St. Thomas Aquinas Middle-High School provides Title I services in partnership with the Canton City School District. This program provides intervention services for math and reading.
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 need of educationally at-risk students. The goal of Title I is to provide extra instructional services and activities which support students identified as at risk of failing the state’s challenging performance standards in mathematics, reading and writing.
Who does Title I Serve?
The program serves students in elementary, middle and high schools who have demonstrated that extra assistance is needed.
What will Title I do for my child?
The Title I program will provide your child with extra educational assistance beyond the regular classroom. The Title I teachers at St. Thomas Aquinas Middle-High School are collaborating with your child’s classroom teacher to enhance the learning in reading and math.
Title I programs offer:
- Identify the students at their school who need the most educational assistance based on the criteria that school choses. 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.
- Measure student progress to determine the success of the Title I program for each student.
- Develop programs for students in order to support/supplement regular classroom instruction.
- Smaller groups or special instructional spaces.
- Additional teachers and aides.
- Opportunities for professional development for school staff.
- Extra time for teaching Title I students the skills they need.
- A variety of supplementary teaching methods.
- Individualized approach to teaching students.
- Additional teaching materials which supplement a student’s regular instruction.
Title I Staff
The Math tutor is Mrs. Denise Weber. Mrs. Weber is a graduate of Walsh University and is certified in the following areas: Elementary Education 1-8, Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Disorders (K-12), Reading (K-12), and has a Masters degree in Education.
The Reading tutor is Mrs. Georgann Foltz. Mrs. Foltz is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas, is certified in Elementary Education 1-8, and has a Masters degree in Educational Administration. She is highly qualified in reading and has training in Orton Gillingham and the LETRS Program.
Mrs. Foltz and Mrs. Weber are committed to making a positive difference in your child’s education. They believe that Math and Reading can be challenging but it is a great accomplishment for students to understand and apply these skills to the world around them.
A Note to Parents:
You can influence the success of your child in school more than any teacher or federal program. By becoming an active participant in the Title I program at your school, you will:
- Serve as a role model showing our 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 how well students do in school depends a great deal upon how much their parents get involved in their education. You can become more involved by:
- Joining local and national school/parent organizations.
- Supporting school extracurricular activities.
- Volunteering at the school.
- Attending parent-teacher conferences.
- Communicating with your child’s teacher, by writing notes, telephoning the school, etc.
- Keeping your child’s teacher informed about events in his or her life which may affect his/her performance at school.
- Discussing with your child’s teacher and parent organizations other ideas for parent involvement.