Title I

About Title I

Upcoming Events

  • “Learning Website/Activity” Swap on 4/19 from 2:45-3:30 in the Title I Room
    • AGENDA:
      • Sharing time–favorite educational book, website, resource, or idea with the group.
      • FREE Title I Parent Conference this summer: 1 family will be chosen to go!
      • Creation/revival of the G.A.P. (Gillingham Association of Parents)–our version of a PTO
      • Volunteers needed on May 22 for Title I parent interviews (15 minutes over the phone or in-person)
      • Yummy snack


 Fun Facts & Theories

LATER READING INSTRUCTION: Children in England were part of a study on learning to read.  Of the 2 groups of children age 5, one group started formal reading instruction at 5 while the other group learned through play until age 7 when formal instructions began.  By age 11, both groups were reading at the same level, and the group who started formal instruction at age 7 (second grade) had a much more positive attitude toward reading.  *Early reading may not necessarily be a predictor of later reading success.*

Read about the study here: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/discussion/school-starting-age-the-evidence

Here’s another study with the same corrleation: http://www.sciencealert.com/late-readers-close-learning-gap

Reading Activities & Videos

Copywork & Dictation

  1. Copywork: The child carefully copies one letter, one word, a phrase, or 1+ sentences from his/her reading book.
  2. Patterns: Talk about the patterns the child notices.
  3. Invisible Writing: Write the copywork in the air.
  4. Spell it aloud to a partner as the partner says it aloud.
  5. Dictation: A partner dictates the copywork to the child while he/she writes it. The partner erases any incorrect words, and the child corrects them.
  • This entire process helps children in the following ways:
    • Developing a careful, detailed eye
    • Forming letters and words carefully (writing and penmanship)
    • Spelling with various Word Study patterns
    • Focusing one one new grammatical concept at a time
    • Making a visual picture in the mind
    • Reading the letters, words, and sentences
  • Children become better readers, spellers, and writers!

Parent Documents

The Pact

District Parent Involvement Policy

Schoolwide Parent Involvement Policy

Title I Equity Statement

Right to Know Letter for Parents 2016.17

Pre-K to Kinder Transition Plan

2015-2016 Annual Public Notice of Special Education:

For Identification Programs and Services and Gifted Education see document below:

Public Notice 2015 Prepared for DA

We have a Schoolwide Title I Program in its second year of operation!  This means that all of our children in K-12 are under the Title I umbrella.  The federal funds we receive provide extra instruction in math and reading to children who need it AND classroom resources, such as fraction tiles, magnetic letters, guided reading books, and algebra tiles.  These resources support each classroom and provide more learning opportunities for our children.

Title I Room

We have a Title I Parent Committee that meets each month where we spend time chatting and chewing on food and ideas for how to make our school even better.  Would you like to become part of this?  Please email Miss Stalter at kstalter@gillinghamcharterschool.org with any questions or thoughts!


In the Welcome Center located in the foyer of the schoolhouse, we have Resources, such as:

‌•Headstart information for transitioning from Pre-K to K

‌•Math & Reading Resource brochures

‌•Bookmarks (narrating & decoding/reading strategies)

‌•Schoolwide Title I Program newsletters (about Title I)

Websites for Parents 

Common Core Standards • This website briefly describes these standards.  For more information regarding these standards in the state of PA, follow the link at the end of the article.

Mrs. Perkins • This is a Sight Word website to show you the words your child is learning in each grade level.  Sight Words are the most frequently occurring words in English and need to be able to be read automatically without sounding them out!  Your child will grow as a reader once he/she conquers these words.

Websites for Children 

ABC Ya • This FREE website contains math & reading games and activities for children in Pre-K through Grade 5.  Children will choose which their grade level based on their ability level.  There are 5 categories of activities under each Grade Level: Letters, Numbers, Holiday, Strategy, and Skills.  Each category contains dozens of games/activities, such as Sight Word BINGO, Hundred Chart math practice, and building games.

StarFall • Mostly for emergent readers and mathematicians, this website is free and contains 4 levels of reading lessons as well as other math and reading games to build your child’s basic skills and strategies. 

StorylineOnline • Your child can listen to famous people reading books.  Choose a book to listen to and be transported to the world of imagination!

Khan Academy  ‌• This FREE website for K-12 requires registration via an email address and provides extra practice in various subject areas, including but not limited to math, literature, and science.  It is mostly widely known for math practice.  Children start at their grade level, practice new concepts, and review old concepts.  As they watch lessons taught by real teachers and answer questions, the children will earn “points” with which they can use to unlock avatars and items to use with the avatars.  Also, teachers and parents can invite their children to join Khan Academy as part of their class in order to monitor their progress and send them lessons to complete.  This website is perfect for children who need extra practice in math or those who would like to jump ahead and learn more math!