Our vision is to connect, engage, and inspire all students in the Ayer Shirley Regional School District to reach academic excellence. We, the educators of the Ayer Shirley Regional School District, will instill habits of reflection and inquiry to challenge our students in setting ambitious academic and personal goals. Students will develop a strong voice to express thoughts and ideas in the community and the confidence to showcase their talents and successes in preparation for entry into college and the world of work.

ReadingChart.jpgTitle I of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides financial assistance to state and local educational agencies to meet the needs of at-risk children. The goal of Title I is to provide instructional services and activities which support students in meeting the state's challenging performance standards.

What is Title I?

The Department of Education's explanation of Title I.

Which ASRSD schools receive Title I Services?

Each of the four schools is identified as a Title I school. The district's Title I Program Plan provides school wide assistance to students and teachers in the Ayer Shirley Regional High School, the Ayer Shirley Regional Middle School and the Page Hilltop Elementary School. Targeted assistance for select students is provided to students at the Lura A. White School. The program plan is adjusted annually based on student enrollment, funding formulas, and need for academic support. School wide services may include supplemental professional development or coaching support to teachers, direct services in mathematics or English Language Arts/Literacy to students in the form of extra time on learning after school or in the summer, or the provision of instructional resources paid for with Title I funds in addition to (not instead of) local financial resources provided by the district.

How does our school receive Title I money?

First, the federal government provides funding to each state for the purpose of supplemental education. Once state Title I grant applications have been approved, local grant applications are made available to local school districts. How much money each school receives is determined by the number of low-income students attending that school.

Finally, Title I schools:

  • Identify the students at their school who need the most educational assistance based on the criteria that school has chosen. Students do NOT have to be from low-income families to receive Title I services.
  • Set goals for improving the skills of educationally disadvantaged students at their school.
  • Measure student progress to determine the success of the Title I program for each student.
  • Develop programs for each individual student in order to support/supplement regular classroom instruction.

We welcome you to view the links below to find out more about us and the focus of our Title I program. Please feel free to contact the Title I Department with any questions.

Mary Beth Hamel
Mary Beth Hamel
Director of Student Services

(978) 772-8600
Linda Marino
Linda Marino
Title I Teacher

(978) 772-8600 ext.1442
Reading Together with Your Child - Tips for Parents

Reading together is one of the most important things you can do to help your child become a successful and happy reader. This can be done with a series, such as the We Both Read* books,which have been specifically designed for you and your child to take turns reading. However,almost any book can be read together, as long as some of the text is simple enough for your child to read. As you read aloud, it will improve your child’s language development, vocabulary,comprehension and fluency.


It will also model good reading habits and show that reading is a fun activity. Then, as you listen to your child read aloud, you can interact and support your child’s reading in many different ways.Below are a number of tips on reading together with your child.


Try reading together at least a little every day and you may be surprised how quickly you see the benefits


Beginning Tips•

Try to find a place that is comfortable. Make sure both readers can see the book clearly.• Be ready to prompt your child for her turn. Determine a signal before the reading. This could be a verbal prompt, tap on the elbow, or point to the first word.• Instruct your child to point to, or touch, the words when reading.• Model good reading. Pause at commas and periods. Emphasize rhymes. Show excitement in your voice. Enjoy the story, since your enthusiasm will be contagious.• Praise often. Positive praise goes a long way towards a positive attitude.• Be willing to read books more than once. Most children enjoy reading the same book again and again. New meaning is often added during each additional session.


Advanced Tips•

Before reading a new book, look at the title and the pictures inside. Talk about what the book might be about. Let your child do most of the talking and listen carefully.• Encourage your child to look at the pictures when reading. The pictures will help with understanding the story.• If your child comes across an unknown word, wait five seconds, then say the word. Ifasked for help with a word, give it and move on. If your child tries to ”sound out” a word, then let your child continue. If misread, and the new word makes sense, just go on. If the meaning doesn’t make sense, simply say the correct word and move on.• Stop occasionally and talk about the meaning of the text. If your child stops to ask a question, then answer it. This will enhance overall comprehension.•


After reading the book together you can ask questions to further reinforce comprehension. For example: What did you like best? What was the funniest part? What would a friend like most about this book?


*We Both Read books feature pages that alternate in reading difficulty. The left-hand pages,which you read, have more complex text. The right-hand pages, which your child reads, feature text that is appropriate for your child’s reading ability. For more information about the We Both Read books, you can check out the website at www.webothread.com.





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