Title 1

Parent questions and answers from the
Title I Annual Public Meeting

How will students be selected for small groups?

Our goal is to help all of the Students at DT do the best that they can and to help them 

on their way to graduation. Our staff will meet on a regular basis to share data on 

students and to make decisions about how we can best help OUR students.  Classroom 

teachers and specialists meet with the administrative team to determine which 

students are in the greatest need for each grade level.  As a team, we will fill our slots 

with those students that we determine "most in need" first.  Students are exited from 

the group once they are on grade level.  We will work our way to other students in 

need as we are able to exit students from each group.  As a school, we determined that 

our most needy students are those who are almost on grade level.  We will begin by 

serving those students, getting them on grade level, and then digging deeper to the 

next level of students who are not on grade level. 

What are some ways that I can get my child more interested in reading? 

-Encourage your child to choose books from the library that are about topics that 

interest him/her.

-Read TO your child when you can or partner read a book with your child (you read a 

page and then he/she reads a page). 

-Make sure that your child is reading a book that is on their “just right” level and is not 

too difficult. Children will get frustrated with books that are too difficult for them. 

-Allow your child to read easy books too.  Books that are easy build fluency and 


What are some ways that I can assess my child’s reading skill level and 


All Kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade families receive an 

mCLASS Home Connect letter three times a year. This letter gives reading level 

information as well as ways that parents can help support their child in reading at 


Fourth and fifth grade teachers will share the students’ reading level with parents 

after completing formal reading assessments at the beginning, middle, and end of the 

year.  Teachers are encouraged to share ways that parents can support the students at 

home during parent/teacher conferences. 

What happens if my child is still eligible for reading specialists by the time 

they are past 3rd grade? Will they get help for EOGs? 

Each year, we will use the Title I Needs Assessment to determine which grade levels 

will be supported by the reading specialist.  Our tutoring program will fill in the gaps 

to assist the classroom teacher to provide additional support for students who are in 


Could there be a schoolwide Title I funds breakdown online?  

Budget questions should be directed to Lydia Hedrick.  An overview of our Title I 

budget is presented to our School Improvement Team each year.  SIT meetings are 

open to the public. Meeting dates are posted on our website and the community board. 

Will the Title I program fund other programs like before or after school 


For the 2015-16 school year, this is not available. Funding before/after school learning 

is unlikely in the future because there are insufficient funds available to transport 

students to and from school at times other than the regularly scheduled 

arrival/dismissal times. 

How can I get involved in after school events?  

Check the school website for PTO meetings and parental involvement events.  School 

messenger is also used to alert parents of upcoming events. 

What is DPAC and how can I get involved?  

The Davidson County Title I District Parental Advisory Council provides training 

opportunities to empower parents to be team players in the education of children. The 

goals of the parent advisory council include:  advocate for children and their families, 

network and collaborate with Title I families at the school, share information from 

council meetings with the school and parent community, and relay information 

between the school and the Title I Parent Advisory Council.

Davis-Townsend’s DPAC representatives for the 2015-16 school year are Leighann 

McBride (fourth grade parent) and Summer Canovai (kindergarten parent). Mrs. 

Bumgarner, Davis-Townsend’s lead teacher, is also included on DT’s DPAC.  If you are 

interested in being a part of DPAC for the 2016-17 school year, please contact Mrs. 

Lydia Hedrick. Each year we look for parent representatives to serve on DPAC, 

Advisory Council, our School Improvement Team, and PTO. 

What kind of professional development training do specialists go through? 

During the 2015-16 school year, reading and math specialists will attend 5 district 

level professional development sessions that will include the following topics: 

For reading – working with deficits in fluency, close reading, and writing 


For math – math fluency, multiplication and division, and problem solving 

The reading and math specialists will also participate in all school level professional 

development opportunities that will include reading and math lesson studies.  

Here at Davis-Townsend, our reading and math specialist come to us with many years 

of experience. Camille Carroll, our math specialist, has a BS degree in Elementary 

Education, has taught 7th grade math for 10 years, 6th grade math for 11 years, and 

was a Math Specialist at Silver Valley for 6 years.  She was instrumental in the start up 

of the Title I math program in Davidson County Schools seven years ago, has 

completed TAP math training and has attended Meredith Summer Math Institute. Ms. 

Carroll is also AIG certified. Jill McNeal, our reading specialist, has been teaching for 23 

years. She received a BS in Elementary Education and is certified to teach all subject 

areas in grades K-6. She is also certified to teach reading and English as a second 

language in grades K-12.

Are the reading specialist meetings set up by the parent or the teacher? 

Parents may request a conference with the specialists or classroom teacher at any 

point in the school year.  The reading and math specialists are encouraged to attend 

parent conferences that are requested by the classroom teacher as much as possible in 

an effort to respect your time and collaborate as a parent/teacher/specialist team. 

I would like more understanding of the third grade retention program and 

summer reading program.  

Why do students not passing still go into the 4th grade? 

An overview of this information will be presented by Mrs. Lydia Hedrick on September 

17th at 7:00pm in the DT media center for all 3rd grade parents.  The Read to Achieve 

law is very extensive and these questions are often best answered when we can

address the individual student situation.  Mrs. Hedrick is available to answer any of

these questions.  (Appointments are recommended.)  

What is the student-teacher-parent compact? 

It is an agreement that students, parents, and teachers sign stating that all 

stakeholders understand the ways that they can support the students’ academic 

success throughout the school year. This form was sent home with all Davis-Townsend 

students at Open House or during the first week of school. Parents and students should 

sign and return it to the classroom teacher. Parents should notify their child’s 

classroom teacher if they need a copy.