First & Second Quarter SY 2011-2012:  At the school level we are striving to make progress. Now with our staff fully trained in the data team/ DDDM process, we are moving forward focusing on students’ needs and implementing research based strategies to maximize student learning and performance.

 

After analyzing the data, it is evident that gains need to be made in all areas. With a staff of consummate professionals, we agree our methods of instruction need to be re-directed/refocused based on the specific needs of the student and what the outcome of student learning really needs to be.

 Overall, the Vertical Team is functioning and making an appropriate impact on its team members. Efforts are being made to improve the continuity/fidelity of horizontal team process across all grade levels. This will in turn affect other areas that may need improvement which includes, but is not limited to, school environment and climate.

The School Leadership Team continues to keep student recognition and the need for increased parental involvement in the forefront in order to strengthen the home/school connection and increase attendance at school-wide activities and events.

 

ReadingWe continue to work toward strengthening our reading program.  Our school-wide initiative for the year is to emphasize vocabulary development. To strengthen vocabulary instruction, teachers in Grades 3 and 4 received additional training from CES in the autumn.  Grades K-3 has established leveled, homogenous groups based on the September DRA II results for Guided Reading. Decoding skills, comprehension, and retelling strategies are being emphasized. 

 

In Grades K-1, Data Teams have focused on sight word recognition. The Grade 2 Data Team has focused on building reading fluency.  Guided reading groups emphasize the strategies and skills highlighted in the Trophies reading program.  Weekly assessments in comprehension and vocabulary are given and follow-up instruction is provided as needed. 

 

Grade 3 Data Teams have focused on Main Idea and Author’s Purpose. In transitioning to the Common Core Standards, more non-fiction articles and books are being introduced and instruction is focusing on non-fiction reading strategies.

 

Throughout the year, Grades 4-6 Data Teams have emphasized comprehension instruction focusing on the four Strands and their component skills.  We recognize the need to continue to strengthen the Guided Reading portion of the Literacy Block. 

 

Grade 7 and 8th grade are focusing on reading strategies and vocabulary, as they integrate reading and non-fiction writing into all disciplines.

 

Aimsweb Universal Screening took place in the autumn, and we continue to monitor those students who scored below the “15%” category.

 

Math:  To see some growth in the area of Math, teachers have selected strands of focus based on data from CMT and Online data from 2010-2011. They are creating Common Formative Assessments and using instructional strategies while incorporating technology in their lesson. With vocabulary being a focus across all disciplines, word problems from strands 9, thru 12, 23and, 25 are in use while students translate the “language of math”. Non-fiction writing is also connected. Students write a clear concise explanation of their understanding through written responses or opened ended responses.

Kindergarten is totally immersed in CCSS. Their curriculum is clear and concise. The teachers use their data to drive instruction and regularly adjust their instructional strategies accordingly.

  

Parent/Community Involvement: The School Leadership Team has meticulously orchestrated a diverse selection of activities to promote the school/family connection and increase parental participation on a school-wide level. They have scheduled a PJ Reading Night 1-12-2012 and CMT Math Night 2-12-2012. This encourages all members of the family to get comfortable and READ and then be able to support their child in CMT preparation using items in the home. Also in February, with Poetry Writing as the theme, the SLT sponsored a Valentines Dance where students wrote a poem as an admittance fee. The SLT meets monthly. During a meeting the earlier part of the marking period, plans were discussed concerning the School Governance Committee. 

 

Data Team Initiatives: Under a Title 1 grant, Maria Driend from CES has been working with our Vertical Data Team. Though we are in our second year, we are in our first full year of functioning. We have made great gains in the area of structure, focus and purpose. With Maria’s continued support, monitoring, and guidance, we will continue to grow and become a thriving team. We continue to strive to meet the standards for School Data Teams set forth by the CSDE. As we continue to improve school-wide, our grade-level/Instructional level data teams continue to improve. The team realizes that more time is needed to accomplish the tasks at hand. Subcommittees will be established to address specific areas and report back to the VDT next meeting.

  

Third Quarter SY 2011-2012

Now with our teams in full swing, teachers are now able to implement and recognize the full benefit of the data team process. Teachers have begun to identify, target, and tailor instruction towards specific areas of concern/strands in the general classroom as well as in small group instruction. Through data analysis, we have begun to see some improvement in student outcome. With continued refinement in instruction through differentiation and SRBI, we expect to see marked improvement in scores next year.

Our Vertical Team did a year end reflection to identify areas of success and areas where we found challenges. We’ve determined that our school wide goals need to be more specific in nature and more focused on the fundamentals and foundations across all content areas.

 

Reading

We’ve looked at the Benchmark scores throughout the year. We didn’t see the increase we had hoped for from the second to the third benchmark, but there still was an upward trend. The DRA scores overall have improved especially in grades K-1. At this time, we will continue with our current plan as well see progress from last year to this year and throughout.

 

Math:

Through analyzing the benchmark scores and year end changes, some grade levels have done tremendously well in math. Given certain issues arising in other grade levels, overall the early indicators are positive. Discussion on grade level and vertical level was given to the word problems/non-fiction writing issue. Additional emphasis needs to be placed on that making it a school-wide year-round goal.

 

 

Parent/Community Involvement

Our SLT continues to support the student body by having a breakfast honoring those students achieving Honors and Perfect Attendance.

They also sponsored a “fun in the sun” water day where students from grade K-5 participated in a water slide/ balloon bounce fun day.

Along with PBIS, the SLT co-sponsored a Rally to highlight the students of Curiale that have demonstrated the “BARK” concept of being achiever, responsible and kind. Students were presented wit backpacks filled with supplies along with medals honoring their many achievements.

 

Data Team Initiatives

The Data Team has finished out the year making great gains in many areas. We will resume in the fall with a new plan based on the

Commissioner’s Network. With that being said, our goals will be based upon our children’s needs and how to make them successful.

 

 

Current Needs to Address Improvement:

 

Teachers on all grade levels expressed the concern that students’ lack the adequate foundation necessary to enter the next grade level. Steps are being taken to address some of those issues now (ie; math facts). Additionally, focus is also on adult actions, so VDT wants to ensure that the disciplinary model is being instituted with fidelity school wide. Therefore, the VDT has established subcommittees to address the academic remediation aspect, as well committees to address adult behaviors and student outcomes.

Theses initiatives will be tried during the latter part of this year, with the premise of being fully implemented next fall.