Title 1 Parent Update 20-21
Hopkins Public Schools
What is this newsletter about?
In a typical year, during Hopkins Elementary's Open House, an optional meeting is held for any parent to attend to understand what exactly it means for Hopkins Elementary to be a Title 1 School. This newsletter will serve as a substitute for the in-person meeting of providing parents with current information about Hopkins Elementary's Title 1 program.
What is Title 1?
- Federally funded program to reinforce basic and advanced skills of students struggling in school.
- Title 1 began in 1965 as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
- Now it is part of the No Child Left Behind Act passed in 2001.
School Selection for Title 1
- Title 1 allocations to districts are based on the number of families eligible for free and reduced lunch.
- Districts then determine where the Title 1 funds can be best utilized.
How does Title 1 funding support HPS?
- At HPS, paraprofessionals are hired to assist teachers with meeting the needs of students that are struggling academically.
- In times of surplus with Title 1 funds, HPS uses those surplus funds to provide summer school.
How does Title 1 fit with school improvement planning?
- Every building has a school improvement plan in which goals are identified.
- Title 1 must support and assist to meet the identified goals.
- Activities within the school improvement plan are strategically implemented.
How are our students assessed to measure progress?
Three times a year (fall, winter, spring) each elementary student is assessed using:
- NWEA (reading and math)
- Fountas & Pinnell Running Records (reading)
- DeltaMath (math)
Parent Involvement Policy and Parent Compact
- Documents that state how parents, school staff and students will work and collaborate together to improve student achievement.
- You will be given a copy of the Parent Compact to sign.
- The Parent Involvement Policy is located in the Principal's Office if you want a copy.
How can I become involved?
- Attend open house, parent/teacher conferences and other opportunities available at school.
- Encourage my child to complete homework.
- Advocate for high attendance and punctuality
- Communicate with staff about my child.
- Actively participate in the school's parent organization (HOPE)