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									                Title I Newsletter-E. B. Morse Elementary School
                           A Title I Schoolwide School
                                    Dr. Ameca Thomas, Principal

Purpose of Title I                                           Parental Involvement
    Title I (of the federal No Child Left Behind                 Parental Involvement is an integral part of the Title I
legislation) is a federal program that provides              program. Parents are encouraged to become partners in
opportunities for the children served under this program     helping their children achieve and become actively
to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to meet        involved in all aspects of the process of the Title I
challenging state content standards.                         program, from the writing of the plan to its
    Title I resources are distributed to district schools    implementation and evaluation.
having the greatest needs in amounts sufficient to make          A strong connection between the home and the
a difference in the improvement of the school’s              school is a key element in student success. Materials,
academic program.                                            strategies, and help from teachers are available to
    Title I coordinates services with other educational      parents of students receiving Title I services.
agencies and, to the degree possible, with health and        Opportunities for active parent participation should
social services programs.                                    include, but not be limited to open house, parent
    Title I provides greater decision-making authority       workshops, school-parent compacts, home visitation,
and flexibility within the schools. However, greater         parent-teacher      organizations,       conferences,    and
responsibility for student performance is the exchange       newsletters.
made for this flexibility. Student progress is measured          The No Child Left Behind legislation requires schools
each year by administrators, teachers, and parents to        to utilize a portion of their Title I funds to support parent
ensure that the students will be able to reach the goals     involvement.       Parents should contact the school
set by NCLB.                                                 principal with any comments or suggestions regarding
                                                             the school’s parent involvement expenditures.
What Goes into a Schoolwide Title I
Program?                                            Parent Involvement Policy and School-
   A schoolwide Title I program allows schools that Parent Compact
qualify to use Title I money to pay for educational             Each Title I school is required to ask for input from
programs for the whole school. To qualify for a              parents regarding the development of a parent
schoolwide program, a school must have 40% or more           involvement policy and a school-parent compact.
of the students from low-income families. All schools in        The parent involvement policy explains how the
Laurens School District 55 qualify. Our district has         school plans to work with parents to review and improve
chosen to use the Title I funds in all six of the            parent programs and describes how parents can
elementary schools in the district.                          participate in planning those programs.
    A Title I schoolwide program can offer services and         The school-parent compact outlines how parents, the
programs that can help improve your child’s education.       Title I school staff, and students will share the
According a publication of the Channing Bete Company,        responsibility for improved student academic
the benefits of       schoolwide programs include the        achievement and the way in which the school and
following:                                                   parents will build and develop a partnership to help
        High Standards for All Students                     children achieve the State’s high standards.
                                                                Parents can do many things to help at school, but
        Improved Programs
                                                             there is much that can also be done at home. Parents can
        Parent Involvement                                  make sure that their child has a quiet place to study,
        More Ways to Use Resources                          limit the amount of TV time each day, and review
    In order to plan for a Title I schoolwide program, the   homework. We encourage parents to volunteer in our
school conducts a comprehensive needs assessment to          school, attend meetings and parent-teacher conferences,
see what is needed for all of the students to meet           and join the school parent-teacher organization (PTO).
education standards. Yearly reviews of the program tell      We also invite parents to share suggestions about our
the school if the program is being successful. If there is   Title I plan and other suggestions for our school. There
not enough improvement in student achievement, the           is a suggestion box in the main office that is checked
Title I planning team may decide to make changes in the      regularly. The principal shares those suggestions with
program.                                                     the Title I Planning Team.
Description and Explanation of                                      the teacher’s academic major, graduate
Curriculum, Forms of Academic                                        degrees, if any, and
                                                                  the teacher’s certification area.
Assessment, and Proficiency Levels                             If you would like to receive this information, please
Students are Expected to Meet                               contact the district’s director of personnel, Mrs. Renee’
    Laurens District 55 schools provide a high-quality      Madden at 864-984-3568.
curriculum based upon the South Carolina Curriculum
Standards. This curriculum has been approved by the
                                                            South Carolina Department of Education
South Carolina Board of Education and adopted by the
Laurens School District 55 Board of Trustees.               Complaint Resolution Procedures
Textbooks used in the classrooms have been reviewed            The State Department of Education (SDE) has the
by a committee of teachers and adopted and endorsed         authority to hear complaints and appeals regarding
by the State Department of Education. Specific              certain federal programs and requires school districts to
educational programs in each school are targeted to         distribute the following information concerning the
meet the identified needs of the children in the school.    South Carolina Department of Education’s complaint
    Laurens School District 55 administers a variety of     resolution procedures:
standardized assessments to its students. The Palmetto            Organizations or individuals may file a
Assessment of State Standards (PASS), which is part of                complaint that applies to Title I within thirty
the state assessment program, is given to students in                 days of receiving the decision by the school
grades three through eight and measures student                       district or group of districts.
performance on the state standards. The Cognitive                 Complaints and appeals must be made in
Abilities Test (CogAT) is a group-administered ability                writing and they must contain a statement
test battery given to students in grade two for                       indicating the violation, specific requirements
identification as Gifted and Talented. The English                    of the law or regulations allegedly violated.
Language Development Assessment (ELDA) is given                       Complaints and appeals must be filed with the
to all students whose Home Language Survey indicates                  State Superintendent of Education at the S.C.
that a language other than English is their primary                   Department of Education, 1429 Senate Street,
language. Beginning in the tenth grade, the High                      Columbia, South Carolina 29201.
School Assessment Program (HSAP) is administered.                 The SDE will confirm receipt of the complaint
This test is in accordance with No Child Left Behind                  within ten business days and will conduct an
and measures students’ academic achievement on high                   investigation to determine the merits of the
school academic standards. Our district also uses                     complaint. The Deputy Superintendent will
NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) in                         issue a final decision regarding the complaint
grades two through ten to guide instruction. To monitor               within 60 days, except under exceptional
student progress throughout the year, all students                    circumstances that warrant an extension.
are given teacher-prepared and textbook–provided                  The final decision of the SDE may be
assessments.                                                          appealed to the Secretary of the U.S.
    Based upon requirements of No Child Left Behind,                  Department of Education.
all students in grades three through eight are expected
to achieve the “Met” level on PASS by the end of the        Title I Expenditures for 2010-2011
2013-2014 school year.                                         Listed below are the activities that E. B. Morse
                                                            Elementary has implemented this year through
Parent’s Right to Know                                      collaboration of the members of the SIC/Title I
    As a parent of a student enrolled at E. B. Morse        Planning Team.
Elementary School, you have the right to know the                 Reading Recovery teacher
professional qualifications of the classroom teachers             Class Size Reduction Teacher
and instructional assistants who instruct your child.             Computer Lab Assistant
Federal law allows you to ask for the following                   Parenting Materials
information about your child’s classroom teachers and             Instructional Coach
requires the school district to give you this information         Instructional Materials and Supplies
in a timely manner:                                               Funds for Field Trips to the Adair Center
      whether the teacher is certified to teach the                 And Michelin Stem Challenge (LINX)
         subjects and/or grade levels the teacher is                 competition.
         teaching,                                          ____________________________________
      whether the teacher’s certificate is a waiver or
         substandard certificate,                           Dr. Ameca Thomas, Principal
                                                            Fall 2010

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