TITLE I PARENT/TEACHER POLICIES
In compliance with the Title I laws and regulations, the following policies of Norwood Public School concerning teachers and parental involvement in the Title I program have been adopted.
Because parent involvement is so important to a studentís success in school, the Board encourages regular participation by parents/guardians in all aspects of the school unitís Title I program. All parents of Norwood students will be invited to our spring organizational meeting in May. At this meeting input and suggestions will be solicited in planning the next school yearís Title I program. Ongoing communications about opportunities to serve on the Parental Advisory committee, volunteer in the schools, and learn how to work more effectively with their children to extend and reinforce learning and foster achievement will be addressed. We will take names for parent volunteers as teacher assistants in the language arts, math and reading classes at this meeting. Additions and amendments to our written policies will also be discussed.
In August, we will have a meeting to present our goals and objectives for the Title I program for this school year. All parents, teachers, and other interested parties will be invited to attend. A copy of the written policies will be made available for all parents. During the August Open House, we will present information concerning studentsí progress and studentsí work will be made available for parentsí observation. Teachers are available daily to discuss and answer parentsí questions and concerns regarding the progress of the Norwood students.
Establishing effective and ongoing two-way communications between the school, staff, and parents/guardians is an important aspect of our Title I program. Therefore, during the school year we will have several scheduled parent/teacher conferences that all parents are expected to attend to discuss the progress made by the students. Student achievement will be reported each nine-week period. Classroom sessions will also be open for parent observation with a scheduled appointment through the office.
1. Norwood Schoolís Needs Assessment will be based on O.C.C.T. tests and Star Reading and Math as well as ITBS scores. Also teacher recommendations and teacher-made tests will be used for assessment purposes.
2. Norwood School will provide tutoring by certified teachers in the areas deemed low by the State Mandate O.C.C.T. test for grades 3 Ė 8. This service will be provided before and after school as well as during school hours.
a. Team teaching will be utilized in some of the areas of weakness as shown by these tests.
b. The O.C.C.T. Tests, Star Reading and Math tests, and ITBS scores will be used to evaluate our program.
c. Our technology programs will be incorporated with Title I school-wide programs.
d. Keyboarding, word processing, and other basics of computer literacy will be taught.
3. Norwood School has a total of seventeen (17) teachers. Our teachers have varied degrees, with the majority having a masterís degree in the areas they teach. We have four master teachers certified in Reading. We have six teachers with masters in education. We have one certified librarian and one certified elementary superintendent. Our technology program is administered by a teacher with masters in business administration.
4. Our teachers and teacher assistants have several opportunities to participate in workshops before school begins in the fall and throughout the school year.
5. In an effort to increase parental-involvement in our school we are offering the following:
a. Open-House in early August
b. Parent-Teacher Conferences three (3) times during the year.
c. Grade report to parents every five weeks with an invitation to come visit or to call their childís teacher.
d. Join with parents in written parent-teacher compacts.
e. Write, with parental participation and approval, a plan for remediation of those students who did not pass O.C.C.T. tests.
6. Offer help to students in the transition from Head start to Kindergarten. Teacher assistants will be used to help with the transition. Norwood, also will offer a Pre-Kindergarten for four-year old children to bridge the gap between Head start and five-year old Kindergarten class. Teacher assistants will be employed to aid in the transition.
7. All Norwood teachers will be involved in the assessment of our program. At the end of the year we will determine the strengths and weaknesses which may exist, and build on strengths demonstrated.
8. We are offering a before-school and after-school tutoring program. These classes will be taught by certified teachers and assisted by teacher assistants or paraprofessionals. We will also offer tutoring sessions during regular school hours. These classes will benefit those students who did not pass the O.C.C.T. test as well as other students who may be falling behind their classmates. The Star Reading, Star Math tests, ITBS tests, and teacher recommendation will also be used in determining student who may need more detailed assistance.
The parents and children participating in
activities, service, and programs funded by Title, I Part A of the Elementary
and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) agree that this compact outlines how the
parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the
responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by
which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will
help children achieve the Stateís high standards.
The Norwood School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. The superintendent has been designated to handle inquires regarding the non-discrimination policies.