TITLE I PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS
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Title I at Dodge City Middle School
Title I is a federally funded program that aims to support learners in meeting the State's academic standards. Title I funds are used to provide services for students identified as needing assistance in meeting grade level expectations. Title I supplements the district's regular educational programming. The goal of the Title I program is to help students meet Kansas challenging academic standards. Title I services are available in Reading and Math at Dodge City Middle School. (See below ELA and Math Standards by Grade Level:
Performance Standards By Grade Level
Title I Annual Parent Meeting
The Title I Program is required to have an annual meeting with parents so that we can provide assistance to parents in understanding the State's academic content standards and student academic achievement standards, State and local academic assessments, the requirements of Title I and how to monitor a child's progress. This meeting is held in August during enrollment of each school year. If you were unable to attend this meeting, please view the PowerPoint presentation that was used for the parents.
August Title I Annual Parent Meeting
We would like to invite you to our first Title I parent meeting of the 2016-2017 school year which will take place throughout the day on Thursday, August 4 during enrollment. The Title I parent meeting will be held as a come and go event in the school auditorium. The event is designed to provide a short orientation to the Title I program at Dodge City Middle School. We are asking all parents to stop by the Title I orientation booth and attend the orientation. The orientation will provide information on the Title I handbook, program offerings, parent involvement, overview of parent compact and how students qualify for services. All parents and students who attend the orientation will be provided a snack to take with them.
This year as a part of our Title I services we will be implementing a new parent involvement program entitled “Stepping Up.” The “Stepping Up” program is designed to recognize parents who are supporting student learning in the home. As a part of the “Stepping Up” program we will be asking parents to pledge a number of after school hours that they will commit to supporting both academics and school sponsored activities.
See Stepping up Parent Involvement Enrollment Form
Holiday Reading Program
Dodge City Middle School will open the school library in the evenings prior to the holidays to encourage families to check out books and reading materials. The evening Library Holiday Reading Program will be staffed by one or two paid and trained library assistants who will assist parents and students with book selection. Parents are welcome to stay and read with their child during the evening hours. The following dates have been set aside for our holiday reading program.
For each Title I reading classroom and the ESOL teachers, we purchased five or six audio books for students to check out using their iPads. The audio books will be housed in each classroom to check out once or twice a week. Home check out of iPads will be allowed so that students can listen to the audio book as they read the hard copy. We encourage the children to listen to and read each story several times and to also listen as a family.
Parent Involvement Banquets & Parent Day
Two recognition banquets have been scheduled this year to include parental involvement and to promote strategies to support literacy in the home. The “Stepping Up” awards banquets will be held on Tuesday, November 29, and on Tuesday April 25. Dodge City Middle School will also be hosting a “Bring Your Parent to School Day” on Friday, September 9.
How are students identified for Title I?
Although funding for Title I is related to the number of students who receive free or reduced price meals, participation has nothing to do with economic status. Students are selected to receive Title I services based on a number of factors, including performance on standardized tests, classroom assessments and teacher recommendation. Title I is not the same as Special Education.
What kind of assistance is provided?
Title I services are provided by licensed staff. Students may be seen in small groups and selected to attend special courses during the day or after school. Specific skill areas are targeted, depending on students' needs. This support is in addition to the instruction students receive in the general education classroom.
READ 180 Tier II (Grades 7&8)
Read 180 in grades 7 & 8 is an intensive, year long, reading class combining research-based practices of reading instruction with the most effective use of technology in the classroom. READ 180 offers students an opportunity to achieve reading fluency through a combination of computer and individual instruction and independent reading components. The computer portion of the program works students through reading, spelling and word recognition. Students are placed in READ 180 based on teacher recommendation, student reading inventories (individual student lexiles or reading level) and state reading assessments. This course replaces the ELA class for grades 7 and 8.
Math and Reading Tier III Grade 6-8
Tier III intervention classes of Read 180 (Grades 7-8) Reading Interventions Class (Grade 6) and Foundational Math Grades (6-8) diagnose student deficiencies and provide interventions that allow teachers to target those specific needs. These classes are scheduled for 62 minutes each day and provide students with an individual intervention program created for their needs specifically. Students are identified by their performance on state achievement test who score between 0 and 199 on their state math and reading assessments. Students will also be considered for these classes when SMI and SRI scores fall below basic.
Math Seminar Grade 6 – 8 Tier II & III
Math Seminar is a 42 minute course for students who are two years behind their grade level expectations. Students will receive both foundational and regular math assistance. Math Seminar gives students who have fallen behind the chance to catch up and keep up. Focusing on Number and Operations, the cornerstone of elementary mathematics, the program teaches students the basics of math—computation, number sense and problem solving. Math Seminar helps students develop the skills they need to compute with accuracy and efficiency, the number sense they need to reason and the ability to apply their skills and reasoning to solve problems. Students are placed in Math Seminar based on teacher recommendation, student math inventories, and state math assessments.
After School Math and Reading Seminars Tier II Program Grades 6 - 8
The after school math and reading seminar is held from 3:15 – 4:45 P.M. Monday through Thursday and provides re-teaching opportunities in both a 45 minute session in math and a 45 minute session in reading. Students are identified by their performance on state achievement test. Students who score between 199 and 299 on their state math and reading assessments will be re-taught units of study they are currently receiving during regular instruction. Students will receive 16 days of re-teaching opportunities and will be reassessed through formative process at the end of the 16th day session in both math and reading. Students will also be considered for these classes when SMI and SRI scores fall below proficient.
How are parents notified of services?
Parents are notified by the classroom teacher when their child qualifies for Title I support. Families are encouraged to discuss their child's strengths and needs with the teacher. A partnership between home and school is important in student learning. This compact illustrates that everyone has a part to play in student success! A parent permission form and school compact is signed by the parent, classroom teacher, and Title I teacher.
How are parents notified of student progress?
All parents are informed of the child’s progress through school conferences and report cards. In addition, it is important for parents to attend the Title I Curriculum Nights. Finally, the Title I teachers also send home e-mails and newsletters to inform the parents of the concepts and skills that are worked on during the supplemental time with their child.