Numa Elementary School is one of the schools that is going through the process of school choice this year in accordance with the No Child Left Behind guidelines. The letter that has been sent out to families is below in English.  A Spanish version has also been sent out.  Click here for the Spanish version.


 

 

July 27, 2011

 

  

Dear Parent of E.C. Best Student:

 

  Every year, the Nevada Department of Education identifies schools within the state that have or have not met certain performance targets, also known as “Adequate Yearly Progress” or AYP.  E.C. Best Elementary school made AYP in mathematics in 2010-11.  It did not make AYP in ELA for the subpopulations of Hispanic, IEP and limited English proficient (LEP).  This will be the second consecutive year that E.C. Best did not make AYP, therefore, the school will be offering school choice and supplemental services for eligible students.

 

  E.C. Best Elementary has a focused approach towards improvement. The school will provide a comprehensive reading program, Project Life to students in 1st and 2nd grade, supplementing the curriculum with “Study Island”.  This is a program which allows small group instruction from a certified teacher for students with identified reading difficulties.  The school will also will also continue to use data from MAP assessments, Renaissance Reading Program, and results from the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to target instruction. Parents will be invited to participate in family literacy night, family math night, cultures night and other events to support the learning of their child. Through the District Improvement Plan, Churchill County School District has identified strategies that will assist parents and teachers to be able to meet the AYP requirements.  

 

Since E.C. Best did not make AYP this past year, parents of students attending E. C. Best have the option of “choice” this year of moving their child to West End Elementary School or Lahontan Elementary School.  Lahontan is currently on the “Watch List” this year, but is eligible to be a receiving school. A school must not make AYP for two consecutive years before it is considered a school in need of improvement.  If Lahontan makes AYP next year, it will return to adequate status.  If it does not, it will become a school in need of improvement year-1.

 

Although West End Elementary made AYP, the Board of Trustees is moving forward with closing West End at the end of the 2012 school year due to declining enrollment and the effect on the budget. 

 

 If you wish to transfer your student, please fill out the attached form and return to the Welcome Center by the date on the form. If you have any questions, you can contact the E.C. Best principal at 423-3159. Should there not be room for the transfer immediately to the school of your choice; a waiting list will be created. Transportation will be provided by the district to every school in the district.

  We encourage you to think about your options of keeping your child at his/her current school or moving your child to another school. All schools have highly qualified staff. Make the decision that is in the best interest of your child and your family.  If we do not receive a move request form by August 12th, then your child will maintain his/her placement at EC Best for the 2011-12 school year.  Please return forms to the Welcome Center, 340 Venturacci Lane, Northside Early Learning Center.

 

  Additionally, because E.C. Best is in year-2 of needs improvement, the district is required to provide supplemental educational services to Title I students who receive free or reduced lunches. Students will have the opportunity to receive free afterschool tutor services from a state approved provider. Parents will have the opportunity to choose a provider at a vendor fair that will be held in September, with services starting in October. Services will be focused on the academic need of the student based on the results of the MAP testing conducted by the District. Should there not be enough funding to meet the needs of all students on free and reduced lunch; priority will be give to the low-income Title I students that have the greatest academic need for services. You will be contacted in September if your child qualifies for supplemental educational services and given further instructions on how to complete the application, enrollment dates, start dates and who to contact for further information.

 

As indicated in the Parent Involvement Policy parents have the right and are encouraged to be involved in their child’s education. You will be receiving information throughout the year on how you can be involved in your child’s education. Parent participation is requested for the School Improvement Plan team. If you are willing and available, please contact the principal.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Will Jensen

Director of Educational Services and Special Education Services

 

July 27, 2011

 

Dear Parent of Numa Student:

 

  Every year, the Nevada Department of Education identifies schools within the state that have or have not met certain performance targets, also known as “Adequate Yearly Progress” or AYP.  E. C. Best Elementary school made AYP in mathematics in 2010-11.  Numa Elementary School did not make AYP in English/Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics. The school is now in need of improvement year-2 for mathematics and in year-2 for ELA.  The school did not meet the AYP criteria school wide in ELA and in the special education subpopulation.  In mathematics, it did not meet the AYP criteria in the special education and Free and Reduced Lunch subpopulations.  This will be the second consecutive year that Numa did not make AYP, therefore, the school will be offering school choice and supplemental education services for eligible students.

 

  Numa Elementary has a focused approach towards improvement. The school will provide a comprehensive literacy program, to students in 1st and 2nd grade. This is a program which allows small group instruction from a certified teacher for students with identified reading difficulties.  The school will also will also continue to use data from MAP assessments, Renaissance Reading Program, and results from the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to target instruction. Parents will be invited to participate in family literacy night, family math night, and other events to support the learning of their child. Through the District Improvement Plan, Churchill County School District has identified strategies that will assist parents and teachers to be able to meet the AYP requirements.

 

Since Numa did not make AYP this past year, parents of students attending Numa have the option of “choice” this year of moving their child to West End Elementary School or Lahontan Elementary School.  Lahontan is currently on the “Watch List” this year, but is eligible to be a receiving school. A school must not make AYP for two consecutive years before it is considered a school in need of improvement.  If Lahontan makes AYP next year, it will return to adequate status.  If it does not, it will become a school in need of improvement year-1.

 

Although West End Elementary made AYP, the Board of Trustees is moving forward with closing West End at the end of the 2012 school year due to declining enrollment and the effect on the budget. 

 

 

 If you wish to transfer your student, please fill out the attached form and return to the Welcome Center by the date on the form. If you have any questions, you can contact the Numa principal at 423-3159. Should there not be room for the transfer immediately to the school of your choice; a waiting list will be created. Transportation will be provided by the district to every school in the district.

 

  We encourage you to think about your options of keeping your child at his/her current school or moving your child to another school. All schools have highly qualified staff. Make the decision that is in the best interest of your child and your family.  If we do not receive a move request form by August 12th, then your child will maintain his/her placement at EC Best for the 2011-12 school year.  Please return forms to the Welcome Center, 340 Venturacci Lane, Northside Early Learning Center.

 

  Additionally, because Numa is in year-2 of needs improvement, the district is required to provide supplemental educational services to Title I students who receive free or reduced lunches. Students will have the opportunity to receive free afterschool tutor services from a state approved provider. Parents will have the opportunity to choose a provider at a vendor fair that will be held in September, with services starting in October. Services will be focused on the academic need of the student based on the results of the MAP testing conducted by the District. Should there not be enough funding to meet the needs of all students on free and reduced lunch; priority will be give to the low-income Title I students that have the greatest academic need for services. You will be contacted in September if your child qualifies for supplemental educational services and given further instructions on how to complete the application, enrollment dates, start dates and who to contact for further information.

 

As indicated in the Parent Involvement Policy parents have the right and are encouraged to be involved in their child’s education. You will be receiving information throughout the year on how you can be involved in your child’s education. Parent participation is requested for the School Improvement Plan team. If you are willing and available, please contact the principal.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Will Jensen

Director of Educational Services and Special Education Services