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Title I Staff

Ms. Jessica Merriam - Director  (508) 581-1610, ext. 1154
 
Mrs. Lila Holmes- Reading Teacher (508) 581-1610, ext. 3560
Mrs. Jennifer MacDonald - Math Coach (508) 581-1610, ext. 3108

What is Title I?  
  • Largest federally funded education program
  • Provides $$ to eligible school districts based on U.S. census poverty guidelines
  • Students selected based on teacher referral, formal & informal assessments, and/or parental concerns
  • Required to use research based methods of instruction to improve student achievement
  • Supplements core curriculum
What does Title I “look like” in Sutton?  
  • Services grades K & 1 
  • In class support
  • Small group pullout
  • Occasionally 1-to-1
  • Students can be released/added through out the year  
Parent involvement is key to a successful Title I program.   
  • Communicate with the school. Don’t be afraid to call with questions!
  • Attend parent-teacher conferences and special events at school
  • Read with your child.  Allow your child to see you reading books, magazines, newspapers, etc.
  • Encourage your child to write notes/letters to you and/or family
  • Be positive and supportive
  • Limit TV and video games
  • Provide structure to your child’s day, which allows time to read and do homework
  • Help your child organize school materials  
What is DIBELS? 
The Dynamic Indicator of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of measures to assess the acquisition of early literacy skills.  The assessments are short (one minute) measures used to monitor the development of early reading skills.

Sutton students in kindergarten through grade 5, regardless of Title I eligibility or participation, are screened using this instrument three times per year; in September, January and May. For more information about DIBELS, click here to go to the DIBELS website.

If your child scores below the benchmark in any of the DIBELS subtests, click here for on-line activities to help strengthen his/her skills.
 
 
For additional strategies to use at home when reading with your child, click here.
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