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School Improvement Plan

 

 

TACOMA SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

School Improvement Plan

 

2017-2018

 

 

 

Building: Meeker Middle School (Approved MELT 11/2/17)

 

 

 

Improvement Goal: Academic Excellence

 

 

 

Target Area: Reading- Throughout the school year reading techniques will be taught by all classes. Specifically AVID strategies will be used though our advisory classes to teach student-reading techniques. Those same strategies will then be used throughout the building.

 

Target Area: Mathematics- Students needing assistance will be identified by their teachers and support will be provided through tutoring opportunities. Additional support will occur though tutoring opportunities using our AmeriCorps Tutor, SPARX after school tutoring and Meeker Staff Tutoring.

 

 

 

Target Goal: Ninety percent of Meeker students will increase at least a half year of growth in math and reading grade level proficiency as measured by the I-Ready test, in the winter compared to fall scores.

 

 

 

 

IMPROVEMENT STRATEGIES/ACTIVITIES

What strategies are you using to achieve the academic excellence goal, the collaboration goal, or the safety goal?

 

TIMELINE

When will this activity begin and end?

 

WHO IS

RESPONSIBLE?

Who will provide the leadership for this activity?

 

RESOURCES/

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEEDED

What are the existing and/or new resources that will be used to accomplish this activity?

 

MONITORING

PROGRESS

What ongoing FORMATIVE or SUMMATIVE evidence will be gathered to show this activity is making a difference in student learning?

 

Reading- 90% of Meeker students will improve their academic skills in informational reading and listening comprehension by an annual growth of more than 50% as measured by IABs  or I-Ready tests showing at least one-half year’s growth.

At the start of the year students will be instructed in AVID strategies that will be reinforced through all curricular areas. Additionally, student progress will be monitored using i-Ready.

Social studies teachers will begin Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) for listening and Science will assess informational reading. The IC will monitor the I-Ready scores once student scores are completed; AVID Coordinator; Administration

Teachers will need to be instructed on the processes of IAB testing; development of the score reporting process will need to be provided; continued support for technology in the classroom; instruction to staff for using data review programs

Office personnel and administrators will monitor the scores of the tests and compile the results for publication to our school community. Each department will test at least two times during the year suggesting one IAB in December and the other in March/April prior to SBA testing.

Mathematics- Students will improve their academic skills in math through their math classes and school-wide innovative practices. 90% of Meeker students will improve their academic skills in mathematics by an annual growth of more than 50% as measured  by I-ready tests showing at least one-half year’s growth. Additionally the math department will support the innovative school status of Meeker by integrating financial literacy in class as opportunities present themselves.

Students will be supported in their classes by cluster groups; after school tutoring with the AmeriCorps tutor; student grades and progress will be monitored using district resources and the I-Ready test and I-SMs.

Math teachers will be responsible for challenging students; growth will be monitored through I-Ready; administration will write a grant proposal to support student interventions; Math Teachers will also be responsible for at least two IABs suggesting one in December and one in March/April.

Support for a grant to fund intervention classes; partnership with The Center at AmeriCorps tutors for after school tutoring; staff tutoring through intervention funds; possible tutoring through the Metro Parks SPARX partnership

Administrators will monitor the scores and I-Ready test results for publication to our school community. Our instructional coach will work with the math department to develop programs to support Math and use AVID strategies.

Meeker Middle School is focused on decreasing the rate of behavioral incident slips for all students in grades 7 and 8. Strategies we intend to use include offering available academic interventions, using PBIS practices, establishing a mentorship or club program facilitated by men and women on our staff and from the community, and using equity focus activities from District Equity Team meetings with staff. The goal would be reducing the number of behavior Blue Slips 25% from last years’ numbers.

Monthly monitoring of the blue slip report of  students; PBIS rewards in the classroom and throughout the school

WC2 team, Building Equity Rep and administrator will meet to review monthly data; grade level team leaders will also identify students that need intervention,

Behavioral de-escalation techniques,  interventions through partnerships (The Center at Norpoint); financial support for tutors; Homework Club; Club for Students of Color (Social Justice Project); up to date data required

PBIS practices will be monitored through the building; monthly behavioral checks for frequent fliers specifically watching for students of color; The building leadership team will review monthly data with the counselors offering available interventions with support from grade level team leaders.

All students will create a STEM Project during Science classes. Projects will be shared with the community during student led conferences in the Spring.

Preliminary Projects discussed at Science Team Meetings. Project Guidelines will be in place and science staff standardize projects by Spring.

All Staff with Science Classes will be responsible for STEM projects

Professional Collaboration and planning at Data Days for Science Staff; Financing for Project Supplies through the principal office or specially earmarked funds.

Create a Pre and Post Test for student learning for these projects; Debrief of science staff at April Release Day

Students will receive enrichment activities for the development of 21st Century Skills as detailed in Meeker’s Mission Statement:

·   Global (Geographical) Awareness- 6th Gr. SS

·   Arts Literacy- Art

·   Financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial Literacy- Math

·   Civic Literacy – 7th Gr. Social Studies

·   Health Literacy- PE

·   Environmental Literacy- 8th Gr. SS

·   Digital Citizenship Literacy- Career and Tech Ed Classes

·   STEM focus centered on Engineering Design Process- Science

 

Integration will begin immediately and occur periodically in every class

Every staff member of Meeker Middle School will be responsible for supporting some aspect of the 21st Century Education Goals at Meeker

Collaboration time will be required for subject matter teams to discuss implementation strategies. Departmental collaboration will also be required to prevent repetition of information and consistency of instructional topics

Follow-up multiple times through the year to make sure departments and teams are collaborating and implementing the 21st Century Skills of the Innovative School Application

 

 


 

 

Target Area- Academic Excellence- Extracurricular Involvement

 

 

 

Target Goal- The number of students involved in extra-curricular activities will increase both in real numbers and in percentages from the start of the year.

 

 

 

 

IMPROVEMENT STRATEGIES/ACTIVITIES

What strategies are you using to achieve the academic excellence goal, the collaboration goal, or the safety goal?

 

TIMELINE

When will this activity begin and end?

 

WHO IS

RESPONSIBLE?

Who will provide the leadership for this activity?

 

RESOURCES/

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEEDED

What are the existing and/or new resources that will be used to accomplish this activity?

 

MONITORING

PROGRESS

What ongoing FORMATIVE or SUMMATIVE evidence will be gathered to show this activity is making a difference in student learning?

 

At the start of each sport season and as new clubs are introduced, advisor and coaches will invite students to participate. The Principal and Athletic Director will complete calls home.

For each sport season and semester class there will be a tally. Of participation

Music Teachers

Athletic Director

Club Advisors

Assistant Principal

A survey will be provided to all students to determine possible participation

Assistant Principal and Principal will be responsible for monitoring the numbers. Final analysis will be done in graphic format.

Participation in the after school program at the Center at Norpoint will exceed 40% of all Meeker Students

Throughout the year

Metro Parks Supervisor and Assistant Principal

MOU between Tacoma Schools and Metropolitan Park District

Quarterly we will review totals of student involved in the program and compare to student enrollment.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Target Area: Safety

 

 

 

Target Goal: The number of student referrals for disruptive conduct will decrease and feelings of security will improve.

 

 

IMPROVEMENT STRATEGIES/ACTIVITIES

What strategies are you using to achieve the academic excellence goal, the collaboration goal, or the safety goal?

 

TIMELINE

When will this activity begin and end?

 

WHO IS

RESPONSIBLE?

Who will provide the leadership for this activity?

 

RESOURCES/

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEEDED

What are the existing and/or new resources that will be used to accomplish this activity?

 

MONITORING

PROGRESS

What ongoing FORMATIVE or SUMMATIVE evidence will be gathered to show this activity is making a difference in student learning?

 

Disruptive Conduct Suspensions will decrease by using redirection and additional Positive Intervention Support and partnerships with parents.

Throughout the school year

Entire staff and school supervisors

An Introduction to positive behavior systems needs to occur with PBIS throughout the year

Monthly reports will be given to the staff about discipline issues.

The climate survey will show an increase in the feeling of safety around the school for students, parents and teachers.

This is a one time per year climate survey

School Administration will monitor monthly suspension data

Continuance of the climate survey and publication of discipline totals to school community.

Research and Evaluation will provide the data to the principal for his dispersal of the data to all of the community members of Meeker.

 

 

 

Target Area: Partnerships

 

 

 

Target Goal: The number of business partners, parental partners and community participation will increase. Additionally the principal will submit requests to support student support and tutoring with partnership support.

 

 

 

 

IMPROVEMENT STRATEGIES/ACTIVITIES

What strategies are you using to achieve the academic excellence goal, the collaboration goal, or the safety goal?

 

TIMELINE

When will this activity begin and end?

 

WHO IS

RESPONSIBLE?

Who will provide the leadership for this activity?

 

RESOURCES/

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NEEDED

What are the existing and/or new resources that will be used to accomplish this activity?

 

MONITORING

PROGRESS

What ongoing FORMATIVE or SUMMATIVE evidence will be gathered to show this activity is making a difference in student learning?

 

Meeker will continue to seek new members for partnerships and will especially concentrate on members dealing with Innovative and STEM education and AVID. This will include organizations supporting Meeker with donations of resources and parent volunteers.

 

Starting in October all staff members will reach out and explore partnership opportunities. Ends April, 2016

All staff are responsible, but ultimately the building principal will be responsible for sharing the partnerships of our building.

Contact with Community Partnerships from the Central Office; Schnitzer Steel; Milgard Manufacturing Engineering Dept.; et al.

Principal will keep list showing partnerships throughout the building including parents, colleges, businesses and major corporations.

Meeker will develop new relationships with college and career ready businesses to provide information to students about options in the future. Additionally, 8th grade classes will focus on College and Career Readiness through the Finance Park Project and the PSAT Pre-Registration. AVID will continue College Speakers and visits to local colleges and universities.

Washington State and DoIT classes will sign up for the PSAT; In the Spring 8th grade students will visit the Finance Park.

8th Grade Teachers and AVID Elective Teachers

Transportation to and from local Field Trips for Post-secondary  opportunity visitations; Extra time for Staff to collaborate for trips

Administration will make sure opportunities are provided to take the students on field trips.

Members of the Meeker staff will practice the characteristics of Culturally Responsive Schools.

 

Once a month activities at Staff Meetings.

District equity representative and ASB leadership advisor

Use of information from district equity team and ASB plan for implementation

Monthly recognition of District Equity Plan and participation by all staff in activities.

Parent partner responses on climate survey will show an increase in opinions of Meeker Classes showing academic rigor and high expectations.

The annual climate survey will be used

Principal will be responsible for coordinating and publicizing the rigor occurring throughout the building

Climate survey needs to be offered every year.

All staff will support rigorous instruction and use deeper questioning techniques using higher levels of questioning. STEM lessons and higher level thinking skills will be reinforced.

The Flags for our Commons of Cultures will be reviewed.

Every Other Year our ASB will ask students what country they were born in or their parents are born in.

Student Leadership and ASB Advisor

Financial support and SMART team support for purchasing and installing the flags identified.

The flags will be adjusted as needed