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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

Falcon Cove MS (3622)

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

World Languages

Wednesday

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

8/22/2018 -

8:25 AM - 9:20 AM

6, 7, 8

ESE/Guidance

Wednesday

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

8/22/2018 -

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

6, 7, 8

Independent B

Monday

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

8/20/2018 -

8:25 AM - 9:20 AM

6, 7, 8

Independent A

Monday

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

8/20/2018 -

8:25 AM - 9:20 AM

6, 7, 8

Social Studies PLC

Monday

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

8/20/2018 -

8:25 AM - 9:20 AM

6, 7, 8

Science PLC

Wednesday

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

8/23/2018 -

8:25 AM - 9:20 AM

6, 7, 8

Reading/Research PLC

Monday

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

8/20/2018 -

8:25 AM - 9:20 AM

6, 7, 8

Math PLC

Monday

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

8/20/2018 -

8:25 AM - 9:20 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

732

4.90

3.30

1.10

5.50

1.80

07

755

8.70

4.40

2.30

4.20

2.00

08

857

10.70

3.50

2.70

5.30

3.00

 

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

Students in reading classes who earned a level 1 or 2 on last year's ELA FSA utilize the intervention program, achieve 3000.  Achieve 3000 is an intervention program which works on remediating skills at a student's individual Lexile level. These students also use the intervention program, national geographic inside.  

Bringing school-wide awareness to the importance of school attendance. The program “attendance counts” was aimed at spreading the word throughout the school about the importance of student attendance. Posters stating “attendance counts” were placed in the parent pick up areas and other high volume areas throughout the school.

Tutoring program for students who require additional support in mathematics and civics to increase student achievement. These students are identified by their FSA and EOC scores of Level 1 or Level 2 in Grade 6 through Grade 8.High school volunteers from Cypress Bay High school work with students primarily in the area of math. High school volunteers are from Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society and English Honor Society. Program is offered every Tuesday from 4-5:15 pm.

The ESOL Teacher assistant meet with ELLs from 8:55 to 9:25 in The Nest daily to help with homework.

 

RtI Team Meeting Schedule

Day(s) of Week

Week(s) of Month

Start/End Dates

Start/End Times

Tuesday

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

9/4/2018 -

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

 

School Counseling Plan File

File Name Upload Date

FCMS-Counseling-Plan.pdf

9/12/2018

 

Social Emotional Learning

School Wide Social Emotional Learning Plan (SEL)

File Name Upload Date

FCMS_SEL-Action-Plan-2018-.doc

9/28/2018

 


 

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

3622_MS_AgendaMinutesSignIn_101018.pdf

October

A+ Funds

10/30/2018

FCMS_SAC-ByLaws_18_19.pdf

September

SAC ByLaws

9/28/2018

3622_MS_AgendaMinutesSignIn_090518.pdf

September

Monitored

9/17/2018

3622_08232018_SAC-Meeting-Dates.doc

August

None

8/23/2018

3622_08232018_SAF-Meeting-Dates.doc

August

None

8/23/2018

 


 

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?

Social Studies 
 Literacy in Social Studies classrooms will be our focus to help improve overall student achievement. These areas were selected because only 59% of our lowest 25% are making reading gains with the Language Arts Florida Standards (LAFS). By focusing on LAFS intensely in Social Studies classrooms, we will be able to target all of our students, especially our lowest 25%. 

ELA/Reading

The English Language Arts and Intensive Reading classrooms will be our focus to help improve overall student achievement. These areas were selected because only 59% of our lowest 25% are making reading gains with the Language Arts Florida Standards (LAFS). By focusing on LAFS intensely in the ELA classroom, we will be able to target all of our students, especially our lowest 25%.

Math

Geometry is one of the lowest topics across all grade levels. In 6th and 7th grade it is the lowest standard with 6th grade only earning 60% proficient and 8th grade 58%.

Sciecne
Earth and Space Science is one of the lowest topics in the Science SSA with only 69% proficient.

 

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?

Social Studies 
 All Social Studies (literacy) classrooms will incorporate multiple sources and different pieces of text to address LAFS.  Teachers will continue to incorporate text-based writing prompts and questions to elicit text-based responses where students are required to support their thinking with text-based evidence. Teachers will continually assist students to improve literacy and grammar by providing feedback and suggestions in a timely manner. 

ELA/Reading

All literacy classrooms will incorporate multiple sources and different pieces of text to address LAFS. Teachers will continue to incorporate text-based writing prompts and questions to elicit text-based repsonses where students are required to support their thinking with text-based evidence. Turn It In will be utilized via CANVAS to ensure students are responding originally to text-based writing prompts. Turn It In will also be utilized to give grammar feedback and suggestions to all literacy learners.

Literacy classes will incorporate blended learning via CANVAS to address the LAFS. Both English Language Arts and Reading classes will incorporate text sets at each student’s lexile level as well as complex text to increase a student’s exposure to grade level and above text. Both ELA and Reading will be using the program: NEWSELA. Reading classes will also utilize Achieve 3000. This year we have purchased the Boost intervention components to incorpate with Achieve 3000 lessons. Both programs focus on reading informational text and writing skills using current event topics and/or articles related to other text being read in the literacy class.

Intensive Reading teachers differentiate instruction specific to each student's individual lexile reading level by utilizing the research-based programs, Achieve 3000 and National Geographic Inside.

English Language Arts teachers will utilize online tutorials, remediation, and enrichment components within the My HRW portal as well as the USA Test Prep portal in order to increase the overall reading proficiency for all students. District created writing prompts and performance tasks are also infused into Collections units throughout the year.

Math

We will continue to use PLC time to assess our common assessment data. We will continue to use that data to determine the students who need remediation and enrichment. This year we will start implementing PBL within our Geometry units. The goals of PBL is for student to have a full understanding of Geometry in the classroom and prep for FSA as well as its importance in the real world, outside the classroom.

Science 
Science teachers will utilize common assessments and journaling in classes.

 

 

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

Social Studies 
All Social Studies classes will incorporate at least one PBL this year. Sustained silent reading R&R (Read and Relax) time will be infused in one content area each month to further build the reading community within the school.  Teachers and students will read and relax together during an allotted time in content areas monthly.  Student engagement will be focused on more this year with learning stations will be introduced and utilized in social studies classrooms.

ELA/Reading
All literacy classes will incorporate at least one PBL this year. A school-wide novel will be focused on this year, The Red Bandana. All classrooms will have copies available for students to make sure this novel is accessible to all and to further build a community of readers on campus. Sustained silent reading R&R (Read and Relax) time will be infused in one content area each month to further build the reading community within the school. Teachers and students will read and relax together during an alloted time in content areas monthly. Student engagement will be focused on more this year with learning stations will be introduced and utilized in literacy classrooms. Teachers will use the IPG (Instructional Practice Guide) as a guide to classroom literacy.

Math
This year the BEST Practices will be scaled up with PBL activities in the classroom. Since PBL is new to our school, teachers will start with short PBL activities and lessons. Data will be collecting from the PBL to determine if the project was successful to decrease the Geometry achievement gap.

Science 
Science teachers will collaborate to create common assessments that correctly measure proficiency on state benchmarks Science teachers will collaborate to create activities for students using composition notebooks.

 

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

Social Studies 
Social Studies classes will use teacher-created performance tasks and writing prompts to progress monitor writing and literacy standards.

ELA/Reading

Intensive Reading classes will progress monitor students using Achieve 3000 data which is collected monthly by citing a student’s lexile level. Lexile level progress and regression will be examined via Achieve 3000 performance reports. Intensive Reading classes will administer the FAIR-FS 3 times per year and examine student progress. ELA classes will use district-created/ teacher-created performance tasks and writing prompts to progress monitor writing standards. ELA teachers will use NEWSELA to monitor student lexile level progress quarterly.

Math

Common assessments are given at the end of each Unit in each grade level, about once every 3 weeks. In between the common assessment cadres are using PLC time to determine how to close the gap with small projects, activities and other resources to enhance the day-to-day lessons. Data from these in class supplements are also discussed and analysed to help student fully understand the topics.

Science 
Common assessments are given at the end of each Unit in each grade level, Also CARE assessments are given about once every 4 weeks. Lowest 25% will be using USA Test prep to reinforce science concepts.

 

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

The school offers support for students not progressing by offering both math and reading help after school while pairing students up with Cypress Bay student volunteers.  There are also peer counseling student pull outs in which our top academic students assist struggling students during their study hall elective classes.

 

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)?

By providing text, audio, video and hands-on learning that gives all kids a chance to access the material in whichever way is best suited to their learning strengths.  This gives the students a chance to interact with the material in more than one way and getting them interested in the lesson.

 

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

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

Administration willl monitor teachers in their classroom by continuously conducting observations and providing the appropriate feedback  about the teachers instruction.

 

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?

Social Studies
6th grade - National Geographic World History Ancient Civilizations
7th grade - Houghton Mifflin Civics Integrated Civics, Economics and Geography and McGraw Hill Civics Economic & Geography
8th grade - TCI History Alive the United States through Industrialism 

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ELA
ELA 6,7,8   Core material= textbook HMH Collections
ELA 6,7,8 Supplemental material=Vocabulary.Com, Newsela
ELA 6,7,8 Intervention material can be found within HMH Collections (Level-up tutorials) and USA Test Prep tutorials
 
Reading 6,7,8  Core/ Intervention material = textbook National Geographic Inside 
Reading 6,7,8 Supplemental material= Achieve 3000, Vocabulary.Com, Newsela, REWARDS 
 
DLA (Developmental Language Arts -ELL)  6,7,8   Core material= Keystone, ESL Reading Smart
DLA (Developmental Language Arts -ELL)  6,7,8   Intervention/Supplemental material=Vocabulary.Com, Newsela, Achieve 3000

School Wide Read of the Novel The Red Bandanna -This nonfiction novel will inspire us to be everyday heroes and teach us about 9/11. 


 MATH
Canvas
USA Test Prep
Textbook website (HRW) - tons of online resources
Textbooks (Go Math 6-8, Larson Algebra and Geometry)
Quizlet
Kahoot
 

 

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

Leadership Elective class is reading and discussing What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens, with strategies for personal growth. 

To help support Hispanic Heritage Month, Falcon Cove Middle held a showcase highlighting different Hispanic Cultures. In addition Falcon Cove held a parent information night in both Spanish and Portuguese.  At this meeting we had staff members on hand to translate all the information in both Spanish and Portuguese. The meeting provided parents with information on Pinnacle, Canvas, Before/After School care, etc...

 

 

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

THE SEL standards are being explicitly taught through the School-Wide Behavior Plan. All teachers are expected to implement the core values of respect, integrity, safety, and empathy. 

 

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

-Students are encouraged to speak up if they see a problem, step in and be a friend as needed, and support thier classmates. Bullying and unkind behavior is not tolerated in the classrooms or hallways. Guidance, Adminstrators, and the Leadership Team are available and accessable to all students, as needed. 

-The Latinos in Action Club will be mentoring ELL students that are struggling to adjust to a new educational system. 

-Peer Counselors offer SEL workshops for studnets on areas of bullying, test taking strategies, stress outside of school

 

 

Strategies & Activities

Strategies Persons responsible Deadline Professional Development Budget
Learning Stations and Centers, infusing reading and writing across all curriculums and electives, infuse technology and reading strategies within classrooms. Students will be monitored using iReady in math and USATestPrep reading and Language Arts. Administrators, curriculum coaches and teachers 5/20/2018 Based on reading and writing strategies that can be used in all curriculums and electives.
During PLC time, literacy classroom teachers will work in cadre groups to explore various resources found in the Broward’s Sharepoint ELA Pathways, Achieve 3000, Vocabulary.com, and GALE to find other supplemental resources to plan appropriately during a CARE cycle. Teachers will also explore the variety of text sets provided in NEWSELA which connect to their core textbook curriculum and plan units of instruction featuring multiple sources focusing in on one theme/central idea. Laurie Reichow 4/25/2019 $0.00
Effective note booking strategies, incorporating inquiry-based strategies, implementing new curriculum using 5E model, PBL projects and common assessments. Jessica Velez 6/1/2019 Cadre groups will meet once a week to work together and create common assessments based on Test Item Specifications and data from the CARE Cycles. Cadre groups will discuss different strategies on note booking that will work for specific grade level topics. Cadre groups will collaborate on different strategies and activities to incorporate with the 5E model (new curriculum) and also take PD with the district and learn different ways to implement STEMScopes into the classroom. Teachers will also take PD on creating PBL and discuss this at their cadre meetings.
During PLC time, social studies classroom teachers will work in cadre groups to explore various resources to find other supplemental resources to plan appropriately during CARE cycles. Teachers will also explore how to connect to their core textbook curriculum and plan units of instruction featuring multiple sources focusing in on one theme/central idea. Christina Stewart 4/25/2019 $0.00
Common summative assessments, analysis of data, providing efficient enrichment and remediation using online tool;s, creating and sharing best practices in their PLC, implementing project based learning Andrea Kamay 5/30/2019

BPIE Files

File Name Uploaded Date
BPIE_FCMS.pdf 10/12/2018
3622_10062017_3622_10142016_BPIE_2015-1Falcon.pdf 9/12/2018