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Community Service

All Faith Family Academy students, grades 1-12 may serve. Grades 1-8 will participate within grade levels and work toward a common theme or cause, which is chosen at the beginning of the school year. Grades 9-12 will participate on an individual basis, meaning the student is responsible for organizing when, where, and how he or she will serve.

Students in grades 9-12 must accrue a minimum of 25 hours of community service each year for a total of 100 hours during high school. Required Community Service hours for students transferring to FFA will be pro-rated.

Throughout the year students are encouraged to complete their service hours by volunteering with a non-profit organization (not established for the purpose of making a profit/money). Community service responds to a community need, and is intended for the common good. Activities which involve helping family members or being compensated will not be counted. The type of service completed must fall into one of the following categories:

Examples of places/organizations:

Poverty & Homelessness

Shelter, Habitat for Humanity, soup
kitchen, food bank

Education

Tutoring, others after school,
volunteering at Parent University

Elder Care

Meals on wheels, volunteering at a
senior center

Environmental Care

Animal shelter, Adopt-a-
Highway/Street cleanup, Dallas
Parks & Recreation

Immigrant and Refugee Outreach

Translation, mentoring

Healthcare/Infirmed/Hospice

Dallas Resource

Special Needs Care

Special Olympics

All community service hours must be approved by the high school counselor BEFORE the event/activity. Volunteer activities that do not fit in one of the categories above will not be accepted.

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Dress Code

Dress Code Policy & Guidelines

To help maintain the educational atmosphere of the school, students must present a personal appearance that supports academic achievement. The dress code of the Faith Family Academy teaches grooming and hygiene, instills discipline, prevents disruption, avoids safety hazards, and fosters respect for authority.

Faith Family Academy School Board requires all students to wear school uniforms every school day. Parents are encouraged to purchase sufficient uniforms to allow the student to wear a clean uniform daily. A student will not be allowed into class without a uniform. Faith Family Academy has adopted the colors of navy and khaki/tan as school uniform colors. The uniform will consist of khaki or navy pants, shorts, skirt or skort and navy or white polo shirt. Parents are encouraged to buy a navy sweatshirt, sweater, or windbreaker for cold weather. Hooded sweatshirts are not allowed to be worn on campus. Only the khaki or navy style slacks are acceptable (no cargo pants). Jackets, coats, windbreakers, or any type of foul weather gear will be removed upon entry into the school facility. Undershirts should be school uniform colors or white. Socks should be solid color (black, navy, white or neutral). No open-toed shoes, open-heeled shoes, slippers, or sandals are to be worn. Footwear can be loafer or lace-up. Black, brown or white sport shoes are permitted as part of the uniform in grades PK-12. Saddle shoes are allowed. Solid color socks (black, navy, white or neutral) are permitted.

Uniforms must be clean and in good condition. A list of local stores at which uniforms may be purchased is available in the FFA registrar’s office. The official FFA uniform should be worn to school every day. Students in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action as determined by the Campus Administrator.

The Campus Administrator, in conjunction with the sponsor, coach, or other person in charge of an extracurricular activity, may regulate the dress and grooming of students who participate in the extracurricular activity. However, athletes must adhere to the approved dress code. The Campus Administrator will determine the appropriateness of any current fashion or fad for school purposes. Any exception to the dress code (example: wearing jeans) must be approved by the Campus Administrator in advance.

The following guidelines will be enforced at FFA (PK-2 standards may vary slightly):

For boys:

  • Pants must fit appropriately as determined by the Campus Administrator. No baggy pants will be allowed. No excessively tight clothes.
  • Pants will be worn at the natural waist. No sagging will be allowed.
  • Shirts are always completely tucked in the pants so the belt is visible.
  • Belts are required and must be simple brown or black belts with no large belt buckles (Grades 5-12)
  • Facial hair must be well groomed and meet the approval of the Campus Administrator.
  • Hair will be clean and well-groomed. Hairstyles which disrupt the learning process will not be allowed. (example: pink or green hair color) The Campus Administrator will determine approved hairstyles.
  • Hats or head coverings of any kind are not to be worn inside the building except as approved by the Campus Administrator for special occasions.
  • Facial piercing ornaments (i.e., eyebrow posts, tongue posts, or nose rings) shall not be worn on campus or at any school-related activities. Simple stud earrings may be worn with the approval of the Campus Administrator.
  • Jewelry is limited to a watch, simple rings, and a single, small chain worn inside the shirt.
  • Mouthwash, nail grooming products, lotions and hair grooming products are not allowed on campus.

For girls:

  • Pants must fit appropriately as determined by the Campus Administrator. No baggy pants will be allowed. No hip huggers are allowed. No excessively tight clothes.
  • Facial piercing ornaments (i.e. eyebrow posts, tongue posts, or nose rings) with the exception of one pair of simple earrings worn in the lobe of the ear will not be worn on campus or at any school –related activity.
  • Hair will be clean and well groomed. Hairstyles that disrupt the instructional process will not be allowed. (example: pink or green hair color) The Campus Administrator will determine approved hairstyles.
  • Hats or head coverings of any kind are not to be worn inside the building except on days approved by the Campus Administrator

  • Blouses and shirts are to be completely tucked in the pants or skirt so the belt is visible
  • Uniform jumpers may be worn by girls in grades 1-4.
  • Belts must be simple brown or black belts with no large belt buckles (grades 5-12)
  • Pants and skirts will be worn at the natural waist with no sagging allowed. Skirts and shorts will be below the fingertips in length when standing. No Capri pants are allowed.
  • No leggings are allowed. Tights (navy, white, neutral or maroon) may be worn under skirts or jumpers.
  • Jewelry is limited to a watch, simple ring and a single small neck chain worn inside the shirt.
  • Mouthwash, nail grooming products, lotions and hair grooming products are not allowed on campus.
    Any other considerations fall under local guidelines and will be determined by the Campus Administrator.


Title 1 Information

Title 1 Parental Involvement Policy

The Waxahachie Faith Family Academy Charter School District believes that parents (including those who are economically disadvantaged, have disabilities, are English Language Learners, have limited literacy, are of any racial or ethnic background, or are parents of migratory children) are partners with teachers and other staff in the education of their children. Waxahachie Faith Family Academy believes that parental involvement and empowerment are essential at all levels throughout the school district.

It is the policy of the Waxahachie Faith Family Academy School District to consult parents, teachers, principals and program administrators of federally funded programs in the development and revision of the district’s consolidated application for federal funds and in the process of school review and improvement under the ESSA Act. The process of school review includes timely publication and dissemination of the results of its annual progress report to parents/guardians, teachers, principals, and the school community. It is the intent of the Waxahachie Faith Family Academy School District that parents/guardians of participating children understand the process by which schools are identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring, and that parents/guardians of children attending such schools are provided promptly with information about the options available to them, including ESSA School Choice and Supplemental Educational Services (SES), if applicable.

The Waxahachie Faith Family Academy will publish and disseminate to parents/guardians and the public, information regarding any actions taken by the district to address the problems that led to the identification of a school for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring.

The Waxahachie Faith Family Academy will notify parents/guardians of participating children at the beginning of each school year that they may request and the district will provide information on the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers and whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

In order to build the capacity of schools and parents/guardians for strong parental performance, the Waxahachie Faith Family Academy will:

1. Provide assistance to parents/guardians of children served by the district, as appropriate in understanding such topics as the State’s academic content standards and State student academic achievement standards, State and local academic assessments, and how to monitor their child’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children;
2. Provide materials and training to help parents/guardians to work with their children to improve their children’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate to foster parental involvement;
3. Ensure that information related to district and school parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents/guardians of participating children in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents/guardians can understand; and
4. Provide such reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents/guardians may request; and
5. Involve parents/guardians in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of such training.

To the extent feasible and appropriate, the Waxahachie Faith Family Academy coordinates and integrates parent involvement programs and activities with the PTSO (Parent-Teacher Student Organization), Dual Language Program, SHAC (School Health Advisory Council) and other programs that encourage and support parents/guardians in more fully participating in the education of their children.

To ensure the effectiveness of this parent involvement policy, the Waxahachie Faith Family Academy School District conducts, with the involvement of parents/guardians, an annual evaluation of its parent involvement policy including identifying barriers to greater participation by parents/guardians in activities authorized by ESSA. This evaluation will focus particular attention on parents/guardians who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background. The Waxahachie Faith Family Academy School District will use the findings of this evaluation to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary, the parental involvement policies described herein.

It is the policy of the Waxahachie Faith Family Academy School District to involve parents/guardians in the activities by monitoring the schools to assure that participating schools:

1. Convene an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents/guardians of participating children shall be invited and encouraged to attend, to inform parents/guardians of their school’s participation under Title 1 and to explain the requirements of Title 1, and the right of the parents/guardians to be involved;

2. Offer a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may provide, with funds provided under Title 1, transportation, child care, or home visits, as such services relate to parental involvement;

3. Adopt and implement model approaches to improving parental involvement;

4. Involve parents/guardians, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review and improvement of programs under Title 1, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school parental policy and the joint development of the school-wide program plan under Title 1.

5. Provide parents/guardians of participating children
a. Timely information about programs under Title 1;
b. A description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet; and
c. If requested by parents/guardians, the opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible; and

6. If the school-wide program plan under section 1114 (b) (2) is not satisfactory to the parents/guardians of participating children, submit any parent comments on the plan when the school makes the plan available to the district.

This District-wide Parental Involvement Policy has been developed j with, and agreed on with parents of children participating in Title 1, Part A pr ointly ograms.


This policy is intended to help you, as a parent, make the fullest contribution to your child’s success in school.

Políticas sobre la Participación de Padres en base a lo estipulado bajo Título I

Waxahachie Faith Family Academy considera que los padres (incluyendo aquellos que vienen de niveles socioeconómicos bajos, sufren alguna discapacidad, están en el proceso de aprender inglés, tienen un nivel limitado de educación formal o pertenecen a diferentes grupos raciales o de diferentes antecedentes étnicos, y/o son padres de niños identificados como migrantes) son socios con los maestros y el personal de la escuela en el proceso educativo de sus hijos. Waxahachie Faith Family Academy considera que la participación y el apoyo de los padres son esenciales a través de todos los niveles educativos servidos en el distrito escolar.

La política de Waxahachie Faith Family Academy es consultar con padres, maestros, directores y administradores sobre los programas que reciben fondos federales en lo que se refiere al desarrollo y revisión de la solicitud conjunta que se hace para aplicar a fondos federales, así como también en el proceso de revisión y mejoramiento de la escuela según los lineamientos especificados en el acta ESSA. El proceso de revisión de la escuela incluye la publicación y diseminación oportuna para los padres y/o tutores, maestros, directores y a la comunidad escolar en general, del informe de los resultados sobre el progreso obtenido por la escuela durante el año escolar y cuya información está incluída en el reporte anual del distrito. La razón por la cual Waxahachie Faith Family Academy envía esta información, es con el objeto de que los padres y/o tutores de los niños en el distrito, entiendan el proceso a través del cual las escuelas son evaluadas en diferentes niveles, tales como: “en necesidad de mejorar”, en “acción correctiva” o en “re-estructuración”. Esta información debe ser proporcionada a los padres junto con las opciones disponibles para que los padres puedan tomar decisiones en casos necesarios. Este reglamento es parte de ESSA y Selección libre de escuelas y servicios educativos adicionales {School Choice and Supplemental Educational Services (SES)}.

El Waxahachie Faith Family Academy publicará y distribuirá a los padres y/o tutores así como al público en general la información necesaria relativa a las acciones que tomaría la escuela en caso de que fuera identificada como escuela “en necesidad de mejorar”, en “acción correctiva” o en “re-estructuración”.

Al principio de cada año escolar Waxahachie Faith Family Academy notificará, a los padres y/o tutores de los niños en el distrito sobre sus derechos para solicitar información sobre la calidad profesional del maestro/a de su hijo/a y sobre el/la ayudante de maestro.

Con objeto de aumentar la capacitación de las escuelas y de los padres y/o tutores con respecto a una participación de alta calidad por parte de los padres, Waxahachie Faith Family Academy proporcionará los siguientes servicios:

1. Apoyo a los padres y/o tutores de los niños en el distrito para entender apropiadamente temas tales como los estándares de contenido a nivel estatal, y los estándares y evaluaciones de aprovechamiento a nivel estatal y local; así como también, sugerencias para monitorear el progreso de los hijos y cómo trabajar en conjunto con los maestros para mejorar el aprovechamiento académico de sus niños.
2. Proporcionar materiales y entrenamiento para ayudar a los padres y/o tutores a trabajar con sus niños para mejorar su aprovechamiento académico. Así como también para el uso adecuado de la tecnología con objeto de apoyar la participación de los padres.
3. Asegurarse de que la información relativa a los programas para padres a nivel distrito y escuela al igual que otras actividades sea enviada a los padres y/o tutores en un formato tal y hasta donde sea posible, en un lenguaje que los padres puedan entender.
4. Proporcionar un apoyo razonable para las actividades de participación de los padres, en la medida que así sean solicitadas por los mismos padres y/o tutores.
5. Solicitar la participación de los padres y/o tutores en el desarrollo de programas de entrenamiento para maestros, directores y otros educadores con el fin de mejorar la efectividad de dichos entrenamientos.

Wahxahachie Faith Family Academy coordina e integra los programas de participación de padres, hasta donde es posible, con la Organización de Padres-Maestros y Estudiantes (PTSO), el Programa de Lenguaje Dual (Dual Language Program), el Consejo sobre Salud Escolar (School Health Advisory Council) y otros programas con el fin de apoyar a los padres y/o tutores en una participación más completa en el proceso educativo de sus hijos.

Con objeto de asegurar la efectividad de las políticas sobre la participación de padres, Waxahachie Faith Family Academy, conduce, en conjunto con los padres y/o tutores, una evaluación anual sobre sus políticas viendo la identificación de obstáculos existentes para obtener una mayor participación de los padres y/o tutores en las actividades autorizadas por ESSA. Esta evaluación enfatiza una atención especial en aquellos padres y/o tutores que vienen de niveles socioeconómicos bajos, sufren alguna discapacidad, están en el proceso de aprender inglés, tienen un nivel limitado de educación formal o pertenecen a diferentes grupos raciales o de diferentes antecedentes étnicos, y/o son padres de niños identificados como migrantes. Waxahachie Faith Family Academy utilizará la información obtenida de esta evaluación para diseñar estrategias que permitan una participación de padres más efectiva, y para revisar las políticas aquí descritas, si así se considera necesario.

Es la política deWaxahachie Faith Family Academy pedir la participación de los padres y/o tutores en actividades tales como el monitoreo de escuelas para asegurar que las escuelas en el distrito:

1. Llamen a una junta anual, en un horario conveniente para que los padres y/o tutores de los niños en el distrito sean invitados y persuadidos para atender. En dicha junta se brindará información acerca de los derechos y responsabilidades de los padres en la participación de la escuela de su hijo, en base a los lineamientos de Título 1.

2. Ofrecer un número de juntas con horarios flexibles, bien sea en la mañana o en la tarde, así como información sobre los fondos monetarios que Título 1 puede ofrecer para cubrir gastos de transportación, cuidado de los niños, o visitas domiciliarias cuando estén relacionadas a la participación de padres.

3. Adopten e implementen el modelo más conveniente para poder reclutar más padres y de esa manera mejorar el programa de participación de padres.

4. Organizar a los padres y/o tutores en tal forma, para que participen de manera continua en la planeación, revisión y mejoramiento de los programas bajo Título 1, incluyendo la planeación, revisión y mejoramiento de las políticas escolares sobre participación de padres y en el desarrollo en conjunción con la escuela del programa general escolar (school-wide program) requerido para escuelas en Título 1.

5. Proporcionar a los padres y/o tutores de los niños en el distrito con:
a. Información oportuna sobre los programas establecidos bajo Título 1.
b. Una descripción y explicación del plan de estudios que se usa en la escuela, las formas en que se evalúa el aprovechamiento y medidas de progreso académico de los alumnos, así como los niveles de conocimiento que se esperan de los estudiantes.
c. Cuando el plan general de la escuela 1114 (b) (2) no sea satisfactorio, los padres que así lo soliciten, tienen derecho a participar en juntas regulares para formular sugerencias y participar en el proceso de toma de decisiones relativas a la educación de sus hijos, en una forma apropiada, por lo que tienen el derecho también de solicitar respuestas a las sugerencias presentadas cuando éstas sean factibles.

6. Si el plan general de la escuela 1114 (b) (2) no es satisfactorio para los padres y/o tutores de los niños que participan en el distrito, la escuela debe enviar los comentarios de los padres en el plan general cuando este sea presentado al distrito escolar.

Estas políticas a nivel general de distrito sobre Participación de Padres, han sido desarrolladas en conjunto con, y asimismo aceptadas por los padres y/o tutores de los niños que participan en los programas de Título 1 Parte A. Estas políticas se han desarrollado con el fin de ayudarle a usted, como padre, para que contribuya al máximo en el éxito escolar de su hijo.

Accountability

Academic Ratings & Reports

Faith Family Academy is a Texas Education Agency accredited school district.

Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR)

District TAPR for 2015-2016 - Met Standard (Highest Rating)

Oak Cliff TAPR for 2015-2016 - Met Standard (Highest Rating)

Waxahachie TAPR for 2015-2016 - Met Standard (Highest Rating)

District TAPR for 2014-2015 - Met Standard (Highest Rating)

Elementary School TAPR for 2014-2015

Middle School TAPR for 2014-2015 - Met Standard (Highest Rating)

High School TAPR for 2014-2015 - Met Standard (Highest Rating)

District TAPR for 2013-2014 - Met Standard (Highest Rating)

Elementary School TAPR for 2013-2014

Middle School TAPR for 2013-2014

High School TAPR for 2013-2014

Texas Academic Performance Report Glossary

Accountability Summaries

District Accountability Summary 2014 - Met Standard (Highest Rating)

Elementary School Accountability Summary 2014

Middle School Accountability Summary 2014

High School Accountability Summary 2014 - Postsecondary Readiness Distinction Earned

District Accountability Summary 2015 - Met Standard (Highest Rating)

Elementary School Accountability Summary 2015

Middle School Accountability Summary 2015 - Met Standard (Highest Rating)

High School Accountability Summary 2015 - Met Standard (Highest Rating)

Texas Education Agency School Report Cards (SRC)

Elementary School Report Card for 2014-2015

Middle School Report Card for 2014-2015 - Met Standard (Highest Rating)

High School Report Card for 2014-2015 - Met Standard (Highest Rating)

Elementary School Report Card for 2013-2014

Middle School Report Card for 2013-2014

High School Report Card for 2013-2014 - Postsecondary Readiness Distinction Earned

TEA Report Card Definitions

District & Campus Improvement Plans (DIP & CIP)

District Improvement Plan

Elementary School Campus Improvement Plan

Middle School Campus Improvement Plan

High School Campus Improvement Plan

Campus Turnaround Plan (ES) & Improvement Plan (MS)

Highly Qualified Notices

Oak Cliff Grades PK-6

Waxahachie

Parent Letters

Oak Cliff Elementary

Waxahachie Elementary