Utilization of parent input is offered through a number of forums at our school, including site and community booster organization groups to ensure a diverse representation. These groups allow for on-going dialogue to take place between school staff and parents. These groups include:
School Assessment and Review Team (SART):
meets monthly during the school year to assess and review effectiveness of policies, procedures, programs and curriculum/textbook adoption, which are in place or proposed. In March, CUSD conducts the annual SART Survey. This survey solicits parent opinion on curricular, co-curricular, technology, and other issues facing the district. SART is the only body entitled to process these surveys; the compiled results are shared with the community.
SART is designed to provide an ongoing system of evaluation of district programs. Parents and staff work together to analyze programs both at the district and school levels. All Kastner parents are invited to become active participants in the Kastner SART Committee.
The Kastner SART Committee elects a parent representative(s) who attends quarterly district SART meetings and reports back information to the school site committee. Parents who are interested in attending SART, or who would like more information, are always welcome to attend our bi-monthly meetings, workshops, or call the school at 327-2500.
School Site Council (SSC):
meets quarterly with administrative, teacher, parent and student representatives to review and adopt the school site plan and grant final approval on all categorical funds.
English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC):
made up of parents and staff members involved in the bilingual program. ELAC reviews all programs designed to support English Learners, including ELD, and tutors on a quarterly basis.
Intercultural Diversity Advisory Council (IDAC):
draws members from parents to represent our school at district level climate assessment/problem-solving meetings.
Kastner has developed a site Intercultural and Diversity Advisory Council (IDAC) by which parents and staff work collaboratively to advise Kastner regarding issues related to student achievement. This council was chartered by our school principal to identify barriers and contributors to the success of students from different backgrounds. The vision of the council is to ensure the development of all students in regards to academic achievement, co-curricular involvement and social competence. The Site IDAC Committee will develop action plans to assure the academic and social development of students, by focusing on equity and access to the core curriculum and co-curricular programs.
Athletic/Pep & Cheer Booster Groups:
Football Boosters, Baseball Boosters, Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer Boosters, Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Boosters, Wrestling Boosters, Boys’ and Girls’ Volleyball Boosters, Cross Country/Track Boosters, Boys’ and Girls’ Water Polo/Swimming Boosters, Boys’ and Girls’ Tennis Boosters, and Pep & Cheer Boosters primary functions are to fundraise for students involved in athletics.
Performing Arts Booster Groups:
provide monetary support for marching band, color guard, concert bands, orchestra, jazz band and all choral performance groups.