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A Parent's Guide to Title 1 Services

about 1 year ago

Title I is a program through which school districts receive federal funding to provide supplemental instruction for those students who qualify. The funds for each school district are based on a State formula that considers how much poverty impacts a school district. However, Title I services provided with those federal funds are based on the academic needs of students, not poverty or income. Students who qualify for academic support may be served in the areas of language arts or math. WMS operates what is known as a “targeted model” for delivering Title I services. Focused assessment throughout the school year provides an ongoing record of student progress which enables our teachers to tailor instruction to meet the specific needs of each child. The goal of Title I is to provide instructional services and activities which support students in meeting the state’s challenging performance standards. We invite you to provide input on any and all aspects of the program and have included some ways here for you to consider getting involved if you aren't ready.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Marking Period Grades (D– and E)
  •  Classroom-BasedAssessments in reading and math
  • Standardized Test Results (MEAP)
yes Please note: Students are served on a “priority” basis depending on their need for academic services.

Program Design

The Title I Program at WMS focuses on Language Arts and/or math intervention and is designed to supplement services to students using a variety of models.

Intervention Module (I.M.) classes which have the benefit of:
- Smaller classes or special groups
- Additional teachers
- A variety of supplementary teaching methods.
* Pre-teaching and re-teaching of course content
* Skill building
- Additional teaching materials which supplement materials already in the classroom.
- Learning Lunch and after school opportunities for teaching/tutoring students the skills they need.
- Opportunities for professional development for school staff.
West Middle School Parent Involvement Policy

WMS is committed to the goal of providing quality education for every child. To this end, we want to establish partnerships with family members and with the community. Everyone benefits if WMS and the community work together to promote high achievement by our children. Family members play an extremely important role as a child’s first teacher. Support for children and for the school is critical to a child’s success at every step along the way. WMS staff intend to include family members in all aspects of the school’s mission to help students achieve which includes how we operate the WMS Title I program. The goal is a school/home partnership that will help all children succeed. We thank you in advance for all of your help and assistance in working together with your child to help him/her succeed in school.

Research Shows
How well a child does in school depends a great deal upon how parents get involved in the educational process! Your input at WMS is appreciated, and we value your willingness to partner with us to help students be successful.

How Can You Be Involved?
  • yes Participate in Parent/Teacher Conferences scheduled each year in November and March.
  • yes Keep in contact with your child’s teacher through telephone conversations, email, or letters to/from home.
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  • yes Participate in school-based events that are intended for attendance of all families (eg, open houses, concerts, curriculum nights,etc)
  • yes Serve as a role model, showing your child that you support his/her education and are aware of his/her progress in school.
  • yes Complete Title I surveys that are available at school events
  • yes Keep your child’s teacher informed about events in your child’s life that may affect his/her performance in school.
  • yes Discuss other ideas for parent involvement with your child’s teacher and parent organization.


Progress Monitoring

Students who receive Title I services at WMS will be served by Title I teachers or Paraprofessionals who have been trained in the areas of Language Arts, reading, and/or math. Title I teachers work closely with your child’s Language Arts and math teachers to assist with monitoring your child’s progress. The progress is monitored by the collection of data, which may be: performance on assessments, a collection of your child’s work, and/or classroom observations. You are encouraged to contact your child’s teachers (Title I and team teachers) to discuss progress or to meet and talk with them about performance.
Meet the Title I Staff
If you have any questions about the Targeted Title I program at West Middle School,
please contact any of the staff listed below, or the principal, Jeffrey Neall, at: 810.591.7309

Michael Brisson
6th and 7th grade Math support and Intervention Module (I.M.) classes
Contact: 810.591.8135
Qualifications: Graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2003, and is highly qualified to teach Elementary Education (ZG), and Math (EX).  He received a Master in the Art of Teaching degree from Margrove College in June, 2012.

Elizabeth Peter
6th and 7th grade Language Arts support and Intervention Module (I.M.) classes
Contact: 810.591.8375
Qualifications: Mrs. Peter graduated from University of Michigan-Flint in 2008, with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and is highly qualified to teach English (BA), and Political Science (CD).  She received her Master’s degree in Literacy K-12 from University of Michigan-Flint in August 2011, and will soon have a Reading Specialist (BR) certification.

Heather Asperger
Math support and Intervention Module (I.M.) classes
Contact: 810.591.8110
Qualifications: Mrs. Asperger attended Michigan State University and The University of Michigan-Flint. She is highly qualified to teach Language Arts (BX) and Mathematics (EX). Mrs. Asperger is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in K-12 Literacy from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Deborah Chapman
Language Arts support and Intervention Module (I.M.) classes
Contact: 810.591.8108
Qualifications: Mrs. Chapman attended The University of Michigan-Flint for her Bachelor's and Master's degrees. She is highly qualified to teach English (BA), Speech (AX), and is a Reading Specialist (AR).

In accordance with recent federal legislation, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), school districts that receive Title I federal funds are required to notify parents of their right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher including degrees and certifications held and whether the teacher is certified in the area he/she is teaching. If you wish for more information regarding your child’s educators, please contact the building Principal, Jeffrey Neall, at (810) 591-7309.


How Does WMS Receive Title 1 Money?

1) The federal government provides funding to each state.
2) Each State Educational Agency sends money to its school districts.
- How much money each school receives is determined by the number of low-income students attending that district.
- Each district must identify the buildings it serves.
3.) Title I Schools:
- Identify the students at their school who need the most educational assistance based on the academic criteria that school has chosen (see Eligibility Requirements).
*Students do NOT have to be from low-income families to receive Title I services.
- Set goals for improving the skills of those who qualify for Title I services at their school.
- Measure student progress to determine the success of the Title I program for each student.
- Develop programs for each individual student in order to support/supplement classroom instruction.

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