Ephraim Elementary Title I School Wide Plan
In recognition that the parent is the child’s first and most important teacher, and that the parent’s continued involvement in the child’s education is essential for the success of the child, Ephraim Elementary is committed to building a strong parent-school partnership. The following is notification of how Title l funds are used to support appropriate and effective learning for all students to ensure all students will have an equal opportunity to an outstanding education.
- SCHOOLWIDE TITLE I PROGRAM
DEFINITION: A school with at least 50% free or reduced lunch is eligible to plan a school wide program. A school wide program must upgrade the entire educational program in the school in order to raise academic achievement for all the students.
The Ephraim Elementary school wide program:
- Is built on school wide reform strategies, rather than on separate add-on services.
- Provides flexibility spending the Title I funds as the school engages in strategies that increase the amount and quality of learning time and help by hiring paraprofessionals to work in each classroom and provide a high quality curriculum for all children.
- Teachers meet weekly in professional learning communities focusing on academic results to determine needed interventions and enrichment.
- Teachers are provided opportunities to participate in professional development, building their capacity and knowledge in academic areas targeted for improvement.
- SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETINGS DESCRIPTION
Following community nominations and an election process a school community council consisting of parents, teachers and principal is organized. The School Community Council meets every other month beginning in October at the school to which all parents are welcome to attend. Meetings held consist of:
- Explanation of the Title I school wide program and activities provided and give parents opportunity to offer input into the planning and reviewing of the Parent Involvement policy and to sign the Parent-Teacher Compact.
- School academic data will be examined to determine areas in need of improvement and then determine how to use Land Trust funds to facilitate academic growth and improvement.
- Parents will be informed of school safety/emergency plans and work as a committee to ensure student safety.
- Parents will be advised that input and suggestions concerning organization and implementation of the school wide program will be welcome at any time.
- NEEDS ASSESSMENT
As a part of consolidated planning, the school conducts a comprehensive needs assessment of all children and the school based on their performance toward meeting the academic expectations. The needs assessment will identify priority needs in student performance in content areas (reading/writing, science, mathematics, social studies, physical education/health and arts. Decisions about how resources (personnel, supplies, etc.) are used will be based on the needs assessment and meet the requirements of a school wide program.
The focus of a school wide program is to raise performance level of all students by improving the overall instructional program in the school through the integration of the Title I program and other state and federal programs.
- SCHOOL CURRICULUM
The school wide curriculum will be based on:
1. A comprehensive plan that is based on information on the performance of children in relation to the state core content and student performance standards.
- EFFECTIVE PARENT INVOLVEMENT
Parents are encouraged and welcome to volunteer in classrooms in variety of capacities. We have a strong, active Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) providing multiple opportunities for parents to become involved.
The Star Reading program requires a minimum of 30 volunteer tutors consisting of parents and community members to work with qualifying students 30 minutes per day, two days per week.
The DARE program coordinated through the Sanpete County Sheriffs educates and informs children and parents on drug awareness, peer pressure, and responsible citizenship behaviors.
Parents will be given useful information on their child’s progress including Utah’s SAGE test results; DIBELS test results, professional formal/informal assessments and observations, and daily work progress twice a year during parent-teacher conferences. In addition, they will be advised as to how to how to use this information to help improve their child’s performance.
2014-2015 Ephraim Elementary Title I School Improvement Plan
- Try to maintain smaller class sizes, especially in grades one and two.
- Hire extra support and paraprofessionals to assist in increasing reading ability and achievement in first grade.
- Adopted Reading Street a new language arts program that is designed to meet the requirements and rigor of the Utah Common Core.
- Utilize our DIBELS Coordinator, Brandee Tapp, in strategic ways such as: reading assessments, DIBELS benchmarking and teacher training, at risk student diagnosis, and small group intervention to meet the needs of at risk students.
- Hired an extra paraprofessional to assist Brandee Tapp in meeting all of her reading goals for students.
- Seek support from Tawnya Olsen, our school counselor, for those students who may need counseling services. She will also work with students to develop positive habits and strategies in school.
- Successfully train teachers to implement our new math and language arts programs along with using SAGE formative and interim tests to guide instruction.
- Use the Imagine Learning computer program to provide extra support for our ELL students.
Staff Professional Development Plan:
- Teachers will receive training on how to implement My Math, Reading Street, and the Discovery Phonics program Reading Horizons.
- Teachers will continue to receive training on how best to implement PLC’s.
- During the summer teachers will attend Utah Standards Academy and the Utah Rural Schools Convention.
- Continue to receive training on the SAGE formative, interim, and summative tests.
- Receive training on the new Utah Writes writing program.
- Teachers will also receive trainings on developing SLO’s and teacher growth plans.
- Provide teachers the opportunity to attend professional workshops and training opportunities dealing with effective instruction in math, language arts, science, and PLC’s.
- Provide weekly teacher collaboration time where the whole school will meet on the same day with the grade level PLC’s.
- Provide training on how to implement Canvas and technology in the classroom.
Ephraim Elementary Reading Achievement Plan:
- Continue to purchase “Reading Horizons” a phonics program for grades 1-3. We will also continue to purchase “Elevate” through the same company to provide reading interventions for students in grades 4-5.
- Provide DIBELS benchmark assessments three times a year on all students in grades k-3.
- Have teachers in grades 4-5 use the Reading Street fluency and comprehension program and turn in beginning, middle, and end of the year scores to the principal.
- Provide ongoing collaboration between our DIBELS Coordinator Brandee Tapp and the teachers to provide specific help and intervention for struggling readers.
- Strive to meet the district reading goal of having 90% of students reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade.
- Hired an extra paraprofessional using Trustlands funds to help Brandee Tapp organize and run reading groups for at risk students in grades 1-3.
- Provide extra help in the first grade to boost first grade reading levels.
- Utilize the new Reading Street language arts program to better meet the requirements of the Utah Common CORE.
- Continue to utilize leveled reading libraries in the library and in the classroom.
- Utilize the STAR program and the Americore grant to recruit tutors from the community to work one-on-one with struggling readers in grades 1-5.
- Emphasize the importance of students reading 20 minutes a night at home.
- Utilize a school wide reading incentive program to help promote nightly reading.
- Use the many high interest books that were purchased from a $10,000 donation from our PTA to promote reading.
- Work collaboratively with parents and encourage parent volunteers to help in the classroom to provide extra reading support for students.
Ephraim Elementary Actions Toward South Sanpete School Board Goals:
- Ephraim Elementary will continue to take steps forward to implement high functioning and focused PLC’s.
- Ephraim will be moving to having all grade levels meet together on the same day this year.
- We will be focusing on the four essential questions of PLC’s
- 1. What knowledge and skills should every student acquire as a result
- of this unit of instruction.
- 2. How will we know when each student has acquired these essential
knowledge and skills?
- 3. How will we respond when some students do not learn?
- 4. How will we extend and enrich the learning for students who are
- Teachers will also continue to develop PLC forms that meet the needs of the four essential question.
- We will also be focusing on developing more relevant and rigorous curriculum by implementing new math and language arts programs that better meet the requirements of the Utah Common CORE.
Gifted and Talented Program:
- Students will be given art instruction for a third of the year through the Beverley Sorenson Art Grant. This year we will be focusing on drama instead of visual arts.
- Mary Witt will continue to volunteer her time as our music specialist. Students will receive music instruction once a week.
- Students will also have numerous opportunities to be involved in before and after school programs such as: Badger Strings Project, DPAC, 4H, Reflections, and Junior Genius.
Promote Positive Results:
- EES Parent Informer newsletter sent home each month and posted on the website.
- Local newspaper utilized on a regular basis.
- School Marquee and morning announcements.
- Encourage volunteers in the classroom and in our STAR program.
- Keeping clean, well kept building and grounds.
School Emergency Plan:
- Continue to improve our emergency procedures and plans.
- Keep working to improve our lockdown procedures.
- Have window covers and door magnets in place in every room in the building.