Walter Miller ES Newsletter

Title I Special Edition December 2022

Dear Miller Families,

The Walter Miller Title I Special Edition Newsletter is published to keep you up to date and informed about what is happening in our school's Title I program. This issue is dedicated to familiarizing families with the nuts and bolts of Title I. The below buttons are linked to important Title I information for the 2022-2023 school year. Here you will find the following: 1) Title Parent and Family Engagement Policy 2) Home-School-Student Compact 3) Title I Parent Handbook.


Ms. Maurizi

Title I Reading Specialist

Walter Miller ES, NSD

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What is Title I?

Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides financial assistance to school districts and schools with high percentages of children from families that may have various economic disadvantages. The federal funding is used to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Federal funds are allocated through four formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state. Title I is the largest of the federally funded education programs.

Walter Miller Elementary School is a Schoolwide Title I school. As such, our Title I funds and services can provide comprehensive strategies for improving the entire school so that every student achieves high levels of academic proficiency. Listed below are some of the benefits to being a Schoolwide Title I school:

  • All students may participate in Title I funded initiatives
  • Maximizes flexibility in using Federal funds
  • Serves as a vehicle for whole-school reform with focus on improving achievement of lowest- achieving students.
  • Addresses student needs through a Schoolwide plan based on a comprehensive needs assessment.

Title I Academic Support at Miller

Our mission at Walter Miller ES is to provide every student with a quality educational experience in a safe, challenging, and engaging environment. At Miller, we have 2 Title I Reading Specialists and 3 federal instructional assistants (FIA). Mrs. Gansor and Ms. Maurizi, Title I Reading Specialists, work with students daily to help support their individual needs in literacy. Mrs. Falkavitz, Mrs. Fishman and Mrs. Sheehy, FIAs, provide targeted support to students in both math and reading. In addition to the Title I staff, Miller has a NSD Reading Specialist and MTSS Education Specialist, Mrs. Ritchie. The Miller team works together to provide student interventions, parent workshops and teacher professional learning.

Fall Meeting Recap

A sincere thank you the parents and guardians that attended the Federal Programs Overview , Walter Milller Elementary School Title I Annual Meeting and Parent Advisory Council Meeting on Monday, October 3rd. To accommodate busy schedules, we offered day and night meetings as well as in-person and virtual options to participate. Parents that attended had the opportunity to learn about NSD Federal Programs, the Title I program here at Miller and participate in Parent Advisory functions in the review and revision of the Title I Parent & Family Engagement Policy as well as the Home-School-Student Compact.

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Walter Miller Parent & Family Engagement Policy

Walter Miller ES writes a Parent and Family Engagement Policy each year to help focus and guide how we plan to serve and work alongside families. The plan was developed with our families’ input at the annual Title I meeting on October 3rd.

Walter Miller ES Parent-Student-School Compact

The Walter Miller ES compact outlines the unique roles students, families and schools all play in supporting your students success. The compact asks that we all commit to our individual roles to ensure each student has an outstanding year!

Title I Parent Handbook of Program Polices

Click to view. The handbook outlines the Title I program. It includes the both the district and school parent and family engagement policies as well as the school compact. Copies are available in the Parent Resource Center.

Parent and Family Engagment News

Parent & Family Engagement News newsletter is brought to you by NSD Title I. This issue is packed full of resources help parents continue to navigate the academic school year by turning a lens to various topics that support student achievement.

Walter Miller Title I Parent Resource Center

The Title I Parent Resource Center (PRC) is where Miller parents can find a number of educational and community resources. The center is located in the miain office. The PRC includes a lending library of books, materials and other support for a variety of services. It is designed to ensure the academic and social-emotional well-being of every student at Walter Miller Elementary School by providing a center for accessing those resources and help. ​

Walter Miller ES Title I Point of Contact

Please feel free to contact Kim Maurizi, Title I Reading Specialist, with questions, concerns or suggestions regarding Walter Miller Elementary School Title I.