Annual School Performance Report Clark Elementary School
Clark Elementary School
500 Second Avenue SE, Issaquah, WA 98027 (425) 837-6300 https://connect.issaquah. wednet.edu/elementary/ clark/ Principal Dr. Tod Wood
Welcome At Clark Elementary, we are fortunate to experience a warm, welcoming, and engaging community as a result of involved parents, community members, and a deeply invested staff. Together, we provide a highly enriched and purposeful learning environment that greatly enhances our studentsâ€™ experiences. Our community is committed to working together in order to make a meaningful difference in the life of every child we serve.
Mission Clark Elementary believes in the potential of every student to achieve high levels of learning. We are committed to inspiring and supporting each individual in order to attain high levels of success.
Demographics Grades: K-5
Teacher Experience Enrollment: 753 94.4%
Teachers with Master’s/Ph.D
Teacher’s with National Board Certification
3 Average Years Teaching Experience
OSPI Data 50.7%
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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. Clark 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.
For budget details and more go to www.issaquah.wednet.edu/district/annualcommunity-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.
Highlights Clark enjoys a very warm, family friendly atmosphere. We embrace our parent and family community and enjoy partnering and providing opportunities for participation at multiple levels, from volunteering in the classroom to supporting individual students, making photocopies ,and assisting on fieldtrips to playing with students as part of our Dads at Recess events! Whatever your interests, time constraints, or skillset, we have an opportunity for YOU at Clark! Clark kicks off each year with Shark Week, an opportunity for all students to engage in a review of school expectations for each common area of our building, including hallways, the lunchroom, bathrooms, the playground, and more! Our hope is that by including each student in this conversation we will all be better prepared to engage in successful behavior and choices each and every day throughout the year ahead. Students who exemplify our Clark Commitments (to be Safe, Kind, and Productive) are honored weekly as Clark Sharks of the Week. Classes who model excellence during our specialist periods are also recognized as our Library, Music, and PE Classes of the Week. Our Monday morning announcements welcome students back from the weekend, recognize our students and classes of the week, provide updates for any upcoming events or changes, and usually include a challenging brain teaser or special joke or riddle! We utilize the Class Dojo app to encourage students for modeling positive behavior and choices. Class Dojo is a building-wide program that allows us to celebrate student success together! Students are recognized for engaging in positive behaviors such as flexibility, resilience, persistence, optimism, empathy, and kindness. As part of this recognition, students are awarded Dojo Dollars, which can be spent in our Sharks-R-Us School Store to purchase bookmarks, pencils, erasers, favorite book titles,
plastic and stuffed animals, Lego sets, Pokemon cards, Hotwheels, and science and craft sets! Students at Clark have numerous opportunities to be involved in student leadership. These include participating as members of Student Council, planning school spirit days, leading community support activities, giving back to our community through service, and serving with our Green Team or as members of our School Crossing Guard. We are proud of the strong partnership we share with our parents and community. Over 20 Costco volunteers provide one-on-one reading support to our students. VOICE mentors support our students each week. Parents are actively involved in the life of the school as they volunteer countless hours to support student learning. We are also fortunate to have a partnership with Issaquah High School students who provide one-toone academic support for many of our Clark students. Issaquah High School students assist our teachers, support instruction, and mentor students as part of their high school course work or community service. Clark teachers and students are enthusiastically engaged in the integration of technology into all aspects of learning. All classrooms are equipped with laptop computers, document cameras, digital projectors, and ActivBoards. Teachers maintain classroom websites to facilitate communication with students and families. They also keep current on the use of the very latest technology through the Issaquah Technology Project (ITP) and other professional development opportunities. At our current location, Clark is fortunate to have a dedicated (and fully equipped!) Art Room and Cooking Lab that provides students with enriched learning experiences. Clark students also have the opportunity to be introduced to rhythm instruments, keyboards, recorders, guitars, and a variety of other musical tools as part of our rich music program.
Improving Student Achievement Clark has a focused goal of improving student achievement in mathematics. In addition to teacher training and implementation of our new math curriculum, we are specifically examining instructional practices that support student engagement throughout the entire learning process. All teachers will receive training throughout the year focusing on instructional math strategies as well as the components of our newly adopted math curriculum. Students are engaged in daily math workshop activities that include introductions to new academic learning, skill practice, and development of problem solving skills. As part of our Eureka Math Curriculum implementation, teachers have received support through our Issaquah School District workshops and training, as well as ongoing support from our on-site Instructional Coach. As part of this work, teachers have focused on problem solving, collected data to review student progress, and monitored and reflected on this growth throughout each school year. They also continued to refine their instructional practices for building student conceptual development, higher-level thinking skills, and ongoing practice in computation. Many of our teachers are trained in GLAD, a studentcentered, language-rich program designed to meet the varied needs of our students. With the support of our GLAD Building Leader, teachers use these classroom strategies daily in order to better motivate and engage students.
Special Programs Clark hosts a district Science and Technology Magnet program, which is a 4th-5th grade multi-age classroom with a focus on environmental science taught through a hands-on approach to learning. Our new facility includes two classrooms specifically outfitted and designed to serve students in this program.
Before/After School Our school district provides a tuition-based before and after school child care program at Clark called Shark Club. In addition, we offer a variety of extracurricular activities through PTA and teacher led clubs; Choir, Student Council, Homework Club, Cooking, Art Club, Safety Patrol, Math Club, Reading Club, After School Movies, and Lego Club are just a few of the many opportunities that were available to Clark students during past offerings.
Whatâ€™s New Our Clark community is looking forward to relocating to our new school site this fall, as we begin the 2017-18 school year. Our new building is a beautiful facility, with hallway activity spaces, 32 brand new classrooms, a stand-alone, full service, Science & Technology building for students in our magnet program, dual music classrooms, a gymnasium featuring a fully equipped integrated teaching station, and brand new outdoor play spaces, featuring two covered areas, new play equipment, benches, and tables, basketball court, and play field. Our students and staff are all excited for our fall move-in!
Grade Level Total ELA
Assessment Two tests given to elementary school students—The Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and the Measurement of Student Progress (MSP)—help indicate how well Issaquah students are learning.
Smarter Balanced Assessment The results of Washington State’s Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and Measures of Student Progress (MSP) 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 state-mandated 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 (MSP) and then again in high school (SBA in ELA and End of Course assessments in Math and Biology). 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.
Grade Level Total Math 79.5 66.0
Grade 5 MSP-Science
The MSP is an exam developed and mandated by the state; it replaced the state’s original annual exam, the WASL, in spring 2010. The MSP measures what students know and can do on the 2009 science standards. Next year the MSP will be replaced by the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science which will measure what students know and can do on the Next Generation Science Standards. MSP 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.