The focus of Title I schools is to help students achieve proficiency on core standards, closing academic gaps that may exist. These efforts include providing targeted supports to at-risk students, building teachers' capacity through professional development, and strengthening parents' abilities in helping their children succeed.
An Introduction to Title I
- Answers to Commonly Asked Questions
- For other annual Title I parent information, Granite School District's parent engagement policy, a summary of Granite School District's Annual Title I Parent Meeting, and other information, please visit the Granite School District Title I website.
Parent Compact, Policy & Rights to Know
- Parent-School Learning Compact
- School Parent Engagement Policy
- Parents' Right to Know (opens the District's Title I website)
Other School Information
Parent-School Learning CompactBack to Index
Parent Engagement Policy
Parental Engagement Policy
The staff at West Kearns Elementary School has always regarded parental involvement vital to the success of students achieving academic success. All schools have their individual characteristic and needs; West Kearns Elementary is not any different. Within our community there are many diverse cultures, languages, and students with special needs. We encourage parents and guardians to participate as school volunteers, in PTA and the Community Council.
- It is the intent that our communication with parents, such as materials or flyers, will be written in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language that is understandable. If anyone would like clarification, interpretation, or additional support, please contact the office 385-646-5073 for assistance. Each parent or guardian is highly encouraged to work directly with the teacher of the child to resolve any concerns.
- To accommodate our parents, an annual meeting will be scheduled where programs, curriculum, student academic and behavior expectations, parent concerns and input will be discussed. Near the end of the school year, a school survey will be sent to each home for input of how the parent or guardian perceived what was accomplished during the school year.
- A school-parent compact has been developed by the West Kearns Elementary Community Council, PTA and staff. A copy is available by contacting the office staff. The purpose of the compact is to increase each child’s academic achievement.
Our policy includes specifically how the following activities will be accomplished:
Some ways in which parents will be kept informed and assisted in understanding expected state, district and school academic standards, assessment used, and student achievement expectations.
- Monthly Newsletter
- SEP conferences (translators when needed)
- Sending home information from the District Office
- School website
- Email, Blackboard, Remind, School Facebook and Instagram Page
Some ways materials and training will be offered to parents to help them work with their children to improve achievement, such as literacy, numeracy and technology training.
- Family Nights which support academics at home
- Individualized help as requested or needed.
Some ways in which appropriate coordination of parent involvement activities can take place with various programs at the school. Some of the programs or activities may include the following: pre-school, after school tutoring, parent information and resource centers, parenting classes or any other program that might be beneficial.
- School Monthly Newsletter
- Family/Community center
- Assistance with translation in Spanish when registering and at conferences
- Translation of notes
- School marquee
Some ways parents and staff will work together, reach out, and communicate with each other to realize more fully the value and contributions that parental involvement adds to the success of the child’s achievement growth and the success of the school.
- Communication through phone calls, texts, and emails
- Small group meetings
- School marquee, school website, and social media
School Annual Title I Meeting
Parent input is valued. Each year, a parent meeting is held where our school solicits input in the planning and implementation of school parent engagement activities.
As a Title I school, we have the opportunity to strengthen our program to meet the needs of all of our students with the federal support of Title I funds. Funding is based on the number of students who have free lunch. We are actively addressing the following parent, guardian and community involvement Title I requirements because we know a working partnership is crucial for our students to succeed.
Understanding the School System
As a Title I school we:
- work with parents and guardians to understand and navigate the school system,
- share information about the standards for learning determined by the state, the materials and programs we use to teach those standards, and the tests we use to show how students are progressing, and
- inform you about your child’s academic progress throughout the year.
Communication with parents and community is a focus of our school and we value the different ways parents contribute to the success of their children. To enhance the way parents are already supporting their children’s academic success at home, we will offer materials and ideas that guardians might additionally use.
Shared Decision Making
Parents will be involved in making school decisions, writing school plans, and assessing the effectiveness of school programs. They will also work with the school to plan Parent Involvement activities. Please contact the front office for more information on how to be a part of this important work. We need your ideas!!
Here is information about our School Community Council.
Home & School Partnership
Our school has a variety of formal ways to develop the home/school partnership such as Parent-Teacher Conferences, School Community Council (SCC), Family Math and Literacy Nights, Parent Teacher Association/Organization (PTA/PTO), school newsletters, and other such opportunities. Please know that we also value the informal yet important ways we work together through phone calls, emails, and visiting before and after school. We look forward to working with you this year!! Please download the Home/School Compact which describes the commitments we are making to you, to see your child succeed.
As a Title I school, we are required to show each year that students are progressing in math and reading/language arts. Title I federal funding supports student learning in these areas. The learning expectations grow every year so that each student is ready for middle school and high school to prepare for college and a career. Our students and teachers are now focused on this year’s learning standards to see another year of success.
Annual Title 1 Meeting
- Date: November 11th, 2022
- Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Interpreting and Translating
If you need help communicating with the school, please call the front office at 385-646-5073.
Si necesita ayuda para comunicarse con la escuela, por favor llame a la oficina al 385-646-5073.Back to Index
School Title I Goals
Each year, our school conducts a needs assessment, reviews student performance data, and solicits input from various stakeholders in order to develop a meaningful Title I Plan. This plan is data-driven, evidence-based, and responsive to findings from data reviews, needs assessment findings, and stakeholder input. The school comprehensive Title I plan articulates how evidence-based strategies, action steps and milestones will support the goals listed below.
During the school year 2022-2023, West Kearns Elementary students making typical or above typical progress on Acadience Reading Pathways of Progress (POP) will increase by 8%. This goal is based on MOY data from the 2021-22 school year.
During the school year 2022-2023, West Kearns Elementary students making typical or above typical progress on Acadience Math Pathways of Progress (POP) will increase by 8%. This goal is based on MOY data from the 2021-22 school year.
During School Year 2022-2023, West Kearns Elementary Students with Disabilities’ performance on state assessments (RISE) will rise above the lowest five percent of schools in the state accountability system.
During the school year 2022-2023 West Kearns Elementary English Language Learners will score above the lowest five percent of schools in the state of Utah as measured by RISE (including reaching their student WIDA growth targets).
During the 2022-2023 school year, the overall average daily student attendance rate and the attendance rates of all student subgroups defined by racial or ethnic identification, gender identification, and English language proficiency will meet or exceed 91%.Back to Index
School Year 2022-2023
Dear Parent or Guardian,
We are writing to let you know that West Kearns Elementary School has been designated as a Targeted Support and Improvement school for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities. This designation means that this student population scores among the lowest-performing five percent in Utah’s Title I schools in academic performance and growth.
The program improvement designation provides an opportunity for principals, teachers, and parents to focus on areas of school improvement. The Granite School District and the Utah State Board of Education are working with our school to improve teaching and learning, especially in the areas of reading and mathematics by providing technical assistance and professional development opportunities to the teachers and administrators within our school.
West Kearns Elementary School is working to improve its academic program by undergoing a rigorous school improvement effort led by a school system of support team. We are currently providing teacher professional development for how to best instruct students with disabilities, and specifically addressing the needs of those students as well as effectively utilizing PLC time. In addition to this we are designing and monitoring powerful and appropriate interventions and extension opportunities in Tier 2 and 3 instruction. In the classroom, teachers are using technology to differentiate and individualize instruction, while increasing rigorous learning. However, parent support is essential to the success of the school improvement efforts.
Parents can effectively assist student achievement improvement in the following ways:
- Communicating frequently with your student’s teachers
- Making sure your student attends school regularly
- Helping your student with homework
- Monitoring your student’s screen time
- Reading aloud to your student
- Volunteering in the classroom
- Participating in school decision-making
We want to request your help as the school addresses its academic needs and will invite parents to serve on the committee that will develop a school improvement plan.
Rich K. Nye, Ph.D., Superintendent
Aaron R. Wilson, Ed.D., Title I Director
Kyle Choffin, PrincipalBack to Index