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Parent and Family Engagement Policy and Plan

Lecanto Middle School

Parent and Family Engagement Policy and Plan for Shared Student Success 2023-2024 School Year

What is Title I?

Lecanto Middle School is identified as a Title I school as part of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Title I is designed to support State and local school reform efforts tied to the challenging State academic standards to improve teaching and learning for students. Title I programs must be based on effective means of improving student achievement and include strategies to support family engagement. All Title I schools must jointly develop with parents and family members a written parent and family engagement policy.

Parent and Family Engagement Events

Lecanto Middle School will host the following events to build the capacity for strong family engagement to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement.

Meet Your Teachers Open House – August 8th 2023

Meet your child’s teacher and our friendly and helpful school staff for the year. Community groups and organizations will be present. This evening is sure to be full of prep and information for the new school year.

Title I Parent Night – Life as a LMS 6th Grader – August 24th 2023

This night is for our new to LMS 6th grade parents. Come and travel your student schedule as if you were in 6th grade. Learn valuable expectations and information regarding your student learning this year. This night will discuss state standards, curriculum, strategies for parents, and information about state and local testing.

Parent-Teacher Conferences – September 27th 2023

Scheduled updates on your child’s progress

Holiday STEAM Extravaganza Title 1 Parent Night – December 14th 2023

Our STEAM night event will address Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math through hands on experiences and exploration opportunities.

Spring Showcase Title 1 Parent Night – April 11th 2024

Join us to celebrate all the success your students have been having during the 2022 -23 school year. A display of achievements and work will be displayed in the focus of our Elective classes. LMS after-school groups and organizations will also be represented. Information about state and local spring testing will be part of this evening.

SAC Meetings – August 28th, November 27th, February 26th, April 29th, May 20th

Parent and Family Engagement

Lecanto Middle School believes that family engagement means the participation of parents and family members in regular two-way and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:

Weekly call outs and Monthly Parent newsletters, containing information on Title I, and School

Advisory Enhancement Council and Parent Teacher organization.

Information and links posted on our school website, social media, marquee to keep parents


Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school.

Parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision -

making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child.


The most common barrier to engagement is lack of time, with 54% of parents and guardians reporting that their busy schedule is a barrier for becoming involved with their child’s school. Therefore, Citrus County schools offer afterschool activities at different times and shorter durations, so parents are able to attend more often. Other top barriers include childcare needs. Schools offer activities that allow various age groups to participate in school activities. This enables the entire family opportunities to attend school functions.

2023-24 School Goals

Based upon the Lecanto Middle School’s 2023-2024 Student Improvement Plan

1. Academic Achievement: increase Reading & Math scores

2. Subgroup Focus: Increase achievement for students with disabilities (SWD) and ESOL students

3. Decrease in the percentage of students missing class due to ISS and OSS placement by a strategic

implementation of the PBIS program.

4. Increase staff morale and school climate

School-Parent Compacts

As part of this plan, Lecanto Middle School and our families will develop a school-parent compact. This compact is an agreement developed with parents, teachers, and students to ensure all students reach grade level standards. The compacts will be reviewed and revised annually based on feedback from parents, students, and teachers at SAC meetings. The School-Parent Compacts are shared with parents during Open House or at parent-teacher conferences.

School Plan for Shared Student Achievement

What is it?

This is a plan that describes how Lecanto Middle School will provide opportunities to improve family engagement to help support student learning. For each child we are committed to creating an environment that nurtures a lifelong desire to learn. Through teamwork with parents and our community, we will build a foundation of academic knowledge and skills, for students to become motivated learners and successful members of society. We will provide a continuum of learning experiences that are focused on the needs of the students.

How is it revised?

Lecanto Middle School invites all parents to attend our annual SAC Meetings to review and revise this parent and family engagement policy, the schoolwide improvement plan, our school-parent compact, and the family engagement budget. Additionally, parent input and comments regarding this plan are welcome during the school year. The plan is posted on our school website for parents to view and submit feedback throughout the year. All parent feedback received during the year will be used to revise the plan for the next school year. We also distribute an annual survey online to ask parents for their suggestions on the plan and the use of funds for family engagement. Parents and family members can also give feedback during parent meetings and other activities during the school year.

Who is it for?

All students participating in the Title I, Part A program, and their families are encouraged and invited to fully participate in the opportunities described in this plan. Lecanto Middle School will provide the opportunity for the participation of parents and family members with limited English, disabilities, and of migratory children.

Where is it available?

At the beginning of the year, the plan will be emailed to all parents. The Parent and Family Engagement Plan is posted on the school website. Parents can request a copy of the plan from their child’s school.


Parents can contact teachers throughout the year to access grade level standards, as well as core and supplemental curriculum. Title l Literacy Nights will address student achievement, standards, curriculum, and state and local assessments. At Teacher-Parent Conferences held in September, teachers will address the individual needs of students with parents, by providing up-to-date data reports and addressing proficiency in grade level standards.

The Panthers are Branching Out!

Lecanto Middle School will take the following measures to promote and support parents and family members as an important foundation of the school in order to strengthen the school and reach our school goals. We will:

Ensure all information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is

available in both English and Spanish and posted on the school website. Skyward, School

Messenger callouts, Remind, event flyers and social media are also used for parent

communication, in addition to the monthly school newsletter for all families.

Provide trainings for staff with strategies to improve communication with parents and ideas to

increase family engagement.

Partner with early childhood programs, middle and high schools, college and career ready

resources or organizations, or other programs (as applicable) to help prepare parents and their

children for successful school transitioning.

Share information in English and Spanish on the school website and in the school newsletter for

parents to understand the school’s academic standards and assessments as well as the ways

parents can monitor their child’s progress and work with educators.

Communicate with all families and the community on a regular basis regarding schoolwide

events and activities, through phone messages, social media, and flyers.

Work with our parents to develop relevant trainings and helpful presentations to educate our staff

on the importance of parent and family engagement and how to support student learning.

Provide necessary materials and handouts for parents at conferences, meetings, and activities to

help parents work with their child to improve their child’s achievement.

Use our Federal Stakeholders Committee members, SAC, and other partners in education to

improve awareness of the activities and events listed in the school parent and family engagement


Collect feedback from parents and family members at events, provide input cards, and parent

surveys to support family engagement activities.

A “Parent Right to Know” letter is sent home at the beginning of each school year to all students

at the elementary and middle school level. This letter provides the right of parents to request the

professional qualifications of their child’s teacher. In the event a student is assigned a teacher that

is “Out of Field” for four or more consecutive weeks the school with notify the parents through

the school newsletter, school website, or a letter home.

If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this event, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance.

Lecanto Middle School is committed to Helping our families attend the family activities listed in this policy. Please call or email us if you need assistance with childcare or transportation in order to participate in our programs. (352) 746-2050

Parent and Family Engagement Mission

The Family Engagement Committee functions to build relationships between the Citrus County School District, parents, and the community in setting standards of helping families hold high expectations for their children’s education in order to prepare students to be college and career ready. We will enhance these relationships by supporting various forms of communication between home and school, with diverse school activities and the development of appropriate home learning opportunities.

School Advisory Council (SAC)

Lecanto Middle School invites all parents to attend SAC meetings to share ideas and ways to involve other parents and family members to build partnerships with school, families, and community. The team will meet four times during the school year, but parents and family members can submit ideas or suggestions at school activities, meetings, parent surveys and the school website. If you would like to learn more about SAC, please contact the principal, Inge Frederick, at (352) 746-2050

Share Your Thoughts

We want to hear from you. If you have any suggestions or if there is any part of this policy that you feel is not satisfactory with the students’ and the school’s goals for academic achievement, please provide us with your comments in link below for an electronic form.

Parent and Family Engagement Input & Feedback

School Improvement Plan

Parent Family Engagement Plan

Parent and Family Engagement Funds
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