Over the next three weeks, grades 3-8 will be participating in the annual MEA State Tests in Mathematics and Reading-ELA. The testing schedule is below (please note that dates/times are subject to change)-
Tuesday, March 19th - Writing & Language Session 1 (Grades 4-8)
Wednesday, March 20th - Writing & Language Session 2 (Grades 4-8), Writing & Language Session 1 (Grade 3)
Thursday, March 21st - Writing & Language Session 2 (Grade 3)
Monday, March 25th - Mathematics Session 1 AM (Grade 3), Reading Session 2 PM (Grade 3)
Tuesday, March 26th - Mathematics Session 1 AM (Grades 4-8), Reading Session 1 PM (Grades 4-8)
Wednesday, March 27th - Mathematics Session 2 AM (Grades 4-8), Reading Session 2 PM (Grades 4-8)
Friday, March 28th - Mathematics Session 2 (Grade 3), Reading Session 2 PM (Grade 3)
Monday, April 1st - Essay Session 1 (Grade 3)
Tuesday, April 2nd - Essay Session 1 (Grades 4-8)
Wednesday, April 3rd - Essay Session 2 (Grades 4-8)
Friday, April 4th - Essay Session 2 (Grade 3)
Week of April 8th - 12th - Make up testing sessions.
Alexander Elementary has been approved by the MDOE to operate as a “School-wide” Title I school. School-wide Title-I programs allow schools to use Title I funds to meet the needs of ALL students in reading and math throughout the year. In a SW Title-1 program, all students are considered Title-1 students.
WHAT IS TITLE-I ?
Our school gets the funds from the federal government for special programs and services under Title I, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. Title I services are for students who need extra academic help, regardless of their economic background. The amount of money we get under Title I, Part A depends on how many students in our school are from low-income families. The income information of our families is protected information according to privacy laws. The information families provide regarding income is NOT shared with school staff or made public.
WHAT IS A “SCHOOL-WIDE” TITLE-I PROGRAM?
A school-wide program is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to upgrade the entire educational program in a Title I school; its primary goal is to ensure that all students, particularly those who are low achieving, demonstrate proficient and advanced levels of achievement on State academic achievement standards.
Unlike a Targeted Assistance program, a school-wide program provides educational services to all students, improves all structures that support student learning and aligns all resources to achieve a common goal: improved student achievement for all students. A School-wide Title I Program allows us the opportunity to combine Title I funds with other federal, state, and local money to upgrade the entire program of our school. This allows us to better meet all of our students’ academic needs.
School-wide Programs Benefits
WHAT IF MY CHILD WAS ALREADY RECEIVING TITLE-I SERVICES?
This does not change services for any students already receiving academic support through the Title program, these students will continue to receive support.
WHAT IF MY CHILD NEEDS ACADEMIC SUPPORT?
Students in need of academic support in math and/or reading are eligible to automatically receive support by our Title-I staff. Support often occurs directly in the classroom, however, small group/individual instruction may occur as well.
As we get into the peak of winter (and possibilities of cancellations/delays increase) we would like to remind our parents that a free messenger service is available. This service provides text and/or voice messages from AES about important announcements, including cancellations and delays. School officials will try to update parents/guardians using the messenger service in a timely manner whenever possible. It is highly recommended to monitor local media outlets as well.
Instructions are available for download in the 'Parent Information' section of the resources tab.
If you're a first time voice user, be aware that automated phone messages may initially identify as being from the Eastport School Department. This is because the AOS central office is located in Eastport, and where the program originates. After following the instructions, the system will then clarify the message is from the Alexander Elementary School.
Please note: First time text users must agree to receiving text messages (typing "Yes" or "Y") to the number 67587. If you have not confirmed using this method, you will not receive messages.
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If you are not receiving messages, and would like to, please contact the school for information OR visit the 'Closings/Delays' section in the resources tab to sign up.
If you already have signed up for the messenger service through AES and would like to change how you receive messages (i.e. get only text alerts) please contact the school OR visit the 'Closings/Delays' section in the resources tab to submit changes.
***Phone number changed recently? Don't forget to notify us so that your information is updated!***