Overview

The E.S.E.A. Title 1 Program is a federally funded project developed to meet the academic needs of students. E.S.E.A. stands for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that was passed in 1965.

Baldwin-Whitehall has three target-assisted programs including: Paynter, McAnnulty, and Whitehall Elementary Schools. We also provide Title 1 services to eligible students at St. Elizabeth and St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Elementary Schools.

Staff

Denise L. Sedlacek

Assistant Superintendent

Kathy Hayes-Berkoben

Intervention Specialist

Jennifer McCool

Intervention Specialist

Janet Moik

Secretary

Melissa Sill

Intervention Specialist

Brooke Stebler

Intervention Specialist

Karie VanWie

Intervention Specialist

Highly Qualified Teachers

According to the U. S. Department of Education, a highly qualified teacher, is fully certified, has a bachelor’s degree and has completed a content area major OR has passed a content area test in the subject he/she is assigned to teach. In Pennsylvania, a fully certified teacher must have a bachelor’s degree, a content area major AND have passed a content area test. In addition, fully certified teachers in Pennsylvania have completed pedagogical course work in education, including student teaching. Every teacher in Baldwin-Whitehall meets the No Child Left Behind standards for Highly Qualified Teachers.

Parent Involvement Policy

The Title I Parent Involvement section of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires each Title I school to develop a written parental involvement policy that describes the means for carrying out the requirements of Section 1118 The School must ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings and other activities are sent to the parents of Title I children in a format and in a language the parents can understand.

General Policies

McAnnulty Elementary School Involvement Policy

McAnnulty Elementary School Involvement Policy

McAnnulty Elementary School believes that all children can learn and be successful. The school recognizes that a child’s education is a responsibility shared by the school and family. At McAnnulty Elementary School we provide a safe, welcoming environment for students and families.

Educators will provide families with Title I Reading Program information in a timely manner. The information will be sent home once a student qualifies for the program. Families may also obtain this material and ask questions at family literacy training events during the school year. Families will have opportunities to receive an explanation of the Pa. Core Standards, academic assessments, curriculum overviews, and ways in which individual student progress is measured. Progress will be clearly shared through on-going parent-teacher communications such as quarterly progress reports, emails, and monthly newsletters. Annual parent-teacher conferences provide time to discuss individual student progress.

We invite parents to an annual Title I meeting to explain the Title I program and the assessment data. Ongoing open communication between Title I families and teachers will occur. All assessment data will be available to parents.

The school may provide transportation as necessary if families require transportation assistance in order to attend a Title I event. McAnnulty Elementary School will keep families informed of their rights and responsibilities as educational partners. At McAnnulty, educators and parents will work together through communication and determination to meet children’s educational goals.

Paynter Elementary School Involvement Policy

W.R. Paynter Elementary School Involvement Policy

Paynter Elementary School is committed to the belief that all children can learn and acknowledges that parents share the school’s commitment to the educational success of their children. At Paynter Elementary School, we provide a safe, welcoming environment for students and families. We define family engagement as an ongoing partnership that assists families in supporting all children’s learning. The school recognizes that a child’s education is a responsibility shared by the school and family as partners.

At Paynter, educators and parents will work together through communication to meet children’s educational goals. We invite parents to an annual Title I meeting to explain the Title I program and the assessment data. Ongoing open communication between Title I families and teachers will occur. All assessment data will be available to parents.

The school will keep parents informed of their rights and responsibilities as an educational partner. Student achievement will be shared with parents in a clear, concise, and easy-to-understand manner. Progress will be clearly shared through on-going parent teacher communications such as quarterly progress reports, emails, monthly newsletters, and conferences. If an interpreter is required for English Learner Parents, the school will make every effort to provide these services. The school may provide transportation as deemed necessary through the Title I program if parents require transportation assistance in order to attend Title I functions.

Whitehall Elementary School Involvement Policy

Whitehall Elementary School Involvement Policy

The Whitehall Elementary School is committed to the belief that all children can learn and acknowledges that parents share the school’s commitment to the educational success of their children. At Whitehall Elementary School we provide a safe, welcoming environment for students and families. We recognize family engagement as an ongoing partnership that assists families in supporting all children’s learning. We support parents as leaders and decision makers at all levels of the education of their children. We facilitate communication between home and school. The active involvement of parents correlates with student achievement. Research-proven reading strategies are used to improve overall performance in the classroom and on state assessments. All curriculums will follow the Pennsylvania Core Standards.

The school recognizes that a child’s education is a responsibility shared by the school and family as partners. We invite parents to an annual Title I meeting to explain the Title I program and the assessment data. Ongoing open communication between Title I families and teachers will occur. All assessment data will be available to parents.

The school will keep parents informed of their rights and responsibilities as an educational partner. Whole school and individual student achievement will be shared with parents in a clear, concise, and easy-to-understand manner. Progress will be clearly shared through on-going parent teacher communications such as quarterly progress reports, emails, monthly newsletters and conferences. The school may provide transportation as deemed necessary through the Title I program if parents require transportation assistance in order to attend Title I functions. In addition, the Title I program may provide assistance with families in a form and language that the parents understand. If an interpreter is required to English Learner Parents, the school will make every effort to provide these services.

School-Parent Compact

The Baldwin-Whitehall School District, and the parents of the students participating in
activities, services, and programs funded by Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (participating children), 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 State’s high standards. This school-parent compact is in effect during school year – 2017-2018.

Follow this link to access the School-Parent Compact or see the information below.


The Baldwin-Whitehall School District, and the parents of the students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (participating children), 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 State’s high standards.

This school-parent compact is in effect during school year – 2017-2018

School Responsibilities

The Baldwin-Whitehall School District will:

  • Provide high quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the Pa. Core Standards as follows:
    • Title I students will receive instruction and supplemental assistance by the Title I staff during the regular school day. Instruction occurs in the Title I Reading Classroom and/or the regular education classroom. The curriculum consists of research-based materials designed to focus on The Five Big Ideas of reading instruction (Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, Comprehension) that transfer to reading in all subject areas.
  • Hold parent-teacher conferences (at least annually in elementary schools) during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement. Specifically, those conferences will be held as follows:
    • Parent-Teacher conferences are held annually, occurring once a year.
    • Additional communications may be arranged by contacting the Title I teacher.
  • Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress. Specifically, the school will provide reports as follows:
    • Progress reports will be generated quarterly by the teacher and communicated as necessary.
  • Provide parents reasonable access to staff. Specifically, staff will be available for consultation with parents as follows:
    • Parents may contact the school at any time to arrange consultation with their child’s teacher.

Suggested Parent Responsibilities

We, as parents, will support our child’s learning in the following ways in order for our child to become successful in reading:

  • Make reading part of our day.
  • Monitor attendance.
  • Make sure that homework is completed.
  • Monitor the amount of screen time my child engages in at home.
  • Participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to my child’s education.
  • Be an informed parent by reading notices from the school and communicating with my child’s teacher(s).
  • Contact teacher for help when needed.

Serve, to the extent possible, on policy advisory groups, such as being the Title I, Part A parent representative on the Title I Policy Advisory Committee, the District-wide Policy Advisory Council, the State’s Committee of Practitioners, the School Support Team, or other school advisory or policy groups.

Student Responsibilities

We, as students, will share the responsibility to improve our academic achievement and achieve the State’s high standards. Specifically, I will:

  • Do my homework every day and ask for help when I need assistance.
  • Be at school on time unless I am sick.
  • Read every day outside of school time, including fiction and non-fiction texts, for 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Give my parents/guardians all notices and information received by me from my school every day.
  • Increase educational screen time.

School: ____________________________________________________________

Title I Teacher Signature: _________________________________ Date: ____________

Student Signature: _________________________________ Date: ____________

Parent/Guardian Signature:________________________________ Date: ____________

Take the pledge that today your children will be readers and tomorrow they will be leaders.


Additional Required School Responsibilities

The Baldwin-Whitehall School District will:

  1. Involve parents in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s parental involvement policy, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way.
  2. Hold an annual meeting in the fall to inform parents of the school’s participation in Title I, Part A programs, and to explain the Title I, Part A requirements, and the right of parents to be involved in Title I, Part A programs. The school will schedule the meeting at a convenient time to parents and will offer a flexible number of additional parental involvement meetings, such as in the morning or evening, so that as many parents as possible are able to attend. The school will invite to this meeting all parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs (participating students), and will encourage them to attend.
  3. Provide information to parents of participating students in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon the request of parents with disabilities, and, to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand.
  4. Provide to parents of participating children information in a timely manner about Title I, Part A programs that includes a description and explanation of the school’s curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure children’s progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
  5. On the request of parents, provide opportunities for regular meetings for parents to suggest and participate in the Title I program. The school will respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible.
  6. Provide to each parent an individual student report about the performance of their child on the State assessment (grades 3, 4, and 5) in at least Math, English Language Arts (ELA), and grade 4 Science.

Parents' Right to Know

Parents in all Title I schools, McAnnulty, Whitehall, and Paynter Elementary Schools, have the right to request and receive timely information on the professional qualifications of their children’s classroom teachers and paraprofessionals who provide instructional services. This applies to all children in the school, whether or not they receive identifiable Title I services.

Parents’ Right-to-Know
Regulations 200.61

August 29, 2017

Dear Parent:
Your child’s school receives Title I funding and is included under the regulations of the “No Child Left Behind Act” (NCLB) that was signed into law by President Bush on January 8, 2002.

NCLB requires:
• Increased accountability for states and school districts.
• Greater choice for parents, especially those in low performing schools.
• Greater flexibility for state and local education agencies in the use of federal funding.


Under NCLB, parents have a right to request professional qualifications of their children’s teacher(s). This
letter is to inform you of your right to ask for the following information about your children’s classroom
teachers:
• Whether Pennsylvania has licensed the teacher for the grades and subjects he or she teaches.
• Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which
Pennsylvania licensing criteria have been waived.
• The teacher’s baccalaureate degree major and whether the teacher has any advance degrees, and if
so, the subject of the degrees.

If you would like to receive specific information about your child’s teacher, please contact your school
principal.

Our district is fully committed to the success of your child. We appreciate your partnership in our efforts to
provide the best education for your child.

Sincerely,

Denise L. Sedlacek

Assistant Superintendent


Complaint Resolution Procedure

Introduction

On December 10, 2015 a new Federal education law was signed by the President. This law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), requires schools that receive federal Title IA funding adopt written procedures for resolving complaints filed.

Definition

A “complaint” is a written, signed statement filed by an individual or an organization. It must include:

a) A statement that a school has violated a requirement of federal statute or regulation that applies to Title IA.

b) The facts on which the statement is based.

c) Information on any discussions, meetings or correspondence with a school regarding the complaint.

Complaint Resolution Procedures

1) Referral – Complaints against schools should be referred to the District’s Federal Programs Office:

Denise L. Sedlacek, Assistant Superintendent

4900 Curry Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15236

412-884-6300 x 7255

2) Notice to School – The Federal Programs Office will notify the school Superintendent and Principal that a complaint has been received. A copy of the complaint will be given to the Superintendent and Principal with directions given for the Principal to respond.

3) Investigation – After receiving the Principal’s response, the Federal Programs Office, along with the Superintendent, will determine whether further investigation is necessary. If necessary, the Federal Programs Director and the Superintendent may do an onsite investigation at the school.

4) Opportunity to Present Evidence – The Federal Programs Director may provide for the complainant and the Principal to present evidence.

5) Report and Recommended Resolution – Once the Federal Programs Director has completed the investigation and the taking of evidence, a report will be prepared with a recommendation for resolving the complaint. The report will give the name of the party bringing the complaint, the nature of the complaint, a summary of the investigation, the recommended resolution and the reasons for the recommendation. Copies of the report will be issued to all parties involved. The recommended resolution will become effective upon issuance of the report.

6) Follow up – The Federal Programs Director and the Superintendent will ensure that the resolution of the complaint is implemented.

7) Time Limit – The period between the Federal Programs Director receiving the complaint and resolution of the complaint shall not exceed sixty (60) calendar days.

8) Right to Appeal – Either party may appeal the final resolution to the Department of

Education. Appeals should be addressed as follows:

Ms. Susan McCrone, Chief

Division of Federal Programs

Pennsylvania Department of Education

333 Market Street, 7th Floor

Harrisburg, PA 171260333


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