Annual School Performance Report Grand Ridge Elementary School
Grand Ridge Elementary School 1739 NE Park Drive, Issaquah, WA 98029 (425) 837-7925 https://connect.issaquah.wednet.edu/elementary/grand/ Principal Jill Ravenscraft
Mission Our students will be of high character, and will be prepared for and eager to accept the academic, personal, and practical challenges of life in their school, community, and ever–changing global environments.
Welcome Involved parents and community members enrich our school and enhance our students’ learning experiences. Thanks for making a difference!
Teacher Experience Teacher’s with
Teacher Experience data for the 2018-2019 National Board School Year 50.0% Certification will be available via OSPI at a later date.
Average Yearsat: For complete school data, please visit OSPI’s website Teaching washingtonstatereportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us Teachers with Master’s/Ph.D
OSPI Data State testing is required by state (RCW 28A.230.095) and federal law. The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), enacted in 1965, is the nation’s national education law and shows a longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students. On December 10, 2015 President Obama reauthorized ESEA as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These state and federal laws result in elementary students being regularly tested by the State to assess their progress as they move through school. State tests at the elementary level which fulfill the federal Every Student Succeeds Act include the following: • Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA): English Language Arts (ELA) and Math tests (3-5) • Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS): Science test (5)
District Report For budget details and more go to www.issaquah.wednet.edu/district/ annual-community-report/ The Issaquah School District believes in seeking continual feedback from a broad and diverse range of constituents regarding their experiences with the District and their neighborhood school. See the Community Polling Study site at www.issaquah.wednet.edu/district/polling for more information and survey results.
Demographics Grades: K-5
Enrollment: 748 94.4%
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Highlights Grand Ridge, which opened in 2006, is perched on a hill offering “grand” sweeping views of the Olympics and Northern Cascades. A state-of-the-art facility including a gymnasium, multipurpose room, stage, music room, library, computer lab, kiln room, and an outdoor covered play area, Grand Ridge hosts five elementary grades (1 through 5) and a highly qualified, certificated faculty. Grand Ridge kindergarteners attend Kindergarten Centers at Challenger and Endeavour elementary schools, and return to Grand Ridge as first graders. In addition to a full range of academic subjects, all students participate weekly in library, music and physical education, visit the computer lab, and complete monthly art projects. Grand Ridge takes pride in being a culturally diverse school with a very active parent community. Technology: Grand Ridge has expanded technology usage in the classroom and throughout the school. The mobile tech carts increase students’ access to laptops and provide plenty of accessibility for statewide testing. Students access technology daily in the form of our computer lab, seven lap top carts, three I-pad carts, individual classroom computers and Google Expeditions. Teachers integrate technology daily through the use of ActivBoard’s, document cameras, student computers, and a variety of databases. Students and families have access to a variety of databases to use at school and at home,for example Brainpop, Brainpop Jr., Culturegrams, Raz-Kids and TrueFlix, as well as our partnership with the King County Library System. Due to our high accessibility to technology, parent and teacher communication has increased as a result of the use of Seesaw and classroom websites. Teachers take their students around the world using Google Expeditions, which ties to our newly implemented Social Studies curriculum. Through the use of our two Google Expedition carts, carrying enough Google Expeditions for 25-30 students to explore and travel directly through the glasses, students are immersed in the world and cultures around them. Positive Behavior Social Emotional Support: Grand Ridge is in its third year of implementing its
Positive Behavior Social Emotional Support (PBSES) curriculum, rolling out the program to all students. The school added a full-time Student Support Coach to train, coach, and support staff and students to promote respect, strengthen and model positive relationships, and support predictable, proactive learning environments. Research shows that when a school environment is positive and predictable, students feel safer, have better academic performance, higher test results, and make better behavior choices. A representative team meets regularly to review data, create staff trainings, and analyze systems to support all students. That team includes: school administrators, classroom teachers, the counselor, the school psychologist, a special education teacher, a paraprofessional, specialists, and the PBSES coach The team created schoolwide behavior expectations: Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible for all common areas around the school with posters for students to reference. Grand Ridge staff teaches, models, reinforces, and celebrates schoolwide expectations with students throughout the year. The Second Step Curriculum is used in all classrooms. Additionally, staff received training on proactive classroom management strategies, establishing positive relationships, and PBIS components. Supporting the growth and development of the whole child is a priority, and Grand Ridge will continue to make progress with the PBSES work for years to come. Environmental Consciousness: Grand Ridge works hard to maintain its Level 4 Green School status. The Green Team monitors water consumption and how well classrooms are recycling. It also educates students and teachers on ways to save paper and energy. The Waste Watcher program includes more than 50 students who help monitor recycling and composting each day at lunchtime, which reduces the amount of waste the school produces. Grand Ridge is a walking school, with no bus transportation, further reducing the impact on the environment.
Improving Student Achievement This year, the schoolwide focus was on continuing the implementation of the Eureka Math curriculum. Eureka Math was developed to specifically meet the new Common Core State Standards, and is the only comprehensive curriculum fully aligned with standards for grades K-8. It is a rigorous program that was written by a team of teachers and mathematicians who took great care to present mathematics in a logical progression. This coherent approach allows teachers to know what incoming students already have learned and ensures that students are prepared for what comes next. When fully implemented, the curriculum will dramatically reduce gaps in learning, instill persistence in problem solving and prepare students to understand advanced math. Students not only learn the process for solving a problem, they also learn to understand why that process works. Teaching mathematics as a story, the curriculum builds students’ knowledge logically and thoroughly to help them achieve deep understanding. It is an approach that has been tested and proven to be the most successful method in the world. Grand Ridge provides a range of resources to meet all students’ needs. The Learning Resource Center (LRC) helps students with special needs, including academic and behavior support. Reading Club provides students with additional reading and writing help. The Special Approach to Gifted
Education (SAGE) offers educational enrichment for students in grades 3 through 5, and a PEP (math enrichment program) for those in grades 1 and 2. The school counselor conducts in-class lessons to support all students’ social and emotional needs. A strong VOICE mentoring program, buddy classrooms, and high school mentors round out the school’s offerings to support every child.
Enrichment Activities Teachers at Grand Ridge offer a wide variety of before- or after-school extracurricular activities, including choir, safety patrol, Global Reading Challenge, marimba club, K-Kids, Girls on the Run, and running club. Grand Ridge also offers a tuition-based before- and after-school child care for students at Grizzly Club. The Grand Ridge PTSA is an active organization that sponsors many fun and enriching activities throughout the year including classroom art docents, after-school movies, national PTSA Reflections art contest, Cultural club, Grizzly guys, learning garden, cultural fair/science fair, engineering night, and a fall and spring social event. The PTSA helps organize a vital volunteer and advocacy base for the school, as well as leads fund-raising efforts to enhance curriculum with hands-on learning opportunities and provide for teacher grants. The PTSA raised more than $140,000 for technology support, laptop carts, iPad carts, classroom libraries, field trips, recess coach, literacy support, and other PTSA programs.
Assessment Two tests given to elementary school studentsâ€”The Smarter Balanced Assessment and the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science help indicate how well Issaquah students are learning.
Smarter Balanced Assessment The SBA consists of two parts: a computer adaptive test and a performance task. Writing is included at every grade level and students are asked to solve multi-step, real-world problems in math. Performance tasks ask students to determine an array of research, writing, and problem solving skills. The SBA results describe student achievement (how much students know at the end of the year). The Grade Level Total ELA and Grade Level Total Math charts on the right-hand side of the page indicate the percent of students in third, fourth, and fifth grade who met or exceeded standard in ELA and Math on the SBA compared to the percent of students who met or exceeded standard in ELA and Math district-wide.
Grade Level Total Math
Grade Level Total ELA
Grade 5 WCAS - Science
The WCAS fulfills the federal requirement that students be tested in Science once at the elementary level. The WCAS measures the level of proficiency students have achieved (what students know and can do) based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The WCAS assesses all three dimensions of the learning standards (Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts). The numbers on the chart represent the percentage of students in grade 5 who met or exceeded standard on the NGSS compared to the percentage of students in grade 5 who met or exceeded standard district-wide.