PFES - Board Report

February, 2021

Monthly Safety Drill: Armed Intruder/Lockdown

Date: 2/18/2021

Subject: School Safety Monthly Report to School Board

The Park Falls Elementary School conducted a tabletop drill to validate the current emergency plans and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for a FIRE scenario on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:05 AM with all students and staff. The discussion focused on what a child should do if they were outside of the classroom and not with their class and a fire alarm went off.

January Activities and Accomplishments

  • The number of virtual students in the PFES decreased 7 students to 17 this past month.
  • Teachers completed the AIMSweb mid-winter assessment.
  • Teachers completed Fountas and Pinnell on targeted students.
  • Interviewed and offered positions for the 4k para vacancies.
  • Completed 13 teacher observations.
  • Participated in the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators Elementary Conference on February 4 and 5. I focused on methods of elementary discipline and closing achievement gaps.
  • I worked closely with Price County Social Services on an attendance issue with a student and have resolved the issue.
  • Lead my monthly Educator Effectiveness support group.
  • I am on the design committee for the Park Falls Lions Club "Bark Park." We are currently getting fencing estimates for a spring installation!

District Assessment Coordinator Update from AWSA Elementary Principal Conference

Closing the achievement gap has been a critical state-wide initiative for several years. The Department of Public Instruction has changed some of the metrics for how school scores will be determined. They are anticipating scores will decline as a result of the change, particularly in high poverty schools such as ours.

I do not view this as a bad change however. The change is intended to reduce variability in scores, particularly in our size district, because of demographic changes in the district. Score changes should now be more reflective of changes in curriculum and instruction.

One limiting factor of the State School Report Card is that it is one assessment and the results are returned to schools months after the assessment is given. Our use of classroom assessments and local standardized tests such as AimsWeb Plus are more useful and reliable for district measures of student growth. These district tests guide our work to close our local achievement gap.

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What is a Word Wall?

You may remember the alphabet above the chalkboard in your elementary school classrooms. That was intended to help students learning to write. Word walls are lists of high frequency words and sight words that are highlighted in the EL Curriculum. Word walls are intended to be visible to all students and used to assist with learning to read and write. Older grades word wall words often change to concepts and specific unit content words.