What Is Title I?

Title I is a part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which provides federal funds through the Georgia Department of Education to local educational agencies (LEAs) and public schools with high numbers or percentages of poor children to help ensure that all children meet challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards. LEAs target the Title I funds they receive to public schools with the highest percentages of children from low-income families. These funds may be used for children from preschool aged to high school. Title I is designed to support State and local school reform efforts tied to challenging State academic standards in order to reinforce and enhance efforts to improve teaching and learning for students. Title I programs must be based on effective means of improving student achievement and include strategies to support parental involvement. Typically, Title I funds offer smaller class sizes through additional teachers, tutoring services for struggling students, professional learning, additional instructional resources and supplies, as well as parent involvement materials.


If you cannot find what you are looking for or have questions, please contact:

Dr. Leigh Dougherty

SMMS Assistant Principal

(912) 882-8626


Mrs. Tammie Gibbs

Title I Specialist/MS

(912) 729-3113


Announcements & Meetings

5/20/19: SMMS wants your opinion on our Title I program. The Title I Snapshot document link provides a complete overview. The remaining links listed below are the full documents. Once you have reviewed the documents, please provide your opinion through the following link, https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSef5Idy3DMcL90e_SToHUjw1iTNQd3S0rbXS4flo2LwA7RONw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Thank you for your partnership!

FY19 SMMS Title I Snapshot (includes summary of Action Plans/School Improvement Plan, Title I Budget, Parent & Family Engagement Policy & Plan, Compact, and Title I Survey results)


Full Documents

· SMMS Action Plans/School Improvement Plan: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1GWSKBqPh5FVGOHWD2StbvtEziSL7J_fUue-9bcvDd0E/edit?usp=sharing

· SMMS Parent and Family Engagement Policy & Plan: https://drive.google.com/file/d/13C21GbySkmt7ihKCVJ6H4nkUGmyLp9S1/view?usp=sharing

· SMMS School Parent Compact: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RCpvYkHbwlL2nEdAhwsHqpfQwU624Hky/view?usp=sharing

  • St Marys Middle School Stakeholder Meeting: 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 22
  • St. Marys Middle School Title I Annual Meeting: 12:30 p.m., Monday, September 10
  • School Council Meetings: 12:00 p.m. on September 10; 12:00 p.m. on December 3; 12:00 p.m. on March 4; 9:00 a.m. on May 30
  • Walk in My Shoes: 5:00-6:00 PM, Thursday, September 6 in Sixth Grade classrooms

Topics: What is my child studying? How can I help my child with homework?

What is my child’s reading level (Lexile level)? How can I help my child improve reading and math skills?

How do I monitor my child’s progress?

  • November is Family Engagement Month, and Thursday, November 15 is National Parent Involvement Day. Please join us during your child's lunch to eat and learn about online resources and strategies to help your child at home.

Lunch Times (including transition time): 8th Grade Lunch: 11:20-11:55 AM 7th Grade Lunch: 11:55 AM-12:30 PM 6th Grade Lunch: 12:30-1:05 PM

  • 8th Grade Parent/Student Transition Informational Meeting: Tuesday, January 22 at 5:00 PM at CCHS 9th Grade Center Information about high school graduation requirements, freshman elective options, CTAE courses offered will be shared. AP and Dual Enrollment course information will be shared at 6:00 PM.
  • STEM Family Fair Night: 5:30-6:30 PM, Tuesday, January 29 PBLs, Ag/FFA Petting Zoo, STEM Clubs, Health Class Demos, Reading Level Reports, EOG Test-Taking Tips, Community Business Partners & Military Partner
  • 5th Grade Family Night: 5:30-6:30 PM, Thursday, May 9