The Goshen Gazette

November 2021

From the Principal - Mr. Graves

Greetings Goshen Lane Families,

As a learning institution we are always challenging and encouraging our students to be their best, to do their best, and to learn as much as they can. As a staff it is important for us to also show that even as adults we are continuously learning. Recently I learned something new about the month of November that I will share with our students, I also thought it may be something you find interesting and perhaps may find value in, especially as we enter the "Thanksgiving" holiday season where many will spend time with family and loved ones. What I learned is that November is Family Story Month.

Families come in all shapes and sizes: big families, small families, foster families, adoptive families, divorced families, extended families, and more. Each family is as different as its family members. As different as they are, most families have stories they share around the dinner table or during family gatherings or maybe just traveling to and from school. Some family stories are sweet, some are sad, and some make us laugh 'til we hurt. Some are tales of romance, while others are stories of challenging times in a family's history. Family stories are important because they are personal. They give families a sense of history and belonging. This month take some time to consider your favorite family stories, and gather a few more of these family treasures. I think our students would enjoy what you share, and perhaps someday they can pass those stories on to future generations.

Title 1 Meeting

Earlier this year during our curriculum night I was able to share with those in attendance information about Goshen Lane and what it means to be a Title 1 School. For those who were not able to attend, or as a refresher to those who did attend here is the information that was shared.

What is Title I?

Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of educationally at-risk students.

In short, Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards; most specifically in math or English/language-arts. The goal of Title I is to provide extra instructional services and activities which support academically at risk students to meet the state’s challenging performance standards.

Title I schools:

  • Identify the students at their school who need the most educational assistance based on the criteria that school has chosen. Students do NOT have to be from low-income families to receive Title I services.
  • Set goals for improving the skills of educationally disadvantaged students 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 regular classroom instruction.

How does our school receive Title I money?

First, the federal government provides funding to each state. Then, each State Educational Agency sends money to its school districts, districts then allocate money to Title1 eligible schools. How much money each school receives is determined by the number of low-income students attending that school.

What do Title I programs offer?

Title I programs generally offer:

  • Smaller classes or special instructional spaces
  • Additional teachers and aides
  • Opportunities for professional development for school staff
  • Extra time for teaching Title I students the skills they need
  • A variety of supplementary teaching methods
  • Additional teaching materials which supplement a student’s regular instruction

What will Title I programs do for my child?
The Title I program will provide academically at risk students with supplemental educational assistance beyond the regular classroom.

Title 1 at Goshen Lane

Goshen Lane offers a Targeted Assistance Program model that uses Title I funds to support its students academic success. A Targeted Assistance Program, offered through a Multi Tiered System of Support (MTSS) centers academic and other support and related interventions and services on an identified group of students who are at risk of not meeting state standards.

Students recommended for MTSS are done so using multiple measures of academic performance. For an overview of this Title I funded program offered to students at Goshen Lane, please click the link Multi-Tiered Framework . This program is dedicated to not only closing gaps but also bolstering students academic confidence while achieving success with our district curriculum.

Having your child enrolled in a Title 1 schools gives you the Right to Know

  • Whether the teacher has met the Ohio teacher licensing criteria for the grade level and subject areas in which the teacher provides your child instruction.
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or temporary status that waives state licensing requirements.
  • The undergraduate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate degree or certification (such as National Board Certification) held by the teacher and the field of discipline of certification or degree.
  • Whether your child is provided services by instructional paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

How can I get involved?

Parents, you can influence the success of your student in school more than any teacher or federal program. By becoming an active participant in the Title I parent involvement plan at your school, you will:

  • Serve as a role model, showing your student that you support his/her education.
  • Assure that you are aware of your student’s educational progress; thereby demonstrating how important that progress is to you.
  • Teach your student that your input at the school is appreciated and that you support its efforts.
  • Review and complete the School Parent Compact that identifies staff commitments, parent/guardian commitments and student commitments.
  • Review the Parent Involvement Plan that speaks to participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities.

What does research tell us?

Research shows that how well students do in school depends a great deal upon how much their parents get involved in their education. You can become more involved by:

  • Joining local and national school/parent organizations
  • Supporting school extra-curricular activities
  • Volunteering at the school
  • Attending parent-teacher conferences
  • Communicating with your student’s teacher regularly, by writing notes, telephoning the school, etc.
  • Keeping your student’s teacher informed about events in his or her life which may affect his/her performance at school
  • Discussing with your student’s teacher and parent organizations other ideas for parent involvement

With this Newsletter is a survey for you to complete. Please take some time to complete the survey. To access it, click on the survey link: Your feedback is very much appreciated. If you would like more information on Title 1, please contact the school office.

Title 1 Document Links

Use these links to access the referenced Title 1 information above.

Honoring our Veterans

Veterans Day: On Thursday, November 11th Goshen Lane Elementary will celebrate Veteran’s Day by honoring veterans who are relatives or friends of our students. Due to COVID restrictions, we are unable to have a whole school assembly. We would like to invite you to participate by either sending a photograph for a school slideshow or visiting our school to speak with one class about your experience as a veteran. Please contact your child's teacher for more information.

Pen and Tell It

Do you have an aspiring writer?

Thurber House is excited to announce the lineup of Pen and Tell It! workshops for the fall. These one-day, one-hour workshops for 2nd-8th grade students, offer a new look into different aspects of writing and a chance to put it on paper. This fall they are online with new teachers, new topics, and more fun. The classes take place on Sundays, Nov. 7, Nov. 14, and Nov. 21. All classes are 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Zoom. See the below flyer for more information.

Information for Parents and Caregivers


Happening in November

  • November 3: Author Visit
  • November 5: End of 1st Trimester
  • November 7: Daylight Saving Time Ends
  • November 9: PTA Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
  • November 11: Veterans Day
  • November 12: Report Cards Available in the Parent Portal
  • November 17: PTA Dine Out (Chipotle in Gahanna)
  • November 24-26: Thanksgiving Break