GWRSD Policy KB
2022-2023 Title 1 Ossipee Schoolwide Plan
- Comprehensive Needs Assessment
- Research Based Instructional Strategies
- Instructional Student Support
- Parent Involvement
- Professional Development
- Preschool Transition
- Instruction by Qualified Staff
- Extended Learning Opportunities
Ossipee Central School is a Pre-K through 6th grade school located in Ossipee, New Hampshire. According to the 2019 census the town of Ossipee has a population of 4,384. Ossipee Central School is one of six elementary schools in the Governor Wentworth Regional School District with an enrollment of 293 students. The Governor Wentworth Regional School District has one middle school with grades 7-8 and one high school grades 9-12. The Ossipee Central School (OCS) has a diverse economic population with 50% of students qualifying for free/reduced lunch, however all students K-12 were eligible to receive a free lunch and breakfast during the 2021-2022 school year. An average of 69% of students were participating in that program each day. 9% of our student population are considered homeless and 23% are identified with an educational disability. OCS has 40 professional educators, 26 paraprofessionals, and 1.6 administrators. The principal is beginning her 5th school year at OCS. The school district also has a district Director of Curriculum shared by all the schools.
Comprehensive Needs Assessment
The Ossipee Central School staff continues to analyze the information obtained through Parent Evaluations and Parent Surveys. In addition, student achievement data as measured annually by the state assessment for grades 3-6 and the Edmentum Diagnostic Assessment for grades 1-6 are collected and analyzed. Grades 3-6 will administer the NH SAS interims and grades 1-6 administer the Edmentum Diagnostic Assessments throughout the year. Based on the results students are placed in tiered intervention. Results of these assessments have a direct impact on student instruction. All exiting Kindergarten students are administered the Marie Clay Observational Survey by a Reading Specialist to determine if they are at risk of dyslexia. At risk students will receive interventions at the start of their first-grade year.
Research Based Instructional Strategies
Ossipee Central School uses Guided Reading to meet the diverse needs of students. Guided reading is small group reading instruction designed to provide differentiated teaching that supports students in developing reading proficiency. This year all students were in-person learning full time after two years of either remote or hybrid instruction. Given that 63.1% of students in grades K-6, were reading below grade level in June 2022, OCS will continue to implement the Fountas and Pinnell Guided Classroom resource with fidelity to supplement our reading curriculum for all students grades K-6 in the Fall of 2022. Professional development is ongoing and will continue to strengthen teachers' reading instruction. Students in grades K-3 also utilize the Fundations program to help strengthen phonetic skills. Professional development is ongoing to enhance the instruction of phonetic skills. Reading Specialists are also Reading Coaches. They assist and train teachers in best practices in reading to provide differentiated instruction and interventions to assure student success.
Given that 52% of the students in grade 1, 45% in grade 2, 31% in grade 3, 39% in grade 4, 35% in grade 5, and 56% in grade six were at or above the 50th percentile for their grade level in Mathematics (Edmentum Spring 2022 diagnostic) and, 46% of third graders, 15% of fourth graders, 29% of fifth graders, and 38% of sixth graders were proficient or above on the NH SAS Mathematics summative assessment Spring 2022, OCS will continue to implement the Eureka Math program to address the mathematics standards at each grade level K-6. A math coach is available to provide training and modeling for teachers in grades K-6. Students are immersed in methods that promote understanding and mastery of math concepts and applying these to problem solving. Instruction is individualized for each student with pre, and post testing done on a regular basis. Staff meetings and in-service professional development sessions often focus on best instructional practices in reading and mathematics. The plan is to hire two Title I instructional assistants to provide additional support to students in the classroom that are identified by the data team to have significant mathematical needs. The OCS data team will also be researching specific mathematics progress monitoring tools to help inform the research-based intervention programs being utilized to meet the needs of students.
Instructional Student Support
Each teacher is expected and required to use student learning and demographic data when planning their instruction for each child. Upon entering Ossipee Central School, Reading Benchmarks are taken on each student including those who may be homeless, from migrant families, or those in foster care. This is done repeatedly to assure progress over time. Students are also evaluated using the Marie Clay Observational Survey, Edmentum diagnostic assessment, and/or NH SAS interim assessment. Using the results of diagnostic assessment, Benchmarks, Progress Monitoring and other classroom assessments, students are placed in a schoolwide tiered system to prevent and address areas of need. The data team, comprised of classroom teachers, special education teachers, Title I specialists, counselors, and administration meet quarterly to ensure all students are receiving tiered instruction with interventions facilitated by classroom teachers or specialists.
During Open House, teachers and specialists are available to meet with families to discuss and answer questions about the Reading and Math programs at OCS. Each year a Title I Annual Meeting is held. A Title I Parent Advisory Group, which is integrated into the Parent Teacher Organization at OCS, meets throughout the year to review survey and evaluation results, review, and revise, as needed, the required forms and gather input for the Title I program for the following year. The group plans parent involvement activities for the year based on parent input. Required forms are included in the Parent/Student Handbook. Parent Surveys and the Learning Compact are included in the Handbook and sent home with students for easy return back to school. Student progress is communicated to parents at least six times during the year via Progress Reports and Standards Based Report Cards. Parents and students in grades K-6 have access to progress via the Jump Rope Portal. Parents are encouraged to attend Title I and school events. The Parents Make A Difference newsletter is distributed monthly.
Parents will be invited to participate in Title I nights such as math night to learn how the math curriculum is taught at OCS and suggestions for parents to help their children at home. Other nights in the past have included author nights, science/engineering, and arts nights. These are always very well attended and informative.
Professional staff within the Governor Wentworth Regional School District set professional goals and Student Learning Objectives that are directly linked to district goals and student needs. Each year, professional staff are expected to reflect twice during the year on their progress on meeting their goals. Every three years, the professional staff are required to share their portfolios with a colleague and/or building administrators. Ongoing professional development focused on technology, reading, math, trauma sensitive schools, Common Core, bullying, and book talks are tied to the District Master Plan. These professional development opportunities are developed based on staff survey responses regarding professional development needs and evaluated via staff input.
Ossipee Central School is the home base for students enrolled in the District's Integrated Preschool Program. Students from the district preschools, as well as those attending private preschool programs in the area, are encouraged to visit the school/kindergarten classes in the spring. Transition meetings continue to be held with parents as necessary. The Kindergarten registration process is completed in the spring with an in person registration process where students and parents will be invited prior to school this year to be screened and given a limited tour of the school building. Typically, all students entering Kindergarten in September are invited to attend a transitional summer program, however this was not offered this year due to staffing and funding. The program would meet three half days per week for five weeks during the months of July and August. Transportation is provided. The local Head Start Program invites staff from the elementary schools to attend a parent meeting regarding the transitioning of their students and families to the public-school environment.
Instruction by Qualified Staff
All the core academic teachers and instructional paraprofessionals working at OCS meet the highly qualified requirements. Each staff member hired is required to have three written letters of reference and then checked with a follow up phone call. They also have to provide the district with their college/university transcripts and certifications.
Extended Learning Opportunities
Students have the opportunity to attend a well-structured after school program each weekday that includes academic support, enrichment activities, and transportation. Ossipee Central School also offered an educationally based Summer School Program with extended hours this past summer, meeting four days per week from 8:00 to 1:00pm for five weeks. Students received additional services in reading, writing, and mathematics as identified through the data team.
OCS is always continuing to identify ways to meet the needs of students and families. Additional time for tutoring either before or after school is a way to enhance academic growth. Currently our Outreach Counselor provides outreach services to families to help assure that the basic needs of students are being met and provides online support to parents when needed. This will continue to occur and OCS will offer a series of parenting classes to enhance the basic needs of students and support to parents. The district’s Homeless Liaison works with families of students who are considered homeless to assure they are afforded the support necessary to benefit from all educational opportunities. Those students continue to receive priority academic and social emotional services at OCS through Title I and counseling services.
- Parent/Guardian Involvement Guidelines
- Learning Compact
- 21/22 Program Evaluation & 22/23 Needs Assessment
- Parent Survey Results
- NH DOE Report Card
Parent/Guardian Involvement Guidelines
These parent/guardian engagement guidelines were developed by the Title I Parent Advisory Group at Ossipee Central School. This information will be made available annually to all parents and guardians.
Yearly, through surveys, program evaluations, and parent feedback, Ossipee Central School will:
involve parents in the development of the school-wide Title I program.
encourage strong parental involvement in school improvement efforts.
coordinate Title I parent events that overlap other school activities.
develop and carry out, or present, educational events for parents.
At Ossipee Central School we will:
hold an Annual Meeting each year to inform families about the school-wide program, explain their parental rights, and ask for their involvement.
encourage a partnership between home and school to support student achievement.
ensure that all parents receive the “Parents Right To Know” document outlining the process for parents to follow while obtaining information about the qualifications of school staff.
encourage parents and students to sign the Learning Compact on an annual basis.
notify parents in advance of meetings or events in writing, by telephone and/or by School Messenger.
provide childcare and/or transportation to families as needed.
send home program evaluations annually to parents and guardians.
assure that parents have input into the program for the following year.
provide access to curriculum and assessment information on an annual basis.
educate staff on the importance of parental involvement.
ensure that information is sent to parents in an understandable format.
The Title I Learning Compact found below was developed by Ossipee Central School parents and staff as mandated by federal requirements associated with Title I. Title I provides Ossipee Central School with federal funds which are used to support your child’s education. Research shows that in successful schools, students, families and staff communicate and work together to help ensure the success of each student.
Please review this Learning Compact with your child(ren) and return the signed copy to your child’s classroom teacher. Thank you for helping to create a balance between student motivation, parent involvement, and solid academic instruction.
We value your opinion! Please contact Andrea Fournier, Ossipee Central School Principal at 603.539.4589 or Linda Perrow, Title I Project Manager at 603.569.0221 with any input you have regarding this Compact.
As an Ossipee Central School parent/guardian I will strive to:
provide my child with a positive and encouraging home environment.
teach the value of education by making sure my child attends school regularly, on time, well-rested, and prepared to learn.
provide opportunities for my child to read with an adult on a regular basis.
establish and enforce a structured routine at home for the completion of school assignments.
help my child use time wisely by monitoring their use of age appropriate television, video games, and electronic devices.
maintain ongoing conversations with teachers and other school personnel about my child.
encourage my child to work to the best of their ability.
encourage my child to share what they are learning in school daily.
provide learning opportunities for my child outside of school.
encourage my child to demonstrate appropriate behavior and to seek help from others as needed.
Parent/Guardian Signature: _____________________________
As an Ossipee Central School student I will strive to:
come to school prepared to work and learn.
respect myself and the differences in others.
respect the rights of others to learn without distraction or disruption.
complete all assignments to the best of my ability.
ask adults for help at school and at home as needed.
show respect and cooperate with all people in school.
work out problems with others in nonviolent ways.
discuss what I am learning at school with my family.
Student Signature: _______________________________
At Ossipee Central School staff will:
hold high expectations for student learning.
provide quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment.
conduct ongoing assessments to measure the progress of each student.
maintain an environment based on respect for all individuals.
provide a safe environment that allows for positive learning experiences.
help students resolve conflicts in positive, nonviolent ways.
encourage frequent and positive communication between teachers, students, and parents.
demonstrate professional behavior and a positive attitude.
respect the differences of students and their families.
provide resources to parents to support their child’s educational development.