Elementary Title I Letter

Annual Parent Notice
Schoolwide Title I Information

December 2020

Dear Parent or Guardian:

All elementary schools in the David Douglas School District are designated schoolwide Title I schools. Title I-A is the United States Government’s largest education assistance program for schools. Title I funds are used to provide additional support to children striving to meet goals in reading and math. Our district focus is ensuring every student is reading at grade level by the third grade. Research has shown that data from third grade state assessments are directly correlated to high school graduation rates. The schoolwide approach is based on a system of support serving all students. Each student in David Douglas receives effective, rigorous instruction using standards-based core Reading curriculum, focusing on grade level goals. Using standardized screening assessments, students are identified as needing extra support in reading. Those students receive add-on services in addition to the standards-based core reading instruction. This will occur during a 30-minute Intervention Block, which includes evidence-based reading intervention. A Highly Qualified Teacher, Specialist, and/or Instructional Assistant will deliver intervention services.

In addition to schoolwide Title I services to students, all elementary schools will provide parents with opportunities to review and give input toward School Improvement Plans, policies, and school-parent-student compacts. This communication will address the following components:

Providing rigorous, effective instruction in reading, writing, math, and behavior by highly qualified teachers and staff;

Offering high-quality, ongoing professional development;

Creating strategies to increase family involvement as well as including feedback and input into all policies and improvement plans;

Implementing district systems to ensure that students who experience difficulty attaining proficiency receive effective, timely, additional assistance; and

Ensuring that plans are reviewed on an on-going basis and revised when necessary. Parents have the right to request their child’s performance levels on statewide assessments and standardized screening assessments. Please contact your child’s classroom teacher or building principal for this information. Parents also have the right to request information regarding their child’s teacher’s qualifications. If you have questions or concerns about this or our District Policy and Programs, please feel free to contact your building principal and/or:

Ken Richardson Superintendent 503-261-8201

Candy Wallace, Assistant Superintendent 503-261-8205

Brooke O’Neill, Director of Curriculum and Instruction 503-261-8228

Elise Hall, Title I/Language Arts Administrator 503-261-8219 It is the district’s highest priority to provide each student with the necessary skills to be successful throughout their school experience, as well as prepared to enter college or career upon graduation. We are committed to high expectations for students and staff in order to meet these goals. We look forward to working with all parents, guardians, and family members to create the most effective school experience for all students in the David Douglas community.


Ken Richardson

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