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LEA or Charter Name/Number: School Name/Number: School Address:

Guilford County Schools - 410 Union Hill Elementary 410-580 3523 Triangle Lake Rd., High Point, NC 27260

Plan Year(s): Date Prepared:

2010-12 Dean LaVere - On File

Principal Signature:

9/7/2010

Date Local Board Approval Signature: Date

School Improvement Team Membership From GS § 115C-105.27: “The principal of each school, representatives of the assistant principals, instructional personnel, instructional support personnel, and teacher assistants assigned to the school building, and parents of children enrolled in the school shall constitute a school improvement team to develop a school improvement plan to improve student performance. Representatives of the assistant principals, instructional personnel, instructional support personnel, and teacher assistants shall be elected by their respective groups by secret ballot....Parents serving on school improvement teams shall reflect the racial and socioeconomic composition of the students enrolled in that school and shall not be members of the building-level staff.”

Committee Position* Principal Pre-Kindergarten Kindergarten First Grade Second Grade Third Grade

Fourth Grade Fifth Grade Classified Exceptional Children Curriculum Recorder Specialist Parent At-Large

Name Dean LaVere Monica Jackson Kim Clark Kendra Allen Colleen Wittner Danielle Dills Marlene Beamon Rhonda Moore Bettye Parson Phyllis Smith Pat Norwood Tammy Gruer Tara Kecki Krissy Gill Angela McLeod

Committee Position*

Name

* Add to list as needed. Each group may have more than one representative.

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State Board of Education Goals – Future-Ready Students for the 21st Century

Goal 1 – North Carolina public schools will produce globally competitive students. st

Goal 2 – North Carolina public schools will be led by 21 Century professionals.

Goal 3 – North Carolina Public School students will be healthy and responsible.

Goal 4 – Leadership will guide innovation in North Carolina public schools.

Goal 5 – North Carolina public schools will be governed and supported by 21st Century systems.

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Guilford County Schools Strategic Plan 2012 To download a short version of the Guilford County Schools (GCS) Strategic Plan 2012, go to http://www.gcsnc.com/superintendent/pdf/shortplan.pdf. To download a complete version of the Guilford County Schools Strategic Plan 2012, go to http://www.gcsnc.com/superintendent/pdf/StrategicPlan-Final%20-

GCS Strategic Plan 2012:

Area I - Improve Academic Achievement

Supports State Board of Education Goal:

Goal 1 – North Carolina public schools will produce globally competitive students.

GCS Strategic Plan 2012:

Area II - Supportive Family and Community Involvement

Supports State Board of Education Goal:

Goal 4 – Leadership will guide innovation in North Carolina public schools.

GCS Strategic Plan 2012:

Area III - Strategic Human Resource Management

Supports State Board of Education Goal:

Goal 2 – North Carolina public schools will be led by 21st Century professionals.

GCS Strategic Plan 2012:

Area IV - Respectful and Responsive Service

Supports State Board of Education Goal:

Goal 2 – North Carolina public schools will be led by 21st Century professionals.

GCS Strategic Plan 2012:

Area V - Safe Schools & Character Development

Supports State Board of Education Goal:

Goal 3 – North Carolina Public School students will be healthy and responsible.

GCS Strategic Plan 2012:

Area VI - Optimal Operations

Supports State Board of Education Goal:

Goal 5 – North Carolina public schools will be governed and supported by 21st Century systems.

GCS Strategic Plan 2012:

Area VII - Transformational Technology

Supports State Board of Education Goal:

Goal 5 – North Carolina public schools will be governed and supported by 21st Century systems.

GCS Strategic Plan 2012:

Area VIII - Clear Baseline and Equitable Standards

Supports State Board of Education Goal:

Goal 5 – North Carolina public schools will be governed and supported by 21st Century systems.

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Recommended Data Sources for Analysis by School Improvement Teams Identify disaggregated data that shows groups or subgroups in need of improvement in academic performance, behavior or other areas. Examine data from such areas as: Highly Qualified Teachers (HQT): Describe how staffing decisions ensure that highly qualified, well-trained teachers provide instruction and how their assignments most effectively address identified school improvement plan priority goals. Number and percentage of teachers Non-HQT (www.ncreportcards.org Choose county, school, and click on Quality Teachers tab) End-of-Grade (EOG) Results disaggregated: (www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/reporting - Click on State Testing Results [Green Book]) End-of-Course (EOC) Results disaggregated: (www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/reporting - Click on State Testing Results [Green Book]) School Report Card results: (www.ncreportcards.org) North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey results: (http://ncteachingconditions.org) North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey: Guide for School Improvement (To assist in conversations about improving teacher working conditions, The New Teacher Center created a guide to support using the SIP process for understanding and improving working conditions at a school. The guide can be downloaded as a single document or in each of its three sections. Find this document at http://ncteachingconditions.org/sites/default/files/attachments/SchoolImprovementGuide.pdf) District Data: (www.gcsnc.com) School Demographic Information related to student discipline: (e.g. total office referrals, long- and short-term suspensions, expulsions, alternative school placements, School Incidence Report (SIR) data, or student attendance) (http://www.ncpublicschools.org/research/discipline/reports) School Demographic Information related to drop-out information and graduation rate data (http://www.ncpublicschools.org/research/dropout/reports) School Demographic Information related to teacher attendance, teacher turnover, or challenges associated with a high percent of new and/or inexperienced faculty (http://www.ncreportcards.org and locally-maintained data) Ready Schools Inventory/Ready Schools Plan (http://ncreadyschools.org) Special Education Continuous Improvement Plan Title I AYP (http://ayp.ncpublicschools.org) Healthy Active Children Initiative (http://www.nchealthyschools.org)

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School Vision and Mission Statements

Vision: To help us accomplish our mission, the staff of Union Hill Elementary will: 1. Implement Best Practices in all subject areas. 2. Differentiate instruction. 3. Challenge students academically to meet their full potential. 4. Utilize technology to prepare students for the present and the future.

Mission:

At Union Hill Elementary School, we strive to provide a safe, academically challenging community where all students learn to set goals and have the opportunity to obtain skills to become life-long learners.

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School Data and Summary Analysis Use data identified on the Data Sources tab (or from other sources) as the basis for understanding the school and identifying priority areas for improvement. Guiding Questions: Review school data and consider a variety of perspectives including overall school/student performance, sub-group performance, attendance, teacher satisfaction, instructional practice (from walk-throughs/observations), and student learning (also from walk-throughs/observations as well as data). 1. What does the analysis tell you about your schools strengths? Our analysis tells us that our school's strengths are in many areas. All instructional staff members at Union Hill are highly qualified and all classrooms are equipped with the latest instructional technology. Our student attendance is very high, averaging 95% for the 20092010 school year. The implementation of the SRA reading program continues to be successful in Kindergarten - 2nd grade. According to last year's data the majority of Kindergarten through 2nd grade students' DRA scores were on or above grade level. Although our performance composite for grades 3-5 was low, our quarterly benchmark data showed continuous growth.

2. What does the analysis tell you about your schools gaps or opportunities for improvement? Our analysis for the 2009-2010 school year displayed a variety of gaps and opportunities for improvement. Students lacked a familiarity with some of the necessary test-taking strategies and vocabulary. There was a lack of consistent two-way communication and planning between grade level teachers and other support staff serving special needs students that make up our sub-groups. Through professional development our staff will be better able to increase our students' proficiency levels and to move the school out of its current 'low performing' status.

3. What data is missing, and how will you go about collecting this information for future use? None

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School Data and Summary Analysis 4. Based upon the analysis conducted, what 2-4 priority goals emerge for the school? support these priorities.)

(Cite relevant evidence from your analysis to

Priority Goal 1: To increase READING proficiency for all subgroups. (2009-2010 Reading EOG proficiency for all students in grades 3-5 was 39.2%.) Priority Goal 2: To increase MATH proficiency for all subgroups. (2009-2010 Math EOG proficiency for all students in grades 3-5 was 57.3%.) Priority Goal 3: To increase SCIENCE proficiency for all 5th grade subgroups. (2009-2010 Science EOG proficiency level for 5th grade students was 25%.)

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Priority Goal 1 and Associated Strategies

Plan/Do

Area for improvement and supporting data (refer to #4 of School Data and Summary Analysis): To increase READING proficiency for all subgroups.

Overall SMART* Goal:

By 2012, based on EOG assessments, reading proficiency in grades 3 - 5 will increase from 39.2% to 88%.

Supports this Area of the GCS Strategic Plan:

Area I - Improve Academic Achievement

Target SMART* Goal:

By June 2012, reading proficiency in grades 3 - 5 will increase from 48.7% to 88%.

*Specific, Measurable, Attainable/Aligned, Results-Oriented, and Timebound

Goal 1 Improvement Strategies – Identify research-based strategies whenever possible. Strategy 1:

Strategy: All Teachers will be trained in Marzano's Classroom Instruction that Works. Action Steps: 1 Teachers will participate in a variety of professional development training in their specific subject area to reinforce best practices. 2 Additional support staff will assist the classroom teacher with small group instruction, providing feedback to meet the needs of the students. 3 Teachers will be provided with an uninterrupted 90 minute instructional block to utilize tutors, and impact teachers, to increase student reading performance. 4 EC and ESOL departments will follow an inclusion model to modify and support small group instruction.

Plan/Do

Strategy 2:

Strategy: All Teachers will participate in Assessment for Learning training. Action steps: 1 Teachers and support staff will work together to analyze weekly assessment data. 2 Based on data, determine small groups for instruction and regrouping will take place as necessary. 3. Teachers will, during PLCs, analyze data and plan with their grade level team to address student needs for the next quarter.

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Priority Goal 1 and Associated Strategies Strategy 3:

Strategy: Encourage Parental Involvement to increase student achievement.

Action steps: 1 Plan and promote open house to welcome parents into our learning community and introduce them to the parent resource room . 2 Schedule a first quarter parent conference to discuss individual student data and determine strategies to increase proficiency. Quarterly Review frequency: Assigned implementation team:

School Improvement Team

What data will be used to determine whether the strategies were deployed with fidelity? QUARTER 1: Formative & Informal assessments, DIBELS/TRC, STAR assessments, Teacher contact logs & Sign-in sheets from parent events. Classroom teachers will use weekly walk-through data to assess their implementation of professional development strategies. QUARTER 2: QUARTER 3: QUARTER 4:

Check

How will you determine whether the strategies led to progress toward the goal? (Include formative, benchmark, and summative data as appropriate.) QUARTER 1: Review of classroom walkthrough feedback to teachers, formative assessment results, formal observation and parent conference logs. We will be retaking a modified reading benchmark in grades 2-5. QUARTER 2: QUARTER 3: QUARTER 4:

What does data show regarding the results of the implemented strategies? QUARTER 1:

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Priority Goal 1 and Associated Strategies QUARTER 2: QUARTER 3: QUARTER 4: Reading proficiency in grades 3-5 for 09-10 EOG's was 39.2% and our 2010-2011 EOG average scores were 48.7%. To equal a gain of 9.5 for the school year.

Based upon identified results, should/how should strategies be changed? QUARTER 1:

Act

QUARTER 2:

QUARTER 3: QUARTER 4: Maintain the number of certified tutors for small group instruction to focus on identified strengths and weaknesses.

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Priority Goal 2 and Associated Strategies

Plan/Do

Area for improvement and supporting data (refer to #4 of School Data and Summary Analysis): To increase MATH proficiency for all subgroups.

Overall SMART* Goal:

By 2012, math proficiency in grades 3 - 5 will incrase from 57.3% to 81%.

Supports this Area of the GCS Strategic Plan:

Area I - Improve Academic Achievement

Target SMART* Goal:

By June 2012, math proficiency in grades 3 - 5 will increase from 62.1% to 81%.

*Specific, Measurable, Attainable/Aligned, Results-Oriented, and Timebound

Goal 2 Improvement Strategies – Identify research-based strategies whenever possible. Strategy 1:

Strategy: Teachers will participate in professional development to increase academic knowledge. Action Steps: 1. During first semester Math Teachers will attend the GCS Common Core Math Standards Training. 2. Teachers will participate in School Based- Assessment for Learning Training. 3. Teachers will participate in Marzano's Classroom Instruction that Works. 4. Teachers will participate in the Guilford County Teaching and Learning sessions throughout the year.

Plan/Do

Strategy 2:

Strategy: Teachers will be provided with academic support personnel to work with small group instruction. Action steps: 1. A full time Math Impact Teacher will be available to assist with planning and assessments, conduct model lessons and provide coaching with feedback. 2. An ongoing individiual math incentive program will be continued to reinforce math facts and strategies. 3. Tutors will be available to assist with small group differentiated instruction.

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Plan/Do

Priority Goal 2 and Associated Strategies 4 A GCS math coach will be scheduled to observe and provide support and feedback. 5 EC and ESOL departments will follow an inclusion model to modify and support small group instruction.

Strategy 3:

6. Teachers will, during PLCs, analyze data and plan with their grade level team to address student needs for the next quarter. Strategy: Students will be provided with differentiated instruction to positively impact academic performance. Action steps: 1 Teachers will be provided with an uninterrupted 90 minute instructional block to utilize tutors, impact teachers, and through the use of technology programs such as" IXL" and "First in Math" to increase student math performance. 2 Weekly math performance assessments will be used to determine small flexible groups within the classroom.

Review frequency:

Quarterly

Assigned implementation team:

School Leadership Team

What data will be used to determine whether the strategies were deployed with fidelity? QUARTER 1: Weekly and formative assessment data and 2nd grade will implement weekly formative assessments to align with 3rd-5th grade practices. Classroom teachers will use weekly walk-through data to assess their implementation of professional development strategies. QUARTER 2: QUARTER 3: QUARTER 4:

How will you determine whether the strategies led to progress toward the goal? (Include formative, benchmark, and summative data as appropriate.)

Check

QUARTER 1: Review of formative assessment data, observation and walkthrough feedback data. QUARTER 2: QUARTER 3:

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Check

Priority Goal 2 and Associated Strategies QUARTER 4:

What does data show regarding the results of the implemented strategies? QUARTER 1: QUARTER 2: QUARTER 3: QUARTER 4: Math proficiency in grades 3-5 for 09-10 EOG's was 57.3% and our EOG average for 2010-2011 was 62.1%. A total gain of 4.8 for the school year.

Based upon identified results, should/how should strategies be changed?

Act

QUARTER 1: QUARTER 2: QUARTER 3: QUARTER 4: Maintain the number of certified tutors for small group instruction to focus on identified strengths and weaknesses.

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Priority Goal 3 and Associated Strategies

Plan/Do

Area for improvement and supporting data (refer to #4 of School Data and Summary Analysis): To increase SCIENCE proficiency for all 5th grade subgroups.

Overall SMART* Goal:

By 2012, science proficiency in 5th grade will increase from 25% to 74%.

Supports this Area of the GCS Strategic Plan:

Area I - Improve Academic Achievement

Target SMART* Goal:

By June 2012, science proficiency in 5th grade will increase from 44.3% to 74%.

*Specific, Measurable, Attainable/Aligned, Results-Oriented, and Timebound

Goal 3 Improvement Strategies – Identify research-based strategies whenever possible. Strategy 1:

Strategy: All teachers will participate in professional development in their specific subject area. Action Steps: 1 Teachers will participate in inquiry based Science training to ensure effective teaching of curriculum. 2 Teachers will participate in GCS Teaching and Learning sessions for science.

Plan/Do

Strategy 2:

3 Best Practices will be demonstrated utilizing Marzano's Classroom Instruction that Works strategies and will be monitored during classroom walk-throughs; individual feedback will be provided. Strategy: Teachers will increase students' Science knowledge by providing daily Science instruction. Action steps: 1 Teachers will receive 45 minutes of uninterrupted instructional time. 2 Teachers will participate in demo lessons and receive assistance from GCS curriculum coaches 3 Teachers will follow the GCS Science Pacing Guide.

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Plan/D

Priority Goal 3 and Associated Strategies Strategy 3:

Strategy: Teachers will analyze weekly assessments to determine strengths and weaknesses. Action steps: 1. Instruction will be modified for students based on data including remediation and enrichment.

2. Teachers will, during PLCs, analyze data and plan with their grade level team to address student needs for the next quarter. Quarterly Review frequency: Assigned implementation team:

School leadership team.

What data will be used to determine whether the strategies were deployed with fidelity? QUARTER 1: Weekly and formative assessments. In addition, classroom teachers will use weekly walk-through data to assess their implementation of professional development strategies. QUARTER 2: QUARTER 3: QUARTER 4:

How will you determine whether the strategies led to progress toward the goal? (Include formative, benchmark, and summative data as appropriate.)

Check

QUARTER 1: Review of weekly and formative assessments. QUARTER 2: QUARTER 3: QUARTER 4:

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Priority Goal 3 and Associated Strategies What does data show regarding the results of the implemented strategies? QUARTER 1: QUARTER 2: QUARTER 3: QUARTER 4:Science proficiency in 5th grade for 09-10 EOG's was 25% and our 2010-2011 EOG average score was 44.3%. To equal a gain of 19.3% for the school year.

Based upon identified results, should/how should strategies be changed?

Act

QUARTER 1: QUARTER 2: QUARTER 3: QUARTER 4: Maintain the number of certified tutors for small group instruction to focus on identified strengths and weaknesses.

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Character Development Plan Area for Improvement: Expand character development strategies to create learning opportunities that address the whole child.

Overall SMART* Goal:

By June 2012, 100% of students will engage in civic education, character education and service learning through curriculum integration.

Plan/Do

Supports this Area of Area V - Safe Schools and Character Development the GCS Strategic Plan:

Target SMART* Goal:

By June 2011, at least 50% of students will engage in civic education, character education and service learning through curriculum integration.

*Specific, Measurable, Attainable/Aligned, Results-Oriented, and Timebound

Improvement Strategies – Identify research-based strategies whenever possible. Strategy 1:

Strategy: Implement school-wide and classroom-level activities to support the monthly district character traits. Action Steps: 1. Opportunities will be provided for teachers to plan and collaborate for the development of lessons that will help enhance our students' character. 2. On a monthly basis the administration and teachers will recognize students who exhibit outstanding behavior related to the character trait of the month. 3. Through literacy the teachers will highlight examples of people who have exhibited positive character traits.

Strategy 2:

Strategy: Provide opportunities for students to build and use citizenship skills.

Plan/Do

Action Steps: 1. Teachers will be provided the opportunity to plan, collaborate and develop lessons that will improve students’ citizenship skills.

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Strategy 2:

Character Development Plan Plan/Do

2. Social studies teachers will participate in Kid's Voting elections. 3. The Student Council Advisor will provide additional training for Student Council Officers to focus on the responsibilities of elected officials. 4. Social Studies teachers will provide opportunities to highlight the roles of individual citizens and the power of citizens working together to change their communities. 5. Teachers will bring in elected officials to serve as guest speakers. 6. Second grade students will take a field trip to the Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro. Strategy 3:

Strategy: Provide opportunities for students to participate in service learning. Action Steps: 1. The administration will provide opportunities for teachers to receive training in service learning. 2. All students will participate in one service learning thematic unit during the 2011-2012 school year. 3. Implement a youth philanthropy campaign and have students research and plan how they will positively impact their communities through their gifts. 4. Students will participate in "MLK Make A Difference Day" and Global Youth Service Day. 5. Build new community partnerships to support service learning. 6. Teachers will implement a school-wide paper recycling program.

Review frequency:

Quarterly

Assigned implementation team:

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Character Development Plan What data will be used to determine whether the strategies were deployed with fidelity? QUARTER 1: Service learning project proposals, leadership team minutes, and display of character trait stars. QUARTER 2: QUARTER 3: QUARTER 4:

How will you determine whether the strategies led to progress toward the goal? (Include formative, benchmark, and summative data as appropriate.)

Check

QUARTER 1: Service learning project proposals, leadership team minutes, and display of character trait stars. QUARTER 2: QUARTER 3: QUARTER 4:

What does data show regarding the results of the implemented strategies? QUARTER 1: QUARTER 2: QUARTER 3: QUARTER 4: Service learning project implementation is on-going, leadership team minutes, and display of character trait stars.

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Character Development Plan Based upon identified results, should/how should strategies be changed?

Act

QUARTER 1: QUARTER 2: QUARTER 3: QUARTER 4: Student council will continue to coordinate the school wide paper recycling program and expand their collection to include other recyclable materials.

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Goal Summary Goal 1 and Associated Strategies Overall SMART* Goal:

By 2012, based on EOG assessments, reading proficiency in grades 3 - 5 will increase from 39.2% to 88%.

Target SMART* Goal:

By June 2012, reading proficiency in grades 3 - 5 will increase from 48.7% to 88%.

Strategy: All Teachers will be trained in Marzano's Classroom Instruction that Works. Strategy: All Teachers will participate in Assessment for Learning training. Strategy: Encourage Parental Involvement to increase student achievement.

Goal 2 and Associated Strategies Overall SMART* Goal:

By 2012, math proficiency in grades 3 - 5 will incrase from 57.3% to 81%.

Target SMART* Goal:

By June 2012, math proficiency in grades 3 - 5 will increase from 62.1% to 81%.

Strategy: Teachers will participate in professional development to increase academic knowledge. Strategy: Teachers will be provided with academic support personnel to work with small group instruction. Strategy: Students will be provided with differentiated instruction to positively impact academic performance.

Goal 3 and Associated Strategies Overall SMART* Goal:

By 2012, science proficiency in 5th grade will increase from 25% to 74%.

Target SMART* Goal:

By June 2012, science proficiency in 5th grade will increase from 44.3% to 74%.

Strategy: All teachers will participate in professional development in their specific subject area.

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Strategy: Teachers will increase students' Science knowledge by providing daily Science instruction. Strategy: Teachers will analyze weekly assessments to determine strengths and weaknesses.

Character Development Goal and Associated Strategies Overall SMART* Goal:

By June 2012, 100% of students will engage in civic education, character education and service learning through curriculum integration.

Target SMART* Goal:

By June 2011, at least 50% of students will engage in civic education, character education and service learning through curriculum integration.

Strategy: Implement school-wide and classroom-level activities to support the monthly district character traits. Strategy: Provide opportunities for students to build and use citizenship skills. Strategy: Provide opportunities for students to participate in service learning.

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Safe School Plan Pursuant to General Statute ยง 115C-105.47, this Safe School Plan provides required information regarding roles and responsibilities of district and school-level personnel with respect to establishing and maintaining a safe, secure, and orderly school. Name and role of person(s) responsible for implementing this plan:

Dean LaVere (Principal) and School Improvement Team

Statement of Responsibility for the School Principal In accordance with General Statute ยง 115C-105.47 (b)(3), the school principal is responsible for restoring, if necessary, and maintaining a safe, secure, and orderly school environment. The duties of the principal with respect to this include exhibiting appropriate leadership for school personnel and students, providing for alternative placements for students who are seriously disruptive, reporting all criminal acts under G.S. 115C-288(g), and providing appropriate disciplinary consequences for disruptive students. Disciplinary action of principals will be the responsibility of the regional superintendent and ultimately the superintendent. Statement of the Roles of Other Administrators, Teachers, and Other School Personnel In accordance with General Statute ยง 115C-105.47 (b)(4), other school personnel will participate in the development and implementation of the safe school plan. Other school personnel will report to the principal any acts of violence, bullying or alcohol/drug offenses, serve as a role model (in preparedness and good character), and confer with student services staff when necessary to maintain a safe, secure and orderly school environment. Disciplinary action of other school personnel will be the responsibility of the principal. Services for At-risk Students Pursuant to General Statute ยง 115C-105.47 (b)(5), the following procedures are used to identify and serve the needs of students at-risk of academic failure or are engaging in disruptive or disorderly behavior, or both. In order to assess student needs, information related to discipline and academic achievement is collected and reviewed regularly including grades, discipline reports, surveys, dropout data, end of grade and end of course scores. The school system relies on these and several other sources to develop services based upon information gained from various needs assessments, i.e., Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS), Personalized Education Plan (PEP), counseling and social work referrals. The Intervention Support Team (IST), whose make-up represents the diversity of the school community, works with classroom teachers to identify students at risk of academic failure or disruptive behavior. The ISTs use a six-step process in responding to referrals of at-risk students:

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Safe School Plan 1. receive and investigate referral, 2. review data and determine if intervention plan is needed, 3. develop intervention plan if needed, 4. assess outcomes of intervention plan and determine if screening is needed, 5. conduct screening if needed, and 6. review screening data and close case. (SPECIFY ANY ADDITIONAL PROCEDURES BEING USED AT YOUR SCHOOL TO IDENTIFY AND SERVE THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS AT-RISK OF ACADEMIC FAILURE OR WHO ARE ENGAGING IN DISRUPTIVE OR DISORDERLY BEHAVIOR, OR BOTH) 7. 8. Pursuant to General Statute ยง 115C-105.47 (b)(6), the following mechanisms are used for assessing the needs of disruptive and disorderly students who are at risk of academic failure, providing these students with services to assist them in achieving academically and modifying their behavior, and for removing them from classrooms when necessary. School staff will be provided clear guidelines regarding the use of reasonable force permissible by NC Public Schools and follow Use of Seclusion and Restraint guidelines as outlined in North Carolina House Bill 1032 and Guilford County Board of Education policy (http://www.gcsnc.com/policies/admin_policy/jd_eff10_10_06.htm). In order to assess student needs, the following strategies will be implemented: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

understanding and recognizing the cultural and ethnic diversity of the student population; systemic observations of the students; conferences with students and/or parents; consultation with teachers and others who work with students; review of student records, grades, current school work, and other existing data; review of assessment results such as informal reading and math inventories, criterion referenced tests, Instructional Management System assessments, End-of-Grade (EOG)/End-of-Course (EOC) tests, etc.; review of attendance and discipline referral reports consultation with appropriate community agencies; training for designated school staff in verbal de-escalation strategies and acceptable physical intervention techniques; and review/request medical and social histories including home visits.

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Safe School Plan (SPECIFY ANY ADDITIONAL MECHANISMS USED AT YOUR SCHOOL FOR ASSESSING THE NEEDS OF DISRUPTIVE AND DISORDERLY STUDENTS WHO ARE AT RISK OF ACADEMIC FAILURE, PROVIDING THESE STUDENTS WITH SERVICES TO ASSIST THEM IN ACHIEVING ACADEMICALLY AND MODIFYING THEIR BEHAVIOR, AND FOR REMOVING THEM FROM CLASSROOMS WHEN NECESSARY.) 11. N/A Pursuant to General Statute ยง 115C-105.47 (b)(13a), the following services are provided to students assigned to an alternative school or an alternative learning program. A continuum of intervention programs are provided including behavior improvement classes, in-school suspension, Twilight School (and intervention for seniors within 9 credits of graduation), and SCALE (School Community Alternative Learning Environment) which includes the following components: (DELETE PROGRAMS NOT APPLICABLE FOR YOUR SCHOOL) 1. Guilford County Juvenile Detention Center, under the supervision of the Guilford County Juvenile Courts, employing GCS teachers (SPECIFY ANY ADDITIONAL ALTERNATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS PROVIDED FOR YOUR STUDENTS.) 4. N/A In accordance with General Statute ยง 115C-105.47 (b)(7), the following measurable (goals) for improving school safety and order are in place. (Copy as needed depending upon number of goals.) Overall SMART* Goal:

By 2012, we will reduce the number of out-of-school suspensions by 50% (from 59 to 30).

Supports this Area of Area V - Safe Schools & Character Development the GCS Strategic Plan: By June 2012, we will reduce the number of out-of-school suspensions by 9% (from 35 to 30). Target SMART* Goal: *Specific, Measurable, Attainable/Aligned, Results-Oriented, and Timebound

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Safe School Plan Improvement Strategies – Identify research-based strategies whenever possible. Strategy 1 Strategy: To provide teachers and staff with strategies for effective classroom management. Action Steps: 1. All staff will be trained in PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports). 2. Frequent communication will be maintained with parents to inform them of both positive and negative 3. GCS provides beginning teachers with system-wide mentors to support classroom management skills. 4. New teachers will be provided on-site mentors and buddies. Strategy 2 Strategy: Provide activities and programs that promote good behavior/citizenship. Action steps: 1. Students will participate in "Bully Proofing" programs. 2. Guidance Counselor will provide anger management sessions. 3. The Social Worker will continue to implement the SKIP Program and the "Attend to Win" program. 4. CIS will continue to provide lunch buddies for targeted students, chess club and "Simply You" program Review frequency: Quarterly Assigned implementation team: What data will be used to determine whether the strategies were deployed with fidelity? QUARTER 1: Discipline data in NCWISE, School Leadership Team meeting minutes. QUARTER 2: QUARTER 3: QUARTER 4:

How will you determine whether the strategies led to progress toward the goal? (Include formative, benchmark, and QUARTER 1: Review of discipline data in NCWISE and School Leadership Team meeting minutes. QUARTER 2: QUARTER 3:

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Safe School Plan QUARTER 4:

What does data show regarding the results of the implemented strategies? QUARTER 1: QUARTER 2: QUARTER 3: QUARTER 4: SSP discipline data shows that we have 35 incidents to date

Based upon identified results, should/how should strategies be changed? QUARTER 1: . QUARTER 2: QUARTER 3: QUARTER 4: Review of SSP discpline data. Planned implementation of Positivie Behavior Intervention Support Program (PBIS) for 2011-2012 school year.

In accordance with General Statute ยง 115C-105.47 (b)(9), the following planned or recently completed professional development aligns with the goals of our safe school initiative: Professional Development

Union Hill Elementary School

Planned/Completed

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Guilford County Schools


Safe School Plan Pursuant to General Statute § 115C-105.47 (b)(10), identify the school's plan to work effectively with local law enforcement and court officials. The district’s School Safety Office serves as a liaison with local law enforcement agencies. The office is staffed by a program administrator for school safety, a school resource officer (SRO) coordinator, and a support specialist for school safety. The school resource officer coordinator is a Captain with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department on contract with Guilford County Schools. The School Safety Office routinely collaborates with the various local law enforcement agencies, not only through the School Resource Officer program, but also various operating units within each agency, i.e., representatives of the criminal justice system, juvenile court counselors. The school works collaborative with local law enforcement and court officials through various programs including: (DELETE PROGRAMS NOT APPLICABLE FOR YOUR SCHOOL.) 1. Operation Stop Arm is a cooperative effort between GCS and local law enforcement agencies to reduce incidents of speeding in school zones and passing stopped school buses. 2. The City of Greensboro's Task Force against Graffiti and Gangs concentrates on reporting, recording, and removal of graffiti. 3. The law enforcement officers, juvenile court counselors, and the District Attorney’s Office notify principals when juvenile students are arrested for felonies and as the cases are adjudicated, in accordance with North Carolina General Statues 7A-675 and 15A-505. 4. SROs work closely with the middle and high school Students Against Violence Everywhere (S.A.V.E.), Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapters and the Student Mentoring Awareness Resource Teams (S.M.A.R.T.) program to raise and maintain awareness of violence in the schools, underage drinking and the use of illicit drugs. (SPECIFY ANY ADDITIONAL WAYS YOUR SCHOOL WORKS EFFECTIVELY WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND COURT OFFICIALS.) 5.

Union Hill Elementary School

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Safe School Plan Pursuant to General Statute ยง 115C-105.47 (b)(11), identify the district's plan to provide access to information to the school community, parents, and representatives of the local community. (SPECIFY ANY ADDITIONAL VENUES USED BY YOUR SCHOOL.) Community/Parents

Students

Staff

Student Handbook

Student Handbook

Staff Newsletter

School Newsletter

Student Newspaper

Faculty/Staff Meetings

School/District Brochures

Cable Access Channel

GCS Website

PTA Updates, Meetings, & Newsletter

Homeroom Updates

Cable Access Channel

GCS Website

Student Council Updates

E-mail Communications to all GCS Employees from District Relations

Connect-Ed messaging and notification technology

Connect-Ed messaging and notification technology

Connect-Ed messaging and notification technology

Superintendent's News Briefs (weekly)

Student Assemblies

Superintendent's News Briefs (weekly)

Cable Access Channel

Board of Education Meeting Materials

Board of Education Meeting Materials

Guilford County Association of Educators (GCAE)

GCS Parent Academy

Union Hill Elementary School

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SIP Union Hill 2011-2012  

This is a detalied listing of the Union HIll School Improvement Plan.

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