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Jessica Sirmans
Title I Director
229/468-7485

Title I SchoolwideTitle I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) is the largest federally-funded program for elementary, middle, and high schools. Money is allocated to school districts based on the number of low-income families in each district. Each district uses Title I money to provide services for children most in need of educational help, conduct parental involvement activities, purchase supplemental programs and supplies, and to recruit/retain Highly Qualified teachers.

Irwin County Elementary is a school-wide Title I school and receives additional federal funding to support instruction. School-wide means that all students in the school are served by the Title I Program.

The Irwin County School System is engaged in continuous school improvement as part of our responsibility with Title I funding. Use the links below to view the documents related to these improvement plans.

FY19 ICES School Improvement Plan
Stakeholder Comment Form

Parent Involvement

Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:

  • Parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning,
  • Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school,
  • Parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child,
  • Other activities are carried out, such as those described in Section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).

To that end, the Irwin County School System provides the following assistance to parents:

  • Assisting parent/guardians in understanding the State’s academic content standards and academic achievement standards and goals,
  • Assisting parent/guardians in understanding the requirements of Title I Part A,
  • Assisting parent/guardians in monitoring their child’s academic progress,
  • Assisting parent/guardians in understanding state and local assessments,
  • Assisting parent/guardians in knowing how to work with educators to improve achievement,
  • Providing the opportunity for parents/guardians to request training on topics and specific workshop opportunities.

In addition, parents will be given help in understanding:

  • The state’s academic content standards (CCGPS),
  • The state’s student academic achievement standards (CCRPI),
  • The state and local academic assessments including alternate assessments (local benchmarks, GKIDS, GA Milestone Assessment System, SLOs, Writing, ACCESS for ELs, GAA),
  • The requirements of Title I, Part A,
  • How to monitor their child’s progress (progress reports, report cards, parent conferences, parental portal for Power School),
  • How to work with educators (Literature, brochures, website).

A percentage of Title I School-wide funding is set aside each year for parental involvement activities.

Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center is designed to empower parents to assist their children in maximizing their full potential. The center's resources are focused on instruction for students in grades kindergarten through 5. There are two computers available for use by parents as well as a lending library, giving parents the opportunity to take resources home with them, on loan.

The Parent Resource Center will serve as a wonderful resource and allow parents to more effectively assist in their children's academic and social growth. Parents are encouraged to take full advantage of the resources and allow the facilitator at the center to empower them to be a more successful parent.

Irwin County Elementary School's Parent Involvement Plan is available online and hard copies are available in the Parent Resource Center.  Parents may give feedback at any time during the school year. District plans are also available for review in the center.

At the present time, center hours are Monday through Friday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Evening hours will be offered throughout the year during Parent Nights. The center is located inside the media center.

Online Parent Resources

Great! Schools Milestones: A free online collection of videos aimed at helping parents understand grade-level expectations in grades K-12. Milestones show students demonstrating what success looks like in reading, writing and math, grade by grade.

Georgia Standards Parents' Page: GeorgiaStandards.Org allows parents easy access to information about the state’s standards. This web site also offers a variety of free resources to help you motivate and support your child’s curriculum at home while reinforcing the standards your child is working on in the classroom.

Helping Children Succeed in School: Sponsored by the University of Illinois, an excellent site that contains information on parental involvement in school, learning styles, study habits and homework, test taking, parent-teacher communication, and more.

GADOE Testing Resources: Testing Resources available to help parents and students get ready for standardized tests. Choose to view the different assessment programs administered at the various grade levels as well as resources to help your students prepare.

Parent Toolkit: Designed to help you track and support progress at each stage, Parent Toolkit helps you navigate your child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school.

Teacher Qualifications

In compliance with the requirements of the Every Students Succeeds Act, the Irwin County Schools would like to inform you that you may request information about the professional qualifications of your student’s teacher(s) and/ or paraprofessional(s). The following information may be requested:

  • Whether the student’s teacher:
    • has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
    • is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; and
    • is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher.
  • Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

If you wish to request information concerning your child’s teacher’s and/or paraprofessional’s qualifications, please contact school administration.