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 Teacher’s with
Teacher Experience data for the 2018-2019 National Board School Year 60.9% will be available via OSPI at a later date. Certification
For complete school data, please visit OSPI’s website Average Yearsat: 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: 723 95.3%
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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. Creekside was built with sophisticated, state of the art technology that consists of wireless capability, 4:1 ratio of laptops and desktop stations, document cameras, and sound systems in each room with either a projector and ActivBoard or an interactive TV. Creekside comes with a minilab in the library, a computer lab for grades K-2, 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 sustaining Green School 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. The Otter Café has transitioned to stainless steel silverware to reduce the amount of plastic that is thrown out or recycled. PD opportunities centered on revisiting core principles of a balanced literacy program, specifically focusing on small group reading instruction to support the diverse needs of our readers, word study, and effective writing instruction. Research shows the power of differentiated reading instruction and our staff felt it important to focus our efforts in deepening our literacy practices. We also sought to utilize the resources in our newly-
enhanced school-wide leveled bookroom, thanks to a $10,000 grant from PTSA two years ago. In writing, Creekside hosted national writing consultant, Matt Glover, who worked in nine classrooms to demonstrate effective writing instruction for ISD’s new hires as well as a handful of our Creekside teachers who were invited. This year’s staff book study centered around our School Improvement Plan (SIP) goal, literacy. Teachers were able to select a reading or writing topic, based on their professional growth goals and needs in the classroom. A variety of researchbased texts were selected and teachers analyzed ways to apply the new knowledge into our existing curriculum and best practices. 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 Professionals to support students and teachers in the classroom and additional supports for our ELL students and purchasing materials for our SIP Connected Staff Book Study. The school’s bookroom was awarded a grant to strengthen the selection of quality titles available to every teacher for use in guided reading and balanced literacy, while having cross-curricular applications in science, social studies, and socialemotional learning. These books were used in classrooms this past year. The PTSA also awarded a grant to purchase a set of engaging picture books to support students’ social emotional skill growth. 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 sponsors a strong art docent program and
Highlights Continued provides grants to bring artists into the classrooms. 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. In addition, each month students are recognized for exhibiting that month’s selected Social Skill with his or her name written on a star and posted on the bulletin board. In the spring, we hold a Kindness Week which includes activities such as kindness checklists for students (i.e., give a compliment, learn how to say “hello” in a different language) and kindness lessons (videos and read alouds). Fifth grade students participate in a three-day/two-
night environmental education program at Camp Colman in Longbranch, WA. 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 luau and PTSA sponsored “Science to Go!” lessons for every grade level.
Special Programs Improving Student Achievement Staff participated in monthly 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. We continued our focus on our School Improvement Plan (SIP) which is centered around supporting our growing readers.
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 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 86.6 80.8 74.9
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.