SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools/640

JW Parker Middle School
1500 E. Virginia Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27801 2012-2013
Approvals:
Date of Secret Ballot Election on Which the Staff Approved Plan: Principal’s Signature: Local Board Approval Signature

Results: Date: Date:

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State Board of Education Goals Future Ready Students for the 21st Century
The guiding mission of the North Carolina State Board of Education is that every public school student will graduate from high school, globally competitive for work and postsecondary education and prepared for life in the 21st Century.

Goal 1: NC will produce globally competitive students. Goal 2: NC will be led by 21st century professionals. Goal 3: NC students will be healthy and responsible. Goal 4: Leadership will guide innovation in NC. Goal 5: NC will be governed and supported by 21st century systems.

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District Goals Goal 1: The NRMPS will be a high performing, technology-rich school district with leading-edge learning experiences that promote engagement, creativity, critical thinking and achievement "and" will prepare our graduates to excel in higher education or the career of their choice.
Supports SBE Goal: (Linked

to SBE Goals 1,2,3)

Goal 2: The NRMPS will actively engage and partner with parents in the educational experience "and" will enhance educational excellence and workforce development through community partners.
Supports SBE Goal: (Linked

to SBE Goals 4,5)

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School Vision and Mission Statements

Vision Statement
Parker Middle School is a welcoming and safe learning community where all students are challenged to reach and exceed high levels of academic excellence. We are a group of extraordinary people with an unwavering commitment to give all students of every background the competitive edge. We ensure equity for all students so they may receive the individual support they need. Technology is used to make learning relevant and to help the classroom come alive.

Mission Statement
Parker Middle School accepts the challenge of providing students the opportunity and encouragement to learn within a stimulating, nurturing, diverse and safe environment. We strive for success in academics, physical health, the arts, technology, and character development. Sharing the responsibility Sharing the pride . . . Students, School, Home, Community

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School Team Members
From GS §115C-105.27: “The principal of each school, representatives of the assistant principals, instructional personnel, instructional support personnel, and teacher assistants assigned to the school building, and parents of children enrolled in the school shall constitute a school improvement team to develop a school improvement plan to improve student performance. Representatives of the assistant principals, instructional personnel, instructional support personnel, and teacher assistants shall be elected by their respective groups by secret ballot....Parents serving on school improvement teams shall reflect the racial and socioeconomic composition of the students enrolled in that school and shall not be members of the building-level staff.”

Name Mrs. Cynthia Gorham & Mrs. Melonie Pratt Dr. Anthony Nottingham Mr. Jerry Smith/Mr. Darien Donaldson Ms. Krista Fasoli Mrs. Wanda Corbin-Robinson Mrs. Marsie Rabii Mrs. Marie Mullins Mr. Zacques Gray Mrs. Gammons Mrs. Charlene Outland Mrs. Terri Anderson Mrs. Regina Chavis-Jones Mrs. Cindy Speight Mrs. Mildred Oxendine Mrs. Cynthia Gorham

Committee Position Co-Chairpersons Administration Rep. Administration Rep. Administration Rep. Guidance Rep. Exceptional Education Rep 6th Grade Rep. 7th Grade Rep. 8th Grade Rep. Resource Rep. Math Department Rep. Language Arts Department Rep. Science Department Rep. Social Studies Department Rep. Instructional Facilitator Parent Rep. Parent Rep. Parent Rep.
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Data
Use data identified from many different sources as the basis for understanding the school and identifying priority areas for improvement. Guiding Questions: Review school data and consider a variety of perspectives including overall school/student performance, sub-group performance, attendance, teacher satisfaction, instructional practice (from walk-throughs/observations), and student learning (also from walk-throughs/observations as well as data).

1. What does the analysis tell you about your schools strengths?
The strengths of Parker Middle School are rooted in a stable, well-educated and performance oriented staff. The dedication of the school staff can be seen in the continuous improvement in the percent of students proficient in reading, math, and science for most students. The school made expected growth for the 2011-2012 school year.

2. What does the analysis tell you about your schools gaps or opportunities for improvement?
The percent of proficient students at Parker Middle School falls short of the AYP target goals. For this 90% minority middle school, the opportunities to close this gap are present. Three target areas of focus are: Math and Reading – Black Students and Exceptional Education Students. Additional analysis of the available data showed that approximately 1/3 of Parker Middle School students have been retained one or more times. Previous retentions have a negative impact on many of the students.

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3. What data is missing, and how will you go about collecting this information for future use?
Parker Middle School is missing data on the level of parental involvement and engagement. There have been many outreach efforts in the last year with no clear process or pathway that parents can use to give feedback. It would be important and useful to know the level of contentment and areas of growth the parents feel about the services, faculty and instructional program at JW Parker Middle School. Parker has committed to holding focus groups to gather feedback on how pleased parents are with their students’ experiences. In addition, Parker has committed to beginning a Parent Teacher Association and a Boosters Club with the goal of increasing parental involvement and investiture. Parker will also be creating a survey so that parent feedback can be used to inform school improvement. There will also be several Community Coffees and Backyard Barbeques to target parents that have traditionally felt that their voice has not been valued. Once this data has been gathered, it will be used to create a Parent Academy which is a vehicle to address parent concerns and increase those skills and behaviors that support school improvement.

4. Based upon the analysis conducted, what 3-5 top priorities emerge for the school? Cite relevant evidence from your analysis to support these priorities.
Increase demonstrated student achievement in the areas of reading, math, and science, thereby increasing the end-of-year promotion rate. Data shows that 35.4% of Parker’s students were not proficient in reading, math, and science for the 2011 -12 school year.

Increase the level of parental involvement and community engagement. Dr. Jackson has set this as a district wide goal. Although we do not have formal quantitative or qualitative data at this point, Parker is committed to ensuring increase parental and community involvement.

Increase the level of student engagement and motivation to learn. Preliminary observation data from 2012-2013 reflects a lack of student engagement. Areas of concern include instructional strategies that are proven and research based in targeting students motivation to learn. Particular attention should be paid to increasing the level of rigor and relevance based on academic achievement.
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Priority Goal 1 and Associated Strategies
Area for improvement and supporting data: Continuous improvement in the areas of Math, Reading and Science. Supporting data includes EOG proficiency data from the 2011-2012 school year, 37.6% of students are non-proficient in Reading. 27.2% of students are non-proficient in Math, and 46% are non-proficient in Science. JW Parker Middle did not meet AYP.

School Goal 1: By the end of the 2012-2013 school year,  68% of Parker Middle School students will be proficient as measured on reading state assessments.  77% of Parker Middle School students will be proficient as measured on math state assessments.  71% of Parker Middle School students will be proficient as measured on science state assessments. Supports this district goal: The NRMPS will be a high performing, technology-rich school district with leading-edge learning experiences that promote engagement, creativity, critical thinking and achievement "and" will prepare our graduates to excel in higher education or the career of their choice.

Target: Proficiency Targets—68% in Reading, 77% in Math, 71% in Science Indicator: NC Year End Assessment Milestone date: June 2013
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Goal Established by the State Board of Education: Globally Competitive Students 21st Century Professionals st Healthy, Responsible Students Leadership for Innovation 21 Century Systems Title I Components: Needs Assessment Reform Strategies Highly Qualified Staff Professional Development Attract HQ Teachers Teachers included in Decisions Regarding Assessment Use Parental Involvement Pre-School and Transition Activities for Children Experiencing Difficulties Coordination of Federal, State, Local Services AdvancEd: Vision and Purpose Governance and Leadership Teaching and Learning Documenting and Using Results Resources and Support Systems Communications and Relationships Continuous Improvement

Strategy 1

Resource/ Budget

Assigned Implementation Team

Review Frequency

Parker Middle School will provide Title I, State, before school, after school, and and Local classroom tutoring opportunities to meet the needs of at-risk students.

Administration Team, Schoolbased team chairs

Each grading period

Action Steps: 1. develop a tutoring plan 2.identify research based instructional strategies 3.implement tutoring program 4.evaluate effectiveness of tutoring program 5.make adjustments as necessary and continue

Timeline September/October September/October September-May September-May October-May

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Strategy 2

Resource/ Budget

Assigned Implementation Team

Review Frequency

Parker Middle School will utilize Federal, State, Administrative Each grading direct instruction by implementing Local Funds Team and identified period math and reading interventions staff (provides intensive, sustained direct instruction to address deficiencies in decoding and comprehension).

Action Steps: 1. Identify staff members 2.schedule classes to facilitate implementation 3.assess and identify students who will benefit 4.group students and provide instruction based on area of need 5.evaluate effectiveness (formative & summative assessments) and regroup as necessary 6.reevaluate and change grouping as necessary

Timeline August August/September August/September August-May August -May

August-May

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Strategy 3

Resource/ Budget

Assigned Implementation Team

Review Frequency

Parker Middle School staff will continue to use Response to Intervention to identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based intervention and adjust the intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student’s responsiveness.

Title I, State, Local Budgets

Administrative Each grading Team and identified period staff

Action Steps: 1.devote PLC or team planning time weekly to identify at risk students 2.collaboratively list intervention resources by grade level 3.implement Tier 2 interventions 4. monitor student progress 5.if ineffective, implement second Tier 2 interventions 6.monitor student progress and regroup as necessary

Timeline August-May August-May August-May August-May August-May August-May

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What data will be used to determine whether the strategies were deployed with fidelity?

CHECK

How will you determine whether the strategies led to progress toward the goal? (Include formative, benchmark, and summative data as appropriate.)

What does data show regarding the results of the implemented strategies?

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Based upon identified results, should/how should strategies be changed?

ACT

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Priority Goal 2 and Associated Strategies
Area for improvement and supporting data:
The area for improvement is parent and community engagement. Supporting data includes Parent Needs Assessment data collected by district.

School Goal 2: Parker Middle School will increase parent and community engagement by 15% by the end of the 20122013 school year. Supports this district goal: The NRMPS will actively engage and partner with parents in the educational experience "and" will enhance educational excellence and workforce development through community partners. Target: Parent and community involvement will increase by 15%. Indicator: PTA membership, parent volunteers, mentors, individual teacher community collaboration, community program participation, Focus groups, Community Coffee, 50th Anniversary Celebration and Activities, Literacy Night, Family Fun Night, Math-Science Night, Family Fitness Night, Cultural Arts Night, Father’s Circle Milestone date: June 2013
Goal Established by the State Board of Education: Globally Competitive Students 21st Century Professionals st Healthy, Responsible Students Leadership for Innovation 21 Century Systems Title I Components: Needs Assessment Reform Strategies Highly Qualified Staff Professional Development Attract HQ Teachers Teachers included in Decisions Regarding Assessment Use Parental Involvement Pre-School and Transition Activities for Children Experiencing Difficulties Coordination of Federal, State, Local Services
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AdvancEd: Vision and Purpose Governance and Leadership Teaching and Learning Documenting and Using Results Resources and Support Systems Communications and Relationships Continuous Improvement

Strategy 1

Resource/ Budget

Assigned Implementation Team

Review Frequency

Fathers Circle

none

Dr. Nottingham

Action Steps: 1. Meet and Greet 2. Father’s Circle Breakfast (Bojangle’s) 3. Lock-In 4. Monday Night Football 5. Parent Observation Days 6. Weekly Cypher

Timeline August 2012 October 2012 December 2012 November - December 2012 February 2013 Weekly beginning December 2012

Strategy 2

Resource/ Budget

Assigned Implementation Team

Review Frequency

Family Involvement Nights Title 1 Funds (Literacy Night, Family Fun Night, Math- CIS
Science Night, Family Fitness Night, Cultural Arts Night)

Various School Personnel

After each event is held

Action Steps: 1. Assign a committee

Timeline two months prior to the event
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2.Choose a date for the event 3.Contact PTA 4.Connect Ed 5.Plan activities for the event 6.Hold the event

October 2012 Month prior to the event The week prior to and the day prior to the event To be determined by committee TBA

Strategy 3

Resource/ Budget
 CIS  Delta Center For Life Development, Inc.  Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae- RMA Chapter  Educational Talent Search  Teen Court

Assigned Implementation Team

Review Frequency

Community Volunteers

Various depending on specific contact person

After each event

Action Steps: 1.Creation of flyers/ information 2. Choose dates 3. Connect Ed 4.School wide announcement 5.Hold the event 6.

Timeline One month prior to event Organization The week prior to and the day prior to the event The week prior to and the day prior to the event TBA

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What data will be used to determine whether the strategies were deployed with fidelity?

CHECK
ACT

How will you determine whether the strategies led to progress toward the goal? (Include formative, benchmark, and summative data as appropriate.)

What does data show regarding the results of the implemented strategies?

Based upon identified results, should/how should strategies be changed?

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Priority Goal 3 and Associated Strategies
Area for improvement and supporting data: The area for improvement is the level of student engagement and motivation to learn. Supporting data includes data collected from principal one-on-ones with faculty and staff, parent surveys and student focus groups.

School Goal 3: By the end of 2012-13 school year, JW Parker will increase the level of student engagement and motivation to learn through research-based strategies and technology rich instruction. Supports this district goal: The NRMPS will be a high performing, technology-rich school district with leading-edge learning experiences that promote engagement, creativity, critical thinking and achievement "and" will prepare our graduates to excel in higher education or the career of their choice.

Target: 30% increase in student motivation and engagement Indicator: Student/ Teacher Surveys, Observable Teacher Actions/ Student Actions, Grades Milestone date: June 2013
Goal Established by the State Board of Education: Globally Competitive Students 21st Century Professionals st Healthy, Responsible Students Leadership for Innovation 21 Century Systems Title I Components: Needs Assessment Reform Strategies Highly Qualified Staff Attract HQ Teachers Teachers included in Decisions Regarding Assessment Use Professional Development Parental Involvement
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Pre-School and Transition

Activities for Children Experiencing Difficulties

Coordination of Federal, State, Local Services

AdvancEd: Vision and Purpose Governance and Leadership Teaching and Learning Documenting and Using Results Resources and Support Systems Communications and Relationships Continuous Improvement

Strategy 1

Resource/ Budget

Assess current level of student none engagement and motivation during classroom instruction.

Assigned Review Implementation Team Frequency Student Engagement January 2013 Team (SET) including May 2013 Ms. Fasoli, Mrs. Gammons, Mrs. Jones, Mr. Smith, Mrs. Gorham, Mrs. Speight

Action Steps: 1. Student survey 2. Teacher survey 3. Determine baseline from survey results 4. Norm on how student engagement looks 5. Analyze six weeks grades and constructed
response questions.

Timeline TB D TBD TBD TBD November 2012

6. Resource/ Budget Assigned Implementation Team Review Frequency Monthly review of lesson plan for selected book strategies beginning in February.
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Strategy 2

Provide professional development Cost of Books regarding current research-based (approx. $400) strategies for engagement and technology-rich instruction.

Professional Development Team

Action Steps: 1.Tech. Thursday’s 2.Book Study (Teach Like a Champion, Doug Lemov) facilitated by Regina Chavis 3.Peer Observations 4.Best practices exchange 5.Padeia Training 6.Quad D

Timeline Bi - Monthly January-February January – February Monthly October December

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What data will be used to determine whether the strategies were deployed with fidelity?

CHECK
ACT

How will you determine whether the strategies led to progress toward the goal? (Include formative, benchmark, and summative data as appropriate.)

What does data show regarding the results of the implemented strategies?

Based upon identified results, should/how should strategies be changed?

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Action Steps: Professional Development
Briefly describe the content and research base for your targeted professional development: PD Focus: Literacy, Rigor (Challenge)/Engagement, Technology

Research Base: Literacy is the foundation for proficiency in all content areas and it is the common thread that runs throughout the Common Core and Essential Standards. A significant body of research exists that support a focus on reading, comprehension, and critical thinking skills. Fostering 21st century professionals through the development of Professional Learning Communities and on-going professional development will produce greater student outcomes and move JW Parker’s students toward greater success. Professional development at JW Parker Middle this year will focus on creating learning environments that are taught by caring, creative, engaging professionals who are knowledgeable of 21st Century technology, who employ 21st Century teaching methods, and who are dedicated to the students’ continuous improvement in every subject area. Professional development in the form of a book study of ―Teach like a Champion‖ by Doug Lemov will offer effective teaching
techniques to help the teachers become champions in the classroom and make student engagement and participation the expectation. Professional development in technology will include training on the instructional use of

iPads and in an enhanced use of EVAAS. Padeia Training along with professional development on Quad D Lesson planning and implementation will encourage active thinking through dialogue which will enable students to effectively access (read) grade-level content based materials.

Establish a calendar, including dates for training, implementation, and evaluation (formative and summative): Formative evaluation: describe process for periodic evaluations and how additional on-going assistance will be provided for educators who are experiencing difficulties in implementing the initiative.

Formative evaluation will be on-going through examining artifacts such as lesson plans, teacher-made teaching aids such as PowerPoints and ActivInspire flipcharts, PLC minutes, Professional Development Agendas, follow ups and reflections, administrative and peer walk-abouts, .

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Summative evaluation: describe the comprehensive evaluation including how you will document the impact on teacher effectiveness and student learning.

Summative evaluations will be based on teacher evaluations, school- created student and teacher surveys, and ultimately EOG scores.

Month July August September October

Targeted Audience

Description of Activity (ex. On-going training sessions, examining student work, peer
observations, book study, etc.)

All Staff Language Arts & Social Studies Teachers All Staff

Tech Thursdays iPad Training (Planning Period PD) Padeia Training (District Trainers) Tech Thursdays iPad Training (Planning Period PD) EVAAS Training Tech Thursday (Planning Period PD) Intro to Quad D Lessons Quad D Continued Padeia Training (In House Trainers) Tech Thursday (Planning Period PD) ―Teach Like A Champion‖ by Doug Lemov Tech Thursday (Planning Period PD) ―Teach Like A Champion‖ by Doug Lemov Quad D Continued Tech Thursday (Planning Period PD) Tech Thursday (Planning Period PD)

November December January February March April May June

All Staff All Staff All Staff

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School-based Management and Accountability Program Summary of School-based Waiver Requests
Program Years: 2010-2012 LEA or Charter School Name/Number: School Number(s) Request for Waiver 1. Please describe the waiver you are requesting.

2. Identify the law, regulation, or policy from which exemption is requested.

3. State how the waiver will be used.

4. State how this waiver helps achieve the specific performance goals identified in the School Improvement Plan.

(Please duplicate this sheet as needed for additional waivers.)
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