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.

What are our curriculum and resources for each subject area?

Visit the Hopkins Elementary website to see summaries of Hopkins Elementary's curriculum.

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)

If you have further questions...

Kammy Leep

Federal Programming Director & Elementary Curriculum Coordinator