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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

Nova HS (1281)

School Year

2018 - 2019

School Grade
(2017 - 2018)

A

Executive Summary

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BEST PRACTICE #1

A Focused and Authentic PLC

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES (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

Grade

Building Foreign Language and Unified Arts Course through Canvas

Thursday

1st

9/6/2018 - 5/3/2018

12:45 PM - 4:20 PM

9, 10, 11, 12

Math Vertical Curriculum Alignment

Thursday

1st

9/6/2018 - 5/3/2018

12:45 PM - 4:20 PM

9, 10, 11, 12

Geometry EOC

Thursday

1st

9/6/2018 - 5/3/2018

12:45 PM - 4:20 PM

9, 10

Algebra I EOC

Thursday

1st

9/6/2018 - 5/3/2018

12:45 PM - 4:20 PM

9, 10

Science Inquiry

Thursday

1st

9/6/2018 - 5/3/2018

12:45 PM - 4:20 PM

9, 10, 11, 12

Biology EOC

Thursday

1st

9/6/2018 - 5/3/2018

12:45 PM - 4:20 PM

9, 10, 11, 12

Applying Technology and Document Studies in Advance Placement Social Studies Courses

Thursday

1st

9/6/2018 - 5/3/2018

12:45 PM - 4:20 PM

9, 10, 11, 12

Applying Technology and Document Studies in Social Studies Core and Elective Classes

Thursday

1st

9/6/2018 - 5/3/2018

12:45 PM - 4:20 PM

9, 10, 11, 12

Implementing Racial, Gender, and Disability Equity in Classroom Instruction

Thursday

1st

9/6/2018 - 5/3/2018

12:45 PM - 4:20 PM

9, 10, 11, 12

9TH AND 10TH ELA Building a Reading, Writing, and Grammar Course through Canvas

Thursday

1st

9/6/2018 - 5/3/2018

12:45 PM - 4:20 PM

9, 10

Guidance, ESE, and CTE College and Career Transition

Thursday

1st

9/6/2018 - 5/3/2018

12:45 PM - 4:20 PM

9, 10, 11, 12

Aspiring Leaders

Thursday

1st

9/26/2018 - 5/3/2018

12:45 PM - 4:20 PM

9, 10, 11, 12

 


 

BEST PRACTICE #2

An Embedded High Quality RtI Process

RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION (RTI)

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: 2017-2018 (Last updated: 7/18/2018)

Grade

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

09

592

9.60

11.30

17.70

15.70

14.90

10

576

12.50

6.80

14.90

16.10

13.20

11

521

15.40

10.20

14.00

5.80

10.20

12

506

31.40

9.10

5.30

0.00

9.50

 

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

Literacy/Reading Initiatives:
Intensive Reading: Students who score below satisfactory on the previous year’s reading test are placed into this class for

  • additional reading support and practice
  • test taking strategies
  • cross-curricular horizontal teaming with each grade level English classes
Personalization: If a student is deemed as a "low level reader" based on results of the reading assessment, he/she may be placed in a coordinating personalization class with a reading teacher.
TITAN Care: Additional reading enrichment for qualified students needing support via a pullout program through personalization periods.  Students will utilize digital resources for remediation in the reading standards.
Word of the Day: Schoolwide initiative to promote vocabulary enhancement via in class assignments/quizzes and Vocabulary.com
Saturday Academy: Optional program designed to provide additional assistance in FSA, EOC, SAT, and ACT.
Teaching Assessment Standards Knowledge (TASK):  English, Reading, Social Studies, and Electives courses follow a focus calendar based on ELA standards to teach specific monthly standards every Monday and Tuesday throughout the school year. Data is collected through the English courses.
Achieve3000:  This online reading program is purchased for students grades 9-12 who are taking Intensive Reading with a focus on increasing students’ Lexile levels.
Newsela:  This district sponsored reading program provides literacy practices that use high interest articles that are available at different grade and Lexile levels.  This program is utilized across content areas.
Additional Online Resources:  Students also perfect their skills by using CommonLit.com, USA Test Prep, and Noredink.com

Math Initiatives
  • "Double Dose" math classes are provided to level 1 and 2 Algebra 1 and geometry students. Students are paired based on performance in previous math course and/or on the Algebra I EOC.  For the current school year, the 9th grade Algebra I students are paired with Liberal Arts IÍž the 10th grade Algebra I  students are paired with Informal Geometry; and the 11th grade Geometry students are paired with Liber Arts II.
  • TITAN Care- Additional math enrichment for qualified students needing support via a pullout program through elective classes.
  • Saturday Academy is an optional program designed to provide additional assistance in Math Assessment preparation, including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II EOC's, as well as SAT/ACT prep.
  • TASK- Teaching Assessment Standards Knowledge School wide across curriculums. Science and Math courses utilize a Math standards focus calendar to teach specific monthly standards every Monday and Tuesday throughout the school year. Data is collected through the Math courses for the CARE process.
  • PERT Preparation- Preparing students for an alternative assessment that provides an opportunity to satisfy their Algebra I requirement for graduation.
  • IXL- is a computer based programed designed to provide additional practice for students in pre-algebra, algebra I, geometry, and algebra II math courses.
  • Math Nation: is used to provide the curriculum for algebra I students, as well as the driving force for geometry. It’s the best resource that models our key shifts for success and adequately assesses rigor.
  • After school peer based math tutoring on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 pm as a remediation item for the CARE process
 
Guidance Counselor Initiatives
  • Grade level school counselors meet with deficient students and design a plan to make progress towards graduation, including credit recovery and increasing GPA.
  • Parent conferences are scheduled with or without teachers to provide parents with feedback and strategies to assist in increased success.
  • Parent University is provided once a year to inform 9th and 10th grade parents how to become partners in their child’s education.  They will be furnished with all the required state exams needed to graduate high school.
  • Small Group Counseling Student Success Skills groups are implemented annually for recommended students in order to aid in academic growth.
  • Resources are provided to parents and students, including Social Worker referrals, information regarding tutoring, as well as alternative school and credit recovery programs.
  • We offer small and large group counseling, individualized academic and career counseling.
  • College Fair for students will be February 6 for students to visit over 70 colleges.
  • NCAA/Recruiting event- 12/14/18 @ 6:30PM
  • It Takes A Village Workshop-1/23/19 @ 6:00-8:30pm-
  • Kaplan SAT Preparatory Class
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Response to Intervention (BASIS) Referrals
  • Mobile Guidance
  • Career Day Initiatives- Highlight a Career every month (December Mental Health)
  • College Night- Senior Parents Only
  • Financial Aid Night- Senior Parents Only
  • College Week Activities
  • School Wide SAT TEST DAY- March 6, 2019 /11th Graders and seniors who need it for graduation
 
 
 

 

RtI Team Meeting Schedule

Day(s) of Week

Week(s) of Month

Start/End Dates

Start/End Times

Wednesday

1st, 3rd

9/26/2018 - 4/24/2019

9:30 AM - 2:15 PM

 

School Counseling Plan File

File Name Upload Date

Nova-High_School-Counseling-Gudiance-Plan-2018.pdf

10/10/2018

 

Social Emotional Learning

School Wide Social Emotional Learning Plan (SEL)

File Name Upload Date

Nova-High_SEL_Action_Plan_2018.docx

10/10/2018

 


 

BEST PRACTICE #3

Optimal Internal/External Relationships

ACCREDITATION PROCESS

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.

No Evidence/Artifacts

 

SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL (SAC)

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

A+-Funds-Vote-Results_2018.pdf

September

A+ Funds

11/19/2018

Nova-High_SAC_Composition-Report.pdf

October

None

11/13/2018

1281_Nova_High_October_SAC_Meeting_10.25.18.pdf

October

Developed

10/26/2018

1281_Nova_High_September_SAF_Meeting_9.27.18.pdf

September

Developed

10/26/2018

1281_Nova_High_September_SAC_Meeting_9.27.18.pdf

September

Developed

10/26/2018

Nova-High-SAC.SAF-Meeting-Dates-2018.2019.pdf

September

None

10/1/2018

Nova-High-SAF-By-Laws.pdf

September

SAF ByLaws

10/1/2018

Nova-High-SAC-By-Laws.pdf

September

SAC ByLaws

10/1/2018

 


 

BEST PRACTICE #4

Scaling Up BEST Practices

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

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.

 

Goals

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?

The SES Band Data that Nova High School will focus on is Biology (63%) and Reading Gains of the Lowest 25% (47%). Nova High School has always lagged behind in Biology proficiency scores throughout the district. In addition, we also did not see growth in our lowest 25% in Reading, staying the same at 47%.

 

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?

Mock Testing: On Professional Study Days, we hold simulated mock exams. We will be adding a Reading mock exams, focusing on our lowest 25% quartile by separating them from the group and having an extended review session after the mock
Data cycles: For example, English and Reading have developed a much more streamline plan to monitor student progress through data cycles. We will implement 5-6 ELA data cycles throughout the school year. We are teaming up with Reading to teach the same standards within each cycle. Once we assess the students we will modify instruction as needed. 
The Biology Professional Learning Communities will be meeting with neighboring high school to compare data and share best practices to revise and improve their data cycles. 

 

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

Mock Testing: On Professional Study Days, we hold simulated mock exams. We will be adding a Reading mock exams, focusing on our lowest 25% quartile by separating them from the group and having an extended review session after the mock
Data cycles: For example, English and Reading have developed a much more streamline plan to monitor student progress through data cycles. We will implement 5-6 ELA data cycles throughout the school year. We are teaming up with Reading to teach the same standards within each cycle. Once we assess the students we will modify instruction as needed. 
The Biology Professional Learning Communities will be meeting with neighboring high school to compare data and share best practices to revise and improve their data cycles. 

 

What specific school-level progress monitoring data is collected and how often?

Data is collected through data cycles. Curriculums such as English, Science, Math and Social Studies all have common planning where they meet weekly to discuss their data cycles. They all progress monitor within the cycles that may range from 3-6 cycles throughout the school year. 

 

How does the school ensure the fidelity of students not progressing towards school and district goals?

Teachers meet weekly during their common planning meetings to discuss student progress and performance. Data collection is monitored and discussed weekly and adjustments are made to the curriculum based on results. Regular mock testing also provides data to monitor student progress toward school and district goals. Additionally, there is a regular communication with students and parents through student data chats and parent conferences. In the 9th grade we also have a program designed to monitor called PASL.

 

How does the school ensure that all classroom instruction is accessible to the full range of learners using Universal Designs for Learning (UDL) for effective instructional design (planning) and delivery (teaching)?

The school ensures that all classroom instruction is accessible to the full range of learners using UDL for instructional design by working together in common planning and PLC meetings to develop lesson plans that incorporate a variety of opportunities (e.g. student choice, lessons that incorporates physical movement…) for students to demonstrate mastery in the content area.  In addition, the curriculum coaches also provide support and ideas for incorporating differentiated instruction in the classroom.  Teachers also utilize the school/district provided resources such as Canvas, IXL, Achieve 3000 that provide different approaches for student learning.  This translates into student-led learning within a print and media rich teaching environment.

 

How does the school ensure Tier 1 Standards-Based classroom instruction is being implemented properly and effectively?

During pre-planning week, we held a training for teachers on the expectations of entering and monitoring BASIS interventions. The school holds weekly/bi-weekly RTI meetings with the RTI team where we monitor teacher Tier 1 interventions amongst our most needy students. As a follow up to these RTI meetings, we communicate with teachers on the progress or lack their of. 

 

Describe texts used for core, supplemental, and intervention programs at each grade level. How does the school ensure students have access to a balance of literary and informational text in a variety of mediums?

Newly adopted text provided by the district helps support the various curriculums. In addition, in some courses such as Intensive Reading, we have purchase supplemental programs such as Achieve 3000 and other reading text to aid in the instruction of the lower level student. Additionally, the school uses additional intervention programs that are offered to all teachers to assist within their specific curriculum. These include, but are not limited to USA Test Prep, Newsela, No Red Ink, and Common Lit. 

Through our equity and equality plan, we selected specific summer reading text to support the diversity within our school. In addition, our English department has recently received additional text materials to support a culturally diverse literacy plan. 
 

 

How does your school implement the Broward County Public Schools Social and Emotional Learning Standards to ensure students are developing social and emotional skills?

Nova High School implements the SEL standards through the following methods:

  1. Response to Intervention (RTI)
  2. Personalization for Academic and Social Learning (PASL)
  3. Sandy Hook Promise
  4. Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders (MTL)
  5. SWAP (Sisters with A Purpose)
Strategies: Individual counseling with students while implementing Personalization for Academic and Social Learning strategies in study hall/personalization classes.
Strategies: Academic, Social/Emotional, and Career counseling with students throughout the school year, while incorporating continuous monitoring.
 

 

In which ways are the five competencies of the Social Emotional Learning explicitly taught and/or integrated school-wide and in the classroom?

Nova High School teaches the five SEL competencies through the following strategies:
Strategies: PVLegs Curriculum embedded across all subjects, Poise, Voice, Life, Eyes, Gestures, and Speed- Schoolwide rubric, Latinos In Action
Strategies: Small group and individual counseling provided by School Counseling Department to assist with Academic, Social/Emotional, and Career development

 

How does your school-wide policy and practices support the social emotional learning for students?

Nova High School implements the following school-wide policies and pratices to support our SEL plan.

PASL-Summer Institute training through Florida State University
SBBC equity liaison curriculum and check points
Start with Hello Presentation/ Resources available on SharePoint
 
 
 

 

 

Strategies & Activities

Strategies Persons responsible Deadline Professional Development Budget
Implementation of remedial initiatives/programs school wide: T.A.S.K., Titans CARE, Saturday Academy, After School Tutoring Administration 5/31/2019 Approx $13,000.00
FSA and EOC courses have common planning where teachers meet once a week for 60 minutes. Professional Study Days also occur 8 days during the school year where teachers belong to a content area specific PLC group focusing on specific assessment alignment. Administration 5/31/2019 Professional Study Days - Content area specific PLCs $0.00

BPIE Files

File Name Uploaded Date
Nova-High-BPIE.pdf 10/3/2018