Issuu on Google+

Improvement Report

Sunset Elementary Park County District No 6

Mrs. Brenda Farmer, Principal 3101 E. Sheridan Ave. Cody, WY 82414


Sunset Elementary

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Vision/Mission/Beliefs Statement

1

Improvement plan 2010-2011 Goals Summary

3

Goal 1: All students will improve in math computational fluency.

4

Goal 2: All students will improve reading comprehension skills.

6

Activity Summary by Funding Source

10

State Assurances

11

Federal Assurances

15


Sunset Elementary

Vision/Mission/Beliefs Statement MISSION Excellence In Teaching -- Learning For All VISION If Sunset Elementary School's children are going to receive an exemplary education, a shared vision must serve as the bridge between our school's present and the future that it desires. Leadership Sunset Elementary School leaders will foster a clear sense of direction each day and pursue this with persistence, tenacity, and patience. Staff Sunset Elementary School staff will accept full collaborative responsibility for each student's achievement and will model this standard of excellence on a daily basis. Curriculum and Instruction Sunset Elementary School will provide and utilize a carefully articulated curriculum including: instructional strategies (supported by best practices) for improving student achievement, technological tools and training, and daily monitoring and support, which all lead to successful learning. School Climate Sunset Elementary School students and staff will work together to provide an emotionally and physically safe environment which supports learning. Community Partnerships Parents, staff, and community will share in an active partnership, teaching Sunset's children by providing a strong partnership, which focuses on an exemplary educational experience. Students Students at Sunset Elementary School will be persons of positive character who each accept responsibility for themselves, their learning, and their choices. VALUES We will begin where the students' abilities lie and nurture growth. We will celebrate academic achievement, improvement, and personal character. We will monitor each student's learning, providing enrichment and support. We will collaborate with one another and our students so we can achieve our collective goals more effectively. SY 2010-2011 Š2010 AdvancED

Page 1 www.advanc-ed.org


Sunset Elementary

We will demonstrate our commitment to ongoing professional development and continuous improvement. We will involve parents in the education of their children by keeping them informed of their child(ren)'s progress and offering suggestions for assisting them. We will provide an inviting classroom environment for students by establishing clear expectations, consistent consequences, and specific, articulated, academic goals.

GOALS Attainable Goals We will set team and school Norms. We will assess where our school is academically and culturally. We will set forth our mission, vision, values, and goals. We will develop our personal missions. We will celebrate success! We will meet regularly to focus on teaching and learning. We will align curriculum, and create and administer grade level common assessments. We will compile data from grade level assessments. We will adjust teaching, provide support, and extend learning as data indicates. We will consider our actions as teachers as it affects our goal to raise responsible independent learners with intrinsic motivation. Stretch goals We will ensure all students demonstrate proficiency on the PAWS assessment. We will eliminate achievement gaps based on socioeconomic status. We will ensure the academic success of every student. We will teach students to be critical thinkers who learn from each other and from experience.

SY 2010-2011 Š2010 AdvancED

Page 2 www.advanc-ed.org


Sunset Elementary

Improvement plan 2010-2011 Goals Summary The following is a summary of the goals encompassed in this plan. The details for each goal are available in the next section. # 1

Goal Name All students will improve in math computational fluency.

Goal Details Objectives:1 Strategies:2 Activities:15

Goal Type Academic

2

All students will improve reading comprehension skills.

Objectives:1 Strategies:3 Activities:14

Academic

SY 2010-2011 Š2010 AdvancED

Measurable Objective Total Funding 100% of Kindergarten, $0 First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth grade students will demonstrate a proficiency of computational fluency in Mathematics by 05/20/2011 as measured by district assessments. 100% of Kindergarten, $0 First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth grade students will demonstrate a proficiency of reading comprehension, in English Language Arts by 05/25/2011 as measured by district assessments.

Page 3 www.advanc-ed.org


Sunset Elementary

Goal 1: All students will improve in math computational fluency. Measurable Objective 1: 100% of Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth grade students will demonstrate a proficiency of computational fluency in Mathematics by 05/20/2011 as measured by district assessments. Strategy 1: Learning Academy - Using formative assessment data students will be provided small group interventions during Learning Academy. Activity - Multiplication groups

Activity Type Begin Date

Fourth grade students will work in small groups, according to ability level, Academic to practice speed and accuracy of multiplication facts. Support Program

08/23/2010

End Date 05/20/2011

Activity - Subtracting from 20

Activity Type Begin Date

End Date

Third grade students will work in small groups, according to ability level, to practice speed and accuracy of subtraction facts from 20.

Academic Support Program

05/20/2011

Activity - Adding to 20

Activity Type Begin Date

End Date

Second grade students will work in small groups, according to ability level, to practice speed and accuracy of addition facts to 20.

Academic Support Program

05/20/2011

Activity - Adding to 10

Activity Type Begin Date

End Date

First grade students will work in small groups, according to ability level, to practice speed and accuracy of addition facts to 10.

Academic Support Program

05/20/2011

Activity - Adding to 5

Activity Type Begin Date

Kindergarten students will work in small groups, according to ability level, Academic to practice speed and accuracy of addition facts to 5. Support Program Activity - Division facts

SY 2010-2011 Š2010 AdvancED

08/23/2010

08/23/2010

08/23/2010

01/05/2011

Activity Type Begin Date

End Date 05/20/2011

End Date

Resource Assigned $0

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible Fourth grade PLC Team members

Resource Assigned $0

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible Third grade PLC Team members

Resource Assigned $0

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible Second grade PLC Team members

Resource Assigned $0

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible First Grade PLC Team Members

Resource Assigned $0

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible Kindergarten PLC Team members

Resource Assigned

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible

Page 4 www.advanc-ed.org


Sunset Elementary

Fifth grade students will work in small groups, according to ability level, to practice speed and accuracy of division facts.

Academic Support Program

08/23/2010

05/20/2011

$0

Fifth grade PLC Team members

Strategy 2: Each grade level PLC Team will develop activities to ensure grade level proficiency. - Grade level PLC's have scheduled time to meet each week to monitor progress of student learning and develop new activities. Activity - PLC

Activity Type Begin Date

End Date

All certified staff will attend 2 days of further PLC training in order to continue on the Professional Learning Communities path.

Professional 08/23/2010 Development

05/20/2011

Activity - Math Fact Assessment

Activity Type Begin Date

End Date

Teachers will assess students computational fluency of basic math facts Direct to plan for instruction. Instruction

08/23/2010

05/20/2011

Activity - Quantum Learning

Activity Type Begin Date

End Date

All Para educators will have the opportunity to attend a 5 day Quantum Learning Workshop to better understand the learning environment and how to facilitate the learning process.

Professional 08/16/2010 Development

05/20/2011

Activity - Computer Fluency Practice

Activity Type Begin Date

End Date

Students will use various computer programs to improve computational fluency.

Academic Support Program

05/20/2011

Activity - Direct Instruction

Activity Type Begin Date

Teachers will model and instruct using multiple strategies for Direct computation using the three-step approach to math fact/computation Instruction mastery. 1. Help students develop an understanding of the operations and number relationships. 2. Teach efficient strategies for recall of facts. 3. Provide guided practice for the selection and use of those strategies. Activity - Compass Learning

SY 2010-2011 Š2010 AdvancED

01/04/2011

08/23/2010

Activity Type Begin Date

End Date 05/20/2011

End Date

Resource Assigned $0

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible Administratio n, Certified Staff

Resource Assigned $0

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible Classroom teachers

Resource Assigned $0

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible Administratio n, Para educators

Resource Assigned $0

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible Classroom Teachers, Computer Lab Tech

Resource Assigned $0

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible Classroom teachers

Resource Assigned

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible

Page 5 www.advanc-ed.org


Sunset Elementary

Students will use Compass Learning computer program to improve computational fluency.

Academic Support Program

Activity - Math Coach

Activity Type Begin Date

The Math Coach will provide assistance to staff in teaching math as well Academic as assess students in grades 2-5 on math fluency. Support Program

08/23/2010

08/23/2010

05/20/2011

$0

End Date

Resource Assigned $0

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible Math Coach

Resource Assigned $0

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible All grade level PLC team members

Resource Assigned $0

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible Music teacher, PE teacher, Math coach

05/20/2011

Activity - Computational Fluency Practice

Activity Type Begin Date

End Date

Students will apply the elements of computational fluency and use mental math when completing computational practice activities.

Academic Support Program

05/20/2011

Activity - Computational Fluency Practice

Activity Type Begin Date

Students will develop computational fluency with grade level appropriate Academic facts; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as shown in PE Support and music activities. Program

08/23/2010

08/23/2010

End Date 05/20/2011

Classroom teachers, Computer Lab tech.

Goal 2: All students will improve reading comprehension skills. Measurable Objective 1: 100% of Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth grade students will demonstrate a proficiency of reading comprehension, in English Language Arts by 05/25/2011 as measured by district assessments. Strategy 1: Reading Support - Each classroom will have additional support staff assigned for reading support. Activity - Parent Information Night

Activity Type Begin Date

End Date

Classroom teachers and Title I staff host parent nights to inform and teach parent skills to support reading at home.

Parent Involvement

05/20/2011

Activity - Extra staff reading support

Activity Type Begin Date

SY 2010-2011 Š2010 AdvancED

08/23/2010

End Date

Resource Assigned $0

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible Classroom teachers, Title I staff

Resource Assigned

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible

Page 6 www.advanc-ed.org


Sunset Elementary

All classrooms have additional staff assigned during reading instruction. Each staff member works with small groups for reading instruction at students ability levels.

Direct Instruction

Activity - Balanced Literacy

05/20/2011

$0

Activity Type Begin Date

End Date

Source Of Funding

Students will improve their reading skills through balanced literacy. Literacy coach will provide assistance in guided reading process.

Direct Instruction

05/20/2011

Resource Assigned $0

Staff Responsible Classroom teachers, Literacy Coach, Administratio n

Activity - Title I flooding

Activity Type Begin Date

End Date

Source Of Funding

Title I staff has scheduled blocks of time that all staff work in specific grade levels to support reading.

Academic Support Program

05/20/2011

Resource Assigned $0

Staff Responsible Title I staff

Activity - Individual Reading Plan

Activity Type Begin Date

End Date

Source Of Funding

Students will complete daily individualized activities targeting understanding informational text and understanding and interpreting literary text.

Direct Instruction

05/20/2011

Resource Assigned $0

Staff Responsible Classroom Teachers, PLC team members

Activity - ARRA

Activity Type Begin Date

Resource Assigned $0

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible District administratio n, ARRA staff

The school district assigned ARRA money to provide additional staff to Academic support academics. ARRA teachers provide classroom reading support. Support Program

08/23/2010

08/23/2010

08/23/2010

11/12/2010

08/23/2010

End Date 05/20/2011

All assigned staff, Administratio n

Strategy 2: PLC - Each grade level PLC Team will develop activities to ensure grade level proficiency. Grade level PLC Teams have scheduled time to meet each week. This allows each team time to monitor progress of student learning and develop new activities. Activity - DRA

SY 2010-2011 Š2010 AdvancED

Activity Type Begin Date

End Date

Resource Assigned

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible

Page 7 www.advanc-ed.org


Sunset Elementary

Students will receive small group instruction based on componets of the Direct DRA assessment. Instruction

08/23/2010

05/20/2011

$0

Resource Assigned $0

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible Classroom Teachers, Computer Lab Tech

Resource Assigned $0

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible Administratio n, Para educators

Resource Assigned $0

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible Administratio n, Certified staff

Resource Assigned $0

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible 3rd, 4th, & 5th PLC Team members

Resource Assigned $0

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible Third grade PLC Team members

Resource Assigned

Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible

Activity - Compass Learning

Activity Type Begin Date

End Date

Students will use Compass Learning computer program to improve reading comprehension skills.

Academic Support Program

05/20/2011

Activity - Quantum Learning

Activity Type Begin Date

End Date

All Para educators will have the opportunity to attend a 5 day Quantum Learning Workshop to better understand the learning environment and how to facilitate the learning process.

Professional 08/16/2010 Development

05/20/2011

Activity - PLC

Activity Type Begin Date

End Date

All certified staff will attend 2 days of further PLC training in order to continue on the Professional Learning Communities path.

Professional 08/23/2010 Development

05/20/2011

08/23/2010

Classroom Teachers, Title I Teachers, Literacy Coach, PLC Team members

Strategy 3: Learning Academy - Using formative assessment data, students will be provided small group interventions during Learning Academy. Activity - RIT Ranges & MAP Descartes

Activity Type Begin Date

End Date

Students will be divided into groups according to their RIT ranges and MAP Descartes for small group instruction on functional and expository text.

Academic Support Program

05/20/2011

Activity - Reading

Activity Type Begin Date

Third grade students will work in small groups according to ability level to Academic practice making self-to-text connections in relation to functional and Support expository text. Program Activity - Reading

SY 2010-2011 Š2010 AdvancED

08/23/2010

08/23/2010

Activity Type Begin Date

End Date 05/20/2011

End Date

Page 8 www.advanc-ed.org


Sunset Elementary

Fourth grade students will work in small groups according to ability level Academic to practice reading comprehension through the use of functional and Support informational text. Program Activity - Retelling

Activity Type Begin Date

First grade students will work in small groups based on ability level to Academic practice retelling a story in sequence including important details and Support names of characters, and make connections between text, self and other Program text.

SY 2010-2011 Š2010 AdvancED

12/06/2010

08/23/2010

05/20/2011

$0

End Date

Resource Assigned $0

05/20/2011

Fourth grade PLC Team members Source Of Funding

Staff Responsible First grade PLC Team members

Page 9 www.advanc-ed.org


Sunset Elementary

Activity Summary by Funding Source Below is a breakdown of your activities by funding source

SY 2010-2011 Š2010 AdvancED

Page 10 www.advanc-ed.org


Sunset Elementary

State Assurances The following is a summary of your institutions certification status with required state assurances. All comments provided in ASSIST with respect to specific assurances are provided in the Comment/Attachment section of the report below. If evidence or documentation was uploaded in support of an assurance, the filename is provided in the Comment/Attachment section as well. The contents of the document can be viewed by logging into ASSIST and clicking on the file name in the Assurance Module.

Assurance

Certified

If applicable, the school assures all students in eleventh grade take the ACT or Work Keys assessment.

No

The school follows district policies and procedures for identifying and intervening with at-risk students and preventing at-risk behavior.

Yes

The school provides annual training to all school personnel concerning discrimination, confidentiality, and occupational exposure to blood-borne pathogens.

Yes

The school provides educational programs sufficient for all students to meet uniform content and performance in all areas of the common core of knowledge and skills.

Yes

The performance of each continuing contract teacher is formally evaluated in writing at least once each year.

Yes

Crisis management plans are in place to ensure that potential crisis situations are addressed and are practiced on a regular basis.

Yes

The school implements the district assessment system, including Body of Evidence, to measure student performance relative to district content and performance standards. The system is designed so that all Students have equality of educational opportunity to learn the content and skills represented in the standards and to the level established by the performance standards.

Yes

The school has implemented the district technology plan.

Yes

Fire inspections are conducted at least once every three (3) years, and results are available.

Yes

SY 2010-2011 Š2010 AdvancED

Comment/Attachment WE are K-5

We use a WDE approved teacher evaluation system

Page 11 www.advanc-ed.org


Sunset Elementary

The school conducts fire/safety drills at least once every month that school is in session according to state statutes.

Yes

If applicable, the school is providing foreign language instruction in grades K-2.

Yes

The school is providing for the needs of all gifted and talented students through enrichments in regular instruction, enrichment programs, advanced or challenging courses, extension periods, etc.

Yes

All students have access to guidance services that provide assistance in developing and monitoring their educational and career plans through a structured, systematic individual planning process.

Yes

If applicable, all Hathaway Scholarship Program course requirements, including the Eighth Grade Unit of Study and Hathaway Success Curriculum, have been met and implemented.

No

A health inspection of the building and the food service facilities is conducted annually, and the building principal has sought remedies to noted problems in accordance with state statutes.

Yes

The performance of each initial contract teacher is formally evaluated in writing at least twice annually.

Yes

The school is providing for the needs of all disabled students and is in compliance with statutory requirements.

Yes

The following days are appropriately observed: • Wyoming Day, December 10 of each year. • Nellie T. Ross’ birthday, November 29 of each year. • Native American Day, the second Friday in May. • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, December 7 of each year. • Constitution Day, September 17 of each year.

Yes

The school has procedures for involving parents and community in decision-making, implementation of standards, goal setting and planning for school improvement, and identification of budget priorities based on student performance standards.

Yes

The school has developed and has on file the policy for required notification of pesticide application on or around the school building.

Yes

SY 2010-2011 ©2010 AdvancED

NA we are k-5

Page 12 www.advanc-ed.org


Sunset Elementary

The school implements programs that include planned strategies for intervening with students who fail to demonstrate proficiency on the standards. These include extended day and extended year Yes programs and certified tutors. The school has developed and implemented a professional development plan that focuses on the development and implementation of standards and standards-based assessments, the instructional and student learning uses of technology, individual school improvement goals, assessed needs based on documented student results, and individual professional development goals.

Yes

Protective eye devices have been purchased and are used, free of charge, by all students and teachers involved in activities or using materials that create a substantial risk of harm to the eyes.

Yes

The school employs qualified instructional facilitators to provide professional development, teacher mentoring and educational leadership based on identified needs and school improvement Yes planning. The school complies with the State Board of Education’s definition of the minimum hours of student/teacher contact and minimum days per year. The school calendar includes a minimum of 185 teacher work days. • 1/2 Day Kindergarten - 450 hours • Full Day Kindergarten - 900 hours • Elementary - 900 hours • Middle/Jr. High - 1,050 hours • High School - 1,100 hours

On Presidents’ Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Wyoming Equality Day, and general election day, the school is not dismissed except by order of the board of trustees of the district. Exercises to emphasize the significance of these days are optional to the school.

SY 2010-2011 ©2010 AdvancED

Yes

The school operates on a regular calendar, which includes _____175___ student/teacher contact days, ____10____ days devoted to professional development, and ___2_____ days for parent/teacher conferences. The school operates on an approved alternative calendar, which includes _____na____ student/teacher contact days, _______na___ days devoted to professional development, and ____na_____ days for parent/teacher conferences. Date of approval for alternative calendar by the State Board of Education: __________na_______________

Yes

Page 13 www.advanc-ed.org


Sunset Elementary

The school ensures that students are educated in a safe environment that meets all building, health, safety, and environmental codes and standards required by law for all public buildings.

Yes

The school requires written documentary proof of immunization or written immunization waiver to be provided for all students attending within thirty (30) days after the date of school entry. The school maintains documentation on file and conducts an audit of immunization status for each child enrolled in accordance with rules and regulations prescribed by the Department of Health.

Yes

The school monitors its school improvement process and supports the implementation of the school Improvement plan.

Yes

The school participates in the State Accountability System and complies with applicable Federal laws.

Yes

Instruction is provided in the essentials of the state and federal constitutions.

Yes

The school has adopted and implemented strategies to monitor the teaching of standards.

Yes

The school ensures that all third through eighth and/or eleventh grade students participate in the Wyoming state assessment of student performance in reading, writing, mathematics and, science (known as PAWS).

Yes

Media services sufficient to support the achievement of student content and performance standards are available and accessible to all students and staff.

Yes

The assignment of staff members is in accordance with the certificates and endorsements as specified in the Professional Teaching Standards Board regulations.

Yes

The school uses a State Board of Education/WDE approved teacher performance evaluation system.

Yes

Every three years the school assesses all grade levels, parents, and staff regarding school mission and student learning, school safety, service provision, equity, and opportunity to learn. The results are used for school improvement planning.

Yes

The flags of the United States of America and the State of Wyoming are displayed when school is in session in, upon, or around the school building.

Yes

SY 2010-2011 Š2010 AdvancED

Page 14 www.advanc-ed.org


Sunset Elementary

Federal Assurances The following is a summary of your institutions certification status with required Title I assurances. All comments provided in ASSIST with respect to specific assurances are provided in the Comment/Attachment section of the report below. If evidence or documentation was uploaded in support of an assurance, the filename is provided in the Comment/Attachment section as well. The contents of the document can be viewed by logging into ASSIST and clicking on the file name in the Assurance Module.

Assurance

Certified

Comment/Attachment

The school will allocate and spend Title I, Part A Targeted Assistance funds only on programs and activities for identified eligible students and will maintain appropriate financial records in this Yes regard. The school has conducted a comprehensive needs assessment, which included a review of Yes academic achievement data, and has established objective criteria for identifying eligible students. The school has planned targeted assistance activities for identified students that are coordinated with and support the regular educational program of the school so that identified students have access to both.

Yes

The school has planned targeted assistance activities for identified students to be coordinated with Yes and integrated with other federal, state, and local programs. The school has assigned to targeted assistance programs and activities paraprofessionals who meet the requirements of NCLB and teachers who are Highly Qualified under NCLB.

Yes

The school has incorporated targeted assistance planning into the existing school improvement planning process.

Yes

The school has planned or developed strategies to monitor and evaluate the success of targeted assistance activities with the identified students and will use the results of the evaluation to inform and improve instructional strategies as well as professional development activities.

Yes

The school has planned or developed strategies to increase parental involvement in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the targeted assistance activities, including the development of a Parent Compact.

Yes

SY 2010-2011 Š2010 AdvancED

Page 15 www.advanc-ed.org


Sunset Elementary

The school has planned or provided appropriate professional development activities for staff who will be serving identified students.

Yes

The school has planned and developed research-based instructional strategies to support and assist identified students.

Yes

SY 2010-2011 Š2010 AdvancED

Page 16 www.advanc-ed.org


Sunset School Improvement Plan