Parent & Family Engagement

Last Updated: 10/12/2022 3:01 PM

Melanie Helms 
Family Engagement Coordinator
Pierce County School System
Phone: 912.807.6109
Email:  
melaniehelms@pierce.k12.ga.us

The Pierce County Parent & Family Engagement webpage provides information and resources to assist families with helping their children increase their academic achievement. This webpage also provides families with Title I information and upcoming family engagement events.  Blackshear Elementary School, Midway Elementary School, Patterson Elementary School, and Pierce County Middle School are school-wide Title I schools. Families are invited to provide suggestions and ideas to improve our Title I programs and plans. Click on our Title I link below to learn more about Title I and access a stakeholder feedback form to share your ideas. Together...we can make a difference!

 

Title I Information                       PC Virtual Resource Room

 

GaDOE info                     Community Resource Guide

 

Pierce County Quick Resources

 

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Title I Information

If you are unable to attend an Annual Title I "Extravaganza" or parent meeting and would like to be informed about the Title I programs as well as opportunities the schools provide to BE INVOLVED, please email Melanie Helms at melaniehelms@pierce.k12.ga.us or call (912) 807-6109. 

 

Annual Title I Extravaganza

Join us for virtual videos you will not want to miss!!  Learn valuable information about your child’s instructional day!! Find out…What curriculum will my child learn this year? How do I monitor my child’s progress? What assessments will my child be taking during the school year? What is Title I and why am I an important partner in educating my child?  Videos will be posted on Livingtree.

Midway Elementary - September 15, 2022 at 6:00 PM

Pierce County Middle - September 19, 2022 at 5:30 PM

Blackshear Elementary - September 20, 2022 at 5:30 PM - Grades K-2

Blackshear Elementary - September 22, 2022 at 5:30 PM - Grades 3-5

Patterson Elementary - September 22, 2022 at 6:00 PM 

Mentor/Volunteer Program 

The Pierce County Mentor/Volunteer Program needs you!! The Mentor /Volunteer Program provides an opportunity for adults to enrich the lives of our students. In order to be a mentor, a person must be at least 18 years old and out of high school. An individual must also fill out an application packet/screening and attend a training session. However, the most important qualification is a real desire to work with young people. If you would like to become a mentor or volunteer, you are invited to attend one of the training sessions below or please contact a school counselor.

 Please contact the school counselor for further information.

Blackshear Elementary –   Laura Coates, Jennifer Harris - 912.449.2088

Midway Elementary –  Kim Lydon - 912.807.0084

Patterson ElementaryAshlee Todd - 912.647.5373

Pierce County Middle – Bryany Walker, Monica Housley - 912.449.2077

 

“Table Talk” 

Join us for a delicious lunch while gaining knowledge to support your child’s educational success.  Workshops are open to all Pierce County families!  Invitations are sent to all parents and posted in our school communication platform.  Lunch is sponsored by our community partners. All workshops begin at 12:00 noon. At the present time, our "Table Talk" trainings will be virtual due to COVID-19 but we look forward to our in-person luncheons in the future!

         

Date: October 5, 2022   Time: 12:00 noon   Topic: Literacy & Reading

Date: November 2, 2022    Time: 12:00 noon   Topic: Webinar with Dr. Baker Wright (Behavior Analyst) 

Date: March 1, 2023    Time: 12:00 noon   Topic: Technology

 

 

Parent Cafés

Talk with staff about how we can improve our family engagement activities/events, what our schools can provide you with to help support your child’s learning at home and the best ways to communicate with you.  Also, the Cafés will provide opportunities for you to assist in revising our Title I program plans, school-parent compacts, building school staff capacity trainings and the budget. Look for more information/updates regarding the Cafes on the school calendar, flyers sent home with your child, and your school's FaceBook page.  

Blackshear Elementary 7:45 am (in person) & @ 12:00 noon (Virtual)
February 02, 2023             May 11, 2023

Midway Elementary @ 12:00 noon (Virtual) & @ 2:45 pm (in person)
January 26, 2023            April 27, 2023 

Patterson Elementary @ 12:00 noon (Virtual) & @ 2:45 pm (in person)
January 12, 2023            March 9, 2023

Pierce County Middle 8:15 am (in person) & @ 12:00 noon (Virtual)
January 19, 2023           March 9, 2023

 

District PAC Meeting

All parents are welcome to join the District Parent Advisory Council meeting. We will meet on February 28, 2023 at 11:30 AM to hear the latest updates from the Pierce County School District as well as to review and provide input into the District Parent & Family Engagement Plan and the District Improvement Plan. Contact Melanie Helms at (912) 807-6109 or melaniehelms@pierce.k12.ga.us if you have any questions. Due to COVID-19, the meeting will be virtual.  Look for details about how to join the meeting on Livingtree, your school's Facebook page, and flyers sent home with your child! We look forward to collaborating with you!

 

Kindergarten Transition

We encourage all upcoming kindergarten parents/family members to come meet teachers, tour the school, and learn everything you need to know to make your child’s first day in kindergarten successful.

Blackshear Elementary- April 27, 2023 at 6:00 PM (Kindergarten Kickoff)

Midway ElementaryMay 4, 2023 at 6:00 PM

Patterson Elementary – April 13, 2023 at 6:00 PM

 

Moving to Middle School (Transition) - May 2, 2023 at 5:30 PM

Orientation for next year’s 6th grade parents and family members to discuss the transition from elementary to middle school.  More information will be advertised on the PCMS website, Livingtree Engage, and sent home with your child.

 

Parent Surveys

Your opinions and suggestions are important to the success of our schools!!  Please take a moment to complete two important surveys this year.

  1. Title I Parent & Family Engagement survey – (Open mid-January to mid-February) Please complete the Parent & Family Engagement survey to help us plan and address areas of improvement for the next school year!  (Please complete a survey for every school you have a child enrolled in.)
  2. The Georgia Parent Survey- (Open October-March) All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey.  The data will be used to calculate the School Climate Star Rating. The school’s Climate score is a component of the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCPRI).

 

 Infinite Campus Parent Portal

Check your child’s grades on the Parent Portal. Go to…

the district website (pierce.k12.ga.us) or your school’s website, then click the dropdown arrow beside Parent’s & Students, find Infinite Campus. You can sign up for your IC account here and login to your account. 

 For assistance on activating your account, click on the following link to access a video tutorial... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OjvpNiAdHs.  For further assistance, contact your child’s school.

You should set your account up on a web browser before using the App.

Download the “Free” App on your smartphone.

Search: Campus Parent, Download & open App

Enter District Name: Pierce

Select: Georgia from the State dropdown arrow

Search District, Select: Pierce, Enter your previously created campus portal username and password.

The app provides anytime, anywhere access to assignments, attendance, grades, and schedules.