Between students and parents, one of the most common questions we are asked is "Why did I receive this in my mail?" There are a variety of reasons because there are a variety of mailings, but the short answer is that AIS is federally funded through Title I of ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1994). Title I and AIS regulations require that specific alerts and reports be sent home to parents of students with AIS services. Some of those documents are listed below.
Entrance Letter: Within the first marking period of each school year, you will receive a notification that your student is enrolled one or more AIS courses. The letter will outline which AIS course your student is enrolled in, how frequently the class meets, and the certification of the instructor who teaches that class. Parents are often concerned by the wording of the letter, but its' only purpose is to let you know which services your student is receiving.
Title I Meeting Notification: AIS regulations require us to hold a yearly meeting to discuss AIS services and how Title I money is spent. This presentation is held during our annual Open House. Parents often stop by to ask questions about AIS enrollment and program services.
AIS conferences: Two conferences are held: one in the fall and one in the spring. This is an opportunity for parents to come in and meet with their students' AIS teachers for Math and English and ESL teachers. A block schedule is arranged of 2 to 3 hours during which all attendees are available. If you are unable to attend, there is a contact form sent with the conference announcement. Fill out the times, days, and phone number or email that would be most convenient for you and send the form in with your student. The appropriate teachers will contact you as soon as possible.