The John
E. McCarthy Memorial School
2012-2013
2012-2013

School Improvement Plan

John E. McCarthy School

 R esp ectfu lly S u bm itted by th e 2 01 1 -2 0 1 2 M cC arth y S ch ool A d v isory C ou n cil M em bers 

 

 

Mary Capozzi, Grade 3 Teacher Representative

Maria Chaplain, Parent Representative

Kelli Cohan, Grade 2 Teacher Representative

Kelli Coughlin, Teacher Representative

Jessica DiGianfelice, Parent Representative

Tonya Porcella, Parent Representative

Raymond H. Smoyer, Principal, Administrative

Representative

 

 

 

 Peabody Public Schools Vision 

Vision Statement

 

Peabody schools inspire, empower, and challenge our students to pursue excellence in reaching their potential. Professional educators and community partners collaborate to ensure success at the highest level in asafe, student-centered environment. We are a community of life-long learners who value the individual while promoting integrity, courage, and the acceptance of differences.


                                                                  John
EMcCarthy School Mission Statement

The John E. McCarthy Memorial School is a student-centered school that sets and adheres to rigorous academic standards andrecognizes that learning is on going.  Our students and staff are confident, responsible, and committed.

Each member of the McCarthy School family valuesdiversity and creativity and rewards risk-taking, while showing respect and care for one another. Everyone at the McCarthy School is a member of a responsive and enriching community of learners.

 We believe that hard work, perseverance, and high expectations equal academic success and high self esteem.

 

 

John E. McCarthy Memorial School

Student- Centered Core Values 

 

Mutually respect myself and others
Care for each other and my school
Cooperate with my classmates and teachers
Academicallychallenge myself everyday

B e

Responsible for my actions and choices
Treat others the way I want to be treated
Honestly tell the truth at all times

A n d do m y best all

Yearlong


JOHN E.MCCARTHY MEMORIALSCHOOL

20 12·20 13 SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

 

 

 

Kindergarten

 

Data-Driven

Perlormance Concern

Proposed Solutions

Personnel Responsible

Goals

ELA

 

DIBELS scores show many students

at risk or

some risk

 

Pull out Literacy Support

4 x 30  for children in these categories.

Retest every two weeks

Literacy centers

Read alouds every day Emphasize fluency in reading Sight word practice

Morning meeting and message

Project based literacy

Read together as a family

 

Classroom teachers Reading Specialist Title I Reading Tutor ELL teachers

Parents

 

Kindergarten students will improve by at least one level by the end of the year, or intervention supports identified.

Math

 

Math In Focus Assessment indicates that K's have difficulty recognizing, writing and counting numbers 0 to

20

 

Daily practice number writing

Math nights

Classroom store

Music integration/rhythm  activities

Arts integration

At home; including students into daily math activities.

Classroom teachers Special education staff Music teacher

Art teacher

Gym teacher

Parents

Kindergarten students will be able to recognize, write, and count numbers 0 to 20, or intervention supports identified.

 

 

Grade Three/Four

 

Data-Driven

Performance Concern

Proposed  Solutions

Penonnel Responsible

Goals

ELA

 

Interpretation of poetry

 

-Incorporate poetry into weekly routine

-Begin simple annotation of poetry

 

-Response to intervention strategies

Formative Assessments

Read At Home!  (RAH!)

 

Classroom teacher

Special education teacher

Reading specialist

 

Proficiency  demonstrated  on Benchmark Assessments, MCAS, etc.

 

Students reading below grade level

 

Classroom teacher Reading specialists ISC

Special education teacher

Guidance Counselor

Parents

 

Proficiency demonstrated on Benchmark Assessments, MCAS, etc., or intervention supports identified.

 

Poor performance in geometry in Grade 4

MCAS

 

Calendar Math

-Word walls in math

-Arts integration

-Study Island

-Incorporate math vocabulary into weekly spelling

 

Classroom teacher

Art teacher

Special education teacher

 

Proficiency demonstrated on Benchmark Assessments, MCAS, etc., or intervention supports identified.

 

In math, the number of students in ''needs improvement" category ofMCAS increased.

 

Use all the resources of Math in Focus

Calendar Math

Study Island

Incorporate math word into weekly spelling

MCAS practice

 

Classroom teacher

Art teacher

Special education teachers

Music Teacher

 

Proficiency demonstrated on Benchmark Assessments, MCAS, etc., or intervention supports identified.


 

 

Poor performance in

Data Analysis in Grade

4MCAS

 

Use all the resources of Math in Focus

Calendar Math

Study Island

Practice Data Analysis open response questions

Weekly graph construction and interpretation

Use of technology

 

Classroom teacher

Art teacher

Special education teachers

Music Teacher

 

Proficiency demonstrated  on Benchmark Assessments, MCAS, etc., or intervention supports identified.

Student's  recall of

addition and subtraction math facts is low.

 

MOVE UP

Use all the resources of Math in Focus

Calendar Math Study Island Flash Cards

Weekly formative assessments

(Rocket Math)

Classroom Teachers

Parents

All students master addition and subtraction math facts.


 

Grade Five

Data-Driven

Performance Concern

Proposed Solutions

Personnel Responsible

Goals

ELA

 

Difficulty with vocabulary

 

Difficulty with comprehension, especially in non-fiction text

 

Limited use of details in open response questions.

Required nightly reading and

increased pre-teaching and word walls, etc. to develop and reinforce grade level vocabulary

 

Explicit instruction in finding main and supporting ideas, especially in non-fiction

 

Emphasize purpose of headings in and structure of

informational text

 

Explicit instruction in test taking strategies

 

More practice with and analysis of good quality writing and development of details

 

Increased practice of Open Response questions in ALL subject areas

 

Additional work with students in both ELL and SPED categories

 

Study Island ELA practice

Classroom teachers

Specialist teachers

Special Education teachers and aides

Literacy teachers ELL interventionists Title 1 tutor

To increase the number of

correct answers in the MCAS ELA exams, and to improve scores in Open Response questions

 

Increase students' facility with the English language, especially vocabulary and overall comprehension

 

To increase writing skills and overall maturity in idea development in students' written work.

 

Proficiency demonstrated on Benchmark Assessments, MCAS, etc., or intervention supports identified.

 


 

Math

 

Difficulty with multi-step problem solving

 

Difficulty with new concepts that are not 'firm' when taking MCAS

 

 

 

 

Difficulty with Open Response idea development and vocabulary to express mathematical processes

 

Difficulty decoding and deconstructing the complex language of Math test questions, especially multi-step Open Response questions and

number stories

 

Poor recall of basic math facts

 

Difficulty retaining important details of specific math concepts, e.g. definition of mean or sum of the angles in a triangles= 180 degrees.

 

Difficulty with fundamental algorithms

 

Use all the resources of Math in

Focus

Calendar Math

 

More practice analyzing MCAS test questions during class and in non-math periods

 

Offer incentives, contests, and games to discover the 'tricks' and 'sneakiness' in word problems to get them to take on the challenge of reading more carefully.

 

Use 'non-math' teachers to help with word problems and language-related issues surrounding math understanding

 

Make concerted effort to activate prior knowledge around vocabulary

 

Intensive small group instruction for math concepts

 

Games, pop quizzes, contests and Study Island for math facts

& content. Math word wall. Increased practice with operations, emphasizing multi- digit multiplication and division.

 

Classroom teachers

Specialist teachers

Special Education teachers and aides

Literacy teachers

ELL interventionists

Title 1 tutor

 

To increase the number of correct answers in the MCAS Math exams, and to improve scores in Open Response questions

 

Increase students' facility with basic math concepts and higher mathematical thinking.

 

Develop mathematical vocabulary and better overall comprehension on word problems

 

Proficiency demonstrated on Benchmark Assessments, MCAS, etc., or intervention supports identified.


 

Five Math  continued

 

Difficulty with fundamental algorithms

 

 

 

 

 

 

Difficulty solving formulas and variables especially in terms of properties of shapes

Practice mastery for each operation, including multi-digit multiplication and division

 

Games, pop quizzes, contests and Study Island for math facts and concepts

 

Introduce concepts earlier in the year and repeat periodically

until proficiency is achieved

 

Intensive small group instruction for math concepts More practice analyzing MCAS test questions during class and in non-math periods

Activate prior knowledge

around vocabulary

 

Classroom teachers

Special Education teachers and aides

Literacy teachers

ELL interventionists

Title 1 teachers

 

Increase students'  facility with basic math concepts and higher mathematical thinking.

 

Increase the number of correct answers in the MCAS Math exams, particularly in computation, properties of shapes and Open Response questions

 

Develop mathematical vocabulary and better overall comprehension on word problems

 

Improve writing skills and overall maturity in idea development in students' written work


 

Grade Five

Sdenceffechnology

 

Difficulty answering Open Response questions completely.

Targeted review of science concepts for MCAS practice.

 

Practicing science open response writing.

 

Activate prior knowledge around vocabulary

 

Explicit instruction in test taking strategies

Classroom teachers

Science Teacher

Special Education teachers and aides

ELL interventionists

To increase the number of correct answers in the MCAS Science and technology exams, and to improve scores in Open Response questions

 

Increase students' overall comprehension of key science concepts and facts

 

To develop writing skills and overall maturity in idea development across the curriculum

 

Proficiency demonstrated  on Benchmark Assessments, MCAS, etc., or intervention supports identified.


GradesK-5

 

 

 

Data-Driven Performance

Concern

Proposed Solutions

Personnel Responsible

Goals

Although below National

average, reports of bullying incidences                       Grade4 (Grade 5 for 2012-13) should be reduced.

Fully implement Olweus Anti-

Bullying Program.

Administration, Teachers, &

Anti-bullying committee

Reduce annually by 10o/o

 

 

 

 

 

Grades PreK-5

 

 

Improve SchoolClimate

 

 

1. Work on positive press releases about the McCarthySchool to improvepublic relations in the local newspapers.

Share this responsibility with the staff, PTO and school councilto contribute press releases on a monthlybasis.

Several news articles have been published, Summer Reading Program,Field Trip to Salem maritimemuseum••etc.

 

 

 

2.Implement the values and programmatic features of the Responsive Classroom model for buildingschool community, improving the culture of our school and improving student achievement. ContinueStudent of the month per class. Use the values for students as describedby CARES (Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-Control.) in the implementation of Responsive Classroom.

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