Title I - Reading and Math
The Nah Tah Wahsh Title 1 Program is Schoolwide Title 1, which means all students are eligible for services. One teacher and 2 assistants are funded through Title 1. The Title 1 staff provide assistance as needed at all levels to ensure all students meet high standards, with emphasis on the core subjects of reading and math. The main focus of services is at the early elementary level, with assistance provided at 4th and 5th grade as appropriate.
Title 1 staff work in the regular classroom as well as doing pullouts for extra direct reading instruction for strategic and intensive interventions.
One of the components of the Title 1 program is Accelerated Reader (AR). Students in 1st through 7th grade, as well as students in the High School Resource Room participate in AR. Point goals are set for each student individually, based on a computerized reading test that is given at the beginning of the school year. The test gives students their individual reading range. They then read books in that range and take comprehension tests on the computer to earn points. Students who have reached their point goals have enjoyed such parties as bowling, pool parties, going to the movies, ice cream socials, or an afternoon in the park with a pizza party.
An annual meeting/open house is held every fall to offer parents the opportunity to view the annual report, the school report card, and receive information about their student's progress, and programs available. Other opportunities for parent and community involvement include the following committees, which all would benefit from increased parent and community involvement: School Improvement, Technology, Early Childhood Council, Health, and Cultural Integration with a focus on the Seven Grandfathers teachings.
One method of getting books into the homes is through the yearly Book Fair that takes place in December. Title 1 staff has taken the lead on holding the annual Book Fair. We no longer do the buy one get one free, as we are now doing the Book Fair to raise funds to purchase more books for the Library.
Title 1 along with the FACE, Head Start, and Youth Services programs holds an annual Family Literacy Night in November, which is Family Literacy month. A rocking chair is given away as the grand prize every year. We have another Literacty Night in December in conjunction with our Book Fair. We call it Soup, Stories and Santa! Parents, kids and staff enjoy a wonderful night of activities for all ages. Santa reads stories to the children and they are given a free book from him to keep.
To earn extra money for the school, Tle 1 handles the Box Tops Program. Each top that is brought in helps bring in extra dollars to purchase more books for our Accelerated Reader program. The Title 1 program has now taken on the Kemps Milk Caps and the Kids, Cash and Caps program too! Each of these companies gives us a nickel per cap that is sent in. For every box of caps (2,000 caps per box) this school receives $100.
Title 1 also administers numerous types of testing to help teachers have a better baseline for each of the students that they are servicing and to identify students who may need extra help. Some other services that Title 1 either helps with or administers are the DIBELS testing, STAR testing, MAPS testing and we also offer Read Naturally to boost reading levels through our site connection with the ISD in Escanaba. We also serve on the Discipline Coimmittee and School Improvement Team.