TITLE 1

Title I At Discovery Elementary 2017-2018


Discovery Report Card Please click here to see the Discovery Report Card for 2016-2017
https://datagateway.schools.utah.gov/Accountability/2017/03/125/E

Parents,
To follow are a series of documents that can be found on our website.  They all pertain to the Federal Title I Program and its application at Discovery Elementary. If you have any questions about any of the following information, please feel free to give us a call.
Sincerely,
Mr. Morris, Principal, Discovery Elementary

Discovery Elementary Title I School Program Summary 2017-2018
What is Title I?  Title I is a federal program that provides funding for some public schools. The number of students in a school receiving free and reduced lunch is used to determine which schools received Title I funds.  Currently there are 6 elementary schools in Box Elder School District that receive this assistance.  This funding is in addition to the regular funds provided to all public schools.
How Much Funding Did We Receive?
$8,667 To Be Used For Professional Development.
$53,425 In The Restricted Personnel Budget
$24,998 Is Discretionary Funds
$1,750 For Parental Involvement
What Does It Pay For?
The restricted personnel budget is earmarked for a specific purpose.  It pays for the salary and benefits of  5 employees:
  • Literacy Paraprofessionals
  • Full-Day Kindergarten Teacher
  • Full-Day Kindergarten Aide
The Professional Development Portion Of The Budget Is Being Used For The Following:
  • More information to come!
The Discretionary Budget Is Being Used To Pay The Wages Of The Following Instructional Aide Positions:
  • Americorp-SOAR employee.  This person works part time through Americorp to help with attendance at Discovery
  • Reading para- Works with small groups of students to improve reading at Discovery.  
  • Proactive Behavior Para-Helps students with their efforts to live the 7 Habits in all settings.  
Other Items:
  • More information to come!

What Is The Purpose Of Title I?   Title I is meant to give qualifying schools extra help/additional resources so that their students will learn and achieve more.

Are There Special Requirements Of The School?   Only research based teaching methods are used in title 1 schools.  Title I schools and their school districts are held accountable for the use of the Title I money.  Audits are conducted regularly and regular reports are made. All teachers at a Title I School must be Highly Qualified (HQ).  This means they have a degree in teaching, a teaching license and they must also pass a rigorous test.  Paraprofessionals or aides employed at a Title I school are also required to be Highly Qualified.  To be HQ they must have at least two year of college or a rigorous test in the area in which they intend to work.

Discovery Elementary
Parent-School Compact
PARENT/GUARDIAN RESPONSIBILITIES
        I want my child to achieve therefore I will:
Make certain my child attends school regularly and on time.
See that my child is well-rested and has breakfast each day.
Set aside a specific time and place for homework, assisting as necessary.
Attend at least two conferences and communicate regularly with my child’s teacher to ensure his/her academic success.
Support the school and staff in maintaining proper discipline.
Read with my child and let him/her see me read regularly.
Encourage positive attitudes toward school.
Volunteer in my child’s classroom as appropriate.
Review information and work sent home and respond as necessary.
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
  It is important that I learn, therefore I will:
Attend school regularly and on time.
Complete assignments and homework.
Bring homework and supplies to school each day.
Work to the best of my ability.
Work cooperatively with classmates, teachers and staff.
Respect myself, other people, and my school.
Follow all school rules.
Accept responsibility for my own actions.
TEACHER RESPONSIBILITIES
        It is important that my student achieve, therefore I will:
Hold expectations high for all students, believing that all students can learn.
Provide high-quality instruction in a supportive and non-threatening environment.
Provide meaningful homework.
Communicate regularly with my students and their families through conferences, notes, phone calls, etc.
Provide opportunities for parents to assist in the classroom in meaningful ways and to observe classroom activities.
PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES
  I support this agreement, therefore I will:
Provide an equitable learning environment for all children.
Encourage the staff to provide parents with information about the total school program.
Encourage our staff to provide avenues for positive and meaningful parent involvement.
Assure that teachers have access to quality professional development and improvement measures
Place student safety and learning above all else.

Discovery Elementary Parent Involvement Policy
At Discovery Elementary, we believe that the ongoing involvement of parents is very important to the success of our students.  To meet the Title I Schools requirements, our school must create and support a strong parent-school partnership. In order to receive Title I Funding for our school, programs that support parental involvement must be in place and implemented.  As a Title I School, we encourage parent volunteerism and plan meaningful activities in which parents and families may participate.
Annually, Discovery Elementary will convene a Title I orientation meeting.  All parents will be invited and encouraged to attend. The purpose of the meeting will be to inform parents of the school’s participation under Title I and to explain Title I requirements.  School administration will also inform parents regarding the curriculum used in the school, The forms of assessment used to measure student progress and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.

The School Community Council has the ongoing responsibility of the construction and revision of this policy as well as the School-Parent Compacts.  The Community Council meets monthly in the school office.  Discovery Elementary will provide parents with timely and pertinent information regarding parent involvement, their child’s achievement and the school’s performance.
This will include, but is not limited to the following:
  • Yearly Title I Informational Meeting
  • School Performance Records And Proficiency Level Expectations Distributed Each School Year Through UPASS And summative test results
  • Written Communication From Teacher, Including:
  • Student performance data available through Aspire
  • Mid-Term Progress Reports
  • Regular Report Cards
  • Formal Standardized Test Scores Reports
  • Monitored Progress On Student Reading Achievement Using The DIBELS Assessment
  • Oral Communication From Teacher, Including:
  • Conference Opportunities (At Least Two Opportunities Per Year)
  • Interaction At After-School Functions
  • PTA Meetings
  • Newsletters
  • Posting Upcoming Events On The School Marquee
  • Timely Responses To Parent Suggestions Through Telephone Calls, Notes And Conferences
  • Ongoing Various School Activities At All Grade Levels Will Provide Opportunities For Parents To Participate In School Related Activities Throughout The Year.

A school-parent compact has been created.  This compact will outline how parents, the school staff and students will share the responsibility for improved student’s academic achievement and The means by which the school and parents will build a partnership to help students achieve the state’s standards. The contract shall address the importance of communication between teachers and parents on an ongoing basis. The compact will be distributed to all parents through the Discovery Elementary Student Handbook, and will be sent home with each student. Translations in other languages will be available as needed and to the extent possible.

Parents' Bill Of Rights
Dear Parent Or Guardian:
Our district is required to inform you of certain information that you, according to the No Child Left Behind Act Of 2001 (Public Law 107-110), have the right to know, upon your request, our district is required to provide to you in a timely manner, The following information:
  • Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
  • Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
  • What baccalaureate degree major the teacher has and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification.
  • In addition to the information that parents may request, districts must provide to each individual parent.
  • Information on the achievement level of the parent’s child in each of the state academic assessments as required under this part; and
  • Timely notice that the parent’s child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by,  a teacher who is not Highly Qualified.
All teachers at Discovery Elementary School are Highly Qualified. All instructional aides employed at Discovery are also Highly Qualified.

What Is Title I?
Title I Is A Federal Education Program Under The No Child Left Behind Act Of 2001.
Title I Includes Four Major Parts:
  • Part A: Improving The Academic Achievement Of The Disadvantaged
  • Part B: Even Start Family Literacy
  • Part C: Migrant Education
  • Part D: Services For Neglected Or Delinquent Children & Youth

What Are The Goals Of Title I?
  • Help students to achieve academic success in reading/language arts and mathematics;
  • Increase student performance in high poverty schools through school-wide reform;
  • Build teacher capacity through quality professional development;
  • Enhance parents' abilities to help their children succeed through quality parental involvement activities.

Parents of children that attend a Title One school have the right to request the credentials for their child’s teacher.  If you would like this information, please contact the principal at your child’s school.


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