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Title I Annual Meetings
The Title I Reading Specialists will be holding their annual meetings at the end of September at the three elementary schools. This event will allow parents of Title I students to meet their child's Title I teacher and receive information about the Title I program.

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Title I is the largest federal aid program for our nation's schools. The goal of Title I is to provide supplemental instruction to those students most in need. These are the children who are not performing at or near the level of others their age.

The federal government provides funding each year for Title I through the use of basic grants to the states. State educational agencies then distribute Title I monies to local school divisions based on the number of students demonstrating economic need. However, students do not have to come from low-income families to receive services through the Title I program.

In the Shenandoah County Public Schools, Title I is a federally funded reading/language arts program. The instruction that Title I students receive is supplemental to that provided by the classroom teacher. 

The Title I program in Shenandoah County serves approximately 300 children in kindergarten through fifth grades at Ashby-Lee Elementary, Sandy Hook Elementary and W.W. Robinson Elementary Schools. Instruction is provided by Title I Reading Specialists who plan cooperatively with classroom teachers. This instruction may be provided in a small group setting within a resource center or may occur within the regular classroom.

Title I Reading Specialists are a part of the total school staff. They serve on school and division level committees, provide in-services for staff members and parents, participate in parent/teacher conferences, support classroom instruction by exchanging ideas and materials, and meet regularly with one another to plan and participate in division level activities.

Title I supports the achievement of identified school goals. Classroom teachers, support staff, and administrators are supported in their professional development opportunities with Title I funding. The quality of instruction within the schools is enhanced by the Title I program.

Student Selection

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All Shenandoah County elementary schools are now operating Schoolwide Title I Programs. Schoolwide programs serve all children in a school. All staff, resources, and classes are part of the Schoolwide program. The purpose is to generate high levels of academic achievement in core subject areas for all students, especially those students most in need.

The purpose is achieved through high quality instruction, comprehensive reform strategies and methods to improve teacher quality and development, and the consolidated use of funds.

Children may be selected to participate based on his/her reading level or comprehension. The Reading Specialist(s) may work with children in their classroom or in a small group outside the classroom. During the reading time together, they will work to build vocabulary, word study, fluency, and comprehension skills. This service may be year-long or for a short period of time. 

Parental involvement and support is critical to a child’s progress and success.  Research has proven that when parents and teachers work together as a team, children’s reading skills show greater improvement.

Please consider the following suggestions as you support your child at home by

●Setting aside a specific time for homework and review it regularly.
●Monitoring homework daily to see that it is completed and returned in a timely fashion.
●Communicating with the school regularly through conferences, phones calls, notes, letters, and visits.
●Insuring punctuality and good attendance of my child.
●Providing a caring, encouraging, loving environment for learning at home.
●Supporting school staff in maintaining proper discipline.
●Working with staff to best understand the child and meet individual needs.
●Reading with my child and let my child see me read regularly.

Parent Involvement

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Parental involvement is critical to the success of the Title I. There are many ways in which parents may become involved including:

*   Attending meetings, workshops, and serving on committees   

*   Volunteering in the Title I classrooms

*   Visiting the Title I classrooms and observing instruction

*   Reading Title I school communications 

     Parent/Child Magazines (K-2)
     Math and Science Connection Flyers (3-5)
     Reading Connection Flyers 

*   Completing the annual Title I Program Evaluation 

*   Serving on the district level Title I Parent Advisory Committee   

Virginia Department of Education: Elementary School Report Cards
      Ashby Lee Elementary School report card    
      W.W. Robinson Elementary School report card     
      Sandy Hook Elementary School report card          
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