Title I, Part A, Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged Program, is the largest federal education program for elementary and secondary schools. Title I funds are targeted to low-income schools and districts and used to provide educational services to students who are educationally disadvantaged or at risk of failing. School districts spend much time and effort administering these funds. Currently, STSD has three Title I schools:
Tips for Encouraging Kids to Read
- "Read me a story!"
- Nearly every suggestion sent in by our tip-sters had this message at its core. Whether snuggled under the covers with peanut-butter sandwiches, or following along with a book on tape while on a road trip, reading together is a powerful tool in motivating your child to read.
- Beyond books
- Our tip-sters were quick to point out that reading material comes in many different shapes and sizes, some of which may be more accessible to a new reader. Video games, magazines, and comic books all provide opportunities for reading practice. Other suggestions for sneaking under a wary child's reading radar include playing board games that involve written instructions, corresponding with a pen pal, and turning on the closed captioning on your television. To illustrate the practical side of reading, have your child help you with the grocery list, or leave reminder notes for your child to discover throughout the day.
- Keep it fun, for everyone
- Another message that came through loud and clear was that if kids are going to enjoy reading, the experience has to be enjoyable. As you read with your children, keep them involved by asking questions about the story, and let them fill in the blanks. You can also create activities related to the stories you're reading. In one household, reading Little House on the Prairieprompted lively games of "wagon-train" and discussions about life on the frontier. Another family likes to create mini-plays, acting out the stories they read. While her grandson "helps" in the garden, one grandmother spells words for him to write out using a muddy stick. Once the word is complete, the two of them sound it out together, wipe the word away, then move onto the next. This reading game keeps her grandson occupied for hours.
- "Look at what I did!"
- Another successful approach to motivating your child is to use some sort of visible record of achievement. A chart or graph that marks the number of books a child has read gives him or her a sense of accomplishment. To spice it up a bit, choose a theme that goes along with your child's interests. One example would be a Reading Olympics, where the child goes for the gold by reading a certain number of books.
- A similar method can be used to help expose your child to the wide variety of genres available for exploration. Create a Bingo card or Passport where each space can be filled in by reading a mystery book, or a piece of non-fiction, to give a few examples. Once the goal has been reached, reward your child with something to celebrate his or her special achievement. It doesn't have to be anything elaborate – one-on-one time with a parent or teacher, or an ice cream cone are suggestions from our tip-sters – just something that lets your child know how proud you are of his or her accomplishment.
- "I want that one!"
- Reading should be a choice, not a chore. Make sure there are a variety of books, magazines, and other materials available for your child to choose from, wherever your child may be. Let your child's interests guide his or her reading choices. While it's fine to make suggestions, don't force your conceptions of what your child should be reading onto your child. And, keep an eye on the reading level of the books your children choose. Let them stretch to the best of their ability, but be ready to help if they get discouraged.
- Something to talk about
- Reading doesn't have to stop when you put the book down. Talk to your child about books you've read and books you think he or she might enjoy. Point out similarities between everyday events and stories you have recently read. If your child has a favorite author, help your child write him or her a letter. For a more structured discussion, consider joining, or starting, a parent/child book club.
- Hey, kids! What time is it?
- Regardless of how motivated your child is, he or she will not read if there isn't any time to do so. Carve time out of the busy day and dedicate it to reading, both together and on your own. By setting aside specific times, rather than trying to squeeze it in between soccer and dance lessons, you send the message that reading is an important activity, and something your child will enjoy.
Source: Reading Rockets
The following sites are used to help students explore their interest, skills, as related to career pathways. The sites provide a pathway for to students to explore education training, vocational training and possible certification required to obtain a job in a career pathway that most closely match their interest in skills.
Strands EF1-3, SE1-43,SC1-2
For students in entrepreneurship rotation in Career we use SBA sit to help student understand and develop a business plan.
Strands AFC1, EQ!
Student will rely on the data from the https://www.bls.gov/ to help learn the history of how gender, culture, traditional and none traditional effected the availability of job both past, present and in potentially in the future.
Kahoot now has a self-paced challenge also. This is free.
Nearpod: These can all be used from home. You can set up nearpod to be a student paced lesson to be done individually or a teacher led lesson to be done as a group virtually.
Quizlet: a free can be used by students to make their own study sets or teachers can create the study set and have students join a “classroom” and teachers can watch progress.
Our district provides free academic support during evenings and weekends to students who need assistance with school work and homework.
Right to Know Request Teacher Qualifications
If your child attends a Title 1 school, you are entitled to information about your child's teacher. You are entitled to know whether the teacher is certified and qualified to teach the particular subject and grade. You are entitled to information about the teacher's college degree and major.
If your child receives any services from a paraprofessional, the school is required to provide you with information about the paraprofessional's qualifications.
Submit a written request for information about your child’s teacher or paraprofessional to the building principal. The building principal will provide you with that information in a timely manner.
TITLE I PARENT COMPLAINT PROCEDURES 2020-2021
On December 10, 2015 a new Federal education law was signed by the President. This law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), requires schools that receive federal Title IA funding to adopt written procedures for resolving complaints filed.
A “complaint” is a written, signed statement filed by an individual or an organization. It must include:
- A statement that a school has violated a requirement of federal statute or regulation that applies to Title IA.
- The facts on which the statement is based.
- Information on any discussions, meetings, or correspondence with a school regarding the complaint.
Complaint Resolution Procedures
- Referral – Complaints against schools should be referred to the District’s Federal Programs Office
- Notice to School – The Federal Programs Office will notify the school Superintendent and Principal that a complaint has been received. A copy of the complaint will be given to the Superintendent and Principal with directions given for the Principal to respond.
- Investigation – After receiving the Principal’s response, the Federal Programs Office, along with the Superintendent, will determine whether further investigation is necessary. If necessary, the Federal Programs Director and the Superintendent may do an onsite investigation at the school.
- Opportunity to Present Evidence – The Federal Programs Director may provide for the complainant and the Principal to present evidence.
- Report and Recommended Resolution – Once the Federal Programs Director has completed the investigation and the taking of evidence, a report will be prepared with a recommendation for resolving the complaint. The report will give the name of the party bringing the complaint, the nature of the complaint, a summary of the investigation, the recommended resolution, and the reasons for the recommendation. Copies of the report will be issued to all parties involved. The recommended resolution will become effective upon issuance of the report.
- Follow up – The Federal Programs Director and the Superintendent will ensure that the resolution of the complaint is implemented.
- Time Limit – The period between the Federal Programs Director receiving the complaint and resolution of the complaint shall not exceed sixty (60) calendar days.
- Right to Appeal – Either party may appeal the final resolution to the Department of Education. Appeals should be addressed as follows:
Ms. Susan McCrone, Division Chief
Division of Federal Programs
Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street, 5th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126‐0333