Title I at Flat Rock Middle School
Title I is a federally funded program that allows us to provide additional benefits for the students and families at Flat Rock. Although the number of students on free and reduced lunch determines if we receive the federal funds, the funds can be used to service any student who is identified as a Targeted Title I student, regardless of the family's income.
Who is a targeted Title I student?
In general, students who performed in the lowest 25% on the GMAS or students who scored level 1s in math, ELA, science, and social studies are considered Title 1 students for the 2016-2017 school year. ED, EL, and SWD students were identified as subgroups that are under performing (CCRPI and surveys). Students with non-proficient lexile scores were also taken into consideration.
How are targeted Title I students ranked and selected for programs?
Scores are assigned to various descriptors (GMAS scores, teacher input, free/reduced lunch status, ELL/SWD status, and lexile scores) and students are then rank ordered by total scores. Throughout the year if teachers identify potential Title I students who were not on the original list (transfers, developed struggler, etc), teachers can report the student to the Title I Contact for review.
Because we are a Targeted Title I program this year, we can offer the following benefits to select students:
Laptops and hot spots
We have 29 laptops with built in wi-fi capabilities. These can be checked out by Title I students or parents. Due the limited quantity, we have 10 for 6th grade, 9 for 7th grade, and 10 for 8th grade students.
Our media specialist, Cassie Upshaw, handles the check out of these devices. Please send her an email (copy Mr. Aponte and Dr. Reckley) to let her know which student you think needs the device. She will call the student down and give him/her the sign out paperwork. When the student brings back the form, Ms. Upshaw will check out the device to the student.
Title I Instructional Assistant
During an allotted time period, the Title I instructional assistant will provide supplemental educational opportunities to Title I eligible students. This can include any academic endeavor that is related to the students’ SMART goals and/or the school’s overall goals.
Middle School Technology Resources
This presentation takes place on August 18 from 6-8 P.M. Dr. Tarchell Caruthers (FRMS 6th Grade Teacher) and Monica Reckley (FRMS Title I Contact) will present information concerning Infinite Campus, Edmodo, Study Island, IXL, Google Classroom (if applicable), and any other websites that teachers or parents feel need to be discussed. In addition, the presenters will make sure that parents understand the device procedures, specifically when they should be out or put up at school.
Title I Annual Parent Meeting
During this meeting, all stakeholders (parents, school staff, students, and community members) are invited to come in to hear about FRMS Title I program goals and initiatives. Relevant data is presented and discussed. The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, November 12 from 10 A.M.-12 P.M.
PTTM Nights on October 26 from 6 P.M. - 8 P.M.
An innovative approach to family engagement, the Parent-Teacher Team Meeting provides schools with a developmental and collaborative process to build effective family-school partnerships. PTTM is a classroom-based, teacher-led, data-driven family engagement model.
PTTM is grounded in the notion that schools can thrive when families and teachers work together, as genuine partners, to maximize student learning inside and outside the school. Its research-based infrastructure is rooted in aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessment as it builds the capacity of educators, families, and the community to advance student achievement by linking home and school learning.
The PTTM model supplements the efforts of traditional parent conferences with whole-class meetings where parents learn exactly where their child is in comparison to academic standards, where their child needs to be by the end of the school year, and how they can help support their child's learning outside of the classroom.
Extended Day Math/Reading/Science/Social Studies/Writing
Beginning September 12, 2016, selected Title I students will be invited to stay after school for an hour of remediation, acceleration, homework help, computerized practice, and hands-on learning. The program runs through March 31st. Transportation is provided. The schedule is as follows:
Monday: Reading 3:20 P.M. - 4:20 P.M.
Tuesday: Math 3:20 P.M. - 4:20 P.M.
Wednesday: Reading and Social Studies 3:20 P.M. - 4:20 P.M.
Thursday: Science 3:20 P.M. - 4:20 P.M.
Saturday Enrichment Day
On Saturday February 18 (STEM Symposium) from 8 A.M.-12 P.M., students will do a hands-on enrichment project with students who RSVP. This could be a science experiment, a social studies scavenger hunt, a math statistics and probability activity, a cross curriculum STEM activity, or WHATEVER we envision that will enrich our students while achieving SMART or school-wide goals.
Title I Parent Meeting
There will be a presentation for parents on what Title I looks like at FRMS and a GMAS parent writing workshop. This is scheduled for Saturday, November 12.
Title I Stakeholder Meeting
During this meeting, all stakeholders (parents, school staff, students, and community members) are invited to come in to hear a summative report about how effective the FRMS Title I program was with the 2016-2017 goals and initiatives. Relevant data is presented and discussed. The meeting is scheduled for May 31 10 A.M - 12 P.M.
For two weeks in the summer, teachers will present instruction to Title I students based on needs of the students, as determined by the Milestones report, teacher input, cumulative end of year grades, and Lexile reports. Teachers will create and present fun, interactive lessons that engage students. Teachers will also work with students on study skills.
In addition we offer:
- Computers and software that enhance the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE).
- Parent workshops that give you ideas and strategies to help your child at home.
- A Parent Center with games, books, and activities to promote academic success.
We welcome your input and participation in our school because research shows us that students make more progress when their parents are involved. Stop in and see how you can be a part of the Flat Rock Middle School Family!