Title 1

 What is Title I? 
    Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to states and school districts to meet  the needs of educationally at-risk  students. The goal of Title I is to provide extra instructional services and activities which support  students identified as failing or most at risk of failing the state’s challenging performance standards in mathematics, reading, and  writing. 

What will Title I do for my child? 
    The Title I program will provide your child with extra educational assistance during and beyond the core instructional classroom time. 


Which schools does Title I serve? 
   The program serves students in the elementary and secondary schools who have demonstrated that extra assistance is needed. Title I  also serves students who live in the  school district and attend private schools. In the Shenandoah Valley School District, Title I services  are provided in the Shenandoah Valley Elementary School. 

How does our school receive Title I money?
   First, the federal government provides funding to each state. Then, each State Educational Agency sends money to its school districts.  The amount of money sent to a school  district is determined by the number of low-income students attending that school. Finally, Title I  Schools: 
        Identify the students at their school who need the most educational assistance based on the criteria that the school has chosen.  Students DO NOT have to be from low-  income families to receive Title I services. 
        Set goals for improving the skills of educationally disadvantaged students at their school. 
        Measure student progress to determine the success of the Title I program for each student. 
        Develop programs for each individual student in order to support/supplement regular classroom instruction. 

Title I programs generally offer: 
  Smaller classes or special instructional spaces 
  Additional teachers 
  Opportunities for professional development for school staff 
  Extra time for teaching Title I students the skills they need 
  A variety of supplementary teaching methods 
  Additional teaching materials which supplement a student’s regular instruction 
  Implementation of family evening events to provide strategies and techniques in both reading and math 

PARENTS, you can influence the success of your child in school by becoming an active participant in the Title I parent involvement plan. You will: 
  Serve as a role model, showing your child that you support his/her education. 
  Assure that you are aware of your child’s educational progress; thereby demonstrating how important that progress is to you. 
  Teach your child that your input at the school is appreciated and that you support its efforts. 


  Research shows that how well a student does in school depends a great deal upon how much their parents get involved in their education. You can become involved by: 
  Joining local and national school/parent organizations 
  Supporting school extra-curricular activities 
  Volunteering at the school 
  Attending parent-teacher conferences  


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Title 1 Staff

​Mrs. Brooke Wowak- Federal Programs Coordinator
wowab@svbluedevils.org     570-462-2796 ext 4239

​Ms.Alison Semanchik-  Reading Specialist

semaa@svbluedevils.org      570-462-2796 ext 1340

Mrs. Deborah Kessler-  Reading Specialist
kessd@svbluedevils.org       570-462-2796 
Mrs. Karen Cicioni- Math Teacher
cicik@svbluedevils.org        570-462-2796 ext 1342

Miss Jessica Fryer - Math Teacher

fryej@svbluedevils.org       570-462-2796
Mrs. Jill Chowanes- Reading Teacher/ Nonpublic Title I Teacher
chowj@svbluedevils.org      570-462-2796 ext 1343



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