Fall Newsletter 2011-2012

 

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f orest h ills s chool n ews at the regular meeting of the board of directors of the forest hills school district on may 11 2011 mr edwin l bowser was unanimously elected to serve a five year term as superintendent of the forest hills school district effective august 1 2011 he replaces former superintendent donald bailey who retired after ten years in the position edwin l bowser appointed new superintendent of schools vol xxxii no 1 october 2011 ed is married to the former danna bevec of ferndale she is employed as an ob nurse at conemaugh hospital ed and danna have three children zachary who is a freshman at st francis university pursuing a degree in pharmacology alaina is a grade 10 student and logan is in grade 6 in is spare time ed enjoys spending as much time as possible with his family he is a huge sports fan volunteering his services as assistant track coach for forest hills and has coached various student soccer leagues in the area since 2000 mr bowser earned his superintendent s letter of eligibility from gannon university in 2007 he also received a master of education degree from frostburg university in maryland and a bachelor of science degree from the university of pittsburgh mr bowser joined the district office administrative staff in 2009 and served as the district s director of education in charge of transportation buildings and grounds safety and student services he previously served as the forest hills high school principal from 2006-2009 and the forest hills high school assistant principal from 1999-2006 he came to forest hills from greater johnstown career and technology center where he was curriculum coordinator and director of secondary vocational education edwin l bowser superintendent of schools

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my mission as superintendent of the forest hills school district is simple i plan to successfully develop a safe educational institution conducive to learning that caters to the needs of every individual student the academically talented as well as the educationally challenged this will be accomplished through the cooperative and unified efforts of the administration teachers parents support staff community and last and most importantly the students it is my belief that it is our responsibility to create an educational environment conducive to learning for all students the academically gifted as well as the educationally disadvantaged must all be able to reach their career aspirations and dreams one of the basic objectives of education is to create in a student an adequate workable knowledge of the educational process and in so doing stimulate pride and a desire to learn i believe that in conjunction with providing quality education we must as educators instill honesty and citizenship in our students teachers must try to create students who cooperate with fellow students and are respected individuals in the community our students must be able to compete in a global economy and become a viable product of society i also believe we must continually strive to reach that disruptive student through a variety of interventions in the classroom we must understand that some students are conceptual learners and grasp the very abstract while others learn better through hands-on practical applications either way of learning is appropriate and we as educators must try different methodologies to try as best we can to reach all students students become non-compliant when they feel neglected teacher s attitudes toward learning and self-expression can be the difference between averting a disciplinary situation or bring normality back to the classroom setting charles swindoll states i am convinced that life is 10 what happens to me and 90 how i react to it it will be my responsibility as the superintendent of this amazing school district to react to each situation in a professional manner in order to promote the best interest of the district superintendent s message mr edward alexander succeeds mr raymond wotkowski as the middle school s new principal since beginning his educational career as a student teacher at the forest hills middle school mr alexander draws upon a wide background of subsequent experiences ranging from elementary and mr ed alexander secondary principal posimiddle school principal tions in the conemaugh valley school district as well as classroom experience as a social studies teacher at the richland middle school now as the new middle school principal he states that he feels fortunate to be joining a district with a reputation centered on student learning a commitment to high expectations innovation and collaboration my goal is to serve the middle school with pride commitment and a focus on the team concept reinforced with a personal passion for this uniquely challenging age group he looks forward to spending time in the classrooms because so much is happening in our building every day my goal is to be visible available and to be directly involved in the educational process although his favorite activity away from school is spending time with his wife judi and daughter emma in their portage home mr alexander also enjoys playing golf attending steelers games and rooting for duke university basketball forest hills school district welcomes special education teacher mrs maria rendine to the professional staff for the 2011-2012 school year mrs rendine is a graduate of southmoreland high school in alverton pa and slippery rock university before coming to forest hills mrs rendine taught special education mrs maria rendine at south park high school and ligonier valley middle school at forest hills mrs rendine teaches inclusion classes in math and english at the high school and is the emotional support teacher at the elementary school she also instructs a learning support math class at the elementary school 2 edward alexander named middle school principal mrs rendine added to staff

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several grade levels at the elementary school are participating in a new program called fhoss during the 2011-2012 school year what is fhoss focus on student skills fhoss is a new program being implemented at forest hills elementary school to assist students with their literacy skills fhoss is designed after a pa department of education initiative called response to instruction and intervention rtii rtii is a comprehensive standards-aligned school reform strategy that enables early identification and intervention for students needing additional opportunities to learn high level content in addition rtii provides benchmark students the opportunity to enrich and grow their skills and talents how will fhoss work all of the students were given the dynamic indicators of basic early literacy skills dibels assessment at the beginning of the school year dibels is our universal screening tool used with all k-6 elementary students to determine their academic status against grade level reading benchmarks after reviewing dibels data some students were given an additional diagnostic assessment to determine individual student needs the administration used the available data to create numerous groups of students that will probably be working with another instructor other than their classroom teacher the number of students in each group will vary according to the level of student needs the administration will review progress monitoring and benchmark data to determine whether focus on student skills fhoss students need to be moved into a different group to address their academic needs throughout the school year which students will participate with fhoss all students in k 1 2 and 3 will be involved with fhoss we want to make sure all of our students receive assistance according to their academic needs example some students will receive remediation while others will receive enrichment opportunities who will instruct the students during fhoss classroom teachers in grades k-3 title 1 teachers special education teachers and the instructional support teacher will be instructing the students during fhoss paraprofessionals will also assist in the program when will fhoss occur all students in kindergarten 1st grade 2nd grade and 3rd grade will have a scheduled 30 minute fhoss session on a daily basis throughout the school year the fhoss schedule is as follows 12:15-12:45 kindergarten 10:55-11:25 grade 1 12:50-1:20 grade 2 2:00-2:30 grade 3 parental involvement and support are essential elements to improve student achievement if you have any further questions or concerns involving fhoss please contact one of the building principals or mrs vanessa sral director of education at 814 4877613 senior amber peretin daughter of carol peretin and the late mark peretin of sidman was selected to attend the american legion auxilliary s 2011 session of girl s state this summer during the week of june 26 through july 2 on the campus of shippensburg university girl s state is a one week all-expenses-paid trip for junior girls across pennsylvania to participate in an intensive study about how their local state and national governments function amber who is an active participant in band chorus drama student council forensics and national honor society at forest hills high school was chosen by her peers at girl s state to serve in the capacity of judge of the county board of elections this year those attending girl s state were involved in two service projects the first project was helping operation military kids by stuffing over 100 backpacks with toys and school supplies the other project involved the girls packing donated non-perishable food items to be taken to the american leamber peretin gion s house for homeless vets in addition to these projects the girls took a trip to the state capitol where amber met with state senator john wozniak the girls also participated in a question and answer session with local and state officials about their jobs in government amber peretin attends girl s state 3

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it was a unique experience that provided first-hand insights into our judicial system exclaimed avery pakstis one of approximately 100 high school students who attended a session of the pennsylvania superior court on september 20 and 21 2011 students were afforded a once-in-a-lifetime experience to observe a session of the superior court normally held in pittsburgh harrisburg and philadelphia the pennsylvania superior court is the state s first-level appeals court deriving appellate jurisdiction over the court of common pleas which for cambria county is the cambria county courthouse in ebensburg in the superior court s quest to become more transparent a three-member panel of judges consisting of the honorable mary jane bowes christine donohue and robert freedberg held sessions in ebensburg and exposed students to the superior court and a variety of interesting cases from issues arising over eminent domain to appeals of murder convictions for the students this experience provided them with a greater appreciation for american democracy a deeper understanding of our judicial system and a renewed respect for those who serve as superior court judges students experience superior court session on september 8th and 9th forest hills students in grades 7-10 and their parents were offered the opportunity to be trained in study smarts an exciting program focused on teaching students how to study take notes and be organized over 120 parents attended the evening session offered on september 8th the presenter mr jeremy cox is the founder of study smarts a program designed to help students be more successful by providing them with the tools they need to be successful in the rest of their academic careers he presented the tools and study tips in a funny entertaining program focused on his made-up team of superheros as part of the program each student in grades 7-10 received a binder and dividers to help them get organized teachers are encouraging students to use their new organization system in addition to their new study and note-taking skills 88 of the students who attended the program thought the program would help them be more successful in school 87 of students said they planned to use at least two of the strategies they learned in the workshop 4 study smarts offered to students

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mr dixon explained the basics of friendship with the emphasis on what to do instead of what not to do this gave the program an uplifting positive ending the magic in the program served as a reminder of the importance of not being a bully and how to handle bullies properly bullying can be stressful to students the lessons taught in this program put bullying in the proper light as a behavior students won t want to mimic cannot be tolerated and as a behavior that they can deal with when they en doc dixon performs a magic trick for 5th grader corey miller counter it on monday october 17th the bully-free amazing wonder show visited the forest hills elementary school for a repeat performance and kicked off this year s anti-bullying campaign chris doc dixon did such a fine job last year that he warranted an encore performance to help us spread the anti-bullying message to students and staff again this year the program started out with fun and magic then doc delivered the anti-bullying message in a serious yet fun manner children were addressed at their own level allowing the message to sink in and be effective mr dixon allowed kids to see the big picture when it comes to bullying since many kids think of bullying as just physical violence through audience participation dramatization and magic routines students saw that bullying is more than just physical abuse bullying can be excluding others from participating in fun activities bullying can be verbal abuse and can be carried out in person in writing on the internet etc a lot of audience participation and fun illustrated doc dixon s four s.t.a.r steps 1 stick together 2 tell the bully to stop 3 alert an adult at school and home 4 respect others and treat them the way you would like to be treated bully-free amazing wonder show remember this moment was the theme for the 2011 homecoming court megan gould was crowned queen at the dance held on september 14 2011 the homecoming court members were kelly beyer sam deitle brooke facciani lexi leventry haleigh mccall loren opdenhoff katie owens and danielle steen the court was presented during half-time of the september 16th football game by their fathers this year s charity of choice was the children s hospital the court has been raising money from donations chances and dress down/hat day to date they have raised approximately $1,500 remember this moment homecoming queen megan gould with her escort justin gdula 5

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just visit www.studyisland.com log in using the following information username student sfirstnamelastname@fhsd ex janedoe@fhsd password ranger would your child benefit from tutoring in math or reading would you like it to be in your home for free forest hills grade 3-8 students have access to free on-line tutoring in math and reading 24 hours a day 7 days a week study island grades 3-8 from there simply click on your child s grade level then the subject area where help or practice is needed students can practice using a quiz format or by playing games if a student needs more support in a given topic study island will automatically generate support lessons to help your child improve in that area if you would like help creating a specific study program for your child contact your child s math or reading teacher is your child college career ready would your child benefit from free help in their academic studies forest hills grade 9-12 students have access to free on-line tutoring 24 hours a day 7 days a week log in using the following information username student sfirstnamelastname@fhsd ex janedoe@fhsd password ranger just visit www.studyisland.com study island grades 9-12 from there simply click on the island then the content area where help or practice is needed if a student needs more support in a given topic study island will automatically generate support lessons to help your child improve in that area if you would like help creating a specific study program for your child contact your child s teacher 6

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title ix of the education amendments of 1972 20 u.s.c §1681 et seq is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities all public and private schools receiving any federal funds must comply with title ix under title ix discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence such as rape sexual assault sexual battery and sexual coercion title ix requires that every school must designate an employee who is responsible for coordinating the school s compliance with title ix forest hills school district has appointed mr larry celmer as the district s title ix coordinator his responsibilities include overseeing all complaints of sex discrimination and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints title ix prohibits sexual harassment and sexual violence seventh grade health classes will be implementing a new life skills training curriculum in conjunction with the alternative community resource program of johnstown this age-specific curriculum has been made possible through a grant awarded to the cambria county drug and alcohol program only a few local schools are taking part in this opportunity middle school students will be surveyed before during and after the program is completed in areas such as self-image self-improvement and decisionmaking the 15-week curriculum is designed specifically for middle school adolescents and covers topics such as drug and alcohol abuse anxiety/coping skills social skills peer pressure and conflict resolution as well as many other relevant topics the curriculum will be taught by an acrp instructor and all materials are provided to each student this is an excellent opportunity for the students in the middle school many thanks to health teachers mr carpenter and mrs mcintyre for their assistance also a big thanks to guidance counselor mrs hirsch for coordinating schedules and materials with acrp life skills training curriculum the forest hills school district has 31 buses and 10 vans transporting 1,980 students approximately 3,241 miles each day the safety of all students continues to be a number one priority operation safe stop is one way of helping monitor the safety of our students pennsylvania department of transportation s 15th annual operation safe stop was held on wednesday october 19 2011 forest hills was one of one hundred fifty schools state wide to participate in this annual project the event was held to raise public awareness about the consequences of improper passing of school buses and to reduce such incidents on this day as our bus drivers do every day of the school year penn dot asked bus drivers to document any illegal passes occurring on their routes in conjunction with penn dot law enforcement officers patrolled target areas and road along on the bus the district received help from all three local police forces adams township police officers had uniformed officers in three of district buses to help monitor the operation summerhill and croyle township police officers patrolled designated bus routes and problem areas thanks to penndot especially pam kane who coordinated the project and the local police forces for their cooperation in assisting with operation safe stop operation safe stop looking for a place to walk or jog now that the weather has turned colder need a place to li weights walk on a treadmill or ellip cal machine the forest hills field house contains a walking track and a fitness center for use by district residents the en re forest hills community is encouraged to use the facility free of charge hours of opera ons are mondays fridays 6:00 to 7:45 am walking track only field house reminder mondays thursdays 6:00 to 9:00 pm walking track and fitness center 7

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if you have questions about any aspects of no child left behind please feel free to contact forest hills director of education mrs vanessa sral at 814 487-7613 extension 3249 the no child left behind nclb act of 2001 requires districts and schools to report on the district and schools attainment of adequate yearly progress ayp in three general target areas 1 attendance or graduation rate depending on the level of the school attendance threshold is 90 or growth graduation threshold is 80 or growth 2 participation rate participation threshold is 95 for total tested student population and for all subgroups with at least 40 students 3 proficiency targets performance achievement on the pssa thresholds are 67 proficient in math and 72 proficient in reading for total tested student population and for all subgroups with at least 40 students this article is to inform you that in the forest hills school district the elementary school the middle school and the high school have met the requirements necessary to achieve ayp for the 2010-2011 school year the district and individual schools will continue to work hard to make ayp next year we appreciate your support of our district and schools as we attempt to meet our goals adequate yearly progress ayp report mathematics xxxx subgroups xxxx status of ayp adequate yearly progress n o c hild l eft b ehind a nnouncements district high school middle school elementary school reading xxxx professional staff district high school middle school elementary school 149 43 36 70 teacher qualifications attendance graduation xxxx participation status on pssa x made ayp x made ayp x made ayp x made ayp number of pa certified professional staff highly qualified 0 0 0 0 number of pa certified professional staff highly qualified 149 43 36 70 high school middle school elementary school district attendance n/a 94.32 95.52 attendance/graduation rates/participation district graduation 95.11 n/a n/a participation 100 100 99.8 threshold for attendance is 90 and graduation is 80 n/a indicates that the target was not applicable the fact we must remember is that we are educa ng students for a world that will not be ours but will be theirs give them a chance to be heard 8 dr carlos p romulo

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one way to help your child in school is to constantly monitor their attendance and academic performance parents who communicate regularly with teachers and administrators and parents who also consistently monitor their child s assignments and grades provide their children with the necessary support to increase academic achievement the forest hills school district encourages all parents/guardians to access the power school parent access program this access is being provided to you as another form of communication with teachers and administrators but more importantly it is to help you in monitoring and supporting your child in their academic endeavors if you have internet access at home or at work you can view the information on your child at any time it s easy to access your child s record contact director of education mrs vanessa sral and request your parent username and password for the powerschool parent access go to the forest hills school district website at http www.fhsd.k12.pa.us click on the forest hills powerschool parent access link on the bottom right side of the homepage type in your username and password and your child s attendance record current grades and lunch balance record can be viewed at your convenience 9 how can you help your child succeed in school for subgroup results please visit www.fhsd.k12.pa.us and click on pssa 2011 results as a parent of a student in the forest hills school district you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child no child left behind federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child s classroom teachers and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner if you ask for it specifically you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child s classroom teachers whether the commonwealth of pennsylvania has licensed or qualified the teacher for the grades and subjects he or she teaches whether the commonwealth of pennsylvania has decided that the teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of special circumstances the teacher s college major whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and if so the subject of the degrees whether any instructional aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child and if they do their qualifications right to request teacher qualifications and notice of highly qualified teacher and paraprofessional status see qualifications on page 10

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receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of the protection of pupil rights amendment ppra affords parents and students who are 18 years old or emancipated minors i.e eligible students certain rights regarding our conduct of surveys collection and use of information for marketing purposes and certain physical exams these include the right to consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas i.e protected information survey if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the u.s department of education usdoe 1 political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student s parents 2 mental or psychological problems of the student or student s family 3 sexual behavior or attitudes 4 illegal anti-social self-incriminating or demeaning behavior 5 critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships 6 legally recognized privileged relationships such as with lawyers doctors or ministers 7 religious practices affiliations or beliefs of the student or student s parents 8 income other than as required by law to determine program eligibility 1 any other protected information survey regardless of funding 2 any non-emergency invasive physical exam or screening as a required condition of attendance administered by the school or its agent and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student except for hearing vision or scoliosis screenings or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under state law and 3 activities involving collection disclosure or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others student health exams privacy and surveys tribution purposes the forest hills school district will directly notify parents and eligible students of these policies at least annually at the start of each school year and after any substantive changes the school district will also directly notify parents and eligible students at least annually at the start of each school year of the specific or approximate dates of the following activities and provide an opportunity to opt a student out of participating in · collection disclosure or use of personal information for marketing sales or other distribution · administration of any protected information survey not funded in whole or in part by the usdoe · any non-emergency invasive physical exam or screening described above parents and/or eligible students who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with the family policy compliance office u.s department of education 400 maryland avenue sw washington dc 20202-4605 the forest hills school district will develop and adopt policies in consultation with parents regarding these rights as well as arrangements to protect student privacy in the administration of protected surveys and the collection disclosure or use of personal information for marketing sales or other dis inspect upon request and before administration and use 1 protected information surveys of students 2 instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing sales or other distribution purposes and 3 instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum federal law specifically the no child left behind act of 2001 requires the forest hills school district to let you know when a teacher or paraprofessional does not have a certain set of credentials teaches or works with your child for four consecutive weeks all teachers in the elementary school middle school and high school have met the highly qualified requirements for the 2011-2012 school year all paraprofessionals in the district have met the highly qualified requirements for the 2011-2012 school year the forest hills school district is dedicated to meeting the educational needs of our students and is working to ensure that your child receives the best possible education p the district is fully committed to the success of your child we appreciate your partnership in our efforts qualifications continued from page 9 the objec ve of educa on is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives 10 robert hutchins

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the protection of pupil rights amendment ppra 20 u.s.c § 1232h requires the forest hills school district to notify you and obtain consent or allow you to opt your child out of participating in certain school activities these activities include a student survey analysis or evaluation that contains one or more of the following eight areas i.e protected information surveys affords parents and students who are 18 years old or emancipated minors i.e eligible students certain rights regarding our conduct of surveys collection and use of information for marketing purposes and certain physical exams these include the right to 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student s parents mental or psychological problems of the student or student s family sex behavior or attitudes illegal anti-social self-incriminating or demeaning behavior critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships legally recognized privileged relationships such as with lawyers doctors or ministers religious practices affiliations or beliefs of the student or student s parents income other than as required by law to determine program eligibility opt-out of participating in certain school activities this requirement also applies to the collection disclosure or use of student information for marketing purposes i.e marketing surveys and certain physical exams and screenings activities requiring parental notice and consent or opt-out for the upcoming school year will be sent home prior to the administration of any surveys please note that this notice and consent or opt-out transfers from parents to any student who is 18 years of age or older or an emancipated minor under state law it is the goal of the forest hills school district s title i program to develop partnerships with the home parents and teachers working as partners increase student achievement and promote positive attitudes about school it is the intent of the following plan to encourage and promote just such a relationship in accordance with the u.s education department s regulations for esea title i and the district s title i parent involvement policy 918 the following guidelines concerning consultation with parents and teachers shall be effective 1 each child s parents shall be notified in a timely manner that their child has been selected to participate in the title i program and why the child has been selected 2 conferences including telephone conferences shall be established between individual parents and teachers parents shall also be invited to attend at the forest hills school district s title i program expense state and regional conferences designed to increase their knowledge regarding relevant title i issues 3 timely information shall be provided concerning the title i program including program plans and evaluation through a minimum of at least one annual meeting additional meetings as needed may be requested by parents 4 parents suggestions shall be solicited regarding the planning development and operation of the title i program 5 consultation shall be conducted with parents about cooperation in achieving the program s objectives 6 an annual evaluation shall be conducted to determine the effectiveness of the parent participation plan parental concern/complaint procedure dressed step 1 meet with the teacher if the concern/complaint is not resolved step 2 meet with the principal/assistant principal if the concern/complaint is not resolved step 3 meet with the director of education if the concern/complaint is not resolved step 4 meet with the superintendent if the concern/complaint is not resolved the parent/guardian may then choose to address the board of school directors regarding the concern/complaint esea title i parent participation plan approved by the board of school directors august 10 2005 the forest hills school district is dedicated to meeting the educational needs of our students and is constantly working to ensure that your child receives the best possible education to ensure that the educational needs of students are being met a strong educational program and communication between school and home must be maintained for every student in the event that a concern or complaint arises parents/guardians will follow the chain of command listed below to have the concern/complaint ad 11

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the civil rights law of 1964 title vi requires that school districts/charter schools identify limited english proficient lep students pennsylvania has selected to use the home language survey for identification of students who are english language learners the forest hills school district has the responsibility under federal law to serve students who are limited english proficient and need english instructional services given this responsibility the school district has the right to ask for the information it needs to identify english language learners ells as part of the responsibility to locate and identify ells the district may conduct screenings or ask for related information about students who are already enrolled in the district as well as from students who enroll in the district in the future the home language survey is used to determine if your child s primary language is a language other than english if your child s primary language is other than english the district will provide an instructional program appropriate to your child s developmental and instructional level home language survey cover letter if the answer to any of the questions on the home language survey is yes your child will be given an initial assessment to determine if an english as a second language esl program is appropriate esl is a basic curricular area and would take the place of your child s regular english class if the initial assessment revealed that such a program was needed if this is the case an in-depth assessment will be administered to your child and the results would be used to plan a suitable program of instruction the forest hills school district will monitor your child s academic and social progress throughout his/her participation in the esl program even after your child exits from the esl program he/she will be monitored for at least one academic year to ensure his/her continued academic success all of life is a constant educa on eleanor roosevelt title i part a of the no child left behind act of 2001 requires the forest hills school district to develop and distribute to parents a written parent involvement policy that establishes the district s expectations for parent involvement specifically schools must hold a yearly meeting at a convenient time to which all parents of participating children must be invited and encouraged to attend at this meeting we will provide you with information about the school district s programs a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school the kinds of tests the school district uses to measure student learning and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet administrators will also review the district s parental concern/complaint procedure at this meeting this year s meeting will be held on thursday november 17 2011 at 9:00 am at forest hills elementary school please complete the information at the bottom of this page and return it to elementary school assistant principal mr lucas jacobs we look forward to seeing you at this meeting no child left behind parental involvement policy meeting response form please check one below yes i will attend the parental involvement policy meeting title i/district/school building parental involvement policy meeting notification no i do not plan to attend the parental involvement policy meeting printed name of parent/guardian signature of parent/guardian printed names of children date 12

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the district s strategic plan establishes the mission of the forest hills school district regarding its educational program which is for all children including title i eligible children the forest hills school district title i program however has as its primary mission the improvement of educational opportunities for title i eligible children in order that these students are equally likely to achieve advanced skills including those established by pennsylvania s content and performance standards in reading language arts and mathematics it is within this framework that title i students will be provided with a highly supportive and congruent learning environment specifically designed to provide appropriate developmental and/or intervention activities to enhance their capacity to learn teachers are committed to sharing this responsibility with you and your child by performing the following practices title i parent compact parents must also share the responsibility of providing children with appropriate learning experiences the african proverb that states it takes a village to raise a child indicates that education is the responsibility of all of us parents and teachers must work together as partners to provide children with a supportive learning environment consequently as a parent we ask that you share this responsibility by committing yourself to the following practices teacher s pledge i will build a relationship with the families in my class keep families informed of their children s progress and needs in each subject help students get the help they need as soon as it is needed send home learning materials in math and reading explain my approach to teaching expectations and grading to students and their families continue professional development so that we can reach the students we work with communicate to students and or parents to help them understand assignments and their goals students must also take responsibility for their own learning we ask students to commit themselves to the following practices parent s pledge i will monitor my child s progress and let the teacher know right away if i notice any problems use reading and math materials the school sends home each week to help my child read to my child 20 minutes a day and keep a list of new words limit tv to one hour a day and talk to my child about our favorite program help my child see how to use reading and math to pursue interests and goals student s pledge i will ask for help from my teacher and family if i am having trouble doing my work read on my own and with my family every day work on my math and reading skills at home using the materials my teacher sends home write down assignments do my homework every day and turn it in when it s due communication is the essence of a good relationship the forest hills school district s title i program has always and is continuing to commit itself to improving the communication between home and school implementation of the parent participation plan as adopted by the board of school directors in conjunction with this compact is a major step in the communication linkage the title i newsletter which we will continue to publish twice a year is yet another forum for the sharing of ideas and practices which helps keep the lines of communication open 13

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the no child left behind act of 2001 requires the forest hills school district to develop and distribute to parents a written parent involvement policy that establishes the school district s expectations for parent involvement in the district s migrant education program specifically schools must hold a yearly meeting at a convenient time to which all parents of participating children must be invited and encouraged to attend at this meeting we will provide you with information about the school district s programs a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school the kinds of tests the school district uses to measure student learning and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet this year s meeting will be held on thursday november 17 2011 at 9:00 am at forest hills elementary school please complete the information at the bottom of this article and return it to mrs vanessa sral we look forward to seeing you at this meeting no child left behind parental involvement migrant education meeting response form yes i will attend the migrant education program meeting parental involvement migrant education program meeting please check one below no i do not plan to attend the migrant education program meeting printed name of parent/guardian signature of parent/guardian printed names of children date we look forward to seeing you at this meeting the no child left behind act of 2001 requires the forest hills school district to develop and distribute to parents a written parent involvement policy that establishes the school district s expectations for parent involvement in the district s esl program specifically schools must hold a yearly meeting at a convenient time to which all parents of participating children must be invited and encouraged to attend at this meeting we will provide you with information about the school district s programs a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school the kinds of tests the school district uses to measure student learning and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet this year s meeting will be held on thursday november 17 2011 at 9:00 am at forest hills elementary school please complete the information at the bottom of this article and return it to mrs vanessa sral no child left behind parental involvement esl meeting response form please check one below yes i will attend the parental involvement esl meeting parental involvement english as a second language esl meeting no i do not plan to attend the parental involvement esl meeting printed name of parent/guardian signature of parent/guardian 14 printed names of children date

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the federal no child left behind act of 2001 section 9532 requires that all children who attend a persistently dangerous school or become the victim of a violent criminal offense while at school have the opportunity to transfer to another school building within the district including a public charter school that is not a persistently dangerous school according to the commonwealth of pennsylvania a violent criminal offense includes the following offenses set forth in title 18 of the pennsylvania consolidated statutes kidnapping robbery aggravated assault upon the student rape involuntary deviate sexual intercourse sexual assault aggravated indecent assault indecent assault or attempt to commit homicide murder or voluntary manslaughter a victim is defined by the state of pa as the student against whom a violent criminal offense has been perpetrated under these standards a persistently dangerous school means any public school that meets the following criteria in the most recent school year and in one additional year of the two years prior to the most recent school year 1 for a school whose enrollment is 250 or less at least 5 dangerous incidents 2 for a school whose enrollment is 251 to 1000 a number of dangerous incidents that represents at least 2 of the school s enrollment and 3 for a school whose enrollment is over 1000 20 or more dangerous incidents all school districts that have a school building designated as persistently dangerous under these standards must submit a corrective action plan to the pa department of education and they will provide assistance to those districts and monitor their progress in implementing the corrective action plans the pa department of education will reassess each school building s designation as persistently dangerous at the end of the school year during which the corrective action plan is completed in pennsylvania if your child has been a victim of a violent crime while in or on school grounds of the public elementary or secondary school he or she attends he or she must be offered the opportunity to transfer to a safe public school building within the district including a public charter school in order for a student victim to be entitled to a transfer the violent criminal offense first must be reported to law enforcement authorities by the student the student s parent or guardian or school officials within ten 10 calendar days of receiving notice of the violent criminal offense the school district will notify the student victim that he or she has the right to transfer to a safe public elementary or secondary school within the district including a public charter school the notification and offer to transfer shall state that no student is required to transfer to another school but has the option to do so the student victim or his/her parent or guardian must apply to the district to transfer within 30 calendar days after the incident is reported to school authorities upon receipt of an application to transfer the school district will transfer the student as soon as possible but in no more than ten 10 calendar days after receiving the application when considering a student s request to transfer to another school the school district will take into account the particular needs of the student and the parent to the extent possible the school district will allow the student to transfer to a school building that is making adequate yearly progress and one that is not identified as being in school improvement corrective action or restructuring a charter school only has to accept a student who meets its admission criteria if space is available if there is not another safe school within the school district to which students may transfer the school district is encouraged but not required to establish an agreement with a neighboring school district to accept the transfer of students if you have any questions regarding student transfer from a persistently dangerous school or because your child has been the victim of a violent crime please contact mrs vanessa sral at 814 487-7613 extension 3249 notice of homeless education programs including preschool-age homeless children and youths enabling them to enroll in attend and succeed in school or preschool programs the law requires all school districts to inform parents or guardians of their rights under this provision of nclb specifically it states that pending resolution of a dispute about school placement a school district must immediately enroll a homeless student in the student s school of origin or other school selected on the basis of the child s best interest and provide a written explanation of the rights of appeal to the parent or guardian of the student 15 notice to parent of unsafe school choice each year more than 800,000 school-age children in the united states experience homelessness the federal no child left behind act of 2001 includes a provision to make sure that homelessness does not cause these children to be left behind in school homeless children should have access to the education and other services that they need to meet the same challenging state academic achievement standards to which all students are held the forest hills school district is required to provide activities for and services to homeless children,

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