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2017-18

Annual School Performance Report Creekside Elementary School


Creekside Elementary School 20777 SE 16th Street, Sammamish, WA 98075 (425) 837-5200 https://connect.issaquah.wednet.edu/elementary/creekside/ Principal Tera Coyle

Welcome The Creekside Elementary community will work collaboratively to provide a safe, engaging, supportive, and challenging environment, ensuring that all students meet their highest potential in academics and citizenship while honoring their personal strengths.

Teacher Experience

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Teacher’s with National Board 73.2% Teacher Experience Data for the Certification

2017-18 School Year will be available December 2018. Average Years Teachers with Master’s/Ph.D

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OSPI Data In March 2014, the U.S. Department of Education declined to renew the state of Washington’s conditional Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waiver for schools receiving Title I, Part A funds. This decision affects all schools in Washington State, which are now subject to the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Washington is the only state that has lost its waiver and must revert to NCLB standards and timelines of assessment. For schools and districts to be considered succeeding under NCLB, schools must meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards. For schools to meet AYP, 100 percent of all students, regardless of special needs or English language mastery, must meet proficiency standards. Creekside met AYP this year. For complete information about the Issaquah School District’s assessment data, highly qualified teachers, annual yearly progress, and state NAEP (of Educational Progress) results, please visit the state’s online district report card.

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.

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Highlights Creekside has a strong school/parent/community partnership with close to 200 parent volunteers and visitors that contribute to our learning community weekly. We offer a Parent Playground monthly during our lunch and recess times to encourage more parents (especially dads) to be a part of our school community. This Parent Playground has become extremely popular, bringing in approximately 45 parents per month. Creekside was built with sophisticated, state of the art technology that consists of wireless capability, 4:1 ratio of laptops and desktop stations, ActivBoards, document cameras, and sound systems in each room, along with a minilab in the library, computer carts and an iPad cart. Advanced technology was balanced with a green design - an increased emphasis on day lighting and natural ventilation strategies to reduce energy consumption, use of clean, renewable products such as seed board, and rain gardens to filter water before it returns as groundwater. Creekside received King County Level l, II, III and IV Green School Awards for student and staff involvement in environmental stewardship, including food and paper recycling and raised bed gardens. We have shown sustainability over the years and therefore will be receiving our Level IV recognition for our “green” efforts. Earth Hero awards have been earned four times, most recently by student Waste Watcher Captains. Creekside received the 2011 Terry Husseman Sustainable School Award, achieved Green Leader School Pillar One status, and the Certificate of Excellence in 2012’s Zero Waste Challenge. Our students participated in the district’s “Waste Free Wednesday” in honor of Earth Day to reduce how much waste we produce and increase the amount of recycling and composting we do. We now have Waste Free Wednesdays every week and use sustainable silverware in the cafeteria rather than plastic, reducing our carbon footprint even further. After PTSA-Popcorn Fridays the Litter Patrol (2nd Grade Team Helpers) help pick up trash, working together to help keep our learning community clean. The Otter Café has transitioned to stainless steel silverware to reduce the amount of plastic that is thrown out or recycled.

The Creekside staff continue to build a supportive Professional Learning Community culture where staff participate in ongoing school-wide professional development (PD) to stay abreast of current research and best practices to meet the diverse needs of our students. This year, our PD opportunities centered on math problem solving, reasoning and communication, as well as cultural competency. We continued to refine our instructional practices in our second year with our Eureka math curriculum through work in learning-lab style math residencies (January 2018) and focused trainings on differentiation. To further support our community, we hosted our second Family Math Night in November 2017 where three hundred attendees strengthened the home-school connection. This year’s staff book study allowed their choice of exploring formative assessment practices, proactive classroom management systems or culturally responsive teaching. For cultural competency, Creekside staff have attended numerous trainings, workshops, and keynotes and have expanded our knowledge and awareness about the role culture plays in schools. We are committed to continuing this important work and translating it into action in our classrooms. Creekside was awarded various PTSA grants to support learning in the classroom including, but not limited to salaries for Para Pros (Para Professionals) to support students and teachers in the classroom, additional supports for our ELL students and purchasing materials for our SIP-Connected Staff Book Study. The school’s bookroom was awarded a grant this year to strengthen the selection of quality titles available to every teacher for use in guided reading and balanced literacy, while having crosscurricular applications in science, social studies, and social-emotional learning. Music and the Arts are very important at Creekside and each grade level performs an evening concert. Students learn how to play marimbas, guitars, and recorders, and fourth and fifth graders may participate in an extracurricular Choir and Marimba Clubs. The Marimba Club has again been invited this year to perform at the Sammamish Farmer’s Market, as well as the Issaquah Farmer’s Market! The PTSA also


Highlights Continued sponsors a strong art docent program and provides grants to bring artists into the classrooms.

“hello” in a different language) and kindness lessons (videos and read alouds).

We promote and support positive behavior by teaching and noticing when students show the “Creekside Way,” which is to be respectful, responsible, safe, and kind. Students are explicitly taught our school expectations throughout the year with assemblies, videos, classroom lessons, and in the moment teaching. Staff recognize positive behavior by giving students a “Creekside Coin,” which classes collect to get recognized on the morning announcements and have class celebrations. Being kind is part of the Creekside Way and is part of our Culture of Kindness. We have a “Be Kind Like Josh” program throughout the year wherein students are recognized on the Friday announcements for going above and beyond to be kind. Students who are recognized in this way also get a “Be Kind” t-shirt – it is a badge of honor and a way to spread the message. In the spring, we held a Kindness Week wherein students “Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti.” This week included kindness checklists for students (i.e., give a compliment, learn how to say

Fifth grade students participate in a three-day/twonight environmental education program at Camp Colman in Longbranch, WA.

Improving Student Achievement Creekside focused on Math Problem Solving, Communication and Reasoning for our School Improvement Plan (SIP) goal. Staff participated in monthly professional book studies and professional development learning opportunities where we increased our capacity around building positive relationships with students using proactive classroom management strategies and teaching Second Step – our social-emotional skills curriculum. These professional gatherings laid the groundwork for implementing our new social-emotional curriculum during the 2017-2018 school year.

Students may participate in numerous student led groups and school sponsored activities such as Student Council, Safety Patrol, Global Readers, Cross Country Club, and Waste Watchers. Other after school programs include Chess, Art, Techno Club and foreign language (Spanish). Otter Club, a branch of the District’s on-site school age care programs, offers a fun, safe environment for children before and after school. Creekside enjoys a very strong PTSA partnership. Family fun activities include Family Science and Engineering Night, Science Fair, art docent program, Geography Club, Chess Club, cultural fair, talent show, movie night, Halloween Bash, Reflections art program, end-of-year barbeque and PTSA sponsored “Science to Go!” lessons for every grade level.

Special Programs Special programs include Special Education pull-out/ drop-in programs with certificated and classified staff, Learning Assistance Program (LAP) to support developing readers, English Language Learner (ELL) support for students learning English, PEP (Primary Enrichment Program) for qualifying K-2nd graders, SAGE (Special Approach to Gifted Education) for qualifying 3rd-5th grade students, Rising Readers for those students who are emerging as readers but don’t qualify for LAP and the V.O.I.C.E. (Volunteers Of Issaquah Supporting Education) mentorship program.


Assessment Two tests given to elementary school students—The Smarter Balanced Assessment and the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science help indicate how well Issaquah students are learning.

Smarter Balanced Assessment The results of Washington State’s Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) help parents know how well their student is meeting learning targets. They also help schools plan instruction and curriculum based on these learning targets. The Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) is a statemandated test that measures students’ progress toward College and Career Readiness in English Language Arts (ELA) /Literacy and Math. The SBA replaced existing tests in English and Math in the spring of the 2014-2015 school year. The tests are given as part of Washington State’s education reform efforts which began in 1993 and involve annual state-specific tests for students in grades 3-8 in ELA (SBA), Math (SBA), and Science (WCAS) and then again in high school (SBA in ELA and Math and WCAS in Science). 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 Mathematics. Performance tasks ask students to demonstrate an array of research, writing, and problem solving skills. The SBA results accurately describe student achievement (how much students know at the end of the year) and are reported in two ways: scaled scores and achievement levels. A scaled score is the student’s overall numerical score. These scores fall on a continuous scale (from approximately 2000 to 3000) that increases across grade levels. Scaled scores are used to illustrate students’ current level of achievement. Based on their scaled scores, students fall into one of four categories of performance called achievement levels. Levels 3 and 4 represent “Meeting Standard” and reflect “adequate understanding” and “thorough understanding” of the learning standards. Levels 1 and 2 represent “Not Meeting Standard” and reflect “minimal understanding” and “partial understanding” of the learning standards.

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WCAS The WCAS is an exam developed and mandated by the state; it was given for the first time in Spring 2018. The WCAS measures what students know and can do on the 2013 science standards. WCAS assesses all three dimensions of the learning standards (science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts) and goes beyond multiple choice tests. The test includes a variety of item types including selected response (multiple choice, multiple select), technology enhanced, and constructed responses (equation builder, short answer). WCAS scores show the learning level of each student as compared to the state’s expectations for a well-taught student at that grade level. The numbers on the chart below represent the percentage of students who meet or exceed standard.

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