Principal and Superintendent’s Report – May 28, 2015
Link to the current Continuous Improvement Plan: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1h9mfTofFfdiiUqc6OkdIMZ-GArTWzqpSkTXc3Xinl3o/edit?usp=sharing
We are in the midst of administering summative writing prompts. Anecdotally, students are showing remarkable gains in confidence and stamina. We are excited to see the quantitative results in a couple of weeks! We are also in the process of administering reading benchmark assessments to those students who were below or just barely at grade level in the winter. Again, there are some dramatic gains we are excited to more fully analyze and celebrate in the coming weeks.
Below are the CIP indicators for April 17, 2015. In general, we have created materials as planned, including scope and sequence documents and assessments. We have not collected evidence or fully articulated and followed protocols for using those materials. Next year’s CIP focuses on bringing these tools to “routine use” rather than embarking on entirely new endeavors.
By April 17, 2015
A. All six pre- and post-instruction writing prompts administered; results analyzed for class- and school-wide trends, income/special ed status/gender trends, and individual student needs
B. Continued evidence of instruction aligned to typing/computer skills scope and sequence in grades K-6
C. Continued evidence of instruction aligned to writing conventions scope and sequence in grades K-6
D. Updated formative assessment data entered into writing conventions tracking tool for grades K-6
E. Evidence of whole (or nearly whole) class re-teaching in areas indicated by second post-instruction writing prompt and writing conventions formative assessment tracking tool
F. Intervention documentation in place for students identified as below grade level on Winter F&P
A. As of 5/21/15, we are in the midst of administering summative prompts. Data will be collated and analyzed in the coming weeks. There is benchmark of creating a data summary in the new CIP.
B. See similar indicator in previous time period
C. See similar indicator in previous time period
D. We will work to develop system for collating data from conventions checklists and include that summary in the report mentioned in Indicator A above.
E. See similar indicator in previous time period
F. See similar indicator in previous time period
Because of what is hopefully a one year Pre-K enrollment dip (the number of three- and four-year-olds is low enough that we are having just one combined-age class next year), Beth Downing will be available to do some math interventions for students in grades K-3 next year. We are thrilled to be able to, at long last, offer support for students struggling in mathematics in the same way we have been doing with reading for years. Teachers are very excited about this endeavor; each year when we present the new CIP to the staff, there is always a question about when we might finally get a math interventionist that is met with many nods and affirmations from colleagues. This is a great opportunity to run a pilot program in a budget-neutral way. Beth is working with colleagues in WCSU and Orange North SU to find the best strategies – both instructional and logistic – to meet our kids’ needs.
The CIP indicators for April 17, 2015 are not listed below, because the “Did We Make It?” column for each simply states “See similar indicator in previous time period.” Overall this year, much like in writing, we have succeeded in creating materials and are still working on bringing those tools to routine use. Accordingly, next year’s math work will also focus on implementing the new materials rather than changing course or adding a lot of new tools and ideas.
- School Climate
In June, we will bring Climate Survey results to the board meeting. As noted in previous months, it’ll be great two have two years’ worth of directly comparable data!
We are thrilled to share that 100% of our sixth graders completed their service hours on time! We are beginning work on final reflections and are excited to hear students’ thoughts about lessons learned about the community and themselves. This year’s sixth grade trip will be a beach day at Silver Lake State Park in Barnard, VT. We will swim, fish, lounge on the beach, and cook-out. Students are also brainstorming ideas for ways to make the day extra special.
Following are the CIP indicators for April 17, 2015. In general, we have met the content of PBIS goals if not the frequency. Next year’s CIP focuses on maintaining Tier 1 and Tier 2 PBIS work as staff turns over, maintaining and hopefully growing the sixth grade service project, and embarking upon school-wide work to teach and measure resilience as a key indicator in students’ ability to problem solve and consistently access education.
By April 17, 2015
A. Behavior and any other relevant PBIS data shared with staff at the end of each month via memo
B. Third and fourth (and possibly fifth) All School Celebration complete and successful
C. Evidence of analysis of SWIS data and changes to Tier 1 and/or 2 supports informed by data
D. Evidence of a fourth and fifth successful Tier 1 “Booster” challenge
E. Readiness for Tier 3 PBIS achieved, team sent to March training
F. Evidence of reflection on 1-2 co-planning and parent communication systems
A. Discussed current data at 5/13/15 staff meeting. Decided to use the “Respectful Learner Challenge” booster again as minor disruption is still one of the top five problem behaviors.
B. Will hold third and final celebration in early June. Team is committed to focusing on ways to keep Tier 1 vibrant and robust next year.
C. Booster noted above. Currently have low use of CICO (Tier 2), but it is working well for those accessing that support.
D. We held three this year. There are not highly compelling changes in data that are plausibly attributed to the boosters; we do have very small sample sizes, though, which makes finding trends difficult.
E. Team decided in late winter to put this on hold given the numerous staff changes coming in 2015-2016.
F. One of the team teachers will be out for a one-year leave next year. Joint conferences have gone well and we will keep those. Consistent co-planning has been helpful; master schedule will include again. Teachers have requested that we consider content specialization in 5/6 for 2015-2016. Parent night held on 5/20/15; turnout of 10 (one parent shared that this sounded like what is happening in 1-2 and that has gone well). Collecting info re: parent thoughts and preferences via survey during week of 5/26.
- Next Year’s CIP
Next year’s CIP was introduced in draft form to the staff on April 29th. The goals and priorities of this document have been described in each of the earlier section. Our process for completing the work was a bit different this year, given the many staff transitions that will be occurring. As in the past, we began by asking CES committees what they wanted the relevant section of the plan to say (i.e., we asked the writing committee what should be included in the literacy section of the CIP). The CIP team talked about the big picture goals and key tasks together and then the tasks of articulating action steps and what were this year called “indicators” and will next year be termed “benchmarks” were handed over to the member with expertise in that area. This process was used to ensure that the folks who would be leading the work in 2015-2016 would also be fully prepared to do so.
You can view the draft here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nx4WnzFZ0LvWnzzhbCPNnR6AhvXxmp0nl8T2c5xuCQQ/edit?usp=sharing
We will bring a more polished version for adoption in June.
- Teacher Search Processes Update
We are working on first and second round interviews for both our school counselor and special educator openings as we speak. We’re working as fast as possible to get these final searches wrapped up!
- Title I Funding Update
After many years of narrowly making the mark of eligibility for school-wide Title I funding, our socio-economic need dipped below the threshold this year. Accordingly, we will not receive Title I funds in the 2016-2017 school year. We are, thankfully, grandfathered in for the 2015-2016 school year, so there are no budget changes needed at this time. We are also fortunate that, in anticipation of this possibility, we reduced the number of positions funded through this source in the 2015-2016 budget. The only program we planned to fund with Title I money next year is our literacy specialist position (in recent years, we have also used Title I money to fund the technology integrationist).
- Summer Facilities Work
Key projects that will be undertaken this summer include:
- Playground maintenance and updates including adding back a climbing dome and righting some leaning towers
- Usually sprucing up tasks: painting, carpet cleaning, replacing broken floor tiles
- Regular maintenance to heating, plumbing, lighting, alarm systems
We are not anticipating any major undertakings. After the roof and putting in all new networking cables last year, it’s good to have a more mellow maintenance year. In June we will include information about the projected costs of these projects.
- Kitchen Update
We are fortunate to be holding steady with our daily meal counts. We have gone a bit over the planned food cost, but have also seen a shift in the number of breakfasts vs. lunches served and have had a few key items increase in price. We have also managed to find some savings in other parts of the kitchen operation that help offset this small increase in expenses. Lori, Marissa, and Carolyn met recently to begin designing a template for Carolyn to use to plan her food orders and monitor spending to date against the amount budgeted for food costs at the start of the year.