Special Education

Special Education/General
Notice of Special Education Procedural Safeguards for Students and Their Families: http://www.k12.wa.us/SpecialEd/pubdocs/PS.pdf
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities.

Parent Resources                                                                                                    
Guidance for Families About Special Education Resources http://www.k12.wa.us/SpecialEd/Families/default.aspx
Washington State Parent Information and Resource Center

Alternate Assessment
How Students in Special Education  Participate in State Testing

Frequently asked questions about the WAAS

Early Childhood/ Child Development
Child Find Website http://www.childfindidea.org/
Early Childhood Outcomes Centerhttp://www.fpg.unc.edu/~eco/index.cfm

Title I Program

What is Title I?

  • Title I Federal Program

    Title I is a program funded by federal dollars that targets students who are at risk of falling behind their peers in an academic area. Colton School District (CSD) targets reading as the area that receives these federal monies to remediate struggling readers.

     Early intervention is crucial for future reading success, and CSD is committed to working in collaboration with classroom teachers to bridge the gap of where these students are performing, and where they should be, in order to maximize their learning potential. Most students receive support in a pull-out setting for 15-20 minutes daily. By pulling students out of the classroom for reading remediation, very specific, active instruction can occur, versus a quiet, subdued approach within the classroom. Ultimately, this approach is up to you, the parent, and what is best for your child. If you have concerns about how your child receives reading help, please be sure and contact Kelly Schultheis (contact info below).

    Colton School District uses the following research-supported programs in their Title I program:

    Word Warm-ups: http://www.readnaturally.com/pdf/wwmupsFlyer.pdf
    Road to the Code: http://www.brookespublishing.com/store/books/blachman-4382/index.htm
    Road to Reading : http://www.brookespublishing.com/store/books/blachman-69049/index.htm#toc
    Read Naturally:  http://www.readnaturally.com/approach/default.htm

    Parents play an active and very important role in supporting their child as they progress through school. To support CSD’s efforts with your child, an additional program is available for at-home support and practice of reading skills. This program, called the One Minute Reader, is closely related to Read Naturally and works on fluency and comprehension skills. If you are interested in working with your child at home, this program is divided into levels that can be checked out and worked on at home. The kit is all-inclusive, including a CD player, book, and graphing chart/pencil to measure your child’s progress. For more information about the One Minute Reader, check out this site: http://www.oneminutereader.com/how/index.html .

    Parent Input: As a parent of a Title I student, your input is very important to us. In the spring of each school year your input will be requested for future use of Title dollars within Colton School District. Besides instructional time and material purchases, Title dollars can be applied toward professional development for Title I staff or classroom teachers. Please stay tuned for future invitations for your ideas for using Title I funding, and the various ways of implementing these funds.

    For more information about Title I, please contact Kelly Schultheis, Title I Coordinator, at 229-3386 or kschultheis@colton.k12.wa.us

  • Title I School/Parent Compact

    The Colton School District and the parents of students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title 1, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards.
    This school-parent compact is in effect for during the school year 2014-15.

    School Responsibilities:
    Colton Elementary will:

    1. Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables children to meet the State’s academic achievement standards.  Supplemental programs include, but are not limited to, DIBELS, Read Well, Read Naturally, Road to Reading, and  Take Aim at Vocabulary..
    2. Hold Parent-Teacher conferences at least once a year (1st quarter, and again in 3rd quarter) during which this compact can be discussed as it relates to your child’s achievement.
    3. Provide frequent reports of your child’s progress, quarterly at grading period completion, and anytime upon request.
    4. Ensure staff is accessible to parents during the school day, for a half-hour before and after school, and when reasonable accommodations can be made to meet outside normal school hours.
    5. Provide opportunities to volunteer and participate in your child’s class, and observe classroom activities with prior arrangements.

    Parent Responsibilities:
    We, as parents, will support our children’s learning in the following ways:

    1. Monitoring our child’s attendance.
    2. Making sure that homework is completed, is correctly done, and is returned to school.
    3. Participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to our child’s education.
    4. Promoting positive use of our child’s extracurricular time.

    Student Responsibilities: (as appropriate)
    I, as a student, will share the responsibility to improve my learning by:

    1. Doing my homework every day and ask for help when I need to.
    2. Using my classroom time to the best of my capabilities.
    3. Giving my parents all notices and information from my school every day.
  • Parent Involvement Procedure

    The Colton School District is committed to the goal of providing quality education for every child in this district.  As a result, we actively seek to establish partnerships with parents and with the community.  Through collaboration and partnership, Colton School District and home work together to promote high achievement by our children.  Neither home nor school can do the job alone. Parents play an extremely important role as children’s first teachers.  Support for their children and for the school is critical to children’s success at every step along the way.
    The Colton School District recognizes that some students may need the extra assistance available through the Title I program to reach the state’s high academic standards. Therefore, as a district, we intend to include parents in all aspects of the school’s Title I program. The goal is a school-home partnership that will help all students to succeed

    Part 1-School Parental Involvement Policy
    The following components summarize Colton School District’s commitment in fulfilling the goals mentioned previously.
    The Colton School  District will jointly develop/revise with parents the school parental involvement policy/procedures and distribute it to parents of participating children, and make available the parent involvement policy/procedures to the local community via our school website, found at www.colton.k12.wa.us.
    We will convene an annual meeting, during Back-to-School Night, to inform parents of participating children of Colton school’s participation under this part and to explain the requirements of this part, and the right of the parents to be involved.
    We will offer flexible times to meet and discuss Title 1 issues when requested by parents or community members, such as meetings in the morning or afternoon, as well as informally during the school day when feasible and appropriate, and provide accommodations and invitations to ensure parental involvement.
    The Colton School District will provide parents of participating children timely information about programs under this part, at the beginning of the year and again after the half-way mark. Additionally, a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school for the Title program, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet will be sent home in a newsletter format to parents of students in the program. Finally, if requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children will be arranged, and reactions to any such suggestions will be acted upon as soon as practically possible.
    The Colton School District will inform parents and parental organizations of the purpose and existence of the Parental Information and Resources Center (PIRC) in Washington. These resources will be available via a link on the school website, www.colton@k12.wa.us, and once a year in the monthly school newsletter.

    Part II- Shared Responsibilities For High Student Academic Achievement
    A school-parent compact is available that outlines how parents of all children served under this part, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement. Parents receive a copy of this when parent consent forms are returned and their child is enrolled in the program. Parent/teacher conferences for students in Title I program will be held in conjunction with general education conferences, during which the compact shall be discussed as the compact relates to the individual child’s achievement. In addition, reports to parents on their child’s progress will be provided quarterly. As with parents of all students, opportunities will be provided to access staff, volunteer and participate in their child’s classes, and observe classroom activities through written and verbal invitation.

    Building Requirements for Involvement
    To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among Colton School, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, the Colton School District shall provide assistance to the parents of children served by the district in understanding such topics as the state’s academic content standards and state student academic achievement standards. In addition, explanations regarding state and district assessments, the requirements of this part, and how to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children will be provided. This will take place during parent-teacher conferences.
    The Colton School District shall educate teachers, principals, and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school. This will be done through informal, ongoing discussion between parents and staff, agenda entries at School Improvement Committee meetings, as well as through professional in-service days. Colton School District will coordinate and integrate parent involvement that encourages and supports parents in more fully participating in the education of their children at all levels of their formal education, including preschool participation, elementary and secondary volunteering, and weekly Communication Folders that go home. To this end, Colton School District will work to  ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format parents can understand. Parents may be consulted in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of such training.
    To ensure maximum collaboration between home and school,  meetings will be offered at a variety of times, or in-home conferences can be conducted between teachers or other educators, who work directly with participating children, with parents who are unable to attend such conferences at school, in order to maximize parental involvement and participation. If the opportunity arises, Colton School District will meet in an alternate location to ensure effective communication.
    Volunteering from local businesses and community organizations is sought-after and encouraged. Appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses in parent involvement activities may be developed in accordance with the School Improvement Committee goals to encourage maximum community and home involvement.

    Part III-Accessibility Requirements
    In carrying out the parental involvement requirements, Colton School District, to the extent practicable, shall provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with children with limited English proficiency, parents with children with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language such parents can understand. When appropriate, Colton School District will make all necessary accommodations to ensure communication is open and active.