• McKendree Elementary


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    1600 Riverside Parkway

    Lawrenceville, GA 30043



    Last Revised: May 22, 2023


    The Family and Community Engagement Plan and all other Title I information are available on our school’s website at https://www.gcpsk12.org/McKendreeES 
    under the Parents Section. Families can also find paper copies of this Family and Community Engagement Plan in our Parent Center. 


    It is reviewed and revised at least annually during the Planning Meeting in the spring. All feedback forms from the Planning Meeting are submitted to the Office of Federal Programs for review.  Families who are not able to attend the Planning Meeting have the opportunity to review draft documents and provide input during the draft document review period.


    McKendree Elementary is committed to frequent two-way communication with families about student learning. Some of the ways we can foster effective communication include: 

    • Email, Dojo Messaging, and School Messaging 
    • Daily/Weekly Agenda notes 
    • Phone Calls/Phone Conferences 
    • Parent/Teacher Conferences 
    • Parent Portal, MyPaymentsPlus, and eCLASS

    McKendree Elementary’s policy for scheduling meetings at a parent’s request is to respond within 48 hours. Parents should contact the Title I Assistant Principal, Chaney Moon, at 678- 377-8933 or chaney.moon@gcpsk12.org.


    Empathy: Cultural competence, staff and student wellbeing, educator diversity.
    Equity: Multi-tiered system of supports, opportunity and access, equitable resource allocation.
    Effectiveness: Results-Based evaluation system, talent management, educational return on investment.
    Excellence: Preferred education destination, post-secondary and workforce readiness, world-class communication and engagement.  


    We will provide all students with high quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment to meet high academic standards.

    In the 2023 – 2024 school year, students in grades K – 5 at McKendree Elementary will demonstrate growth in the areas of literacy and mathematics as measured by an increase in the percentage of students scoring in the proficient and distinguished categories on local and state assessments.

    Skills to Support School Goals:

    • Literacy – read fluently in order to comprehend texts

    • Math – math fluency and problem solving  


    It is a plan that describes how our school will provide opportunities to improve family engagement that will support student learning at school and at home. All students and their families are invited and encouraged to fully participate in the opportunities described in this plan. The school will provide information and as many opportunities as possible for the participation of all family members.


    It is a written agreement that outlines how the school, the students, and the family will work together to ensure your child’s academic success. An effective School-Family Promise contains the following elements:

    • Clear learning goals that are linked to the school’s improvement plan
    • Specific skills students will learn during the year
    • Strategies that staff, families, and students will use to improve student learning
    • Ways to extend learning at home
    • Methods teachers and family members will use to communicate about student progress
    • Opportunities for family members to observe and participate in the classroom
    • Jointly-developed by families, school staff, students, community business partners, and other stakeholders during our Planning Meeting
    • Reviewed and revised throughout the year; McKendree Elementary will review our School-Family compact at the beginning of the school year via MyPaymentsPlus. We will also review it periodically throughout the school year at parent-teacher conferences, parent workshops and on MyPaymentsPlus and eCLASS. Copies of the compact are also available to review on our school website.


    • Title I Program Information: Program information is available during the Title I Planning Meeting in the spring and Annual Parent Meetings in the fall, on the school website, and in the Parent Center.
    • Curriculum Information: Knowing what your child is learning at school is important. We will keep you informed throughout the year about what your child is learning during parent meetings, conferences, eCLASS, and on our school website.
    • Student Progress Monitoring: The Parent Portal is an online resource that allows families to view grades, attendance, schedules, assessment, and your child’s results, course history, and much more. Monitoring your child’s progress in school is an important way to be engaged.
    • Parent Resources: We have many resources available for checkout to use at home with your child. We also host several parent workshops to empower you as you work with your child at home.
    • Staff Training: We will train our staff to effectively communicate with you. Your input on how we train our staff is valuable.
    • Communication: We will communicate, to the extent feasible, all information with you in a language and format you understand. Whenever possible, we will provide interpreters during parent workshops, and academic events. Translation is available for most documents.
    • Transition Support: Entering a new school can be scary for both students and families. We will host events to make sure both you and your child are aware of what is expected and how you can prepare as your child transitions to a new school level, college, and career.


    McKendree Elementary will…

    • Offer monthly parent workshops that share strategies that staff, families and students can use to improve student learning by working on skills that students and parents need to be successful.
    • Offer literacy workshops that share strategies that staff, families and students can use to improve student learning by working on fluency and comprehension. 
    • Offer math workshops that provide parents with strategies to support their students in the area of problem solving. 
    • Conduct a parent workshop for the parents of rising Kindergarten students in the spring proceeding Kindergarten registration in May
    • Share strategies families can use at home for Mathematics and Reading achievement.  

    Please ensure all activities engage families in the education of their children.

     Tyese Scott                              5/22/23

    Principal’s Signature                  Date

    As Students, we will…icon: person reading a book

    • Read every night to myself or with a buddy to practice reading on-level texts with accuracy, understanding, and fluency. 
    • Work with my family on activities to help me achieve my reading comprehension goal
    • Learn my math facts to support my math problem solving skills 
    • Utilize eCLASS to support my learning at home

    As Families, we will…icon: man and woman

    • Support literacy goals for reading nightly and attending parent workshops to learn reading comprehension and fluency strategies. 
    • Support math goals by attending parent workshops to learn math problem solving strategies and games to use with my child at home. 
    • Utilize the Parent Portal and other online resources, including eCLASS to support my child in reading and math at home.


    McKendree Elementary is committed to frequent two-way communication with families about student learning.

    Some of the ways we can foster effective communication include: 

    • Email, Dojo Messaging, and School Messaging
    • Daily/Weekly Agenda notes
    • Phone Calls/Phone Conferences
    • Parent/Teacher Conferences 
    • Parent Portal, MyPaymentsPlus, and eCLASS

    If you need interpretation and/or translation services, please contact: Kenny Venegas, 678-226-2271


    • Open House: July 28th, 2023
    • Town Hall, Parent Teacher Teams: August 22nd, 2023 
    • Title I Annual Meeting: September 8th, 2023 
    • Parent/Teacher Conferences: October 18th/19th, 2023 and March 6th/7th, 2024 
    • Parent Teacher Teams: January 7th, 2024
    • STEM Night: March 14th, 2024
    • Title I Planning Meeting: April 12th, 2024 (12:45 – 2:15) 
    • Parent Teacher Teams: April 24th, 2024
    • Kindergarten Transition Presentation: May 2024
    • MKES Positive Parenting workshops (*monthly): a place to come learn about Co-Parenting with your child's elementary school: September – November 2023 and January – April 2024

    *MKES Positive Parenting workshops have been added to each month for just-in-time training and support for McKendree parents. This year, we had topics such as encouraging emotional intelligence, positive discipline, kids & electronics, self-esteem and eCLASS.

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    • Title I is a federal program designed to support school reform efforts to improve teaching and learning for all students.
    • Title I programs are based on effective means of improving student achievement and include strategies to support family engagement.
    • The Title I Office reserves at least one percent of the district’s allocation to fund family and community engagement programs. The use of these funds is based on suggestions gathered at our spring Planning Meetings from families and community members. Funds are distributed equally to all our Title I schools.
    • Childcare and/or transportation may be provided for meetings and school events.


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    Our Family Engagement Center has learning games, books, and many other resources available for families to checkout and use at home. Our Parent Outreach Liaison is Kenny Venegas. She is available to help you find resources, navigate the Parent Portal, connect with teachers, and learn about ways you can help your children at home.

    Our Family Engagement Center is located in the main hallway, room 1.201.

    Hours of Operation

    8:30AM-2:00PM (Monday – Friday)

    Please contact Kenny Venegas for additional information about our Family Engagement Center and resources available for check-out.

    Phone Number: 678-226-2271

    Email: Kenny.venegas@gcpsk12.org


    McKendree Elementary is committed to providing opportunities for parents to engage in workshops, and volunteering. Please contact the Family Engagement Center for additional information.

    MKES Family Engagement Center

    678– 226-2271