EVERGREEN MILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Loudoun County Public Schools

Comprehensive Needs Assessment - Executive Summary

491 Evergreen Mill Rd SE, Leesburg, VA 20175

571-252-2900

www.lcps.org/evergreen

Daniel Lani

LCPS School Profile

Virginia School Quality Profile

School Improvement Plan

Stakeholder Input

  • Teachers
  • Building Administrators
  • Central Office Administrators
  • Parents / Guardians

Instructional Overview

Evergreen Mill Elementary School is committed to instructional excellence and to the academic success of each of our students.  We are focused on maintaining our high level of instructional rigor, while challenging our staff to grow as teachers and learners.  Additionally, we seek to ensure that every student achieves academically and to significantly close the gap for our students who require targeted academic interventions. Our Responsive Instruction (RI) program provides targeted remediation and enrichment to every student in our building.  All of our students, Pre-K through Grade 5 will participate in Project Based Learning experiences during this school year through our Python Passion Projects model.  All students in grades K-5 will also be participating in Personalized Learning this year. Through this instructional model we are able to target instruction to meet the needs of learners requiring both remediation and acceleration. All students will continue to have STEM learning experiences.  Evergreen Mill will continue to have an increased focus on Social Emotional Learning by implementing daily morning meetings in all classrooms. In first and second grade we will be implementing the Second Step Social Emotional Learning Curriculum daily. Our WATCH D.O.G.S. program, although currently on hold due to the pandemic, will continue to facilitate parent involvement in our school.  We also remain extremely enthusiastic about our very active and growing PTA!

Our school leadership team will continue to facilitate differentiated professional development throughout the 2020-21 school year.  This will focus on what it means to build a culture of success for all students, increasing our understanding of equity in educational environments, raising the level of rigor in our daily lessons, and using restorative language to support students' social and emotional growth. With the support of our Division Instructional Facilitator, we will provide ongoing training and professional development opportunities to all teachers to assist them in delivering instruction in both virtual and face to face models.  We will continue to provide ongoing staff development opportunities regarding inclusive practices, with an emphasis on implementing Behavior Intervention Plans with greater effectiveness. This year we are excited to introduce a new staff-based equity team.  This team meets monthly, and monitors our school environment daily.  The committee is currently working on crafting an equity statement for our school, providing weekly resources to all staff members on creating a culturally responsive learning environment for all learners, and is seeking ways to foster parent involvement in our school that mirrors our student population. Evergreen Mill is also committed to continue to interview and to seek to hire teachers and administrators that reflect the student population at our school.

Extended Learning Opportunities

Evergreen Mill provides numerous extended learning opportunities for our students.  An SOL remediation program is offered  to students who would  benefit from extra academic support in reading and math.  Our PTA offers Fall and Spring After School Enrichment Programs for all students.  Evergreen Mill will partner with Evergreen Church to provide Spanish language classes to our community.  Our school business partnership with Hancock Orthodontics fosters school/community relationships through our Breakfast Buddies program..  An annual exhibition (A Journey To Success) connects our students and community members as learners.  During the 2020-21 school year we are also seeking to capitalize on virtual field trips and guest speakers to support our students in a distance learning environment. Annually, Family Fitness Night, Science Night, Paint Night, Bedtime Stories, grade level performances, and participation in the Geography and Spelling bees, play an important role in extending student learning.

Areas of Strength

  1. Teaching For Learning

Accreditation Rating: Fully Accredited

  1. English SOL Pass Rate=95% (spring 2019 SOL data)
  2. Math SOL Pass Rate=93% (spring 2019 SOL data)
  3. Gr. 3-5 Conditional growth rate in reading (MAP) = 61.5% (District average = 53%)
  4. Gr. 3-5 Conditional growth rate in math (MAP) = 55.5% (District average = 52.3%)
  5. Project Based Learning Experiences for all students grades K-5
  6. Successful implementation of Personalized Learning in grades K-5.
  7. Full implementation of Response To Intervention (RTI) practices.
  1. School Environment
  1. Differentiated Staff Development
  2. Student, teacher and parent surveys all indicate a high level of satisfaction.
  3. Discipline practices are consistent with all students which has led to decreased discipline disproportionality across subgroups.  
  4. Emphasis on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) via Morning Meetings and Second Step.
  5. Increased community and parent involvement (WATCH D.O.G.S., PTA Events, Journey To Success, First Friday Focus, PTA monthly meetings, and Science Night).

Areas for Growth

  1. Teaching for Learning
  1. Increase the SOL pass rate in math for students with disabilities to 85%.
  2. Increase the SOL pass rate in math for black students to 85%.
  3. Tier 3 students in reading and math, as identified by the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), will demonstrate an average of 60% conditional growth from Fall to Spring.
  4. Increase opportunities for Learning Walks for all teachers.
  5. Walk-Through feedback to teachers will reflect greater personalization related to lesson planning and delivery in relation to school-wide initiatives.
  1. School Environment
  1. Implement more culturally sensitive hiring practices to increase the diversity of our staff.
  2. Increase participation from parents living outside of the immediate school community.