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Westfall Local School District Title 1 Handbook

  1. 1. Westfall Local School District TITLE I PARENT HANDBOOK 2011-2012 Approved by Westfall Local Board of Education November 21,2011 1
  2. 2. Title I SchoolsWestfall Elementary School, Janice Gearhart ………………………………..PrincipalWestfall Middle School, Kathy Payne……………………………………………..PrincipalDeborah Younge…………………………………………………………………………….Title I CoordinatorCara Riddel…………………………………………………………………………………….Superintendent Westfall Elementary 9391 State Route 56 Williamsport, OH 43164 740-986-4008 Westfall Middle School 19545 Pherson Pike Willamsport, OH 43164 740-986-2941 District Office 19463 Pherson Pike Williamsport, OH 43164 740-986-3671 MISSION STATEMENT: In partnership with students,parents, teachers, staff and community, the Westfall Local School District will provide quality educational services that nurture academic, social and civic skills,enabling students to become productive, life-long learners. 2
  3. 3. Title 1Title I is a federally funded program designed to improve educational opportunities byproviding aid to elementary and secondary education. The intent of Title I is to expandlearning opportunities while supplementing basic skills instruction in reading and math.This program serves students who have need of improving their reading and/or mathskills.The goals of the Title I program are to:   Individualize reading/language arts and math instruction according to student needs  Increase reading/language arts and math achievement  Increase student self-esteem  Involve children with parent(s) in reading/language arts and math activities at school and at home TITLE I PROGRAM AT WESTFALLThe Title I is a K-8 School-wide Program at Westfall Elementary and Westfall MiddleSchool designed to improve the educational success for all students enrolled within theprogram. Based on the assumption that all children are capable of learning and thatstudent achievement is in direct correlation to expectations set, the following goal hasbeen set:By 2013, all students in grades kindergarten through 12 will improve in all coreacademics.The Title I program is designed to reach as many students as possible providing themwith the opportunities and support needed to achieve higher standards of performancewithin the classroom. Individual or small group help is provided to students who are“struggling” with a given concept – determined by the classroom teacher through theuse of pre/post testing, daily work, and informal observations. HIGHLY QUALIFIED STAFFThe Title I staff has met and/or exceeded the criteria set by the State of Ohio for highlyqualified teachers.All Para-professionals within the school have met the requirements for being highlyqualified through passing the State Para-professional test or having the needed collegecredits. PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOWWhat do I know about my childs teacher? The federal education law put inplace by President Bush called "No Child Left Behind”, requires that all parents ina Title I school be notified and given the opportunity to request information aboutthe professional qualifications of classroom teachers instructing their child andparaprofessionals that work with their child. If you are interested in this information,you may send your request to the building principal who will provide a response. 3
  4. 4. What is “No Child Left Behind” and What Does it Mean for Westfall Local Schools?On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act(NCLB). This legislation includes the federal support that states and local schooldistricts receive for eligible schools know as Title 1. NCLB requires that every state andschool district develop and implement standards, assessments and accountabilitysystem in Reading and Mathematics. Because the federal law focuses on manyconcepts and instructional strategies that the Westfall Local School District has put inplace,Consider these current district practices, which are the main elements of theNCLB law: 1. A strengthened district-wide core curriculum aligned to state standards and testing in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, and standards-based instruction in all subject areas; 2. Investing in high-quality professional development for all teaches to ensure that Westfall Local School teachers meet the definition of highly-qualified according to federal guidelines, as well as an aggressive teacher recruitment programs; 3. An emphasis on accountability and assessment. These elements have been in place in the state of Ohio through its Department of Education’s State, District and School Report Cards, annual Value Added Growth Measures, and the state’s list of schools that are low performing, improving, or in good standing. 4. A focus on proven strategies that work such as the districts Balanced Literacy Framework, School Improvement Plans and academic Intervention Programs. 5. Expanded options for parents, such as the district’s Open Enrollment Process which now gives priority to the most academically challenged students in the lowest performing schools, the recently introduced Public School of Choice, which offers student options for enrolling in neighboring district/buildings not in school improvement and the Parents’ Right to Know about the status of their children’s schools and teachers. 6. Schools are monitored annually on the Ten Components of a Title I Schoolwide Program. These are: 1. Comprehensive Needs Assessment; 2. Schoolwide Reform Strategies; 3. Instruction by Highly Qualified Staff; 4. High Quality Professional Development; 5. Attracting Highly Qualified Teachers; 6. Assistance to Preschool Children; 7. Transition: Assisting Children to the next level; 8. Teachers in Decision Making; 9. Timely, Additional Assistance to Students Experiencing Difficulty; 10. Coordination and Integration of Federal, State and Local Programs. 4
  5. 5. Westfall Local School District Title 1Policy Guidelines Parent InvolvementPhilosophy of Parent ParticipationWestfall Local School District recognizes that parents are their children’s first andmost influential teachers. The involvement of parents helps children learn moreeffectively. Research has demonstrated that parental involvement increases theeffectiveness of Title I programs.By working with teachers and by reinforcing and promoting learning objectives inthe home, parents can dramatically improve their children’s educationalachievement. Both research and intuition confirm that parental consultation andinvolvement are key ingredients in successful educational programs.Westfall Local School District Schoolwide Title Program will include theseactivities in its program:1. At least one public meeting will be held annually to explain the Schoolwide Title Program.a. All parents will be invited.b. Community members of the Westfall Local School District will be encouraged to participate.c. The purpose of the meeting shall be to discuss with parents the programs and activities carried out with School-wide Title funding, inform parents of their rights to consult in the design and implementation of Schoolwide Title projects, solicit their input, and provide parents an opportunity to establish mechanisms for maintaining on‐going communications among parents, teachers, and agency officials.2. Parent’s suggestions in planning, developing, and implementing the School- wide Title Program.3. Parents will be encouraged to assist in Schoolwide Title projects in planning and implementing them.4. Timely information, materials and suggestions will be provided to help parents promote education of their children in their homes.5. Copies of this policy will be sent home with each student and posted on the school website. 5
  6. 6. Westfall Local School District Parent Involvement PolicyWestfall Local School District will do the following:1. Involve parents in the joint development of a written parental involvement policythat describes ways of meeting the following requirements in Title I of NCLB:Notification to parents of the policy in an understandable format and languagePeriodic updates of the policy to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.2. Hold an annual meeting, at a convenient time, for all parents. The purposes of thismeeting are to:Inform parents of their school’s participation in the Title I program.Explain the requirements of Title I.Explain the right of parents to be involved.3. Parental involvement meetings at various times, such as morning or evening.4. Involve parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely way in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I programs, including the school parental involvement policy and the School-wide Program Plan.5. Provide the following items to the parents:Timely information about Title I programs Opportunities for regular meetings, if requested by parents, to:  Make suggestions.  Receive timely responses to them.  Participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children.6. Develop jointly with the parents or caregivers of participating students a school-parent compact that outlines:  The shared responsibility of parents, students, and the entire school staff to improve students’ academic achievement  The shared responsibility between the school and parents to help children achieve the statewide academic content standards 6
  7. 7.  The school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that helps children served under Title I meet the statewide academic content standards The ways in which parents will be responsible for supporting their children’s learning, such as monitoring attendance, homework completion, and television watching; volunteering in their children’s classroom; participating, as appropriate, in decisions related to the education of their children and the positive use of their children’s extracurricular time The importance of ongoing communication between teachers and parents through (at a minimum): Frequent reports to parents about their children’s progress Reasonable access to staff School messenger School newsletters Reasonable opportunities to volunteer at the school, participate in their children’s class, and observe classroom activities 7
  8. 8. School-Parent / Guardian Compact Westfall Elementary School Westfall Middle School 9391 State Route 56 West 19545 Pherson Pike Williamsport, Ohio 43164 Williamsport, Ohio 43164 740-986-4008 740-986-2941 Title 1 Federal ProgramWestfall Local Schools and the parent/guardians of the students participating in activities, services, andprograms funded by Title 1, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) agree that thiscompact outlines how parents/guardians, the entire school staff and students will share theresponsibility for improved academic achievement and the means by which the school andparents/guardians will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s highstandards.This compact will be in effect for the 2011-12 school year.School ResponsibilitiesWestfall Elementary and Middle School will: 1. Provide high quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the State’s student academic standards of what students should know and be able to do and provide evidence of your child’s/children’s progress toward meeting those goals. 2. Hold parent/guardian-teacher conferences two times annually during which the compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement. Specifically those conferences will be held in the fall and spring quarters prior to interim progress reports. Report cards will be sent winter quarter and at the end of the school year. 3. Parents/guardians may access the staff for consultation by calling the school office. Please allow 48 hours for a response from the teacher. Teacher email can be accessed through the district website. 4. Parents/guardians are offered opportunities to volunteer, participate, and observe classroom activities and assemblies. 5. Parents/guardians can access student progress reports using Progress Book. 6. Parents/guardians will be informed of upcoming events at school via student take-home notices and school website. http//www.westfall.k12.oh.us/ and school messenger. 8
  9. 9. Parent / Guardian Responsibilities We, as parents/guardians, will support our children’s learning in the following ways: 1. Monitor my child’s attendance. 2. Making sure homework is completed while providing a place and time for my student to work. 3. Monitoring the amount of television, video games, and internet use. 4. Volunteering at school. 5. Staying informed about my child’s education and communicating with the school promptly by reading all notices from the school or the school district either received by my child or by mail and responding, as appropriate. 6. Serving to extend possible, on policy advisory groups, such as Title 1, Part A parent/guardian representative on the School Improvement team, the Parent Collaboration Council, or other school advisory or policy groups. Student Responsibilities We, as students, will share the responsibility to improve our academic achievement and achieve the State’s high standards. Specifically, we will: 1. Do my homework every day and ask for help when I need to. 2. Read at least 30 minutes (or age appropriate time) every day outside of school time. 3. Give to my parents or the adult who is responsible for my welfare, all notices and information received by me from the school every day. ______________________________________ __________________ Signature of School Representative Date ______________________________________ __________________ Signature of Parent/Guardian Date ______________________________________ __________________Signature of Student Date 9
  10. 10. EVALUATION OF THE TITLE I PROGRAM:Parents of students participating in the Title I program will have the opportunity toevaluate the Title I program. This evaluation will include a section pertaining to theeffectiveness of the parental involvement policy, areas of strengths and weaknesses,and barriers to be overcome. The Title I staff, with the help of the Parent AdvisoryCouncil (PAC), will use this information to evaluate the program and to make changeswithin the program as needed. Schoolwide Plan The Westfall Schoolwide Plan was approved by the Board of Education and the OhioDepartment of Education (ODE) for implementation the year of 2011-12. The Plan is on file in the office. The plan was reviewed by the Title 1 planning committee (Building Leadership Teams) prior to submission to ODE. TITLE I COMPLAINT PROCEDUREA parent, student, employee, or district stakeholder who has a complaint regarding theuse of federal NCLB funds and is unable to solve the issue, may address the complaintin writing to the district’s superintendent. Disputes addressing the enrollment,transportation (including inter-district disputes), and other barriers to the education ofchildren and youth experiencing homelessness are also addressed under thisprocedure. Parents, guardians, and unaccompanied youth may initiate the disputeresolution process directly at the school they choose, as well as at the district ordistrict’s homeless liaison’s office. The parent or guardian or unaccompanied youth shallbe provided with a written explanation of the school’s decision including the rights of theparent, guardian, or youth to appeal the decision. Students should be provided with allservices for which they are eligible while disputes are resolved.The superintendent will investigate, within one week, the circumstances of the complaintand render a decision, within two weeks, after receipt of the complaint.The superintendent will notify the complainant of the decision in writing.The complainant will be allowed one week to react to the decision before it becomesfinal.The complainant will either accept or disagree with the decision and will provide suchacknowledgment in writing, addressed to the district superintendent.If the issue is not resolved with the superintendent, the complaint will be forwarded tothe district’s Board of Education for further review. The parent or guardian orunaccompanied youth shall be provided with a written explanation of the district’sdecision including the rights of the parent, guardian, or youth to appeal the decision.Unresolved complaints may be forwarded by the stakeholder to the Ohio Department ofEducation for review. (Consult Ohio Department of Education Complaint Procedure) 10
  11. 11. Complaint Resolution PolicyIt is the policy of the ODE to investigate all allegations of noncompliance with state orfederallaw, rules, or regulations. In order to initiate a complaint with the ODE that a schooldistrict or the ODE has violated State law or regulations, or federal law or regulationsthat apply to any covered federal program, a complainant must submit a written, signedcomplaint that: 1) describes the pertinent facts; 2) identifies the alleged violations of thelaw; and, 3) recommends how the complainant would have the ODE resolve thecomplaint. The complaint must be mailed to the ODE. Complainants include any: publicagencies, parents, and other individuals or organizations. The ODE will not accept orinvestigate allegations of violations from anonymous sources. The ODE will strive toresolve all complaints within 60 days of receipt. 11
  12. 12. Westfall Local Schools Family Engagement CalendarWestfall Mall/ Round Up: Annual MeetingOpen HouseElementary Parent ConferenceElementary Family TrainingMiddle School Parent ConferenceMiddle School Family TrainingFamily Literacy NightMath ExpoFamily Curriculum Night 12
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