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
-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 confidence.
What are some ways that I can assess my child’s reading skill level and progress?
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 home.
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 need.
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 learning?
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.