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School Improvement Plan

Davisville Middle School


School Improvement Plan 2017-2018


Mission


Davisville Middle School is committed to providing our students with avenues for academic and personal growth through challenging and diverse educational opportunities.


Vision


All students at Davisville Middle School will achieve rigorous learning goals and will continuously improve their academic, social, emotional, creative, and physical growth.  In order to do this, we will provide a learning environment that meets the diverse needs of every student and encourages students to be global citizens who value a culturally rich world.  Each student will have access to a high quality, rigorous curriculum with multiple and varied opportunities.  With the help and engagement of our staff, families, and community members, our students will begin to develop the skills, strategies, and knowledge necessary to become prepared for their high school, college and career choices and ultimately their roles in society.


Belief Statements


  • All students can learn and succeed -  learning is a lifelong process
  • With effort, motivation and perseverance, all students can achieve great things
  • Hands-on learning, teaming, social learning and socialization are key components of the middle school philosophy
  • Reflection is essential to learning
  • Equal opportunity within a diverse learning environment promotes individual achievement and success
  • Respect is essential for a productive community
  • It is essential that students feel safe, supported, and valued
  • Collaboration and open communication among all stakeholders are essential for student success
  • Healthy lifestyles are conducive to growth, development, and learning
  • Education in the fine arts is an integral element for student success
  • Engaging families and the community will improve student achievement
  • Highly effective staff will lead students to becoming successful

Goal 1:  Mathematics


Learning Goal 1:  To support and improve student achievement of rigorous learning goals and continuous growth in mathematics.



Action Steps

Person(s) Responsible

Timeline

Evidence

Implement a math curriculum that is aligned to the Common Core Standards

Teachers

September through June

District and School Content Area Meetings, Common Units and Lesson Plans, Common Assessments

Continue to review and use formative and summative assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards and closely model format, skills, and expectations for RICAS

Teachers

September through June

Student Work, Common Unit Assessments, and collaborative scoring

Provide access to academic supports and interventions for all students (i.e., Math Support Classes, Homework Club, etc.)

All Staff

September through June

IEP’s, Classroom Observations, Formative and Interim Assessments, Math Support Classes

Vocabulary aligned with CCSS for math, will be available in math classrooms and shared with staff to foster consistent use of math language

All Staff and Students

September through June

Classroom Observations, Formative Assessments, CCSS, Progress Monitor

Implement common instructional practices that will strengthen math skills and concepts.  Additionally, teachers will observe their math colleagues at least 2x per year

Teachers

September through June

Classroom Observations, Unit and Lesson Plans, District and School Content Area Meetings

Continue to use planning time to analyze data to drive instructional decisions

Teachers

September through June

PST Meetings and Notes, RTI Process, Common Planning Team Notes, STAR reports and state assessment results



Goal 2:  ELA/Literacy


Learning Goal 2:  To support student achievement of rigorous learning goals and continuous growth in literacy.



Action Steps

Person(s) Responsible

Timeline

Evidence

Implement English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards

Teachers

September through June

District and School Content Area Meetings, Common Units and Lesson Plans, Common Assessments

Continue to develop and use formative assessments and summative assessments that align to the ELA CCSS and closely model format, skills, and expectations for RICAS

Teachers

September through June

Student Work, Common  Assessments, and Formative Assessments

Provide access to academic supports and interventions for all students (i.e., Reading Support Classes, Flexible and Small Groups) using specific entrance and exit criteria.

All Staff

September through June

IEPs, Classroom Observations, Formative and Interim Assessments, Literacy Support Classes, Personal Literacy Plans, STAR

CCSS (NK Scope and Sequence) will focus instruction on students’ understanding and ability to analyze and interpret informational, fiction and non-fiction at different levels of text complexity.

All Staff and Students

September through June

Classroom Observations, Common Assessments, Formative and Summative Assessments, Professional Development Sessions, Student Learning Objectives

CCSS (NK Scope and Sequence) will focus instruction on text citation to support analysis, reflection and research

Teachers

September through June

Formal Writing Pieces,Writing Rubric, Class Work, Formative Assessments, Student Learning Objectives

Teachers will continue to use planning time, faculty meeting time, and professional development days  to analyze data to drive instructional decisions, including STAR, RICAS data

Teachers

September through June

Minutes from Data Team Meetings, Common Planning Time/Content Area Meetings, and RTI Meetings will be recorded

Students will read widely and extensively for a variety of purposes.

Teachers

September through June

Student check out books during Advisory; Students in possession of silent reading books, some advisories include one or two days of silent reading.



Goal 3:  School Climate


Learning Goal 3:  Foster an inclusive school climate that addresses the social, emotional, creative, and physical needs while engaging families and community members to support student achievement and continuous improvement.



Action Steps

Person(s) Responsible

Timeline

Evidence

Educate students about anti-bullying, tolerance and diversity and making good choices through kindness activities during advisory and assemblies

All Staff

September through June

PBIS, Observations, Survey Works, Student Interaction and Feedback, Discipline Referrals and the Kindness Challenge

Explicit instruction for students in appropriate behaviors with PBIS through  school wide, team and advisory presentations and/or lessons

Administration faculty and Staff

September through June

Assemblies, Observations, Lessons, Community Feedback, Number of authentic  Good News Cards awarded to students, and number of documented random acts of kindness.

Continue to lobby for financial support in order to provide a wide variety of extra and co-curricular activities after school

Staff

September through June

Attendance Data, Programs Offered

Provide students an environment with sufficient time and opportunity to support student growth through the creation of a Student Leadership Team (SLT).

All Staff and Students

September through June

Best practices recommend student voice will impact school climate in a positive way.

Continue to foster communication between faculty/staff and parents in the DMS community

All Staff

September through June

DMS Website through Introductory/welcome phone call home to every student’s family, ASPEN, DMS Website, ASPEN, School Messenger, Aspen Mass Email, use of social media, Open House, PTO Meetings, timely response to emails, teacher web pages and google classrooms



Develop student, faculty and staff conceptual understanding of

Kingian  Nonviolence principles and integrate these principles into our daily lives.

All Staff

September through June

Kingian Nonviolence principles will be explored during 2 PD days and at least 3 faculty meetings.  Continue to  revisit Growth Mindset topics with faculty, staff, and students.




Goal 4:  Technology


Learning Goal 4:  Advance academic achievement and 21st century skills by aligning  pedagogy with use of technology.



Action Steps

Person(s) Responsible

Timeline

Evidence



Use technology to support our education programs

Teachers, Technology Lead Educator

September through June

Number of teachers using google Google Classroom

Educate school community to be safe, responsible, effective and respectful digital citizens and users of technology

Teachers, Staff

September through June

Acceptable use policy shared with student body, ongoing-education, i.e., internet safety, and Common Sense Education with a focus on digital citizenship.

Integrate more professional development experiences for teachers

Teachers

September through June

Survey to identify teachers knowledge


Provide professional development opportunities for staff.  NK Summit  

Create more opportunities for collaboration among teachers

Teachers

September through June

Staff sharing at faculty and SIT meetings and CPT

A DMS technology committee will meet regularly to address the needs of faculty

Teachers and Staff

November to June

The Technology Committee will meet at least four times throughout school year.