Title I

August 30, 2012

Dear Parents/Guardians of West Morris Regional High School Students,

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act is our country’s most important federal education law. In 2001, this law was reauthorized and is now called The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). NCLB was designed to make changes in teaching and learning that will help increase academic achievement in our schools. Part of NCLB is Title 1, which, according to the U.S. Department of Education, “is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high quality education and reach, at minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.”

The law requires all schools receiving Title I funds to inform parents of their right to ask schools about the qualifications of their child’s teachers. We are happy to share this information with you. We believe that nothing is more important to your child’s education at school than having a well prepared and highly qualified teacher. The law requires that all teachers who teach in core content areas must meet a specific legal definition of “highly qualified” in order to teach in schools that receive Title I Funding. The legal definition of a “highly qualified teacher” has three components. It states that the teacher must have the following: a four-year college degree, a regular teaching certificate/license, and proof of his/her knowledge in the subject they teach.

We are extremely proud of the quality of the teaching staff in the WestMorris Regional High School District and would like you to know that all of our teachers meet these “highly qualified” criteria, with many having advanced degrees and training. In addition, every teacher continues learning through professional development activities and is evaluated each year to make sure that their teaching skills remain at the highest possible level. By definition, a highly qualified teacher knows what to teach, how to teach, and has a full understanding of the subject matter being taught.

I encourage you to support your child’s education and communicate with your child’s teachers on a regular basis. For more information on NCLB, and the role of parents, please visit the United States Department of Education website at www.ed.gov/nclb . If you have any further questions, please contact me at the district office (908-879-6404), or your school principal:

West Morris Central: Mr. Steve Ryan (908) 879-5212 sryan@wmrhsd.org

West Morris Mendham: Mr. Michael Matyas (973) 543-2501 mmatyas@wmrhsd.org

By partnering together, families and educators can provide our students with the best education possible.

Sincerely,

Mackey Pendergrast
Superintendent of Schools