Dictating how we design our curriculum, first and foremost, are Ohio’s academic content standards. Ohio’s legislators decided in 2010 that new standards for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics are to be guided by the “Common Core". The Common Core provides “teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn” in grades K through twelve, according to the Common Core Standards Initiative. Science and social studies standards were developed in Ohio, specifically for Ohio schools.
The Mt. Gilead Exempted School's elementary school, Park Avenue Elementary receive federal funding through Title I and are identified as Title I “Schoolwide” based upon the percentage eligible for free and reduced lunch (economically disadvantaged). These funds are used to provide supplemental instruction to students who are in need of assistance in the area of reading (Grades K-5) and mathematics (Grades K-5). Our goal is to provide early intervention particularly to struggling readers, plus to those students struggling with math; therefore, our Title I Schoolwide services are targeted to students with academic needs in elementary grades Kindergarten through five.
Parents have the right to know about the teaching qualifications of your child's classroom teacher in a school receiving Title I funds. We are pleased to report that all teachers in the Mt. Gilead Exempted Schools in Title I funded buildings have met the Ohio teacher licensing criteria for their respective grade level and subject area. The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act requires that any local school district receiving Title I funds must notify parents that that they may ask about the professional qualifications of their child's classroom teacher.
These qualifications include:
- Whether the teacher has met the Ohio teacher licensing criteria for the grade level and subject area in which the teacher provides your child instruction.
- Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or temporary status that waives state licensing requirements.
- The undergraduate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate degree or certification (such as National Board Certification) held by the teacher and the field of discipline of certification or degree.
- Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
Parents may ask for this information by sending a letter of request to the Office of the Superintendent, Mt.Gilead Exempted Village School District, 145 North Cherry Street, Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338. Be sure to include the following information with your request: child's full name, parent/guardian's full name, address, and teacher's name.
Parent Participation in Title I Programs
We strongly encourage your involvement with your child's education and our educational programs that we provide for your child. Please contact your child's teacher(s) or Principal to learn more about how you can be involved in our Title I Programs. We welcome your participation in our efforts to improve student achievement and parent involvement and look forward to having a positive relationship while your child attends Mt. Gilead Exempted Schools.