Would you like your child to receive free tutoring in reading or math? As a result of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, your child may be eligible to receive academic tutoring (i.e., extra support or enrichment) to help him or her do better in school. This is a great opportunity to help your child in school without any cost to you.

Who is eligible? Your child is eligible for free tutoring if he/she receives free and reduced lunch and attends the Lancaster Elementary School. Only Title I Schools, identified as Schools in Need of Improvement (SINI) for at least two years, are required to provide these services. Enrollment is limited.

How many children may participate? We are required to provide tutoring services to 41 students.

Who provides the tutoring services? You can choose a free tutoring program that best meets your child's needs from a list of approved tutoring programs in this area. Local teachers and community members are often hired by the tutoring programs to provide services. These programs, which have been approved by the state department of education, will provide your child with tutoring that is coordinated with what is being taught in school and may help improve your child's academic skills. Research from the federal government has shown that students who participated in this free tutoring program made significant gains in student achievement.

How do I get more information? Families of eligible students received a letter in the mail during the week of Jan. 7. If you believe your child is eligible and you did not receive a letter, please contact Sherri Gregory (837-9363, ext. 29).

How do I pick a tutoring program? When deciding which tutoring program is best for your child, you may want to ask these questions: 1.) When and where will the tutoring take place (at school, home, a community center)? 2.) How often and for how many hours in total will your child be tutored? 3.) What programs, by grade levels and subject areas, are available for your child? 4.) What type of instruction will the tutor use (small group, one-on-one, or the computer)? 5.) What are the tutor's qualifications? 6.) Can the tutor help if your child has a disability or is learning English? 7.) Is transportation available to and from the location where the tutoring will take place?

What if I'm ready to pick a tutor? Interested families who received a letter may select a tutor by filling out a selection form and mailing it back by Jan. 18 to Sherri Gregory, SAU#36 Central Office, 14 King Square, Whitefield, NH 03598.

When do services begin? After a selection form has been submitted, families will receive a letter or phone call by Jan. 25 from White Mountains Regional School District (WMRSD) telling them when the free tutoring will start. If requests for tutoring services are greater than the money available to pay for these services, a selection process will be used giving priority to the lowest-achieving students in math and reading.

What if a family is not interested? Eligible families who do not wish to sign up for tutoring services may choose instead to transfer their child to a school that is not identified as a School In Need of Improvement (SINI) in the district (i.e., Jefferson Elementary School or Whitefield School). Lancaster School has provided to all of their families a School Improvement/Public School Choice letter that gives information about public school choice in the district.

Please note: The district continues to honor requests for school choice, despite initial deadlines indicated in School Improvement/Public School Choice letter.

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