Smyrna Middle School

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SMS Vision and Mission Statement

...to prepare students to become successful and productive citizens by providing educational opportunities and experiences in a venue where challenge heightens success...


The purpose of Smyrna Middle School is to prepare all students for middle school, high school, post-secondary education, and the work force. We expect all students to become positive, productive members of society. The faculty and staff embody these high expectations by offering every student a rigorous curriculum based on the Tennessee State Standards.

To our Stakeholders:

The annual report card provide parents and community members with an overview of school performance in the areas of student achievement, attendance/graduation, participation, and student growth, in addition to key school statistics, demographics, and an overall rating. A school’s overall designation on the report card is determined by a rating system which looks at student achievement on state reading and math tests, growth in student achievement, participation on reading and math tests, and graduation or attendance rates. How well a school does in these areas determines whether they are identified as Outstanding, Satisfactory, or In Need of Improvement.

Goals for Smyrna Middle School

Achievement Goals

  • Grades 6 will have a goal of at least a 2.0 NCE gain in TVAAS Math. The goal is to increase the NCE for 6th grade Math from 51.6 to 53.6 for 2016.
  • Grades 6 will have a goal of at least a 2.0 NCE gain in TVAAS ELA. The goal is to increase the NCE for 6th grade ELA from 50.6 to 52.6 for 2016.
  • Grades 7 will have a goal of at least a 3.9 NCE gain in TVAAS Math. The goal is to increase the NCE for 7th grade Math from 51.6 to 55.5 for 2016.
  • Grades 7 will have a goal of at least a 2.0 NCE gain in TVAAS ELA. The goal is to increase the NCE for 7th grade ELA from 50.6 to 52.6 for 2016.
  • Grades 8 will have a goal of at least a 3.8 NCE gain in TVAAS Math. The goal is to increase the NCE for 8th grade Math from 55.5 to 59.3 for 2016.
  • Grades 8 will have a goal of at least a 2.0 NCE gain in TVAAS ELA. The goal is to increase the NCE for 8th grade ELA from 51.7 to 53.7 for 2016. Grades 6-8 overall goal is to have positive growth in all subjects and in all 5 quintiles.

2014-2015 Decision Dashboard

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Strategies and Timeline for meeting Goals

-Teachers in all grades and subject areas will meet weekly in PLC meetings for collaboration on ideas, interventions, essential skill assessments, & plans to meet academic needs of students. The data from these and other formative assessments will be used to plan flexible small groups for re-teaching and remediation of skills. CFA’s will mirror the new TNReady assessment. The goal is for students to test online exclusively for CFA’s by spring.

- Using the RTI2 model, Tier II and III students will receive services from the reading & math interventionists.

- A 30 minute period, “Panther Time”, has been built into the schedule that will allow teacher access to students for enrichment and remediation. Students will rotate subject area teachers every 4 weeks.

- All subject areas will integrate a literacy piece into daily instruction. Teachers will collaborate across subject areas to make sure content and writing skills are not presented in isolation.

-“Training Camp” will target students who are close to proficiency levels and are struggling on common formative assessments. These students will be assigned to a small group for instruction. All students will be claimed for remediation or enrichment based on CFA data. Training Camp includes all Tier II and III students and exposes them to standards-based interventions in each subject area. In addition to the 30 minute Panther time, Training camp will be held daily for 30 minutes.

- The school level schedule will provide 1 hour of instructional time for each tested subject area. Prior to this year, Science and Social Studies received only 45 minutes of instruction.

- Elective teachers will integrate subject area curriculum and Academic vocabulary into daily lessons. - Mentors will be provided to guide/assist all new teachers. Monthly meetings are scheduled.

- Essential Learnings are being retaught and retested in all grade levels to ensure mastery.