Environmental Scan

Piney Creek Elementary School

Welcome to PCS (in 1920)

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About Our School

*Pre-K through 8th grade school

*175 Students enrolled

*Student-Teacher ratio 1:17

*88% Caucasian - 12% Hispanic

*7% of students have IEP and receive E.C. services

*56% free and reduced lunch

*Faculty - One principal, one assistant that also serves as a classroom teacher, 10 classroom teachers, 3 support staff, three resources teacher, three cafeteria staff, three bus drivers, two office staff, and one custodian

*94% are highly qualified

*38% have advanced degrees

*33% are NBCT

*School of Distinction for 2013-2014 school year

*Top Ten percent of Title I schools in the state


*Located in Alleghany County, NC

*One of seven townships in the county (picture to the right)

*Piney Creek is 28.8 of the 236 square miles in the county

*In the 28.8 sq mi area there are 849 people

*Most of those people work in manufacturing, education, construction, or agriculture idustries

Targeted Students: Hispanic Subgroup

*12 percent of school

*no disability outside of language barrier

*one ESL and Spanish teacher splits two half days at our school to teach K-5 Spanish and meet ESL needs

*we could greatly improve school scores with improvement of this group

Characteristics of This Student Group

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Hispanic Students at PCS

*As shown above in NC Report Card only 30.8% passed both reading and Math EOGs

*That data doesn't include our second grade or Pre-K students

*2 migrant students

*3 ELL students

*rest of 12% are Hispanic but raised in English speaking homes

Action Plan

A Plan for Growth

School: Piney Creek Elementary School

School Improvement Objectives: raise achievement among the Hispanic students at PCS from 30% pass rate (as shown in figure 13) to 50% in three years

Rationale: Due to data showing Hispanic students are a sub-group at PCS, targeted steps will be taken to raise achievement

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Step 1: Addition ESL time provided to these students.

Step 2: Increase the technology to which these students have access.

Step 3: Create opportunities for more parent involvement and communication by hosting parents nights each quarter.

Professional Development

*ESL trainings - how to work with ESL teacher and strategies for more effectively teaching ESL students

*Technology training

*Parent Nights (brainstorming ideas, making a night parents WANT to attend, new and changing objectives: make and take nights etc. )


*How PCS came about and the fight for it to stay

*The demographics as numbers

*The ability I have to enact change

*A step-by-step process to improve the situation for a subgroup of students