Title 1 School Wide Plan Checklist
Junaluska Elementary School
School Methods and Instructional Strategies– Junaluska Elementary School is implementing the following methods and instructional strategies that strengthen the academic program in our school:
- Essential Questions and Instructional Pacing Guide (K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th)
- Guided Reading (K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th)
- Reading with Meaning (2nd)
- Strategies that Work (1st, 34d, 4th, 5th)
- Primary Comprehension Toolkit (K, 1st, 2nd)
- Comprehension Toolkit 3-5 (3rd, 4th, 5th)
- Systematic Sequential Phonics Program: Fundations (K, 1st, 2nd) EC- Wilson and Fundations
- mClass (K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd)
- Secret Stories
- Stemscopes (2nd, 3rd, 5th)
- LLI (Leveled Literacy Intervention)- Title 1 staff
- Unites of Primary Writing (K, 1st, 2nd)
- Math Investigations (K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th)
- FCRR Resources
- Social Studies Weekly
- Other: EC- number worlds
What strategies will you use to meet these instructional goals? Use the nonnegotiable plan using the able to use aligned with School Improvement Plan.
Goals are met by following the pacing guide. In the past, pacing guides are updated during the summer and are given to teachers at the beginning of the school year. New teachers at the school are provided opportunities, to attend trainings in order to implement the programs correctly. Teachers use lessons from the toolkits in shared reading and write lesson plans or each guided reading group based on student levels according to mClass, running records, and/or Teacher’s College assessment. Third grade teachers integrate the Toolkit strategies throughout all reading lessons and focus on standards with RTA selections as well. Teachers meeting in grade level meetings, PLC’s and planning to discuss how and when to use the programs appropriately.
What materials will you purchase and how is it related to your plan?
Materials are already available to teachers and support staff. IReady Toolkit will be purchased in Reading and Math to help supplement instruction in those areas.
Instruction by Qualified Teachers and Paraprofessionals
Documentation from the Human Resource Department provides documentation of compliance with ESSA requirements for teachers and staff qualifications.
High Quality and Ongoing Professional Development
High quality and onging staff development opportunities are provided for teaches, principals, and paraprofessionals. These staff development opportunities are designed to meet the needs of all students and staff as identified on the needs assessment. Some staff development is continued to meet the needs of new teachers those new to a grade level. Others cover new topics for all teachers. The professional learning opportunities that our teachers are participating in are:
- Math Foundations
- Units of Study for Primary Writing
- Writing Across the Curiculum
- Writers Workshop
- mClass training
- Guided Reading
- The Primary Comprehension Toolkit
- Comprehension Toolkit
- Book Study-Reading Strategies Book by Jenifer Serravallo
- Book Study- Writing Strategies Book by Jenifer Serravallo
- Reading Research to Classroom Practices
- Investigations Training
What strategies will you use to attract qualified teachers to high needs schools?
Junaluska Elementary will provide opportunities for teacher collaboration that will foster positive relationships. This occurs in grade level meetings, PLC’s and staff meetings.
What materials will you purchase and how is it related to your plan?
If we add teachers to a grade level, we will need to purchase materials needed for all areas. We plan to
Strategies to Attract Qualified and Highly Effective Teachers to High Needs Schools-
- Assign a mentor to BT1 and BT 2 Teachers
- Allowing teachers to visit and observe other teachers
- Common planning time
- Allocating funds to teachers to support classroom activities
- Fostering a welcoming atmosphere
- Having an attractive and inviting facility
- Coaching and modeling in the classroom-collaboration between coaches, teachers, and mentors
- Other: Each member of grade level team needs copy of books for remediation
What strategies will you use to attract qualified teachers to high needs schools? We provide mentors to new teachers and they meet together for a least one hour per week. These are district level strategies. We provide several common planning blocks weekly.
What materials will you purchase and how is it related to your plan?
Including Teachers in Decision Regarding the Use of Assessments– Junaluska Elementary School includes teachers in the decisions regarding the use of academic assessments in order to provide information on, and to improve, the achievement of individual students and our overall instructional program. We have:
- Representatives on the system level curriculum council
- Teacher use of formative assessment
- Input into the revision of the HCS Spring Benchmark Assessment
- A lead teacher who facilitates discussion regarding the use of assessment for refining teaching, determining additional instructional and professional learning needs
- Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
- Student self-reflection/goal setting
- Grade level meetings to provide ours staff with updates on current issues in curriculum and assessments
- Input into the K-2 Literacy and Math assessment
- Representatives on the district-level committee that reviews Curriculum Pacing Guides
- Opportunities to disaggregate student performance data jto make appropriate educational decisions and track student data
- MTSS teams
What strategies will you use to include teachers in decisions regarding the use of assessments? A representative for grade levels shares a checklist for 18 week testing, and teachers make decisions based on taught curriculum. Assessments for the spring are cumulative in order to prepare students for the end of grade assessments. SIT team has an open environment so that everyone has a voice. Decisions are made in grade level PLC’s.
What materials will you purchase and how is it related to your plan? Benchmark assessments are purchased for the 18 and 27 week assessments. Other materials are purchased as needed during the school year.
Strategies to Increase Parent and Family Engagement– Junaluska Elementary School recognizes the value of parent and family engagement in their child’s success. We strongly encourage parents to be involved in all school activities. We utilize a written parent and family engagement policy that is revised annually with the input form our stakeholders. We also revise our Home/School Compact which is distributed to all familes at the begging of each school year. No more than 20% of the budget can be spent for food. Some additional strategies used to increase parent and family engagement are:
- Promoting a climate and philosophy that values parental engagement
- Designation a school Parent Engagement Coordinator (Title 1 Full Time Staff Person)
- Remind or telephoning parents of struggling students to keep them informed of upcoming opportunities meetings, etc.
- Utilizing Blackboard Connect, a computerized phone system, to contact parents- ALERT NOW
- Offering childcare for parent training sessions
- Having a Spanish/English interpreter at some parent activities (if needed)
- * Conducting at least 2 Family Training/Learning (Night) sessions- topics which are aligned to our SIP and based on the needs assessments (Topics: reading, Math, and/or Science/Technology)
- Include parents of all backgrounds/cultures on our School Improvement Team
- *Convening an Annual Public Meeting to explain Title 1 services
- *Surveying parents to determine preference for times and topic s for workshops, meetings and other useful gatherings
- *Explaining the state standards and assessments
- *Conducting parent-teacher conferences with each family
- Providing limited refreshments at some parent engagement activities (MAX: 20% of the budget)
- Sending home appropriate activities for the summer months (Example: speech activities, RAZ kids, Library schedule, Prodigy information for math, List of community events-museums, library, etc.)_
- Other: Provide opportunities for parents and family members to volunteer
What materials will you purchase and how is it related to your plan? Imagine Learning will be purchased and we will hold a training sessions for parents to explain the program. We will purchase materials for our escape night such as lock boxes, locks, etc. Refreshments and/or food items will be purchased as well.
Preschool Transition Activities– Junaluska Elementary School emphasizes and focuses on building and implementing effective transitional strategies to promote a positive transition from pre-K to kindergarten classrooms. System staff and kindergarten teachers are working with local childcare providers, parents, and community leaders to develop a Kindergarten Transition Plan. Some of the goals and strategies included in the plan are:
- Increasing the percentage of students registering during the county-wide Kindergarten transition process
- Providing parents with literature trade books about Kindergarten
- Sharing behavior intervention information between schools and centers at transition meetings
- Informing the school nurse regarding student health problems
- School visits with parents prior to the beginning of Kindergarten
- Transition EC meetings
- Arranging two-way visits between preschools/daycares and kindergarten classrooms
- Providing learning packets to promote Kindergarten readiness
- Providing Kindergarten orientation with preschool children and teachers visiting Kindergarten classrooms
- Staggered Kindergarten enrollment
- Scheduling a “Meet-the-Teacher” even prior to the beginning of school (Kindergarten will have camp before the beginning of the school year)
What materials will you purchase and how is it related to your plan? Kindergarten teachers give each student a folder with materials including books. Books and other materials are purchased in order to put the folders together. Decorations such as balloons and cupcakes can be served.
Activities for Children Experiencing Difficulty- Procedures are in place to ensure that students who are experiencing difficulty mastering any of the proficient or advanced levels of academic standards are provided effective, timely assistance. Students are provided with a variety of opportunities for additional assistance/programs. These include:
- Transportation for foster students
- MTSS referrals and interventions
- Vision, hearing, dental screenings
- Assessment by/consultation with the school nurse as needed
- Before and/or after school remediation for upper grade students
- Psychological assessments
- Speech and language therapy
- Small group literacy instruction
- Referral for Title 1 Reading and/or Math
- After school tutoring/homework assistance during after school care (some students)
- Services to homeless students
- Other: Imagine Learning (language and literacy)
- Other Imagine Learning (math)
- Appropriate accommodations (504)
- Classroom modifications
- Peer tutoring as needed
- Incentives for attendance, academic achievement, and good behavior
- ESL instruction
- Exceptional Children’s Program consideration and placement
- Counseling services
- Summer school (academic and/or attendance)
- Summer Learning packets
What materials will you purchase and how is it related to your plan? We will purchase Imagine Math as at Tier 2 Math intervention
Coordination and Integration of Federal, State, and Local Services– In Junaluska Elementary School, all federal, state, and local services are coordinated. Funding sources are blende to ensure that all children have significant opportunities for quality learning and academic success. We assess the needs of students and design appropriate personal education plans for those students who need support. All personnel funded from various sources are utilized to promote student learning and success. Finds from all sources are used to purchase needed supplies and materials to meet the needs for our students. Personnel from all funding sources serve on school level MTSS teams. We also blend funds to maximize professional learning opportunities for all school staff and parent involvement activities for all families. We view the SIP as a working document and all available resources are utilized to implement our SIP.
What strategies will you use to meet these goals? Meeting in PLC’s and using the needs assessment to guide instruction. Updating the needs assessment after the beginning of the year assessment to determine student gaps in learning. Being part of the community and having staff always read to be a leader and example everywhere they go.
What materials will you purchase and how is it related to your plan? If needed, we would purchase any research based materials that might be needed to help close the learning gaps determined by the data results.
Resources Used in Programs: resources under the Title 1, Part A and other federal, state, and local, government funds and local organizations are used to implement our schoolwide programs. All funds are combined to address the components of the schoolwide plans to ensure that all students reach, at a minimum, proficiency on the challenging North Carolina academic standards and the Haywood County academic assessments. Title 1 funds do not supplant activities that are funded from the state and local sources. Resources include, but may not be limited to:
- Federal Safe Schools Funds
- Federal Migrant- Title 1 Part C
- Local civic clubs grants: Elks, Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary (we receive dictionaries from the Kiwanis for our third grade students. (2nd– Lions Club does vision screenings by providing spot vision cameral and all flash drives needed)
- Haywood County Public Education Foundations Grants
- United Way of Haywood County
- Local PTA/PTO funds
- DARE Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program
- Haywood County Parks and Recreation Funds
- Federal Professional Funds- Title II Part A
- Boys and Girls scouting programs
- American Heart Association, Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart
- Local business partnership
- Local faith-based funds
- Private donors
- Arts Council funding
- ARC grants
- Balsam Mountain Trust- Pollinator Program