What Is Title I ?
Title I is a federally funded program designed as a supplemental program to ensure that all children have equitable access to quality educational opportunities. The financial assistance provided through Title I enables school districts to better meet the academic needs of children in schools with high poverty levels. Through Title I programs, students receive supplemental instruction in reading, language arts, and mathematics with the goal of their reaching proficiency in academic achievement standards and state assessments.
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School – Title 1 School Parent Involvement Policy
2017 – 2018
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School is a place of realized potential that offers students the opportunity to learn and grow. It is a place that offers challenging work. It is a place that heals children with trust, caring, and forgiveness. It is a place that forgives the mistakes of growing up. It is a place of realized potential opening itself to change and keeps an open mind to the fact that potential is a mystery.
- How are parents involved in the planning, review and improvement of the school’s Parent Involvement Policy? The executive committee members of TJ’s PTO serve as the committee members for the Parent Involvement Policy. We meet to plan, review and improve the policy.
- When will an annual meeting be held to inform parents of the school’s participation in the Title 1 program and to inform them of their right to be involved? The annual meeting takes place in September at the Open House.
- When will parent meetings take place? Parent meetings typically take place during the school day or after school. The principal works around the parent’s schedules.
- How may Title 1 funds be used? Funds may be used for transportation, trainings, childcare, salaries, refreshments, books, supplies and/or field trips.
- How will parents be involved in the planning, review and improvement of the school’s Title 1 program? Title 1 items will always be addressed at the monthly PTO meetings with the committee members for the Parent Involvement Policy.
- How are parents involved in the development of the Schoolwide Plan? Parents are involved the development of the plan through their participation in committee meetings.
- How will the school provide parents timely information about Title1 activities? Parents will be informed at Open House, Parent/Teacher Conferences, parent meetings, Thomas Jefferson’s website, Twitter, classroom newsletters etc.
- How will the school provide parents with a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of assessment used to measure progress and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet? The school’s parent handbook includes a description and explanation of the curriculum that is used in the school/district. Teachers speak to parents about curricular expectations generally at Open House and more specifically at Parent/Teacher Conferences.
- How will the school provide assistance to parents in understanding the State’s academic standards, local assessments used to measure progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet? The school sends home information regarding the State assessments for parents to review. The school also offers individual sessions to parents (around parent schedules) to answer questions regarding State assessments. Teachers, the guidance counselor and the principal discuss local assessments with parents at various times of the year.
- How will the school provide opportunities, when requested by parents, to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children, and respond to any suggestions as soon as practically possible? Parents have many opportunities to make suggestions and participate in decisions relating to their child. Parents attend Open House one time per year, parents attend Parent/Teacher Conferences two times per year, Parents attend IEP meetings for learning support students one time per year, parents are invited to be part of the Child Study Process if their child is in need of Child Study services and parents are often invited to the school by the classroom teacher, guidance counselor or principal to discuss the well-being of their child.
- What is stated in the school-parent compact and how was it created? The school-parent compact was jointly developed with parents and states how the parents, entire school staff and students will share in the responsibility for improved student achievement.
- How does the school provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their child’s achievement? Parents have been informed that their children, if they are in grades 3-5 and participate in Read 180, can access the program at home if they have Internet. Parents have also been informed about First in Math for grades 1-5, students can log-on at home if they have Internet access. Parents in grade one are invited to school for an Author’s Day, where teachers discuss the writing process with parents and students read their work. Parents in grades K-2 are invited to participate in Kid Writing training and then assist in the classroom during Kid Writing.