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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

Apollo MS (1791)

School Year

2017 - 2018

School Grade
(2016 - 2017)

B

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

SEL

Thursday

2nd, 4th

8/29/2017 - 5/15/2018

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

6, 7, 8

Language Arts/ Reading

Monday

1st, 3rd

8/29/2017 - 5/15/2018

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

6, 7, 8

Social Studies

Monday

1st, 3rd

8/29/2017 - 5/15/2018

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

7, 8

Science

Monday

1st, 3rd

8/28/2017 - 5/15/2018

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

6, 7, 8

Math and Math Honors

Monday

1st, 3rd

8/9/2017 - 5/15/2018

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

6, 7, 8

Literacy 6-8

Monday

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

8/29/2017 - 5/15/2018

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

6, 7, 8

 


 

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

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

6

428

6.10

9.60

7.20

32.40

8.90

7

432

9.50

15.50

6.50

40.70

14.80

8

454

9.70

11.20

2.90

33.30

11.20

 

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

There are many academic strategies employed by Apollo Middle School to improve academic performance for students with early warning indicators. Apollo Middle School provide students with computer-based programs to improve student achievement. Some of the programs include, but are not limited to Mathletics, First In Math, USA Test Prep, Achieve 3000. These programs are used on a daily basis as enrichment and remediation strategies for students. Mastery Connect is used as an evaluation tool to monitor student progress and assessment scores. In addition Saturday Academy, pullouts for core classes, and before/after school tutoring are provided in math, reading, science, and social studies for students requiring intervention. Apollo also provides several mentoring programs as interventions for struggling and at-risk according to the early warning indicators.
The SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) program will continue to fully embed SEL into interdiscplinary students throughout students' curriculum for each grade level.  This curriculum will be supported by a SEL Team that will monitor, evaluate and improve upon SEL instruction in the classroom with online enrichment programs, LEEO curriculum, Social awareness workshops for students, Harmony Materials, Peer counsieling, Health and Wellness center (within the school) and parental involvement events.  
The primary mentoring and tutoring programs available to these students are First Priority, Developing Intelligent Young Men (DIYM), Ladies of Style and Elegance (LSE), Rites of Passage and Real Talk mentoring program. The DIYM program was started six years ago to reach out to at risk males in the 8th grade. Many of the students in the program struggled with academic issues. Students in the program have computer access and an hour of tutoring each meeting.  The program provides students with guest speakers and field trips to local colleges. The Ladies of Style and Elegance was developed to mentor 8th grade girls. In addition, to mentoring the program does community service and fundraising activities to keep the girls focused on success. The program monitors the grades and behavior of all their students. The young men of DIYM and the ladies of LSE serve as student ambassadors for school events held on campus. The Rites of Passages Program provides mentoring and tutoring for 6th grade male students. The program meets four days a week after school. During that time the young men learn different techniques to utilize to help them be successful in school and life.  The “Real Talk” Mentoring Ministry Program offered at Apollo Middle School for young men from ages 11-14. In the program, your child will be matched with an adult volunteer mentor who will meet him at the school. The volunteers will act as mentors, counselors, advocates and educators on subjects specific to your child’s needs and interests as well as act as an adult role model and source of friendship and encouragement.
All these programs provide hands on academic support for our student's academically success. These programs and initiatives focus on the academic wellness of our students.
Hispanic Unity 4Teens (U4T) and 21st Century are year-round programs for at-risk middle school age youth. Both programs provide parents with before and after school care for their children for free. The programs has been designed to provide education and enrichment activities to help students attain academic and social success, reduce risk behaviors and learn skills so they may grow into self-sufficient, productive adults.  Students are able to get homework assistance and tutoring in all the core subject areas.  Lastly, Apollo Middle is proud to be a 21st Century Learning school which is a supplemental academic enrichment program that accompanies general education and core subjects for all students before, after school and in the summer.  The program  is designed to provide students with remediation and tutoring daily, year-long and in the summer between school years to boost FSA scores and student achievement.  

 

RtI Team Meeting Schedule

Day(s) of Week

Week(s) of Month

Start/End Dates

Start/End Times

Monday

1st, 3rd

8/21/2017 - 6/8/2018

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

 


 

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

3.0

Governance and Leadership

3.0

Teaching and Assessing for Learning

3.0

Resources and Support Systems

3.0

Using Results for Continuous Improvement

3.0

 

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

To increase our overall rating we will hold monthly curriculum leadership team (CLT) meeting to focus on and develop a plan of action for continuous improvement. The CLT will review data and utilize our areas of weakness as the focus of professional learning communities (PLC). Using the data for the areas of weakness PLCs will meet weekly to share best practices to improving instructional practices in order to increase learning and student achievement. The monthly Title One nights will inform the community of the resources that are available to support their child's academic endeavors.

 

Evidence/Artifacts

Standards and Indicators

File Name

Standards & Indicator

Upload Date

self-assessment_17-18Apollo.pdf

11/3/2017

 

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

SAC-Sign-In-Scanned-5-2-18.pdf

May

Monitored

5/9/2018

SAC-Agenda-5-2-18.docx

May

Monitored

5/9/2018

SAC-Sign-In-Scanned-11-8-17.pdf

November

Developed

5/8/2018

SAC-Sign-In-Scanned-1-10-18.pdf

May

Developed

5/8/2018

SAC-Sign-In-Scanned-12-6-17.pdf

December

None

5/8/2018

SAC-Agenda-12-6-17.pdf

December

Developed

5/8/2018

SAC-Agenda-1-10-18.docx

April

Developed

4/10/2018

3-7-18-SAC-Sign-in-sheet-scanned.pdf

April

Monitored

4/10/2018

SAC-Agenda-3-7-18rev.docx

April

Monitored

4/10/2018

SAC-Agenda-4-4-18.docx

April

Monitored

4/10/2018

SAC-Sign-In-Sheet-Scanned-4-4-18.pdf

April

Monitored

4/10/2018

SAC-meeting-2-7-18-sign-in-scanned.pdf

February

Monitored

2/28/2018

SAC-Agenda-2-7-18.pdf

February

Monitored

2/28/2018

SCHOOL-IMPROVEMENT-MID-YEAR-REFLECTION-2017-2018.pdf

February

Monitored

2/1/2018

A+Funds-Proposal-(1).pdf

November

A+ Funds

11/17/2017

SAC-Agenda-11-8-17rev.pdf

November

A+ Funds

11/17/2017

FINAL_-SAC-minutes-for-Nov-8-2017.pdf

November

A+ Funds

11/17/2017

SACSignIn.pdf

November

A+ Funds

11/17/2017

SAF.pdf

November

A+ Funds

11/3/2017

Committee-Membership-Apollo.pdf

November

Developed

11/3/2017

SAC-ByLaws-2017-2018.pdf

October

SAC ByLaws

10/26/2017

SAC-Meeting-Dates-2018rev.pdf

October

None

10/25/2017

SAC-Meeting-sign-in-scanned-10-4-17.pdf

October

Developed

10/20/2017

SAC-Agenda-10-4-17.docx

October

Developed

10/20/2017

SAC-meeting-sign-in-scan-8-31-2017.pdf

September

Developed

9/28/2017

AMS-SAC-Minutes-08-31-17-(1).docx

September

Developed

9/28/2017

SAC-Agenda-8-31-17.docx

September

Developed

9/28/2017

 


 

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

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?

The content areas that will be the focus for improving student achievement are Math, Language Arts, and Science.

Learning Gains school-wide at an average of 49% 

Math Learning Gains of the lowest 25% is at 40%

Overall Math Achievement is 50%

 
Math Scores
36% of 6th grade students scored a level 3 or above 
47% of 7th grade students scored a level 3 or above
46% of 8th grade students scores a level 3 or above

Math Goals
The percentage of 6th grade students scoring proficient or higher in the Math FSA test will increase from 36% to 39% by the end of May 2018.

The percentage of 7th grade students scoring proficient or higher in the Math FSA test will increase from 47% to 50% by the end of May 2018.

The percentage of 8th grade students scoring proficient or higher in the Math FSA test will increase from 46% to 49% by the end of May 2018.


ELA Scores
45% of 6th grade students were proficient (Level 3 or above) on the ELA FSA Exam
47% of 7th grade students were proficient (Level 3 or above) on the ELA FSA Exam
51% of 8th grade students were proficient (Level 3 or above) on the ELA FSA Exam 

ELA Goals
The percentage of 8th grade students scoring proficient or higher in the ELA  Grammar and Writtin response test will increase from 51% to 54% by the end of May 2018..

The percentage of 7th grade students scoring proficient or higher in the ELA  Grammar and Writtin response test will increase from 47% to 50% by the end of May 2018.

The percentage of 6th grade students scoring proficient or higher in the ELA  Grammar and Writtin response test will increase from 45% to 48% by the end of May 2018.

Science
Schoolwide science achievement is 27%
89% of the Biology students scored a level 3 on the EOC Exam.

27% of the 8th grade students scored atleast a level 3 or above on the FCAT Science Exam.

100% of the 8th grade students passed the Biology EOC exam.

Science Goal
The percentage of 8th grade students scoring proficient or higher in Science will increase from 45% to 49% by the end of May 2018 as measured by the EOC.

Social Studies

 61% of Civics students (7th graders) scored level 3 or above on the Florida Civics EOC. 
  
This year 65% of 7th graders will score proficient (level 3 or above)on the Florida Civics EOC. 6th and 8th grade students will score 70% or higher on school-wide common formative assessments in World History and US History respectively.

 

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?

Utilizing formative assessments.
Promoting student engagement with incentives.
Using scales and rubrics school-wide.
Clearly articiulated expectation, goals, learning outcomes, and course requirements, and course requirements increase student motivation and improve learning.   
Meaningful and timely feedback to students to improve learning gains in core subject areas. 
Differentiating instruction to meet individual student needs by scaffolding and accommodating IEPs, RtI, ESOL, etc. 
Specific to Instructional Practices include: Workshops, Professional Development option
Specific to Learning Practices include: Centers, Pull Outs & Push Ins, Incentive programs, enrichment tools. 

 

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 best practices identified will be utilized on a daily basis in all of the content area courses.  Our school has a unified board configuration, rubric and scales system stemming from the school-wide Reading and Language Arts curriculum that will be covered in ALL classes.  This will provide a more seemless transition from class to classs and increase success for teachers and students that need to identify and assess specific components of content based on STANDARDS  and BENCHMARKS as opposed to just content.   Teachers will use formative assessments daily, weekly or monthly in order to direct and guide instruction as well as gather evidence of learning and application.  Teachers will promote student engament and motivation by creating activities that are challenging and hands on, while poviding students the opportunity to participate in fun learning that will enhance the learning experience.  Apollo has also instituted an incentive program that is rewards based but challenges students to use prior knolwdge to learn new concepts and create by builiding upon those experiences.  This is done with peer and cross teamed (graded) grouped students to work on activities, problems, and assignments to will also increase student engagement. 

 

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?

BEST Practices that pertain to SEL - Implementation of online enrichment instructional tools, Harmony Kits and SEL events and mentoring to track student achievement. 
Saturday Academy will expand to a Saturday Writing Boot Camp
Workshops with combines subjects will be conducted in Fall and Spring. 
 

 

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

The BEST practice will be scaled up using a monitoring system that records student growth and achivement.  
PLCs are dedicated to the implmentation and instructional planning of the SEL BEST Practice. 
ELO opportuities will be focused and data driven
Worshops will be expanded school-widte

 

Please complete this section based on 2017-2018 end-of-year results.
Instructional Implications: Discuss the success of specific strategies/activities and provide a rationale as to why those academic improvements occurred as a result of those strategies.


 

 

 

Strategies & Activities

Strategies Persons responsible Deadline Professional Development Budget
CLT Curriculum Leadership Team MemberPD Shawn Aycock 8/9/2017 $2,300.00
Literacy training for all content areas dept. chairs Dept. Chairs & CLT 8/1/2017 $4,200.00
Professional Development for all content areas Department Chairs 7/1/2017 Core/ content area $13,200.00

BPIE Files

File Name Uploaded Date
1791_10192016_BPIE.pdf 11/3/2017