Thorpe Creek Elementary

School Improvement Plan 2018-2019

School Improvement Team

Jennifer Gabbard - Kindergarten Teacher

Courtney Gibson - First Grade Teacher

Kristi King - Second Grade Teacher

Lindsey Sieman - Second Grade Teacher

Lisa King - Third Grade Teacher

Agnes Pugel - Fourth Grade Teacher

Jillian Bischoff - Fourth Grade Teacher

Sarah Griffey - Fourth Grade Teacher

Tina Johnston - Teacher Development Specialist

Leslie Hopper - Teacher Librarian

Alyssa Janutolo - ENL Teacher

Jennifer Baker - Resource Teacher

Jackie Fiesbeck - Counselor

Jana Allen - Assistant Principal

Sara Curran - Principal

Mission Statement

At Thorpe Creek Elementary, human dignity is demonstrated with our words and actions in our environment of trust and respect. Our learners will grow, inquire, and achieve in our collaborative, creative, and safe learning environment.

Core Beliefs

  • We honor, respect, and celebrate our diverse cultures, experiences and background.
  • Collaboration among staff, students, and community is key to our success.
  • Student learning is most effective when curriculum is engaging and relevant.

Goal #1: Disposition of the Learner

Learning joyfully in and out of school is our goal. We believe that the world is our classroom.

100% of our Thorpe Creek students and staff will mirror the joy of learning in our words, actions, and interactions with others.

Meeting our Disposition of the Learner Goal

Staff:

  • We view ourselves as Bucket Fillers
  • We seek professional development outside of school & district constraints
  • Our fundamental classroom conditions are collaborative, inclusive, globally considerate, and non-threatening
  • We value each child
  • We provide Cardinal Connections (mentoring program)
  • We view our school as our family
  • We celebrate and practice random acts of kindness
  • We share joyful moments on Twitter using the hashtag #TCEjoy
  • We demonstrate improved mental health


Student:

  • Our students are eager to share their learning with our families
  • Our students celebrate and practice random acts of kindness
  • Our students smile
  • Our students demonstrate improved mental health

Goal #2: Inquiry Based Learning Goal

100% of our students will engage in inquiry based learning embedded throughout the school day.


Classrooms will increase the use of inquiry-driven study to promote cognitive curriculum through students' natural wondering and curiosity.

Meeting our Inquiry Based Learning Goal

Staff:

  • We will engage in project work and demonstrate a stance of inquiry during instruction and learning in all classrooms

Students:

  • Students will learn at Bricks 4 Kidz after school club
  • Students will learn at Destination Imagination and Rising Stars
  • Families may attend and learn at our Family STEAM Night
  • Students will learn at Engineering Club after school club
  • Students will learn at Chess Club after school club
  • 100% access to library
  • Students will learn using our digital resources
  • Students will learn using our MakerSpace
  • Students will learn and engage in authentic Genius Hour/Passion Projects
  • Students will learn in our classrooms designed to support and enrich inquiry based learning

Goal #3: Math Goal

100% of students will meet or exceed their personal projected growth for math using NWEA (Fall 2018 to Spring 2019).


100% of students in RTI Tiers II & III will meet or exceed their grade level RIT based on NWEA national norms (Fall 2018 to Spring 2019).

Meeting our Math Goal

Staff:

  • We instruct using math workshop
  • We will teach to the top
  • We utilize grade level curriculum map based on standards
  • We share and promote our math learning on social media with the hashtag #TCEmath
  • We review our math data at our grade level PLC's and Data Days
  • We create an action plan for each child not meeting the above goal
  • We utilize our math resource room/library for learning materials
  • We will share and promote math at our Family Math Night
  • We engage in professional development
  • We are building a culture of "math talk" using brain-based teaching methods
  • Intentional lessons that reside in depths of knowledge levels 3 and 4
  • Intentional use of EDM as a school-wide math resource
  • Three teachers (Jackie Renick, Jamie Grubbs, and Cari Hesch) will participate in Butler University's Math Thought Community monthly this year and share their learning with us
  • Five teachers (Rebecca Finnerson, Amy Heath, Meghan Barry, Alyson Luther, and Sara Cline) will participate in Problem Solving at Butler University and share their learning with us

Students:

  • Students and teachers will work together to create math goals to meet student's individual needs
  • Students will learn using math journals daily
  • Students will learn at Chess Club
  • Students will learn at Engineering for Kids Club
  • Students will learn at Bricks 4 Kidz Club
  • Students will engage in math at Family STEAM Night
  • Students will learn using MakerSpace
  • Students will learn using math games to build conceptual understanding
  • Students will learn from our Balanced Math instruction
  • Students will learn using our digital resources
  • Students may compete on our two Fourth Grade Math Bowl Academic Teams
  • Students will identify math in children's literature

Goal #4: Reading Goal

100% of our students will meet or exceed their personal projected growth goal for reading using NWEA (Fall 2018 to Spring 2019).


100% of students in RTI Tiers II & III will meet or exceed their grade level RIT based on NWEA national norms (Fall 2018 to Spring 2019).

Meeting our Reading Goal

Staff:

  • We will lead and share our best reading lives
  • We utilize 99 Ideas and Activities for Teaching English Learners with SIOP by Mary Ellen Vogt and Jana Echeverria
  • We will promote harvesting words from authentic text
  • We instruct using the Reading and Writing Workshop Model
  • We review our reading data at our grade level PLC's and Data Days
  • We create an action plan for each child in not meeting the above goal
  • We utilize grade level curriculum maps based on standard progressions
  • We share and promote our reading on social media using the hashtag #TCEreads
  • We will increase the volume of diverse books in our classroom libraries
  • We will increase the volume of books in our home libraries by offering free books to students and families
  • Intentional lessons that reside in depths of knowledge levels 3 and 4
  • Intentional use of Lucy Calkins' Units of Study school-wide

Students:

  • Students and teachers will work together to create reading goals to meet student's individual needs
  • Students engage in 100% access to library for unlimited choice reading selections
  • Students will learn at Newsletter Club for 3rd and 4th graders: write and publish our school newsletter bi-monthly
  • Students may compete on our Fourth Grade Spell Bowl Academic Team
  • Students will learn through the use of our digital resources

Goal #5: Writing Goal

100% of our students will engage in planned, sequential, intense writing instruction daily.

Meeting our Writing Goal

Staff:
  • We will systemically engage in Units of Study as our viable curriculum
  • We will provide student choice of paper and topic
  • We will provide 30+ minutes of pen to paper daily during the 40+ minute writing block
  • We will complete 3 on-demand writings and norm our writings
  • We will write for authentic audiences
  • We will confer with our writers and engage in goal setting

Students:

  • Students will write for 30+ minutes daily
  • Students will select their topic and paper
  • Students will write for an audience
  • Students will write and publish our school newsletter
  • Students will engage in goal setting and self reflection

Goal #6: Fundamental Classroom Conditions

100% of our staff will provide identity safe environments.


We will demonstrate intellectual risk taking.

Meeting our Fundamental Classroom Conditions Goal

Staff:
  • We will engage in professional learning with Dr. Erica Buchanan-Rivera, Equity and Inclusion Officer for HSE Schools
  • We will hear our students' stories
  • We will share our stories
  • We will celebrate our students' identities
  • We will engage in community circle daily (responsive classrooms)
  • We will read diverse literature and share diverse literature in our classrooms and on Twitter with the hashtag #TCEreads
  • We will provide community supplies and create a culture of abundance
  • We will provide equitable resources and text for all holidays
  • We will outgrow our professional skills and dispositions

Students:

  • Students will share their stories
  • Students will learn about global perspectives, cultures, and holidays
  • Students will be kind

Monitoring our Progress

  • Progress Monitor all tier 2 and tier 3 students bi-weekly
  • Guided Reading Levels reported 3 times per year
  • Anecdotal Records
  • Formative and Summative Assessments
  • Analyze NWEA Data 3 times per year
  • Reflective conversations during PLC's
  • Weekly Teaching and Learning meeting and Student Support meeting
  • Analyze staff and student attendance
  • Analyze discipline referrals
  • Analyze participation in extra curricular events (staff and students)
  • Intentional observation and reflection

Process Evaluation

  • Data Meetings
  • Weekly PLCs
  • Monthly RtI Meetings

Professional Development

  • Monday PLCs from 3:40-4:25
  • First Friday of each month from 8:00 - 8:30 am
  • Optional (and encouraged) Twitter and Facebook PLCs
  • Optional (and encouraged) book studies
  • Optional workshops related to our school improvement plan