By Janice Raymond
Director of Literacy, Malden Public Schools
It often comes back to the Title 1 Office that parents are under the misunderstanding that if their child is not receiving Title 1 services, then the parents cannot attend Title 1 events. This is absolutely not true. If you have a child that attends one of the five K-8 schools (Beebe, Ferryway, Forestdale, Linden, Salemwood), you are always welcome at Title 1 events.
This leads me to believe that what Title 1 is in Malden is somewhat of a mystery. This needs to be cleared up, because Malden’s Title 1 grant is very active in the schools. Title 1 is a federally funded program based on the free and/or reduced lunch count at each school. All of Malden’s K-8 schools are Title 1 schools, therefore, all five schools receive Title 1 services.
Our number one goal is to give every child the opportunity to be academically successful. To do this, we need to make sure that the students of Malden are getting top quality education during the school day and at home. It is also, of the utmost importance to educate parents as to how they can best help their child/children grow into healthy, community members who can make positive choices in their lives.
Through Title 1, teachers are hired, trained and paid to intervene, or give extra services to children, who need additional help in reading and writing. Placement of the interventionists (Title 1 teachers) in schools is calculated using several different situations. There is socio-economics, test scores, number of students and number of English language learning students within a school.
One of the most important goals of Title 1 is to bring parents and families into the schools. This is done through a variety of ways. For January and February, there will be five Breakfast Workshops on Mathematics, one in each school. Parents will learn some tips on how to help their child(ren) improve their Math skills. The Math Workshops will be presented by the Math Department. The information is primarily for parents who have children in grades kindergarten to grade 5, but if your child is in the middle school and you would like to attend, you are more than welcome.
On January 31, there is a Parent Academy at 6pm, in the library at the Salemwood School. It will be held this one time, but parents from all five kindergarten through 8th grade schools are invited. The topic of the Parent Academy is how to help your child grow up healthy, caring and responsible. The presenter is Manjula Karamcheti, Director of Guidance for the Malden Public Schools. There is free babysitting for children over 3, courtesy of Malden High’s Key Club. While the parents are at the Academy, the children will be entertained by Curious Creatures. The next Parent Academy will be held on March 20th at the Salemwood Library, and the topic will be Setting Limits and Strategies to Avoid Problems.
Look for upcoming information on future Parent Breakfasts and Family Evening Events. If you have a child at the Beebe, Ferryway, Forestdale, Linden, or Salemwood you are welcome to attend. Can’t attend the event at your child’s school? You are welcome to attend the event scheduled at a different school. The information is the same. Most events are usually taped and replayed on MATV, so that all Malden families can benefit from the important information being shared.
Title 1 in Malden is working with children and families to develop the tools for children to grow into healthy, academic, community members who can make smart decisions for their minds and bodies.
So, come to our next Title 1 event. You will be welcomed by Pat Fish and Paul McCarthy, our Parent Coordinators, and me. You will leave with great ideas to better help your children at home, and , of course, a book for your child to read at home. We will work together with parents to give everyone the support necessary to be the best parents we can be.
Don’t forget to grab a healthy snack, take a walk, and READ A BOOK!