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
Mission 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.
Demographics Grades: K-5
Teacher Experience Enrollment: 720 95.5%
Teachers with Master’s/Ph.D
Teacher’s with National Board Certification
Average Years Teaching Experience
OSPI Data 59.3%
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.
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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 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 state of the art technology (wireless capability, 4:1 ratio of laptops and desk top stations, ActivBoards, document cameras, and sound systems in each room, two 30-station computer labs and an additional mini lab in the library) 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. Creekside staff have created a supportive Professional Learning Community culture where staff members participate in ongoing school-wide professional development to stay abreast of current research and best practices and to find ways to meet the diverse needs of our students. This year our Professional Development (PD) opportunities continued to focus on the area of Math Problem Solving, Reasoning and Communication. In the past, we offered differentiated professional book studies around these math topics. This year we continued to focus on providing small group, differentiated instruction in the area of math problem solving, using the Math Exemplars, Eureka Application problems, and a common grade level rubric. In an effort to support students and families with a new math curriculum adoption, Creekside hosted Family Math Night in February 2017. Three hundred attendees learned from teachers and developed a stronger homeschool connection. Families left with a stronger understanding of the learning in school and how to support their developing mathematician(s) at home. We also did a parent Eureka Math night. Creekside was awarded various PTSA grants to support learning in the classroom including, but not limited to salaries for EAs (Educational Aids) to support students and teachers in the classroom, additional supports for our ELL students and purchasing materials for our SIP-Connected Staff Book Study. Music and the Arts are very important
Highlights 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 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 provides grants to bring artists into the classrooms. We have fostered a community of Kindness this year through our “Be Kind Like Josh” program. Students are recognized for being Kind Leaders, going above and beyond to show kindness to their fellow Creekside Otters. Our entire school participated in a “Kindness Week” challenge where students and staff members focused on spreading kindness by selecting specific tasks to do (i.e., say good morning to 5 people) and recording that task onto a leaf. Throughout the week we watched as our Kindness Tree sprout! 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, 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.
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. These professional gatherings laid the groundwork for implementing our new social-emotional curriculum during the 2017-2018 school year.
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 3rd5th 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.
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 83.3
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.