Effective parent-teacher communication is crucial to a child’s academic success. In addition to parent-teacher conferences, the Title 1 Department provides a variety of ways for parents to maintain ongoing communication with their child’s Title 1 teachers.
Title 1 Parent Informational Meeting
In October of the school year, Title 1 Teachers in Bayonne Elementary Schools hold a Title 1 Information Meeting for parents of Title 1 children in Kindergarten through Grade 4. This orientation meeting is an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s Title 1 Teachers, receive information regarding the Title 1 program and curriculum, and address questions and/or concerns.
The Title 1 Parent Informational Meeting addresses the following:
Eligibility Criteria: Title 1 teachers use the following eligibility criteria in the selection of students who would benefit from in-class Title 1 support: Previous end-of year grades in ELA and Math; September district diagnostic test results; differentiated Math and ELA matrix scores; standardized test results (if applicable); and teacher recommendation. Kindergarten students who attended the Head Start Program automatically receive Title 1 services. For all students identified to receive Title 1 support, parents receive a letter from Dr. Dennis Degnan, Administrator of Assessment, Evaluation, Federal and State Programs; a Parent Compact; and, Parent Involvement Policy. All three documents require parent approval and signature. The Parent Compact defines shared responsibility for improving student academic achievement and school performance, defining the parent’s – student’s – and Title 1 teacher’s responsibilities. The Parent Involvement Policy defines strategies for more effective parent involvement to improve student academic achievement and school performance. Parents are given the opportunity to suggest changes with regard to the parent involvement policy.
Exit Criteria: Criteria for students no longer requiring Title 1 support includes teacher recommendation, parent approval, ELA and/or Math district assessments and diagnostic test results exhibiting skill mastery; and, student portfolio work.
Program Model: The Title 1 program adheres to a push-in model, offering in-class support for reading, writing, and math. This allows for a lower student-teacher ratio, small group learning, and the implementation of a variety of teaching methods. Title 1 teachers collaborate with classroom teachers and follow the same curriculum as adopted by the Bayonne School District.
Progress Reports: Title 1 Progress Reports are distributed four times per year with the student report card.
Title 1 Teacher Websites
Title 1 teachers in the Bayonne School District have websites that can be accessed through their individual school’s website as well as the District Title 1 website. These websites contain book suggestions as well as useful ELA and Math websites. You can use the link on this website to access Title 1 teacher websites.
Back-To-School Night (September), Parent-Teacher Conferences (November & February)
Back-to-School Night is held every September in all schools throughout the Bayonne School District. This evening gives parents the opportunity to meet their children’s teacher(s), receive a clear understanding of the curriculum, materials/resources, and instructional strategies being implemented within the classroom, and teacher expectations. Title 1 teachers are available for discussion and general questions.
Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent-Teacher conferences are held twice during the school year – November and February – which includes both afternoon and evening sessions. During this time, Title 1 Teachers schedule Parent-Teacher conferences. This is either in conjunction with the classroom teacher or separately. In addition, Title 1 teachers are available throughout the school year to address any questions or concerns. To contact your school’s Title 1 teacher, you can call the school and leave a message, send in a note with your child, or email the Title 1 teacher directly.
Title 1 Times Newsletter
The Title 1 Times Newsletter is distributed four times per year: Fall (November), Winter (February), Spring (April), and Summer (June). This district-wide newsletter is distributed to all Title 1 students and their parents, highlighting the successes of our students. In addition to messages from Dr. Patricia L. McGeehan, Superintendent of Schools and Dr. Dennis Degnan, Title 1 Program Administrator, each elementary school contributes articles focusing on math and language arts activities. You can use the Title 1 Newsletter Link on this website to access the 2015-2016 Title 1 Newsletter issues.
Building Readers, a publication of The Parent Institute, is distributed to all Title 1 students and their families. This publication gives parents reading and writing activities they can implement at home to strengthen their child’s reading comprehension skills, resulting in more proficient readers. Activities include fiction and nonfiction book suggestions, vocabulary-building exercises, how to establish a reading routine, and suggestions focusing on providing opportunities for children to write. This publication is distributed nine times throughout the school year.