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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

Westpine MS (2052)

School Year

2018 - 2019

School Grade
(2017 - 2018)

C

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

ESE and Guidance

Friday

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

8/27/2018 - 6/4/2019

8:09 AM - 8:40 AM

6, 7, 8

Social Studies, Electives and Literacy

Friday

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

8/27/2018 - 6/4/2019

8:00 AM - 8:40 AM

6, 7, 8

Math and Science

Monday

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

8/27/2018 - 6/4/2019

8:00 AM - 8:40 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: 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

06

350

10.60

25.70

14.90

33.10

23.40

07

358

11.20

26.30

6.10

32.10

17.60

08

282

14.50

23.00

12.80

27.70

21.60

 

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

  • Individualized goal charts for Reading and Mathematics are created.
  • Assignments are modified.
  • Providing study skills and/or learning strategies.
  • Providing frequent, immediate and positive feedback.
  • Providing student rewards. 
  • Simplifying directions. 
  • Additional time is given for assignments and exams.
  • Preferential seating near teacher.
  • Providing visual aids in the classroom.
  • Give student reminders to remain on task. 
  • Teacher notes are provided as an accommodation for some students.
  • Students are assigned classes based on their Reading and Mathematics achievement scores.
  • Agenda planners are used for parent and student communication and organization.
  • Students work with support facilitators and/or student interns in small groups or provide 1-1 instruction.
  • Support facilitators will re-teach skills to reinforce content. 
  • Encourage the use of online resources to review or reinforce content. 

 

RtI Team Meeting Schedule

Day(s) of Week

Week(s) of Month

Start/End Dates

Start/End Times

Tuesday

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

8/27/2018 - 6/4/2019

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

 

School Counseling Plan File

File Name Upload Date

ASCP.pdf

10/4/2018

School-Counseling-Services.docx

9/25/2018

 

Social Emotional Learning

School Wide Social Emotional Learning Plan (SEL)

File Name Upload Date

SEL-Action-Plan-2018.docx

9/24/2018

 


 

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

-SAC-and-PTO-Calendar-Meeting-Dates-2018-2019.pdf

November

None

11/6/2018

2052-Westpine-SAC-Meeting-Minutes---October-2018.pdf

October

SAC ByLaws

10/11/2018

SAF-Agenda-September-2018.doc

October

Developed

10/9/2018

SAF-Agenda-October-4--2018.doc

October

Developed

10/9/2018

SAF-Sign-In-October.pdf

October

Developed

10/9/2018

SAC-Sign-In-October.pdf

October

Developed

10/9/2018

SAF-Sign-In-September.pdf

October

Developed

10/9/2018

SAC-Sign-In-September.pdf

October

Developed

10/9/2018

2052Westpine-SACBylaws-2018-19.pdf

October

SAC ByLaws

10/6/2018

2052-Westpine-SAC-Meeting-Minutes---September-2018.pdf

October

SAC ByLaws

10/3/2018

2052WestpineSAC_Agenda_October-4--2018.pdf

October

Developed

10/2/2018

2052-WestpineSAC_Agenda_September-13--2018.pdf

October

Developed

10/2/2018

 


 

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?

As evidenced by the FSA data, the focus area for improving student achievement is Mathematics. Mathematics was selected because 62% of our students scored Level 1 and 2 on the FSA. Additionally, there was a decrease in the number of students making Learning Gains from the previous year. 

 

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 will be scaled-up to improve teaching and learning include: participation of authentic PLC's with a focus on (CARE) Curriculum, Assessment, Remediation and Enrichment, using student data to guide and support instructional decisions and professional development training to provide teachers with effective practices to address the needs of students with learning challenges. 

 

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

Civics 

  1. iCivics teachers will utilize the Westpine Civics Review website & EOC folders (interactive notebook) as a resource to prepare for the EOC exam.
  2. Teachers will use USA Test Prep as an interdisciplinary tool to administer common formative assessments for remediation and enrichment.
  3. The Civics department will use the 7 strategies model to teach students how to deconstruct a Civics EOC Question.
  4. Teachers will provide a Civics camp to prepare students for the state exam. 
  5. Teachers will review key concepts and test taking strategies in preparation for the state exam. 
Math 
  1. Mathematics department will participate in professional development sessions focusing on Productive Struggle, Problem-Based Learning, and i-Ready implementation.
  2. Through Professional Learning Communities, teachers will work to create, review and modify activities in order to ensure that they are aligned to the standards and follow the appropriate level of rigor.
  3. Teachers will assign weekly formative assessments on a weekly topic. Data will be reviewed during Professional Learning Communities in order to make decisions regarding remediation and enrichment.
  4. Teachers will assign rigorous, standards based formative assessments to students in order to make decisions based on the focus and pacing of their courses.
  5. Math teachers will provide additional support to struggling students through afterschool tutoring, push in, or pull out sessions.
  6. Teachers will share best practices through modeling during pre-arranged teacher visitations.
Science
  1. Science teachers will implement close reading, annotation, vocabulary and informational text strategies into the curriculum to assist struggling learners and improve reading comprehension.
  2. Science teachers will participate in weekly professional learning communities to deconstruct standards, develop common formative assessments and review critical data to make instructional decisions. 
  3. Teachers will incorporate hands-on activities into the curriculum to improve scientific thinking skills.
  4. Teachers will provide Extended Learning Opportunities across all grade levels (Push-Ins/Pull-Outs).
  5. The Science department will implement a course recovery module on Canvas designed to help students meet state standards, redo coursework, remediate science skills and content. 
  6. 8th Grade Science teachers will utilize the Florida Coach Jumpstart, as a resource to help students with testing format, reinforce content and strengthen skills in preparation for the Statewide Science Assessment (SSA). 
  7. Biology teacher will provide an EOC camp to prepare for the state exam.
  8. Biology teacher will conduct afterschool EOC review sessions to remediate standards and review key concepts prior to the state exam. 
Literacy 
  1. Language Arts teachers will utilize technology to teach writing and grammar.  This will be accomplished through the digital dashboard of Collections on my.HRW.com. Grammar Notes, Performance tasks, and MyWriteSmart will all be employed.
  2. Language Arts teachers will also incorporate weekly common formative assessments of "knowledge check questions" across grade levels.
  3. Reading teachers will use novel based-instruction to teach reading strategies and to write short and extended responses.
  4. Literacy coaches will be visiting classes in the content areas to reinforce reading and writing strategies. 
Electives 
  1. Elective teachers will incorporate reading strategies to help students learn new words and definitions.
  2. Elective teachers will provide the articles or students will research articles using the Newsela app at the beginning of class. 
  3. Elective teachers will use the paraphrasing strategy and graphic organizers to help students summarize key ideas, cite textural evidence and monitor understanding of content using their own words. 
  4. Elective teachers will use word walls to increase vocabulary knowledge and improve literacy skills.

 

 

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

The school-level progress monitoring data that will be collected school-wide includes: 

Science 

  • Teachers in 6th grade will USA Test Prep to incorporate monthly common formative assessments to monitor student master of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) standards to determine curriculum changes and remediation strategies. 
  • Teachers in grades 7th and 8th will integrate monthly common formative assessments using Canvas to monitor mastery of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) standards; clarify misconceptions and adjust their teaching methodologies to meet the needs of all students. 
Math 
  • Grade level teams will create an instructional cycle based on the curriculum focus calendar in mathematics. 
  • Students will take an online tutorial and assessment to review concepts using i-Ready at the end of each week. 
  • Teachers will utilize reports to analyze student performance while in their Professional Learning Communities. 
  • Teachers will remediate and enrich utilizing grade level and re-teach resources.  
  • Weekly focus standards and assessments will be used to prepare students for their monthly common formative assessments.
Literacy 
  • Literacy teachers in grade levels 6-8 will conduct weekly Knowledge Check Questions (KCQ's) in all classes. 
  • Reading teachers in grade levels 6-8 will administer FAIR Testing to all Reading students. 
  • Teachers in grade levels 6-8 will administer quarterly Common Formative Assessments from Collections. 
Social Studies
  • Social Studies teachers in grade levels 6-8 will administer bi-quarterly Common Formative Assessments using USA Test Prep.
  • All grade levels 6-8 will create and administer monthly teacher made assessments to monitor student progress. 
Electives 
  • Electives teachers will use a culmination of weekly and/or monthly homework; teachers generated quizzes and assessments to monitor student progress. 

 

 

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

To ensure the fidelity of students who are not progressing towards school and district goals Westpine will implement the following programs: 
  • After school tutoring for lowest quartile students.
  • Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) and Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) Camps for targeted bubble students.
  • Push-in model from literacy coaches.

 

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)?

Westpine will ensure all classroom instruction is accessible to a full range of learners using the following Universal Designs for Learning (UDL) strategies: 

  • Engaging enrichment and remediation opportunities.
  • Professional Development opportunities designed around the reflection of specific needs of students with deficiencies.
  • Teachers will implement multiple means of action and expression when presenting curriculum. 
  • Teachers will integrate multiple engagement strategies into lessons (Kahoot, Quizlet, hands-on activties, centers). 

 

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

Westpine will ensure Tier 1 standards-based classroom instruction is implemented properly and effectively using the following methods: 

  • Teachers will be provided with ongoing Professional Development training to promote a better understanding and implementation of Tier 1 strategies into the classroom across all content areas. 
  • The school-based RtI team will continuously execute action plans that provide support for students with academic and/or behavioral challenges.  
  • Support facilitators will provide small group and one-to-one assistance to struggling learners. 
  • Push-In models will be implemented into general education classrooms.

 

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?

The text used for core, supplemental, and intervention programs at each grade level are: 

Science

  • All Science teachers in grade levels 6-8 will use the new Florida State Adopted Stem scopes 2.0 consumable textbook and online digital learning by Accelerate Learning. 
  • 6th grade Science Teachers will use USA Test Prep, an online curriculum resource for common formative assessments and remediation. 
  • 8th grade Science teachers will use Florida Coach Jumpstart 2.0 Edition. 
  • 8th grade Biology students will use the HMH Science Dimensions: Biology textbook and online digital website
  • 8th grade Biology students will use the Florida Coach EOC book and EOC Jumpstart Biology 1 Test Booklet. 
Math 
  • Teachers in grade levels 6-8 will use the Go Math HRW.
  • Algebra teachers in grade levels 7-8 will use the Algebra 1 Honors: Explorations in Core Algebra 1.
  • Algebra teachers in grade levels 7-8 will use Algebra Nation as an online supplement.
  • The 8th grade Geometry teacher will use the Holt/McDougal Larson Geometry. 
Literacy 
  • All teachers in grade levels 6-8 will provide student access to HMH Collections.
  • All Literacy teachers in grades 6-8 will use Newsela.com.
  • All Literacy teachers in grades 6-8 will use Vocabulary.com.
  • All students in grade levels 6-8 will have access to Achievethecore.org (electronic resource). 
  • All students in grade level 6-8 will use National Geographic Inside.  
Social Studies/Civics
  • All Grade 6 teachers will use World History: Ancient Civilizations (Florida Edition); National Geographic publisher.
  • All Grade 7 teachers will use Civics: Integrated Civics, Economics & Geography; Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt publisher.
  • All Grade 8 teachers will use History Alive: The United States Through Industrialism; Teacher's Curriculum Institute publisher.
Electives 
  • Elective teachers will use the Gmetrix app for the purpose assessment review and test taking strategies. 

Westpine Middle will ensure students have access to a balance of literacy & informational text by using the following mediums:
  • Students will be provided with take home textbooks and supplemental workbooks.
  • Students will have online access to textbooks and supplemental resources such as (Canvas, Khan Academy, i-Readiy, MyHRW, floridastudents.org and Vocabulary.com). 
  • Students will have access to computers to conduct research, complete online assessments, and cite textual evidence. 
  • Students will have access to Newsela across all content areas. 

 

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

Social and Emotional Learning Standards will be implemented using the following strategies: 

  • Using character education through core content subject areas. 
  • Providing positive behavior implementation programs with a reward system that recognizing student behavior. 
  • Cultivating a school climate that shapes a culturally sensitive environment through professional development training. 
  • Peer counseling services will be provided to aid students with conflict resolution, study skills, and building positive peer relationships. 

 

 

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

In order to integrate the five competencies of Social Emotional Learning in the classroom and school-wide, the Guidance Department will perform classroom visits to teach students different lessons that facilitate Social Emotional Learning. Our focus topic will be Conscious Discipline. 

 

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

The school-wide policy and practices that will be used to support emotion learning for students include: 

  • A LEAPS behavior change program will be implemented for students who show a high recidivism of inappropriate behavior. 
  • Mentoring with non-profit organizations to development and increase social and self-awareness in a targeted population of students. 
  • Free mental and family health referral services available for all students in need.

 

 

Strategies & Activities

Strategies Persons responsible Deadline Professional Development Budget
The Mathematics Department implement the following strategies and/or activities HRW; i-Ready diagnostic assessments; grade level common formative assessments; weekly formative assessments and participation in weekly PLC's to drive data-driven math discussions. All Mathematics teachers 5/30/2019 i-Ready and District Professional Development Training $15,249.00

BPIE Files

File Name Uploaded Date
Westpine-MS-BPIE-2015-16.pdf 11/7/2018