Supplemental Educational Services
You are most likely already aware of our status as a “school in need of improvement”. We were in “Year 2 School Improvement” last year because our NECAP scores in 2008 showed that the entire student population, including students from low socio-economic backgrounds did not make adequate yearly progress in math. Although we made adequate yearly progress in reading for the second year in a row, taking us off the “school in need of improvement” list for reading; the 2008 NECAP results in mathematics placed us in Year 1 Corrective Action.
How Does My Child Qualify?
All children who are eligible for free or reduced lunch qualify for supplemental tutoring services, regardless of whether they belong to a subgroup that performed poorly. In fact, even students who did well on the NECAP can access this service.
How Do I Access These Services?
Enclosed you will find an application for free and reduced lunch, and a form entitled Notification of Intent to Access Supplemental Tutoring Services. Please fill out, the application for free and reduced lunch, even if you have no intention of accepting free or reduced lunch, and return it to the school. This is how the district will determine whether your child meets the financial criteria to receive supplemental tutoring services.
What Else Do I Need to Know?
Tutoring services must be provided by a person or entity listed on the Vermont’s Approved Providers of Supplemental Educational Services For School Year 2010-2011 document. The district is not allowed to pay for the services of tutors who do not appear on the list. We are also not allowed to recommend a particular provider, although you may call us if you have any questions about a provider or their services. We will do our best to assist you. You will need to notify us of your choice of tutors, fill out and sign paperwork we send you, and schedule your child’s tutoring sessions. The district will contact the provider to draw up a contract and coordinate communication between the tutor and your child’s teachers.
Tutoring services must be provided after or before school hours, during vacations, or on weekends. This tutoring cannot happen during the school day, and may not be able to occur at the school. Parents are responsible for providing transportation.
I would encourage you to remember that we will continue to offer an outstanding Homework Café, and Help Nights after school. Please contact Pollyanna Bladyka about Homework Café. Arrangements for Help Nights should be made with individual teachers.
If you have any questions or concerns about supplemental tutoring services please feel free to contact me at school. If I don’t know the answer I will find it for you.
Steven G. Cone