2021 Annual Update

Title I Annual Update

Download the November 8, 2021 Title I Annual Update Newsletter (printable PDF)

(Actualizacion anual del Titulo I - 8 de noviembre de 2021)

What is Title I?

Title I, Part A is part of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Its purpose is to ensure that all children are provided with a significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education. Aiming to close educational achievement gaps, Title I, Part A provides financial assistance to districts and schools where the needs are the greatest.

Title I, Part A in Finley School District

Finley Elementary and Finley Middle School receive Title I funding to support Schoolwide Programs. In Schoolwide Programs, all students benefit from the upgraded systems of support that the funding provides. To address the needs of students not meeting academic achievement standards, our schools use Title I funding to provide the following enhancements:

  • Teachers and instructional aides
  • One-to-one or small group instruction
  • Communities in Schools
  • Teacher professional development

Parents have the right to request regular information or meetings about Title I programs, activities, and/or parent involvement opportunities. Please contact your school principal at any time!


Share Your Thoughts and Ideas

We appreciate your feedback and participation in our programs! Each school site has already or will be contacting and meeting with families to share the required Title I notifications, including:

Finley Elementary School

  • FES Parent and Family Engagement Plan English (PDF)
  • FES Parent and Family Engagement Plan Spanish (PDF)
  • FES School-Parent Compact English (PDF)
  • FES School-Parent Compact Spanish (PDF)
  • FES Annual Meeting Notice

Finley Middle School

  • FMS Parent and Family Engagement Plan English (PDF)
  • FMS Parent and Family Engagement Plan Spanish (PDF)
  • FMS School-Parent Compact English (PDF)
  • FMS School-Parent Compact Spanish (PDF)
  • FMS Student Learning Plan
  • FMS Annual Meeting Notice

Attending a school’s annual meeting and/or Title I events is a terrific way to obtain information, get questions answered, and provide input and feedback that increases the success of our programs.


Right to Request Staff Qualifications

Since your student’s school receives Title I funds, you have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers and paraeducators who work with the students. To request this information, please contact the Human Resources Department at 509-586-3217 or blong@finleysd.org.

Parent and Family Engagement

Engaging families as full partners in the education of their children is a cornerstone of ESSA. When families support learning, children are more successful in school, and school success helps children become successful adults.

Students with engaged parents and families are more likely to:

  • Learn to read faster
  • Have higher grades and tests scores
  • Be promoted and take challenging classes
  • Adapt better to school and have better attendance
  • Have better social skills and behavior
  • Graduate high school, on time

To become an active participant in your student’s education:

  • Communicate: Stay informed and respond to all communications from the school or district.
  • Set an example: Show your student that education is important by reading and attending parent/teacher conferences and school events.
  • Volunteer: Volunteer at your student’s school and help with extra-curricular activities. Participate in and support parent and family engagement activities at school.
  • Learn: Help your student with classwork, homework, and future education plans.
  • Get Involved: Join school/parent organizations, school improvement teams, parent advisory councils, and other parent committees.
  • Collaborate: Participate in parent activities with other families. Know and use local community resources (such as libraries, universities, community centers, etc.) to better identify and access services for your student & family.

You can help your student’s success!

For great ideas, tips, and parent guides, visit OSPI’s website and search for Guides & Resources for Parent & Family Engagement.


Board Policy 4130: Title I Parental Involvement

The board recognizes that parent and family engagement helps students participating in Title I programs achieve academic standards. To promote parent and family engagement, the district will do the following:

  • Involve parents and family members in jointly developing this policy. Invite comments and participation annually.
  • Support schools in implementing effective parent and family involvement activities to improve student academic achievement.
  • Conduct an annual evaluation of the effectiveness of this policy in improving the academic quality of all Title I schools.
  • Involve parents of Title I students in decisions about how the Title I funds reserved for parent and family engagement are spent.
  • Support a partnership among schools, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement.

Policy 4130 can be found on the district website. Visit the district website at www.finleysd.org and search Board Policy 4130. Please send your comments to amclaughlin@finleysd.org.

  • What are barriers to participation in parent involvement activities?
  • How can we assist with your student’s learning at home?
  • What assistance can we provide to increase engagement with school personnel and teachers?
  • What suggestions do you have for us to better support successful school and family interactions?

Share Your Feedback

In accordance with Board Policy 4130, each school offering Title I services will have a separate Parent and Family Engagement Plan, which will be developed with parents and family members of Title I students. In addition, schools will have a School Improvement Plan that is designed to close academic achievement gaps. We invite you to review your school’s Parent/Family Engagement Plan and School Improvement Plan. These documents are posted on the school website, and hard copies are available upon request. Please send your comments and questions to your school’s principal.

Finley Elementary School Website:

FES Parent Family and Engagement Plan English (PDF)
FES Parent Family and Engagement Plan Spanish (PDF)
FES School Improvement Plan
Send feedback to pkinne@finleysd.org

Finley Middle School Website:

FMS Parent and Family Engagement Plan English (PDF)
FMS Parent and Family Engagement Plan Spanish (PDF)
Search for School Improvement Plan
Send feedback to mharrington@finleysd.org


Why is State Testing Required?

Families have the right to know how their child is progressing towards college and career readiness. School districts need to know if the curriculum they have chosen to teach the state learning standards is working, or if they should make adjustments. State testing is required by state law (RCW28A.230.095) and federal law (ESEA). Learn more about why testing is required at OSPI’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage. Visit OSPI’s website and search for State Testing Frequently Asked Questions.


School Report Cards:

You can view school or district report cards on the State website. Go to the OSPI website > Data and Reporting > Report Card and search for your school or district.

FES Report Card
https://washingtonstatereportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/ReportCard/ViewSchoolOrDistrict/100394
FMS Report Card
https://washingtonstatereportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/ReportCard/ViewSchoolOrDistrict/100395
FSD Report Card
https://washingtonstatereportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/ReportCard/ViewSchoolOrDistrict/100089


Resolving a Concern:

Concerns can most accurately and efficiently be addressed by those closest to the problem. The School Board encourages you to follow the steps outlined on our website: www.finleysd.org. If you need help to determine the appropriate person to contact, please call the FSD Special Programs Office at 509-586-3217.

FSD Website - Search for Procedure No. 4220P: Complaints Concerning Staff and Programs.
OSPI Website - Search for File a Citizen Complaint.


CONTACTS

Director: Amy McLaughlin, amclaughlin@finleysd.org
Administrative Assistant: Laurie Tufford, ltufford@finleysd.org
FES Title/LAP Teacher: Stephanie Bradshaw, sbradshaw@finleysd.org
FES Principal: Pam Kinne, pkinne@finleysd.org
FMS Title/LAP Teacher: Tina Gore, tgore@finleysd.org
FMS Principal: Michael Harrington, mharrington@finleysd.org


Nondiscrimination, Title IX & Section 504:

Finley School District complies with all federal and state rules and regulations. Finley School District does not discriminate in any program or activities on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably-discharged veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Nondiscrimination/ADA and Title IX – Bryan Long, Director of Human Resources & Student Learning blong@finleysd.org; Section 504 – Amy McLaughlin, Director of Special Programs amclaughlin@finleysd.org, 509-586-3217 224606 E Game Farm Rd Kennewick, WA 99337