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J. L. CAIN ELEMENTARY TITLE I NEWSLETTER
     Carla Watford, Principal
2016-2017

Purpose of Title I
     Title I (of the federal No Child Left Behind legislation) is a federal program that provides opportunities for the children served to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to meet challenging state content standards. 
      Title I resources are distributed to schools where needs are the greatest, in amounts sufficient to make a difference in the improvement of instruction.
     Title I coordinates services with other educational services and, to the degree possible, with health and social services programs.
     Title I provides greater decision-making authority and flexibility within the schools and for teachers.  However, greater responsibility for student performance is the exchange made for this flexibility.
Components of a Title I School-wide Program
A comprehensive needs assessment of the entire school is conducted.
School-wide reform strategies provide opportunities for all children to meet the State’s performance standards.
Instruction is conducted by a highly qualified staff.
Professional development is conducted on a continual basis throughout the year.
Activities are conducted to increase parent involvement.
Plans are included to provide transitional assistance from pre-school to elementary, from elementary to middle school, and from middle school to high school.
Measures are taken to include teachers in decisions about assessment.
Activities are conducted to ensure that students with learning difficulties receive assistance.


Parental Involvement at J. L. Cain Elementary
     Parental involvement is an integral part of the Title I program.  Parents are encouraged to become partners in helping their children achieve and become actively involved in all aspects of the process of the Title I program, from the writing of the plan to its implementation and evaluation.
     A strong connection between the home and the school is a key element in student success.  Materials, strategies, and help from teachers are available to all parents within a Title I school.  Opportunities for active parent participation should include, but not be limited to open house, parent workshops, school-parent compacts, home visitation, parent-teacher organizations, conferences, monthly newsletters, and more.
     The No Child Left Behind legislation requires schools to utilize a portion of their Title I funds to support parent involvement.  Parents should contact the school principal with any comments or suggestions regarding the school’s parent involvement expenditures.
     J. L. Cain is required to ask for input from parents regarding the development of a parent involvement policy and a school-parent compact.  
     The parent involvement policy explains how the school plans to work with parents to review and improve parent programs and describes how parents can participate in planning these programs.  
     The school-parent compact outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the way in which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the State’s high standards.


Description & Explanation of Curriculum, Forms of Academic Assessment, and Proficiency Levels Students Are Expected to Meet
     The Darlington County School District provides a high-quality curriculum based upon the South Carolina Curriculum Standards. This curriculum has been approved by the South Carolina Board of Education and adopted by the Darlington County Board of Education.  Textbooks used in the classrooms have been reviewed by a committee of teachers and adopted and endorsed by the State Department of Education.  Specific educational programs in each school are targeted to meet the identified needs of the children in the school.  
     Darlington County School District administers a variety of standardized assessments to its students.   Palmetto Achievement of State Standards (PASS) is part of the state assessment program. It is given to students in grades three through eight and measures student performance on the state standards.  ITBS/COGAT are nationally norm-referenced tests administered by the District to students in grades two and seven.  At the end of the second year of high school, the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) is administered.  This test is in accordance with No Child Left Behind and measures students’ academic achievement on high school academic standards. All students are given teacher-prepared and textbook-provided assessments to monitor student progress throughout the year.
     Based upon requirements of No Child Left Behind, all students in grades three through eight are expected to score “Met” or “Exemplary” on PASS by the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

Parent’s Right to Know 
          As a parent of a student enrolled at J. L. Cain, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers and instructional assistants who instruct your child.  Federal law allows you to ask for the following information about your child’s classroom teachers and requires the District to give you this information in a timely manner: 
whether the teacher is certified to teach the subjects and/or grade levels the teacher is teaching, 
whether the teacher’s certificate is a waiver or substandard certificate, 
the teacher’s academic major, graduate degrees, if any, and 
the teacher’s certification area.  
     If you would like to receive this information, please call the Office of Human Resources at 843-398-5100.


Cain’s Title I Expenditures for 2014-2015
     The No Child Left Behind legislation includes provisions for all children to score “Met” or “Exemplary” on PASS by the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Each Title I school-wide is provided additional funds to supplement their regular school budget to aid in reaching this goal.  These funds provide additional teachers, materials, technology, staff development and other resources to enhance classroom instruction. 
Expenditures for 2014-2015
Hire a coordinating teacher to provide coaching and staff development for classroom teachers
Hire two classroom teachers to reduce student-teacher ratio
Hire a computer lab manager to work with the teachers in the SuccessMaker lab.
Provide teachers with professional development in math
Assist teachers with analyzing grade level data
Provide ELA and math instructional supplies
Conduct parenting workshops
Provide Principal’s Chat
Provide a Family Math Night
Provide Family Literacy Night


District Level Parent Involvement
     Title I Parents are involved on the District level through a Title I Parent Involvement Committee, which meets two-three times during the school year. This committee is made up of a representative from each of the Title I schools.  All parents with a child being served at a Title I School-wide are periodically consulted for input into the Title I programs and activities during the school year.  The District Title I Parent Involvement Committee reviews the District Parent Involvement Policy and instructional programs and provides input into the District Title I plan.