Mary Stark Elementary School is currently in the eleventh year operating as a schoolwide school. The Title I schoolwide program has allowed us to serve all students in reading and math.
Our method of delivery is pullout.
All schools must ensure that services provided by Title I personnel, regardless of the model of delivery used, are supplemental. Title I services are supplemental in terms of greater instructional intensity and opportunity to learn. The state Title I office does not endorse one instructional delivery method over another. The primary responsibility for the choice of instructional models is at the school building level. The Mandan Public Schools provides a pullout, in-class and extended year programs. These methods are chosen by the principal and Title I Staff. Each school chooses what method they feel will be most effective for their students.
Mary Stark's top priority is providing the best education possible in a nurturing environment for all students. In pursuit of this priority we continue to emphasize these areas:
High achievement in basic skills
Excellent school climate, including attendance, and discipline
We want the parents and guardians of our students, like the students themselves, to feel at home at Mary Stark. It is important that our students feel proud of who they are and believe they can accomplish anything they desire. The staff at Mary Stark wants the students to embrace the love of learning and have academic success.
We have a strong commitment to academics, character education, technology and leadership development. All staff members strive in working together to ensure that each child at Mary Stark Elementary School can become successful as a citizen and student.
Annual Review Meeting
Mary Stark Elementary School is required to hold an annual review meeting to review all the components of our Title I program such as the student selection process, professional development, the parent involvement policy, the compact, classroom teacher communication, assessment methods, service methods, curriculum, and any other items important to the operation of our Title I programs. This meeting will be conducted in the spring of the year and you will be notified when this will take place.
Mary Stark Elementary School must develop a written school-parent compact jointly with parents for children participating in Title I activities, services and programs. These compacts have outlined how parents, the school staff and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and also build a school-parent partnership.
Research has strongly linked the correlation between parental involvement and student academic success. Mary Stark Elementary School values and promotes parental involvement.
Research shows that children do better in school when parents talk often with teachers and become involved in the school. There are many ways that parents and teachers can communicate with each other, rather than relying on the scheduled parent-teacher conferences. Close communications between parents and teachers can help the student.
Another good investment in your child's education is to volunteer. Depending upon parents' availability, interests, and the needs of the school, the opportunities are endless. Some suggestions include: lunchroom monitor, tutoring, library aide, classroom speaker on a specific topic of interest, and concession workers at school events.
Mary Stark Elementary School has developed a Parental Involvement Action Plan that incorporates parenting, communicating, volunteering, learning at home, decision making and collaborating.