Speech and Language Support

Services are available to students who qualify with the following difficulties:

  • Articulation

  • Phonemic Awareness

  • Pragmatic Skills

  • Language

  • Auditory Processing

  • Voice

  • Grammar

  • Autism

  • Word Finding

Questions about our speech and language support service?

Feel free to email Rebecca Swinehart or call (570)323-3694 Ext. 1107. Our staff is here to help you and to let you know that you are not alone.
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Title 1

What is Title 1?

Title I is a Federally-funded program that targets kindergarten through grade 4 students for reading intervention and in-class support services. Pennsylvania standards based assessments are administered school wide and the results drive our instructional program. The instructional practices are based on sound research in Early Literacy, Fluency and Comprehension.

Intervention programs include LLI (Leveled Literacy Intervention), Fundations, and Read Naturally to develop language and literacy development. Under Title 1 reading specialists, highly qualified paraprofessional and classroom teacher collaborate together in order to create the best support system for the students. In class model and pull out intervention for phonetics and fluency to assist in the skill development of phonological awareness, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

R.A.F.A. and AR reading programs were created to support home/school partnerships. These reading programs gives students multiple opportunities to expand their reading capabilities. The program even includes a summer academy to reinforce reading skills. It is our greatest desire to empower students to be confident and successful readers who engage in lifelong reading.

Title 1 Break Down

Parents Right to Know

Parent Right to Know Letter

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that Title I parents be informed annually about our South Williamsport Area School District Title I Parent Policy. This Policy states the following:

  • Parents will be sent letters informing them that their child is eligible to participate in Title I Reading.

  • Parents will be given opportunities to offer suggestions about the planning, development and operation of the Title I program during the Back to School Nights, Parent Teacher conferences, Parent Teacher Organization Meetings, Title I Workshops, through surveys and through other school communications.

  • Title I Parents will receive student progress reports during parent teacher conferences and each report card semester.

  • Parent Workshops / Trainings will be offered throughout the school year to provide parents with strategies to help their child succeed in school.

  • Materials will be made available to parents to use with their children at home to reinforce what the children are learning in reading and math at school.

  • Parents will be sent a monthly newsletter entitled “The Reading Connection” which will provide them with helpful reading and writing suggestions for use at home. Also, Title I feature pages and Title I topics are disseminated to parents on a monthly to bi-monthly basis.

  • Parents will be given assistance in understanding the State’s academic content standards and student achievement standards, local academic assessments and how to monitor a child’s progress with teachers.

  • Parents have access to the South Williamsport Area School District’s website through School wires that will provide them with information on Title I programs, reading instructional strategies to use at home and related websites.

  • Parents, school staff and students will share in the responsibility for improved student achievement based on the school-parent compact.

Parents Get Involved

Remember just reading with your child fifteen to twenty minutes a day can greatly improve their reading skills. Together let’s make reading fun.


Parent Involvement

Just reading with your child fifteen minutes to twenty minutes a day will greatly improve their reading capabilities. Your involvement will directly impact your child’s reading achievement so make reading with them a priority in your home each and every night.

As you are reading, ask your child questions, make predictions about the plot, make personal connections and/or discuss what the story is about before, during and after every so you can be sure that they are understanding the story’s content. Try some of the following techniques to make reading fun and to help your child become a better reader:

  • Paired Reading –  read side by side chorally together.

  • Repeated Readings of texts-  reread the same “just right” book with your child to build fluency and confidence.

  • Tape-recorded texts – reading and listening at the same time.

  • Partner Reading- taking turns reading pages throughout a book aloud.

  • Echo Reading –  parent reads a page and child echoes the same page back aloud.  Parent is modeling the fluent reading first and child models it right after the parent.

The Seven Keys to Comprehension

Click the button below to download/view Susan Zimmerman and Chryse Hutchins’s power point on The Seven Keys to Comprehension. After viewing each slide think about how you can apply each step to when you are reading with your child.
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