee!

35 Connections Begins Monday, August 23 All Connections Classes will be held on the Riverside Campus All Connections students will be shuttled to the Riverside Campus Connections Dismissal is at 5:00PM Sharp! Please do not be late to pick up your child! – See Forms

36 Art Music Drama Athletic Training High School Portfolio Preparation Tutoring

37 Connections Fees Classes are offered Monday- Thursday $10 Per Class for BFA Students $15 Per Class for Non-BFA Students You can take as many as you like- up to 4 per week! Scholarship Opportunities are Available! – See application form

38 Student Health NO SHOTS, NO SCHOOL, NO KIDDING Student Illness Policy (See Appendix IP) – Do not send your child to school sick!! Use common sense- Fever Free for 24 hours Diarrhea/Vomit Free for 24 hours NO RASHES or OPEN SORES- Chicken Pox-MERSA No Lice! No Scabies! Pink Eye Symptoms

39 To reduce the spread of communicable diseases, students that are not picked up with in an hour after parents are contacted (or if the parents can not be contacted) will be sent to the Riverside Clinic where they will be isolated from the general population. The clinic staff will continue to attempt contacting the parents- letting them know where to pick up their child. A $5 convenience Fee will be charged for each hour a child is kept in the clinic.

40 See Appendix HC BFA will offer immunizations to our students and the community at large, free of charge, at the Lighthouse Campus from 3:45-6:30PM on dates to be announced.

41 Medications Policy See Appendix MP Your child may need a 504 Plan!! – Notify the school if your child has a diagnosed health condition that requires accommodations, or medications, or could require special care in emergency situations! – If your child does not have a 504 plan and you feel he/she may need one- Please contact Janine Korody or Carol Merman to discuss your childs needs!


43 See Appendix KC See Appendix SI See Forms-2 Florida Kid Care offers health insurance options for families!! Florida School Insurance offers accident insurance based on the needs of students and their parents!

44 TEAM- Telephonic Emergency Announcements and Messages (Please fill out form) Friday School Newsletter School Website Classroom Newsletters Message Boards Calendar- School District & BFA Calendar

45 SNAPGRADES.COM Empowering Parents and Students Parents and Students can log on and review homework assignments, grades, attendance and communicate with the teacher Log on to – Enter your childs name – Bright Futures Academy – North Palm Beach – Florida

46 Discipline Florida State Statute (1)Each public K-12 student must remain in attendance through the school year, unless excused by the school for illness or other good cause, and must comply fully with the schools code of conduct. See Forms: Parent Student Acknowledgement

47 PEP- Personal Education Plan IEP- Individual Education Plan 504 Plan- Medical Needs Plan LEP Plan- Limited English Proficiency Plan Goal is to review progress and goals- Academic and Social

48 Discipline Florida State Statute The parents of each public K-12 student must cooperate with the authority of the students district school board, superintendent, principal, teachers, and school bus drivers according to ss and , to remove the student from the classroom and the school bus and, when appropriate and available, to place the student in an alternative education setting, if the student is disobedient, disrespectful, violent, abusive, uncontrollable, or disruptive.

49 Schools Code of Conduct See Appendix D Should be followed at all times when at school, on the school bus and/or at a school function NO Behaviors: – Disruptive-Rude-Disrespectful-Non-Compliant – Lying-Cheating-Stealing-Destroying Property – Irresponsible Bathroom Usage – Bullying-Gangs-Cyber Threats-Gossip – Inappropriate Touching of ANY KIND

50 Consequences Detentions- Held at the Riverside Campus – 5-8: Monday-Wednesday-Thursday 3:30-4:30 – 3-4: Tuesday 3:30-4:30 Conduct Improvement Suspension- Repeat Offenses or Level 2 or Higher 1 st time offense Removal from the Program- Repeat Offenses or Level 2 or Higher 1 st time offense

51 Conduct Improvement 1 or 2 in conduct on report card Conduct Improvement Classes are held at the end of each 9 week period from 3:30-4:30PM Monday- Friday Report Card Conduct Grading Scale – 4: Contributes to the learning of self and others – 3: Contributes to learning of self – 2: Disrupting the learning of self – 1: Disrupting the learning of self and others

52 Grading 4.0 Regular Scale 4.5 Honors Scale Grading Scale: – A – B – C – D – 59-Below F Grading Composition – Participation – Homework – Assessments Principals Honor Roll: – All As All 4s in Conduct Honor Roll: – All As & Bs All 3s/4s in Conduct B.U.G Roll: – Up in at least one subject- down in none Academic Dishonesty- Including Plagiarism and Cheating will result in a ZERO for the assignment or assessment!

53 Curriculum Methodology and Assessments Curriculum: Materials and Books used to teach students Methodology: The Way the information is taught Assessments: Measurement Tools

54 Curriculum BFA uses a WIDE variety of curriculum materials to teach students on their various levels and learning styles We use almost every major text book publisher used in education! Holt Mifflin-National Geographic-Scott Foresman- McMillan-McGraw Hill- Harcourt- Steck Vaughn-Write Source-Zaner-Bloser- Glencoe-Prentice Hall-Singapore Math to name a few!

55 Front Load International Awareness Foreign Language Acquisition Achievement Grouping Physical Activity every day Art/Music/Theater/Film Integration Student Directed- Teacher Facilitated – Human beings migrate for various reasons to meet their basic needs and may alter their new location

56 Classroom Assessments – Teacher generated – Written Tests, Essays, Student Projects, Oral Presentations FCAT – Reading-Math-Science-Writing SSS Diagnostics – 2 Times Per Year

57 Back Packs and Lockers Student Organization Students may bring backpacks to school every day- except for the last week of school Please do not allow your student to HOARD stuff in their back packs- teach them to empty them regularly! Lockers are available at the Riverside Campus and will be assigned during the first week of school. Each MS bag has a coupon for $5.00 toward the cost of a lock and locker.

58 Student Organization Each 1-4 th Grade Bag contains an Agenda Please check your childs agenda each day for notes and conduct grades 5-8 will only get agendas when deemed necessary Students need to work toward self- management so they will be prepared for High School and beyond

59 School Activities Civil Air Patrol EDU-Garden Sports Program Field Trips School Social Events Clubs See form: Permission to Participate in School Activity Form

60 Civil Air Patrol The Civil Air Patrol is the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. NPB County Squadron Flight-152 Student receive aerospace education, drill and ceremonies, fly away trips and are tasked with various operations to support the US Government and the State of Florida Meets Monday Nights 6:30-9:00 for students 12 and older Fees are from $70 and up- depending on uniforms and travel expenses

61 EDU- Garden Teaching our children respect and responsibility for the environment while motivating them to develop an intrinsic desire for learning and the courage to think beyond the classroom Research field for hands on exploration! – Archaeology, Botany, Entomology, Conservation, Recycling, Team Work, Gardening, Animal Husbandry, and Much More

62 Sports Program 5 th - 8 th Grade Encouraging a love for the outdoors and athletics for life, while providing a competitive team building program, and teaching sportsmanship to meet the needs of all athletic abilities Intramural and scholastic sports activities Sports include: Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball and Lacrosse

63 Field Trips K-4: One grade level field trip per 9 weeks 5-8: One subject area field trip per 9 weeks 4 th Grade: St. Augustine 5 th Grade: 6 th Grade: 7 th Grade: 8 th Grade: Field Trips are a privilege, not a right! Students must meet behavior requirements to attend field trips! NO 1s or 2s in conduct

64 School Social Events Friday Night at the Riverside (K-8) School Dances (5-8) Veterans 5K Run- Community Outreach (K-8) Thanksgiving Day Feast (K-8) Giving Chain and Toy Drive (K-8) Charter School Week (K-8) Holiday Musical (K-8) Showcase of the Arts (K-8)

65 Clubs After school extra-curricular activities that encourage camaraderie and foster self esteem Scottish Dance Jump Rope Chess 4H – Clubs Begin September 13th – $10 Fee per club! Space is limited

66 PTA Together were Better! YAHOO-BOOHOO- Lighthouse Campus PTA Art in the Park Days- ½ days Fundraisers PTA Café- Oct. 27 th Lighthouse Campus PTA Fun Night- January 22 nd PTA Family to School Week February 14 th -18 th Teacher Appreciation May 2-6 Monthly Meetings with guest speakers

67 Volunteering Confidentiality Agreement Bright Futures Parents must volunteer 15 hours, per active parent each year All volunteers and school visitors must present identification upon entering school grounds All volunteers/visitors must sign into the VIPS program All volunteers/visitors must wear the printed name tag indicating that they are a visitor at Bright Futures Academy

68 PTA Events Concession Stand Duties & Food Specials Thanksgiving Feast Class Parties Field Trips EDU-Garden Sports Teams Friday Night at the Riverside Facility Needs

69 Food and Concessions See Appendices CS, EC & GW PTA Sponsored PIZZA FRIDAY Great Wrap Wednesday Concession – Lighthouse- Select Days – Prosperity- M-F 9:50-1:30 – Riverside- M-F 9:50-1:30 School District Food Service – $1.75 K-5 – $

70 Supply Drop Off: – Lighthouse: Week before school starts items may be dropped off in bins outside the office and brought in during the 1 st Week of School – Riverside: Week before school starts or 1 st Week of School The first week of school- supplies will be collected out front at drop off or in the home room class We follow the PBCSD days for hurricanes and other make up days

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