Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year, Explorers!
Fall is always a busy time, and this year is no exception. Our Open House on September 18 included several information sessions to explain some of the changes that have kept us so occupied. We thank all those families who were able to attend; you made the event fun and effective. For those who could not make the open house, here is the brief update of what is new:
Please help us improve! You can see here on our web site that there is a parent survey, please give us input to better serve your student.
Title 1 Questions and Answers
Q. What is Title I?
A. Title I is a Federal Program that contributes funding for our school to provide additional academic support and learning opportunitites for our students, staff, and families. The funds come to our school based on the number of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. We have chosen to use a School-wide Title I model so that ALL students can receive benefit from the funds.
Q. What are my rights as a parent of a student in a Title I school?
A. Parents have the right to:
1. Request information regarding the qualifications of their student's classroom teachers (100% of Marshall High staff are highly qualified)
2. Be involved in the planning, review and improvement of:
- School's parental involventment policy
- School/Parent/Student Compact
Title I School-wide Plan?Comprehensive Achievement Plan
3. Be informed of meetings, trainings, and student achievement data
4. Receive individual student achievement reports
5. Participate in decisions about the education of their student
Q. What are the current Title I services provided at Marshall High School?
A. Our current Title I School-wide Plan/Comprehensive Achievement Plan includes:
- Literacy Specialist
- Math Specialist/Coach
- Professional development and supplemental materials for staff
Parent education and involvement
Q. Where can I get more information about the Title I program at Marshall High School?
A. More information is available through:
- Contacting the school principal at (541) 355-3502
Proficiency Questions and Answers
Q. What is proficiency?
A. Proficiency is a method of grading that focuses on what students know and have learned based on national and state standards, not on how many points they were able to accumulate. If students can demonstrate they understand the learning, they pass. If they do not demonstrate understanding, they get more time to improve before being re-assessed on the material.
Q. How can student get help with the learning in order to pass?
A. Our schedule now includes a daily Proficiency Lab, a time when students can gt help from their classroom teacher or an educational assistant.
Q. What if my student does not demonstrate proficiency in all standard areas?
A. Students will receive an "incomplete" in classes where not all proficiencies are met. They have the first three weeks of the next quarter to make up the learning and turn their grade to an A, B or C.
Thank you to Bobbi Crowe for volunteering to serve on our Site Council. Student representatives are sophomore Kendra Figgins and senior Harmony Cartwright. This commitee will take responsibility for implementing ideas from the survey mentioned above and for working on improvements in our Title I plan areas.
The next meeting will be Thursday, November 7. If you have suggestions for the group, please contact Julie Linhares or Becky Taylor-Negus at the school. We can pass on your ideas or put you in touch with the parent representative.