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School Improvement Plan (SIP)

The School Improvement Plan (SIP) is a live document that is subject to change based on School Advisory Council (SAC) recommendations.

School Name

Attucks MS (0343)

School Year

2017 - 2018

School Grade
(2016 - 2017)


Executive Summary

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A Focused and Authentic PLC


A Professional Learning Community (PLC) is a process in which teachers work in teams and use student information to develop strategies to improve their classroom practices.

PLC Name

Day(s) of Week

Week(s) of Month

Start/End Dates

Start/End Times


All Subjects


1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

8/29/2017 - 6/5/2018

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

6, 7, 8




An Embedded High Quality RtI Process


Response to Intervention (RtI) uses student academic and behavior information to identify students with learning and behavior needs to guarantee that those in danger of failure and/or retention are receiving assistance and support.


Graduation/College and Career Readiness (Early Warning Indicators)

Data For: 2016-2017 (Last updated: 8/29/2017)


Student Enrollment

% of students with attendance below 90%

% of students with 1 or more suspensions

% of students with course failure in ELA or Math

% of students level 1 in ELA or Math

% of students exhibiting 2 or more Early Warning Indicators























Describe all intervention strategies employed by the school to improve the academic performance of students identified by the early warning system.

Attucks Middle School prides itself on the vast amount of strategies and services we offer to ensure that all of our students succeed.  With regards to the early warning indicators, we employ strategies as applicable for each student's individual needs.

For students with poor attendance we have a clear attendance plan that involves everyone from faculty to parent and counselors.  Students who miss school regularly are identified bi-weekly by guidance and the intervention process is put in place.  Guidance counselors reach out to both parents and students, hold conferences, and follow-up phone calls to educate families in the importance of regular school attendance.  Students who continue to miss school after the initial intervention are referred to out school social worker for further action.

Part of regular attendance is limiting suspensions.  This year we rolled out our school-wide positive behavior strategy, P.R.O.U.D., which stands for positive, respectful, organized, unified, and determined, in order to promote a culture of positivity at Attucks middle school.  Additionally, our guidance department reaches out to feeder schools during the summer to identify students with poor behavior records so that strategies and interventions can occur from day 1 to prevent serious incidents that would lead to suspension.  Small group counseling and conflict resolution services are also offered to prevent conflicts from escalating into behaviors leading to suspension. Finally, our administrators make all possible attempts to use alternative forms of consequences before resorting to suspension.

Because we know that retention is not an effective tool, and that students who fail one or more school years are more likely to drop out of school, our goal at Attucks is to promote 100% of our students.  In order to achieve that goal, we have ongoing enrichment and remediation as part of our everyday course curriculum.  Teachers identify students who are not performing and tailor work to their shortcomings to ensure success.  Students who fail a quarter, for any reason, are given the opportunity through guidance, to complete a remediation assignment to increase their grade to a D.  

With regards to our students who are performing below grade level, we have several strategies to help them bridge the gaps in their education.  First and foremost is that all of our teachers provide all students with a rigorous, quality education.  Additional support for level 1 students is provided through a remediation course that is dedicated to helping them build a solid foundation in ELA and Math.  Our school also offers afterschool and weekend remediation opportunities through our School is Cool Program, which targets level 1 and 2 students for tutoring and engaging enrichment activities in the hopes of increasing academic prowess. 

Despite our best efforts, some of our students will demonstrate 2 or more early warning indicators.  These students are identified through the RTI process and interventions are put in place by the RTI team.  For these students, clear tier 2 and 3 interventions are implemented school wide, and we maintain constant communication with the students and their family.


RtI Team Meeting Schedule

Day(s) of Week

Week(s) of Month

Start/End Dates

Start/End Times


2nd, 4th

9/5/2017 - 6/5/2018

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM




Optimal Internal/External Relationships


The Accreditation Process leads schools to critically evaluate teaching and learning with a focus on academic excellence. All stakeholders (parents, students, staff, and community) are part of the accreditation process.


Self-Assessment Ratings

Accreditation Standard

Overall Rating

Purpose and Direction


Governance and Leadership


Teaching and Assessing for Learning


Resources and Support Systems


Using Results for Continuous Improvement



Explain the activities in which your school will participate to increase your overall rating. Include specific details.

In the upcoming school year, as we strive for excellence, Attucks will conduct the following activities to increase out overall rating:

  • Make our purpose and direction clear at staff and facutly meetings
  • Use the P.R.O.U.D. acronym and strategy to create a school-wide culture of positivity.
  • Focus on having clear and open communications across the school through the use of Office 365 groups.
  • Continue to improve our PLC process to make it as authentic and effective as possible while focusing on student data to guide instruction
  • Seek out more grants for technology and maximize the use of our current technology
  • Continue the self-assessment process at all of our leadership meetings, and involve staff and faculty in all of our conversations.



Standards and Indicators

File Name

Standards & Indicator

Upload Date





Each school has a School (SAC) to facilitate the development and monitor progress of the annual School Improvement Plan. Agendas and minutes reflect annual needs assessment, SIP monitoring and allocation of Accountability Funds.


SAC Upload Center

File Name

Meeting Month

Document Type

Uploaded Date











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A+ Funds




A+ Funds




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SAC ByLaws





Scaling Up BEST Practices


School improvement is based on a continuous improvement model, using research-based accepted best practices, which align with student achievement needs, insure student progress, and may be revised when appropriate.



How does the school ensure classroom instruction is aligned to grade-level Florida Standards? What evidence is collected to ensure that classroom instruction is aligned to grade-level standards?

In order to ensure that classroom instruction is aligned to grade-level Florida Standards each department works to follow and adapt to the district pacing guides when available.  Areas where no pacing guides exist create their own focus calendars, which are then shared with the faculty.  Lesson plans and CFA data are collected to ensure the instruction is aligned.


In addition to using texts from core, supplemental, and intervention programs, how does the school ensure students have access to informational text for each content area in a variety of mediums?

Our school uses Newsela, print subscription to magazines, which are available in the Media Center, to ensure that students have access to informational text in each content area and in a variety of mediums.


As evidenced in the SES Band Data, which content area(s) will be the focus for improving student achievement and why was this area chosen?

In order to meet our school wide goal of earning a B or above school grade from the State of Florida, each department has created its own set of goals to focus on.

Magnet Goal:

Attucks middle school intends to increase its enrollment by another 10% by the begining of the 2018-2019 school year to approximately 770 students.  In order to acheive this goal, we will continue to develop and market our growing Cambridge Global Communications Program and engage our community and stakeholders to participate in PROUD Attucks Talk.  In addition we continue to strive to bring our school performance back to an A by the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Math Goal:
To increase learning gains amongst students across all grade levels from 49% to 51% and amongst the lowest quartile students, from 41% to 48%, by the 2017-2018 Florida Standards Assessment for Math. To ensure we meet our goal, all Math Teachers are working together within their Professional Learning Community by grade level. They are creating standards based lessons, sharing best practices and providing weekly enrichment activities. The Math Department will remediate and enrich students through the use of technology – i.e. Virtual Labs, individual i-ready lessons,, Student problem solving WIKI’s and GIZMO’s to reinforce concepts and provide virtual experiences. All Math teachers will utilize i-ready to progress monitor student achievement of the Florida Standards through the use of Monthly Common Formative Assessments.

Science Goal:
By June 2018,  the percentage of 8th grade students who will be proficient in Science will increase from 22% to 30% as measured by the Statewide Science Assessment.  The department, as a whole, will appropriately utilize the Test Item Specifications, Version B, in order to create and present standard-driven instruction.   Our sixth and seventh graders will be administered the End-of-Year Assessment which will be created by the district.  This will be used as an accountability tool for the corresponding teachers, and will meet a succession of a 30% proficiency to align with the 8th grade students’ assessment, thus providing proficiency of specific content prior to entering the students' 8th grade year. Tracking data will be a key part of progress monitoring.  Weekly conversations will occur during department PLCs and department common planning times. In addition, the Cambridge Science educators will follow the Cambridge Secondary Standards, thus providing a more direct approach in using in-depth student-centered activities allowing for individualized learning.  Our goal will be met by using the county adopted textbooks, Florida Science FUSION as our primary resource, but will pull from other sources such as NewsELA to provide a connection of science content and the real world as we support the Literacy efforts of the school. We will continue to use the district-created Mini Formative Assessments that corresponds to our science Instructional Focus Calendar which will include laboratory activities, hands-on manipulatives, and collaborative project-based learning.  In addition, other forms of assessments will be presented, both formative and summative, and interactive academic tools, which include but are not limited to GIZMOs, MobyMax, Study Island, and Study Jams.

Literacy Goals:
By June 2018, the percentage of students performing at a level 3 or higher on the Florida Standards ELA assessment will be at approximately 50%. Learning gains will increase from 54% to 59%  and the lowest 25% quartile will increase from 45% to 48%.  To achieve this goal Reading and Language Arts teachers will increase the rigor in their classrooms. In addition, both Reading and Language Arts teachers will provide instruction based on the identical Reading and Writing Standards monthly. School-wide literacy strategies will be taught to content areas teachers monthly. In addition, content area teachers will use taught strategies in their classrooms. The Collections text will be the primary resources complimented by supplemental resources such as Inside, Achieve 3000, USA Test Prep, Legacy, and Novels. Monthly progress monitoring will ensure that Reading teachers are constantly checking for understanding and remediating and enriching students where the data suggests. Data analysis is based on assessments administered biweekly and monthly via USA Test Prep, Achieve 3000, Collections and Legacy. Tracking data is a key part of progress monitoring, so weekly conversations happen during grade level department PLCs and during department common planning times. Moreover, students receive a writing performance task each quarter. This would include a diagnostic writing assessment, three mini formative assessments, and a summative assessment based on the informative and argumentative writing performance task. This data is tracked and discussed to compare and implement strategies that work. The data is also used to drive student-teacher data chats to discuss remediation and enrichment at the end of each quarter. 
In order to prepare students for college and career, Attucks Middle School will continue to integrate 21st century skills in all subject areas.  Technology development will include, but not be limited to basic computer and internet use, Microsoft Office Suite, and online learning opportunities through Canvas,  USA Test Prep and Achieve3000.  We will also continue to secure grant funding to support extended learning opportunities and more technology access.

Social Studies Goal:
To achieve a 72% or higher proficiency on the End of Course Assessment for 2017-18.  The Civics department will continue to focus on incorporating reading
strategies into our everyday content, we will do this by collaborating in Professional Learning Communities. We will also analyze data and reflect on the strengths and
weaknesses of each Common Formative Assessment to prepare for the EOC. Teachers are also working after school through S.O.A.R to provide additional support to our students.


What specific BEST Practice(s) will be implemented or scaled-up to improve teaching and learning in order to increase performance within the SES Band?

1. Data guided instruction
2. School Wide Professional Development
3. Remediation and enrichment activities


Describe in detail how the BEST Practice(s) will be scaled-up

Describe in detail how the BEST Practice(s) will be scaled-up

  1. In order to improve our performance within the SES Band, curriculum leaders are actively training and assisting all faculty members in the use of data to guide instruction. This instruction is happening during our weekly PLC.  With the help of department leaders, all faculty members are being asked to analyze data from the FSA, as well as teacher created or County created common formative assessments. The results of the common assessments are then being used to drive instruction in the classroom, remediation, enrichment, and collaborative learning groups.  Teachers will also engage in Student Data Chats with their administrators and their individual students on a quarterly basis.
  2. Additionally, our curriculum coach and leadership team will be providing our staff and faculty with multiple professional growth opportunities in the areas of blended learning, active learning, literacy strategies, and the use of LMS.
  3. Based on test data, students are also being targeted for enrichment and remediation in our afterschool and Saturday program, SOAR.  This programs aims to help close the gap in student achievement through hands on learning, remediation, and enrichment opportunities.



Strategies & Activities

Strategies Persons responsible Deadline Professional Development Budget
School Wide Professional Development Curriculum Coach, Leadership Team 6/1/2018 Active Learning, Goals & Scales, Canvas, None
Data Guided Discussions Department Chairs 6/1/2018 In PLC's None

BPIE Files

File Name Uploaded Date
BPIE_2016.pdf 10/30/2017