Fernan STEM Academy is a school wide Title I program. We provide Title I reading instruction to all students. We push our Highly Qualified reading staff into the classroom to provide reading instruction to all students at their instructional reading level. We differentiate instruction in small groups and one on one intervention. We monitor students growth to ensure intervention or acceleration is effective, efficient, and meet the needs of each students.
Title I is a federally funded program that provides reading enrichment for students that are performing near or below grade level. Our goal is to help your child become a successful reader by providing lessons to reinforce reading strategies. At Fernan we do not only differentiate for students below grade level we differentiate instruction for all students and challenge them to become better readers and thinkers at their individual instructional level. We are able to receive additional training, resources, programs, and staffing to benefit all reading groups, from below to above grade level. School wide programs do not have to identify particular children as eligible for services. Having school wide status helps us to assist all of out students and enhance our reading program as a whole. This means any student who could benefit from additional help using Title I resources, whether for a two week skill group or a year-long remediation plan, will receive the help needed.
Title I service may include:
Inclusion Students receive assistance in the regular classroom.
Push In Differentiated Instruction Students receive small group instruction within the classroom according to meet their individual needs.
One-on-One Assistance Students may be pulled out to work on an individual basis with a Highly Qualified Title I staff member.
At Fernan STEM Academy we believe differentiating reading instruction within the classroom is essential to creating strong confident readers. We provide Title I services to all students at various levels in small groups within the classroom. The Title I Reading Specialist, classroom teachers, and Highly Qualified paraprofessionals working with all students work together to create lesson plans that are designed to meet the needs of all individual students at their ability level. Our goal is to help children become confident readers who enjoy the many aspects of reading. Through a partnership with parents, we will support the efforts of the children we serve to become life long readers.
Children who score below grade level on the Idaho Reading Indicator and the Idaho Student Achievement Test are referred by the classroom teacher. Once these children are identified, the students are given specialized reading instruction in small groups according to their needs and strengths in reading, phonics, and writing skills. Progress is closely monitored to ensure that the instruction planned is meeting the needs of the child.
Funding for our program is based on the percentage of free and reduced lunches for which our families apply. Therefore, it is ESSENTIAL that our families apply for free and reduced lunch at our school. Even if our families choose not to participate in this program, their application goes toward our funding. Forms may be picked up at the office or in the cafeteria.