Northpark Elementary School is a schoolwide Title 1 building. During the 2018-2019 school year, one full time certified teacher and one paraprofessional, and then later a long term substitute provided interventions in Reading and Math. Our interventions are delivered during grade level flex groups and core. Between the 3 staff members, a push-in/pull out model was provided.
A key feature of our schoolwide program is our Flexible Intervention (FLEX) Groups. In all grades K-4, the structure of FLEX Groups allows for frequently changing interventions in letter naming and sounds, phonological awareness, phonics, reading skill groups focusing on decoding and fluency, as well as comprehension groups. Students are grouped according to any screening results, assessments and observations. In other instances, enrichment opportunities are provided for the students who are functioning above-grade level. Some of the various programs used for interventions include fluency, comprehension and vocabulary. For some Math interventions, the programs used are AddVantage Math, IXL Dreambox and Front Row (Freckle), and Zearn. These interventions were selected to target the specific needs of individuals and small groups of students. For some reading interventions, Epic and ReadyGen were provided.
Title 1 teachers and paraprofessionals also work in small groups in the classroom. The small groups are formed based on data collected by the classroom teacher including DIBELS, common assessments, and WYTOPP Interims.
For math interventions at Northpark Elementary, teachers worked in the classrooms then sometimes took students to another classroom to provide the best instruction.
Northpark Title 1 staff participated in first and third quarter Parent-Teacher Conferences, meeting with some families to discuss their child’s intervention. Title I staff and grade level teachers also organized several Parent Involvement events in which reading and math activities were provided.
During the 2018-2019 school year, Title 1 provided time in the morning for staff to meet with the AMP chair, Behavior chair, administrator and the Title 1 teacher to discuss students, plan together and also go through the AMP process. The teams met once a month from 7:10-7:50.
Family Engagement activities consisted of Donuts with a Very Important Male, Muffins with a Very Important Female and Winter Reading Night. Title 1 provided math games and supplies for students and their family members to play math games while enjoying donuts and drinks provided by PTO. For the Muffins day, Title 1 provided books for students to read with family members. For the Winter Reading night, students and their families put together a craft, received books and sight words, had hot chocolate and watched the Polar Express being read to them.
Northpark also has a summer reading, math and enrichment program for students in K-4 to help enhance and support reading and math skills during the summer months. Title I provides funding for staff, as well as for school supplies for students who participate in the program.