†School Wide Title I Program
This Corsica-Stickney Title I School wide plan is written for one year and is periodically looked at throughout the year to ensure we are meeting the needs of all students enrolled in our K-6 school. Our Title I committee, which consists of teachers, parents, and community members meets annually to plan, review and make improvements to the plan. †The meeting will be held in the evening as a majority of our parents work during the day. Notification of this meet will be made far enough in advance so that parents can adjust their schedule if needed. Changes to the time of the meeting can be made if necessary.
†The Corsica-Stickney School District will implement a school wide Title I program in the elementary for grades K-6. Students in Grades K-6 will be offered Title I services in the areas of Reading and Math during the 2016-2017 school year. ††Our school wide plan for the 2016-2917 school year was written after conducting a comprehensive needs assessment during a data retreat in May 2016.This was when data for our new district was made available by the state. We identified areas of concern and wrote goals for the upcoming year based upon the results of this data.† We then used this data to identify areas of strengths and weakness and will structure our professional development and goals based on the results of this data retreat.
Our school wide goals for the 2016-2017 school year are as follows: (1) Students will maintain, increase a level, or increase within their DIBELS benchmark level in both oral fluency and retell areas. Students will be given a beginning of the year benchmark assessment, middle of the year benchmark assessment and a end of the year. Students will be DIBELS progressed monitored every two weeks throughout the year as well. (2) Students will show marked improvement from the beginning of the year assessment to the end of the year assessment in math. DIBELS Math benchmark assessment will be given three times a year. The data will be used to determine if a student needs interventions in math. All students in grades K-6 will take the beginning of the year assessment that corresponds to the GO Math Series. (3) 85% of the students in grades 3-6 will be at or near standard in writing on the Smarter Balanced Test. Teachers at all grade levels will be more deliberate about modeling and planning more writing assignments in their weekly/daily lesson plans. Teachers will have the students give the authors credit when explaining in their writing. Students will also be given practice on referencing from the sources they read from. Using a rubric set up by the Smarter Balanced Test, quarterly writing assessments will be given to the students to assess if their quality in writing is increasing.
†In a school wide program all teachers in grades K-6 are designated as Title I teachers however we will have (2) specialized Title I teachers implementing the program this year. One teacher will focus on students in grades K-2 and the other on students in grades 3-6. Both will offer services in reading and math for those specific grade levels. Students will be progressed monitored in DIBELS every two weeks by the classroom teachers and/or Title I staff. Students will be given the benchmark assessments in DIBELS Reading and Math at the beginning, middle and end of the year. Classroom teachers will also provide end of chapter/unit test scores in Reading and Math to the Title I staff.† This will provide additional data so we can monitor and adjust our services. Students will be given a mid- year benchmark assessment in December to assess how they are progressing. In addition they will be assessed at the end of the year to see how much growth occurred. Students will also take a beginning and end of the year math assessment that corresponds to the GO Math series. This data will be used to adjust and fine tune our Title I services. Parental concerns and requests will be used to select those students in grades K-6 that may need additional support in the areas of reading and math. The Title I teachers use a combination of pull out small groups to offer support in areas of concern suggested by the teacher and or parent request. They also are in the classroom providing additional support to those students who are needing extra help.
Students who are working significantly below the expected progress criteria will be evaluated on a case by case basis. A meeting with the classroom teacher, parents, Title I staff, and administration will be held to develop a plan to better meet the needs of these students. Students may be recommended for summer school or additional services like after school help. This will be offered to those students who fall well below the expected progress level.
The Corsica-Stickney School District does offer Summer School. We will run our Summer school for 2 weeks beginning in June and running into July. It will be held at both campuses (Stickney June 13-17 and 20-24 and in Corsica July 11-15 and 18-22.) During this time we work on math and reading skills that the students worked so to attain during the school year. It is also a time to reinforce and provide additional help in areas where students are struggling. Summer school will be offered in both towns Corsica and Stickney so it is convenient for students to attend. We will have 3 FTE teachers that teaches the summer school program. Students will be scheduled for 1 hour every day for two weeks. Typically the students selected to attend summer school is based upon teacher and or parent recommendation. Assessment data is used to determine what students would benefit most from summer school services.
Parent and Family Engagement
We will have a meeting in the fall to explain the school wide Title I program to the parents and to seek input. The meeting will be held in the evening as a majority of our parents work during the day. Notification of this meet will be made far enough in advance so that parents can adjust their schedule if needed. Changes to the time of the meeting can be made if necessary. Our Title I committee, which consists of teachers, parents, and community members meets annually to plan, review and make improvements to the policy. Parents will be provided with timely information, a description and explanation of the curriculum, assessment and proficiency levels. Test results will be sent home once they become available. Parents will be encouraged to attend Parent/Teacher Conferences throughout the year. We will have a Preschool transition night in the fall and spring. Parents will be encouraged to bring their students to these information nights. We hold a fall open house for parents and students to come and check out our school and our program. Title I Fun nights may be scheduled throughout the school year as needed to touch base with the parents and to provide any pertinent information regarding the Title I program.
†Building Parental Relationships
The Corsica-Stickney School District because of its small size has always had great family partnerships. The School Improvement Council is made up of parents, teacher, the administration and community members. The council meets twice a year to go over issues related to the school and its improvement. The ESA has provided ideas and suggestions to our staff on how to get parents more involved in our schools. Pamphlets on ways to get involved are handed out at the open house at the beginning of the year. Title I Family fun night is a way that we give parents ways to help their child at home. Additional professional development will be brought in if a need arises in the future. Additional items are included in the monthly newsletter that is sent home to all patrons of the school district.
We will continue to identify the areas of Reading and Math to concentrate on. We will have data retreats and trainings in these areas. Stipends will be given to teachers to attend these events if they are outside of the school day. Staff in-service is scheduled for August 2016 and throughout the school year as needed. The Corsica-Stickney School District has 3 days available for the 2016-2017 school year to use as in service days. We may use some but not all of these days available.† We will use 2 of these days on August 15 and 16. We will be working on SLO development and assessment, the quality checklist, progress monitoring, and intervention ideas. We met as a staff and identified areas as a staff we would like more professional development.
The administration took this survey and is planning our upcoming professional development based upon the results of this survey. We conducted a data retreat in May 2016 when data for our new district was made available by the state.
†We identified areas of concern and wrote goals for the upcoming year based upon the results of this data.† We then used this data to identify areas of strengths and weakness and will structure our professional development and goals based on the results of this data retreat.
Corsica-Stickney school offers the Little Stars program for 3 year olds once a week for a half day in both Corsica and Stickney. Preschool is held four half days a week in both communities. Preschool is for four year olds and those who were not ready to start kindergarten in the fall.
Children who transfer from Head Start into the Corsica-Stickney Little Star or Pre-School Program get records transferred directly from the Head-Start coordinator to the school.† Prior to entry, the school is contacted, and if necessary, a meeting with school personnel (SPED, teachers, Administrator, Title I coordinator), Head Start, and parents meet to go over the studentís specific needs that now become the schoolís responsibility.† At this meeting, all additional services that a child requires will be coordinated through the school, utilizing services through CORE Educational Cooperative.†
The Corsica-Stickney School will seek professional development opportunities for Head-Start staff, Early Childhood staff, and other school staff throughout the school year that cover topics such as:† Developmentally appropriate practices, Early Learning Guidelines, and behavior intervention.† The school will also make an effort to find guest speakers on the aforementioned topics to offer to parents in our communities.†
This plan is looked at periodically throughout the 2016-2017 school and will be modified as needed to best meet the needs of all students in our K-6 Title I school. A copy of this plan is available on our school website for all parents to access at any time.