McKinley Middle School
6th Grade Professional Learning Community: Using Data to Paint Our Reality
Purpose of The Vision
We are heading into our third week since implementing changes to our schedule, and the feedback from staff has been overwhelmingly positive. Teachers are reporting that they now have the opportunity to go more in-depth with their curriculum, incorporate creativity and collaboration opportunities for students, address different learning styles, and provide more one-on-one support as needed. Teachers are also reporting that the incorporation of Social-Emotional Learning and Mind and Body Time into the schedule is leading to stronger interpersonal relationships between both students and staff as well as students and their peers.
The addition of team collaboration time to the schedule has also led to daily exciting and powerful conversations and opportunities for teachers to work with their grade-alike peers in addressing the academic and social-emotional-behavioral needs of their students. Teams are provided with daily supports from Mr. Hruby (facilitator), Mr. Blietz (assistant principal), Mr. Martinez (principal), Mrs. Wilson (instructional design strategist), and Ms. Ryan (instructional design strategist). The following are each grade level’s team goal(s) for the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year:
80% of students will be proficient on all priority standards as measured by end-of-year benchmark assessments.
80% of students will be proficient on all priority standards as measured by unit assessments, performance tasks, and/or district benchmark assessments.
70% of students will show proficiency on end-of-year benchmark assessments.
70% of students will show growth based on end-of-year benchmark assessments.
The Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) is a test intended to measure reading comprehension and match students to text so they can read with confidence and control. The SRI is administered to every McKinley student three times per year; fall, winter, and spring. Below are the most recent results from the winter SRI.
The second event, being held February 27 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., features a showing of the documentary, Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope. At the conclusion of this powerful documentary, a guest panel will answer questions about content related to the film and how it relates to our school and community.
In addition, we still have several volunteer opportunities available for parents to partner with our school. These choices include volunteering in the Bear Paw store, classroom volunteers, and before school parent greeters. If you are interested in volunteering at McKinley Middle School, please contact our volunteer coordinator Mrs. Jackie Mason at 319.558.2348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.