Carol Vollnogle, Coordinator of Federal and State Programs
The East Palestine Elementary School is fortunate to have a federally funded Title One Program that helps us increase student achievement. Title One is the largest federal aid program for schools. The goal of Title One is to improve the academics of all children so that they may succeed in school. The East Palestine Elementary School provides Title One services to all K-4 students. As a school-wide program, classroom teachers work together to provide instruction and support to all students. Students are assisted in the classroom through individual, small group, and whole group instruction. The advantage of a school-wide program is that it permits us to serve all students.
A Title One Parents Advisory Committee, which includes staff members, parents, and community members has been formed to guide the services offered by our school-wide program. The meetings provide a forum to provide parents with information about how the Title One program supports students at East Palestine Elementary School. The meetings will increase communication between parents and staff. Parents will have the opportunity to be involved in evaluating the effectiveness of the Title One program, and discuss ways we can better meet the needs of the students.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Title One?
Title One is a federally funded program for schools to assist economically disadvantaged children. Since a high incidence of poverty in a school has a direct correlation with low academic student achievement, Title One funds are used to provide instruction to raise the achievement of students who are failing, or are at-risk of failing to meet the challenging state standards. Title One funded personnel are personnel who directly contribute to the education of children.
What is the purpose of the Title One Program?
The purpose of Title One is to support school efforts to ensure that all children meet challenging academic standards and have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education. This purpose can be accomplished by providing additional resources for high poverty schools to enhance educational opportunities for disadvantaged students.
What does Title One money do for the East Palestine Elementary School?
Title One money is used for a schoolwide program. In a schoolwide program, Title One money is used to benefit all of the children in a school. Title One funds pay for the services of the elementary all-day, every-day kindergarten program, and for an additional second and third grade classroom teacher to reduce class size.
How is a child eligible for Title One services?
All children attending the East Palestine Elementary School are eligible to receive services from Title One. Thus, in a schoolwide program, all students are Title One students and all teachers are Title One teachers.
How might Title One help my child?
Your child receives a quality education by attending the East Palestine Elementary School. Your child may receive additional assistance in reading or math from a volunteer. Your child may attend summer school and the after school program. The elementary school offers library services, and computer instruction for all students. Kindergarten students attend a full day of school every day. All students benefit from the positive behavior support plan that has been implemented in the elementary school.
How is a school eligible to receive Title One money?
The federal government measures a schools poverty level by the number of students receiving free or reduced lunch. In the East Palestine City School District, the elementary school has over 50% of the students on free or reduced lunch.
Where can I get more information on Title One?
Please check "Federal Programs" as a Quick Link on the East Palestine City School District web site at www.myepschools.org.
Questions, comments, and suggestions regarding the Title One Program can be directed to Carol Vollnogle at (330) 426-9451
TITLE ONE SCHOOLWIDE REFORM STRATEGIES
In 1998-1999 the East Palestine Elementary School became a schoolwide Title One building. The following were the planning team members: teachers – Sue Smith, Deb Van Arsdale, Roberta Brittain, Jeff Berger, and Denise Sharek; director of instruction – Kathy Mamonis; and principal – Ron Gordon.
In 2003-2004 the elementary school implemented the all day, every day kindergarten program.
In 2004-2005 the elementary school implemented the Positive Behavior Support Plan to teach students behavioral expectations in the same manner as any core curriculum subject is taught.
In 2007-2008 the elementary school implemented the Success for All Reading Program, which responds to the five essential components of reading development (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary). The elementary school has a full-time reading facilitator. Solutions Team meetings are scheduled as needed to improve attendance, deepen family involvement, and add community resources to prevent and solve problems which lead to poor student achievement.
In 2009-2010 the elementary school implemented the Ohio Improvement Process. All instruction is aligned to Ohio’s academic content standards. This process requires staff to base educational decisions on data to improve instruction and student achievement.
The East Palestine Elementary School Improvement Plan is the driving force for the building’s schoolwide reforms. The building goals are:
1) To improve student performance K-4 as evidenced by increasing the percentage of students who meet the academic requirements as measured by the state’s achievement tests.
2) To maintain a school environment that is safe and conducive to learning.
3) To improve school/family/community involvement.
The elementary school offers the following as part of its schoolwide program:
* Ohio Improvement Process
* Success for All Reading Program
* All day, every day kindergarten program
* Full-time reading facilitator
* Full-time guidance counselor
* Recess before lunch
* Solutions Team and Intervention Assistance Team
* A parent volunteer program
* After school intervention and summer school programs
* Positive Behavior Support Plan
* Literacy support by having library skills instruction once a week
* Physical education, music and art instruction
* Special education and gifted services for students who qualify
* Pre-school and Head Start Programs
* Drug-free schools and Olweus bully prevention program, plus a safe school zone
In 2011-2012 the East Palestine Elementary School was designated as “Excellent” by the Ohio Department of Education on the school report card.