SIP 2015-2016

Memorial School Improvement Plan
2015-2016

BURLINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Burlington Public Schools is to help all students acquire organized knowledge, master physical and intellectual skills, and understand ideas in ways that foster a positive self-image and lead to lifelong learning, self-sufficiency, and responsible citizenship.
Burlington Public Schools Vision
The Burlington Public School’s vision is “striving for excellence” and will be accomplished by:
1. Facilitating students’ ability to achieve their highest potential by providing a rigorous balanced curriculum.
2. Employing highly qualified teachers, administrators and support staff who are committed to the Burlington mission statement.
3. Encouraging parents to take an active role in their children’s education through involvement with the schools to enhance student academic success.
4. Providing opportunities for community members to participate in school activities to reinforce the goals and advantages of providing quality educational programs for every student.

Burlington Public Schools Core Values
All students’ potential for excellence should be developed by the schools.
A program of study that has the same academic objectives for all students should be provided by the schools.
Sensitivity to students’ differing learning styles and intellectual development should be reflected in the educational environment.

Memorial School Mission

Memorial Elementary School’s mission is to:
  • Support all students in acquiring knowledge, skills, and independence.
  • Support diverse needs to help all students achieve their full potential intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.
  • Foster a mutually supportive environment for students, parents, faculty, and staff in a safe, trusting environment which promotes life-long learning.

Memorial Vision
Belong Together, Work Together, Succeed Together

Members of the Memorial Community will collaborate to promote a safe, nurturing environment where all children are accepted. Individual student strengths will be maximized and individual needs will be met by developing and using strategies that encourage student growth. By promoting independence, curiosity and learning, students’ academic and social potential will be fostered.




Burlington Public Schools
Memorial Elementary School 2015-2016
School Improvement Plan
District School Improvement Goal(s)
Goal 1: Improve the Capacity of Burlington Public Schools
Goal 2:  Provide a Clear Direction for Technology
Goal 3:  Improve Communication and Customer Service at all levels throughout the Community.
Goal 4: Continue to Improve Facilities and Business Management Operations
Memorial Improvement Goals
Goal 1: Analyze and Adjust Curriculum to Improve the Capacity of Memorial School.
        
Goal 2 Improve Technology at Memorial Elementary School
     
Goal 3: Improve Communication between all Members of the Memorial Elementary School Community.
      
Goal 4: Continue to Improve Facilities and Business Management Operations
     

Goal 1: Analyze and Adjust Curriculum to Improve the Capacity of Memorial Elementary School
Initiatives
Priority Action Steps
Support Resources
Staff Responsible
Indicators of Success
1A. Through shared and distributed leadership, further our understanding and alignment of state frameworks in daily instruction.
Use the master schedule to maximize instruction and support common planning time for teaching and learning.

Hire and utilize math specialists to support and strengthen the implementation of the math program.

Initiate the adoption of the Next Generation Science Learning Standards

Sustain implementation of Fundations, Explorations in NonFiction Writing, EnVision, Balanced Literacy Approach to Reading, Leveled Literacy Kits

Continue to use assessment data to monitor growth, align and adjust curriculum and instruction;

Differentiate instruction and engage students in 21st Century learning skills (problem solving, critical thinking, and reasoning);.
State Frameworks Curriculum Standards

Next Generation Science Standards
Envision Math Program

Explorations in NonFiction Writing

Literacy, Math, Science Coaches
Grade-Level District-Wide Staff Meetings
Curriculum Councils
Grade Level
Teachers
Reading Specialist

Math Specialist
Special Education Teachers & Tutors

Science Coaches

Principal

Increased student achievement and growth as measured by district progress reports, and district and state assessments.

Math specialists in all four elementary buildings
Standardize implementation of curriculum decisions across elementary schools.
Writing rubrics to guide consistent grading practices.
Goal 1: Analyze and Adjust Curriculum to Improve the Capacity of Memorial Elementary School
Initiatives
Priority Action Steps
Support Resources
Staff Responsible
Indicators of Success
1B. Use assessment data to adjust instructional practice to meet or exceed grade level expectations in English Language Arts, math, and behavior.
       
Expand the district assessment schedule to include multiple universal screening tools for English language arts and mathematics
-district assessments and checklists;

-progress monitoring
procedures;

-curricula program assessment tools.

Attend and analyze data at district data meetings six times a year;

Analyze and interpret WIDA results;

Review behavioral data to identify areas of success and areas of need.
Common Core Curriculum Standards
Program based Assessment Tools
Web-based Assessment Tools
Instructional Assistants and Tutors

Guidance Counselor
School Psychologist

ELL teacher

Principal

Grade Level Teachers
Reading Specialist
 
Special Education Teachers

Guidance Counselor
School Psychologist

ELL teacher
Principal

Differentiate instruction to maximize student achievement;
Narrow the instructional range through flexible grouping.  

Use an RTI framework that includes tier 1, tier 2 and tier 3


Goal 1: Analyze and Adjust Curriculum to Improve the Capacity of Memorial Elementary School
Initiatives
Priority Action Steps
Support Resources
Staff Responsible
Indicators of Success
1C. Continue to strengthen a school-wide positive behavior multi-tiered intervention system to maximize a positive, safe and inclusive learning environment.  


Expand a pro-active and pro-social school environment by  collaboratively developing and teaching behavioral expectations and implementing incentive systems.
Ongoing analysis and identification of behavioral intervention methods and strategies to increase prosocial behavior.

Provide professional development in social and behavioral competency to all elementary staff.
Responsive Classroom
Social Thinking Program
Life Skills

Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) bullying lessons

Guidance Counselor

Principal




 
Grade Level Teachers and Specialist Teachers
Special Education Teachers & Tutors
School Psychologist

Guidance Counselor
Principal
Flexible use of incentive systems.

Increased engagement where students are active learners, problem solvers and good citizens.
Students demonstrate citizenship and meet behavioral expectations.

Students acknowledge  and actively demonstrate the school’s values.













Goal 1: Analyze and Adjust Curriculum to Improve the Capacity of Memorial Elementary School
Initiatives
Priority Action Steps
Support Resources
Staff Responsible
Indicators of Success
1D. Address the increased population and diversity of ELL students in the elementary schools.



Increase ELL staff

Select  materials,  curriculum  and/or  program for ELL students

Participate in ACCESS assessments.

Provide parents with home language translated information to increase home-school communication.

Increase the variety of books in the school library about diversity and different cultures.
ELL Teachers

Principal

Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Materials

Translation Services








 
Grade Level Teachers and Specialist Teachers
ELL Teachers
 
Principal
Most staff will complete state-mandated SEI training or select an online assessment test.

Teachers will differentiate for ELL students.

Increased awareness and sensitivity for cultural diversity








Goal 2: Improve Technology at Memorial Elementary School
Initiatives
Priority Action Steps
Support Resources
Staff Responsible
Indicators of Success
2A. Deepen integration of technology to further enhance curriculum projects and published work.
2B. Expand use of student digital learning portfolios
Consistent purchase and updates of hardware, software and website resources approved by the district
Transition from interactive whiteboards to updated technology.
Monitor and review the efficient and reliable use of technology.  
 
Encourage teacher-led professional development related to integrated technology.
Director of Technology Integration
Technology Integrationist

Library and Media Specialist
IT Department

Principals
iPads and chromebooks.
IT Department
Technology Integrationist

Library and Media Specialist

Teachers


Principal
Evidence of consistent and reliable technology integration for instruction, assessment,
progress monitoring and data analysis;
Evidence of technology integration across content areas that enhances student engagement.
Evidence of electronic curation of student work.








Goal 3: Improve Communication between all Members of the Memorial Elementary School Community.
Initiatives
Priority Action Steps
Support Resources
Staff Responsible
Indicators of Success
3A. Continue to provide opportunities for instructionally focused dialogue to increase high quality learning outcomes, student engagement, and motivation for learning.   
Continued implementation of the new teacher evaluation system with district determination measures and feedback;

All staff write and review their student learning and professional practice goals;

Collect and analyze data and artifacts to determine achievement of the goals.

Design opportunities to elicit feedback.

Administration and Teacher Evaluation Rubric

School-Based Leadership Teams
Staff Meetings
Grade Level Team Meetings

District Curriculum Coaches
All teaching staff
Principals

Active participation at grade level meetings to engage in focused curriculum work during common planning time

Routine conversations between reading specialist, interventionists and grade level teachers about student intervention plans and progress monitoring.




Goal 3: Improve Communication among all Members of the Memorial Elementary School Community.
Initiatives
Priority Action Steps
Support Resources
Staff Responsible
Indicators of Success
3B. Increase communication and involvement of diverse family groups and sustain their active and appropriate participation in the school community.

Communicate student learning and behavior expectations to parents.

Host parent informational sessions.

Explore cultural diversity opportunities

Encourage parent volunteers to participate during the school day

Frequent communication through a variety of means and forums to enhance the home-school partnership.
Principal, Guidance and School Psychologist

ELL Teacher
Multicultural Literature

Translation Services
 





All school-based staff
Principals

ELL Teacher
Increased active representation and  participation of diverse families at elementary school events and functions.











Goal 3: Improve Communication among all Members of the Memorial Elementary School Community.
Initiatives
Priority Action Steps
Support Resources
Staff Responsible
Indicators of Success
3C. Communicate Crisis Management Plan to effectively execute emergency procedures
Update Crisis Plan

Consult with town safety personnel (police, fire)

Execute emergency drills to practice crisis plans
Superintendent

Building & Grounds Director

Town Safety personnel: (fire, police)

Principal
 
Superintendent

Building and Grounds Director

Principal


Conduct fire and safety drills yearly.

Installation of Electronic Emergency Alert System to First Responders.






Goal 4: Continue to Improve Facilities and Business Management Operations.
Initiatives
Priority Action Steps
Support Resources
Staff Responsible
Indicators of Success
4A. Building needs assessed and prioritized
Replace rugs in K-1 classrooms

Purchase tables to complete outdoor learning space near Butterfly garden

Replace tables in teachers lunch room

Install netting near basketball courts in playground
Principal
Building and Grounds
Custodians
Central Office
Community Members
Principal
Memorial Staff
Custodial Team
Building and Grounds