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Title I

The West Jefferson Hills School District operates a school-wide Title I program at Jefferson Hills Intermediate School.  

Title I is a 100% Federally funded supplemental education program from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Federal Programs that provides financial assistance to local educational agencies to improve educational opportunities for educationally deprived children.  The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), provides an exception for participating Title I schools with less than 40-percent poverty rates to request waivers to operate Title I Schoolwide programs. Transitioning to a Title I schoolwide program increases a school’s flexibility to address the needs of all students.  

Students attending Jefferson Hills Intermediate School receive Title I services in the form of small group reading instruction.   In addition, students receive writing instruction through Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing by a teacher who specializes in this program.  Click here for more information on Units of Study: Writing

Federal Programs Advisory Committee

Melissa Arndt, Grade 5 ELA Teacher
Elise Dopudja, Secretary to Assistant Superintendents of Elementary & Secondary Education
Brian Fernandes, West Jefferson Hills School District Board President
Jade Fiore, Supervisor of Special Education/Pupil Personnel
Ibrahim Habeeb, Parent
Tracy Harris, Director of Finance
Nicole Leckenby, Parent
Dr. Melissa McCauley, Pleasant Hills Middle School Assistant Principal
Jennifer Schafer, Parent
Lauren Sciotto, Grade 3 Writing Teacher
Christopher Very, Jefferson Hills Intermediate School Principal
Adam Zunic, Gill Hall Elementary School Principal

Title I Links

How You Can Get Involved in a Child's Education

  • Join a Parent Advisory Committee
  • Join the school PTA
  • Attend Title I parent meetings
  • Attend school parent teacher conferences
  • Volunteer for school based activities
  • Visit each WJHSD school’s website for additional information
For more information on West Jefferson Hills School District Federal Programs, please contact: 

Dr. Matthew Patterson
Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education
412-655-8450
[email protected]