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Atlantic Middle School Improvement Plan 2023-2024                                                        

  Quincy Public Schools

Atlantic Middle School  

Improvement Plan

2023 - 2024

Atlantic Admirals logo

Aliza A. Schneller, Principal         

Elizabeth Roy, Assistant Principal

        

TABLE OF CONTENTS

   I.   Principal’s Path                                                                                 p.  3

  1. Data Reflection
  2. Goals Reflection
  3. VOCAL Reflection

  II.   School Improvement Plan                                                                     

A. Goal Statements and Action Steps                                           p.   5

B.  Professional Development Plan                                            p. 14

C.  Extended Day Offerings                                                        p. 16

D.  Family Engagement and Communication                                p. 17

  III.  School Demographics                                                             p. 19

  IV.  Facilities                                                                                                   p. 21

   V.   Budget                                                                                p. 22

  VI.  Appendix                                                                                p. 23

  1. Spring 2023 MCAS Data
  2. MAP RIT Scores 2022-2023
  3. 2023 Accountability Data
  4. Spring 2023 VOCAL Data
  5. Completed Action Steps
  6. Staffing: Support Services
  7. School Council Members

        

                                


  1. Principal’s Path

Dear Members of the Quincy School Committee,

It is with dedication to the ongoing success of the Atlantic Middle School community that we present our School Improvement Plan for your consideration.  This comprehensive plan reflects our commitment to fostering an environment that not only supports academic achievement but also cultivates the personal development of each student.  Our start to this school year has been successful in terms of academics, school culture and student expectations, and we will be working throughout the year to improve upon our existing school structure as well as make adjustments when necessary.  

Our plan includes SMART goals and action steps that correspond with our overarching goal: to improve the overall educational and social experience at Atlantic Middle School. We have engaged in an analysis of various data sources as well as our current practices in order to reflect on last year’s progress as well as to create our goals.  Overall, we were very proud of student performance and growth on MCAS and MAP tests and our analysis led us to identify key areas for improvement that are reflected in our action steps

Our first goal will address improving student abilities to write effectively across all content areas.  Our spring 2023 MCAS writing scores as well as teacher-created fall assessments indicate room for improvement this year.  We have a variety of creative action steps across content areas in order to achieve this goal, which will give students additional guidance and practice with the mechanics of writing as well as the stamina that they need for writing tasks.  

Next, while we were pleased with our math and science MCAS results, we did not reach our respective goals from last year, which were MAP-related.  Our MCAS scores showed growth and scores that were in line with the state average and also helped us to identify areas for improvement.  We are narrowing our focus this year on geometry and physical science for our second and third goals, and we will use winter MAP data to assess progress throughout the year and then spring data to determine if we met our goal.  Science teachers are exploring new curriculum while continuing to create hands-on meaningful experiences for our students.  Our math teachers will integrate geometry into their curriculum earlier in the school year and spiral back throughout the year in order to ensure that students are progressing in this area.  

Overall, we believe that these action steps are rooted in evidence-based practices, best pedagogical approaches, and a deep understanding of the diverse and changing needs of our middle school learners.

There is much to be celebrated when looking at our VOCAL data.  It is clear that students and families feel comfortable with our staff, that interactions are positive and that our staff respects and has high expectations for our students.  We have a very dedicated staff that works hard to make sure everyone feels welcome and included, and seeing that reflected in the data validated all of our efforts!  Our VOCAL data did point out that there is work to be done in terms of student interactions in the building.  Atlantic’s staff will continue to help support students with their peer interactions with improved action steps and efforts, which is a large part of our fourth goal.   We are committed to Atlantic’s culture of respect - for students, staff and the school - and will continue to ensure that students are meeting our expectations.  Celebrating the positive choices that students are making - through earned field trips, incentives from the All-Star Initiative with the Boston Celtics and individual recognition - will help our culture, along with hearing consistent messages from all staff members about expected behaviors.  Increasing the use of Open Parachute and following up when necessary will give students the extra support that they may need in order to discuss concerns regarding grades, bullying and student conflicts.  

It has been a wonderful start to the year, with tremendous Extended Day activity sign-ups and an increased number of student-athletes. We hosted a successful family engagement event, and our PAC hosted one as well; we look forward to additional collaboration with our Atlantic families throughout the year.  Together, we are committed to creating an environment that inspires student confidence and achievement, fosters creativity, and prepares our students for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.  Thank you for your time, consideration and dedication to the education of our Atlantic Middle School students.

Regards,

Aliza Schneller signature

Aliza A. Schneller, Principal

  1. School Improvement Plan
  1. Goal Statements and Action Steps

SMART Goal # 1:   During the 2023-2024 school year, students in Grade 6-8 will improve their ability to respond to reading and writing prompts thoroughly and accurately.  This will be measured by a 3% increase at each grade level in their MCAS scores in the area of writing, as published in the spring 2024 CU306 report.

Action Steps/Monitoring Plan: ELA/Reading Teachers 

Step

Strategies/Activities

Timeline

Sources of Evidence

Team/Person Responsible

Status

New, Revised or Continued

1

Create writing assessment at end of each novel using a common rubric for evaluation.

Trimester 2, 3

Written assessments, rubric

Grade 6-7 Reading Skills teachers

New

2

Read and analyze a novel in verse (Before the Ever After). Focus on the poem’s structure, language, literary elements, and content and respond to writing prompts.

Trimester 2

Expository Writing Assignment; Daily Lessons

Grade 8 ELA teachers

New

3

Create and execute poetry unit with 5 winter poems focusing on figurative language, word choice, structure, text-to-self connections, and theme

December 2023

Student generated interactive flip books; black out poetry; written reflection

Grade 6 ELA teachers

New

4

Apply Wordly Wise vocabulary in context beyond the textbook definition.

September 2023-June 2024

Creative writing activity at the end of each unit

Grade 7 ELA/Reading Skills teachers

New

5

Create writing contests in classes and at all grade levels in order to increase student interest and create additional opportunities for students to practice writing.

November 2023-June 2024

Writing samples, contest announcements

ELA / EL / Reading / Social Studies / Health / Media / World language teachers

New

6

Create constructed response lessons and assignments that include the writing process to prepare students for writing argumentative, informational text and narrative essays.

September 2023-June 2024

Writing assignments, graphic organizers, graded rubrics

Grade 6-8 ELA teachers

New

7

Relate Spanish and French roots and prefixes to their English counterparts to enrich advanced vocabulary acquisition.

September 2023-June 2024

Thematic vocabulary and readings in the target language formative and summative assessments

World Language teachers

New

8

Read and respond to mini novels in the target language that relate to ELA and Reading Skills such as sequencing, character analysis, setting, conflict and solution

Month long unit, rotating each term

Use of Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish, Eva va a California to create independent and class book projects to demonstrate proficiency

Spanish teacher

Continued

Action Steps/Monitoring Plan: EL Teachers

Step

Strategies/Activities

Timeline

Sources of Evidence

Team/Person Responsible

Status

New, Revised or Continued

1

Incorporate language review into class daily (grammar, punctuation, sentence structure/tense review).

November 2023 - June 2024

Student journals, written work

EL teachers

New

2

Create and execute specific lessons related to character traits and feelings: via read-alouds, storytelling, and readers’ theater.

November 2023 - June 2024

Performance portfolios, oral presentations, summative assessments

EL teachers

New

3

Evaluate new curriculum materials in conjunction with district initiative, particularly in terms of opportunities for student writing and speaking.

November 2023 - June 2024

Written work, teacher reflections on curriculum

EL teachers

New


Action Steps/Monitoring Plan: Social Studies Teachers

Step

Strategies/Activities

Timeline

Sources of Evidence

Team/Person Responsible

Status

New, Revised or Continued

1

Focus on using academic language in the Social Studies content when writing, during small group and whole group class discussions.

September 2023 - June 2024

Writing assignments, vocabulary quizzes, vocabulary worksheets, Investigating History curriculum

Grade 6-8 Social Studies teachers

New

2

Integrate various Social Scientists and their roles for interpreting Human History.

September 2023 - June 2024

Primary sources

Investigating History curriculum

Grade 6-8 Social Studies teachers

Revised

3

Collaborate and plan diverse interdisciplinary activities that incorporate additional reading and writing.

September 2023 - June 2024

Novels such as the Breadwinner, A Long Walk to Water, etc. students’ backgrounds and experiences.

Grade 6-8 Social Studies teachers

Continued

4

Create and use step-by-step instructions to guide students through the process of working on chronological thinking (timeline completion), note taking skills and summarizing content.

September 2023 - June 2024

Investigating History curriculum

Grade 6-8 Social Studies teachers

New


SMART Goal # 2:  During the 2023-2024 school year, students in Grades 6-8 will improve their knowledge and application of geometry.  This will be measured by a 3% decrease in the low category and a 3% decrease in the low average category for the geometry instructional area as indicated by the Spring 2024 MAP Grade Report.

Action Steps/Monitoring Plan: Math Teachers

Step

Strategies/Activities

Timeline

Sources of Evidence

Team/Person Responsible

Status

New, Revised or Continued

1

Create lessons with manipulatives to promote understanding of surface area and to develop background knowledge for solving different geometric problems.

September 2023-June 2024

Lesson plans creating nets for cubes, rectangular prisms, and triangular prisms

Grade 6-8 Math teachers

New

2

Create and execute additional lessons with hands-on activities in units related to geometry, distributive property, rational numbers, statistics/probability

September 2023-June 2024

Lesson plans, Hands On Equations, Integer tokens

Grade 6-8 Math teachers

Continued

3

Use cumulative review throughout the year to increase fluency in fraction operations.

September 2023-June 2024 cx

Lesson plans, Prodigy, IXL and Reflex data

Grade 7 Math teachers

New

4

Use technology for extending learning opportunities with basic math facts in multiplication and division (0-12).

September 2023-June 2024

Reflex Math

Grade 6 Math teacher

New/Revised

5

Develop and execute additional strategies for helping ESL students acquire math vocabulary.

September 2023-June 2024

Lesson plans including visuals, modified questions, assignments, anchor charts, references and models, flashcards

Grade 6-8 Math teachers

Revised

SMART Goal # 3: During the 2023-2024 school year, students in Grades 6-8 will improve their knowledge and application of physical science.  This will be measured by a 3% decrease in the low category and a 3% decrease in the low average category for the physical science instructional area as indicated by the Spring 2024 MAP Grade Report.

Action Steps/Monitoring Plan: Science Teachers

Step

Strategies/Activities

Timeline

Sources of Evidence

Team/Person Responsible

Status

New, Revised or Continued

1

Implement a new physical science curriculum unit, Open Ed Science (NSCA), based on additional professional development.

March 2024

Lesson plans

Grade 6 science teacher

New

2

Continue to incorporate more real world phenomenon applications in physical science to deepen student understanding.

November 2023 - June 2024

Lesson plans introducing phenomena aligned with the essential question

Science teachers

Continued

3

Implement more graphs/data analysis per unit.

September 2023 - June 2024

Lesson plans

Science and Technology/ Engineering teachers

New

4

Continue to fully implement Project Lead the Way (Engineering curriculum) for all students in grades 6-8; including teacher training, professional development, supplies and equipment.

September 2023 - June 2024

Lesson plans, course completion certificates, student projects

Technology/ Engineering teacher

Continued

5

Continue to review and remediate science practices and prior knowledge: asking questions, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations, communicating information and engaging in argument from evidence.

September 2023 - June 2024

Variety of hands-on activities, STEM challenges, listening to experts, inquiry labs, small group discussions and implementation of Aha connections page.

Science and Technology/ Engineering teachers

Continued


SMART Goal # 4: During the 2023-2024 school year, Atlantic staff and students will participate in community-building activities that will enhance their understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion issues and will improve their cultural competency and understanding of mental health challenges that they or their peers could face.  This will be evident through each grade level completing 3 units (12 lessons) through the Open Parachute program and 8 community circles.


Action Steps/Monitoring Plan

Step

Strategies/Activities

Timeline

Sources of Evidence

Team/Person Responsible

Status

New, Revised or Continued

1

Encourage perfect attendance and positive behavior through the All-Star Initiative with the Boston Celtics and Arbella Insurance.

November 2023-May 2024

Event photographs, student attendance data, additional incentives, parent outreach

All staff

New

2

Plan and execute an orientation program for Grade 6 students to teach them expected behaviors and help them feel part of the Atlantic community.

September 2023

Schedule and planning document, event photos

Grade 6 teachers, Principal, Assistant Principal, Guidance

Continued

3

Plan and execute new DEI monthly activities for all students during AMP (Academic Mentoring Period).

monthly

GoogleSlide presentation / lesson plans

Principal, Assistant Principal, Guidance, AMP Teachers

Revised

4  

Execute Open Parachute lessons for all students during AMP and health classes.  Reevaluate lesson topics and timing on an ongoing basis.

monthly

Lesson plans

Principal, Assistant Principal, Guidance, Health teacher, AMP teachers

Revised

5

In conjunction with the NAN Project, work with students on mental health and ways for students to help themselves, seek help and help others.

November 2023

Lesson plans

Health teacher, NAN community partner

New

6

Organize students to attend Out of the Darkness Walk to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

October 2023

Event photos

Health teacher

New

7

Create additional awareness about bullying and kindness; educate students about solutions and who to turn to for assistance.

September 2023-June 2024

AMP lesson plan for No Name Calling Week (January 2024), photos from World Kindness Day, Open Parachute lessons

All staff

New

8

Host grade-level assemblies with the MARC center from Bridgewater State regarding bullying and cyberbullying, fighting and conflict; conduct necessary follow-up.

Spring TBD

Assembly schedule

All staff

New

9

Plan and execute Healthy Choices Day, a community event including trivia, active stations and ‘Minute to Win it’.

November 22, 2023

Event photos

All staff

Continued

10

Create and administer mid-year and year-end student and staff surveys to gauge cultural competency and level of engagement in DEI and Open Parachute initiatives.

January 2024, June 2024

Surveys through GoogleForms

Principal, Assistant Principal, Guidance

Continued

11

Create weekly videos that include DEI information and highlight students who demonstrate kindness, promote integrity and demonstrate creativity.

weekly

Admiral Update videos

Video Production Club and Advisors

Continued

12

Incorporate Community Circles into AMP on Fridays and in academic classes as necessary.

bi-monthly

Lesson plans

Principal, Assistant Principal, Guidance, AMP teachers

Continued


B.  Professional Development Plan

Date

Time

Location

Participants

(Team/Grade Level)

Topic

Presenters

 Goal #

9/5/2023

9:00 am -12:00 pm

AMS Cafeteria

All staff

Principal PD: Review teacher handbook

Review safety, security and lockdown procedures

Review mandated Reporting (51A), physical restraint, civil rights, harassment policies, Internet and technology policies, educator evaluation

Review updated health guidelines for students

Administration, Guidance, Nurse

4

9/13/2023

1:00-3:00 pm

AMS Media Center

All staff

Principal PD:

Team meetings, Educator evaluation, Community Circles, Open Parachute

Administration and teaching staff

1-4

10/11/2023

1:00-4:30 pm

AMS Media Center

All staff

Assessment Day 1

Review and analyze MCAS and MAP test results to find strengths and weaknesses, to guide in the planning and creation of action steps and improvements for the 2023-2024 school year.

Administration

1-4

10/25/2023

1:00-2:30 pm

AMS Media Center and classrooms

All staff

Principal PD:

Team meetings, Attendance initiatives, Open Parachute, AMP

Administration and teaching staff

1-4

11/7/2023

8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Quincy High School

All staff

System-wide PD:

Collaborate and plan with vertical content and program teams

1/10/2024

1:00-3:00 pm

AMS Media Center

All staff

Principal PD:

Team meetings, Attendance initiatives, Open Parachute, AMP

2/14/2024

1:00-4:30 pm

Various locations

All staff

System-wide PD:

Collaborate and plan with vertical content and program teams

Directors, Coordinators,  and Team Administrators

1-4

2/28/2024

1:00-2:30 pm

AMS Media Center

All staff

Principal PD:

Team meetings, Attendance initiatives, Open Parachute, AMP

Administration and teaching staff

3/13/2024

1:00-3:00 pm

AMS Media Center

All staff

Assessment Day 2

Work in vertical and grade-level teams to discuss and reflect upon the status of SIP action steps. Assess progress and make recommendations for further action.

Administration

1-4

4/10/2024

1:00-2:30 pm

Various locations

All staff

System-wide PD:

Collaborate and plan with vertical content and program teams

Directors, Coordinators,  and Team Administrators

1-4

5/22/2024

1:00-2:30 pm

AMS Media Center

All staff

Assessment Day 3

Work in vertical and grade-level teams to discuss and reflect upon the SIP goals. Assess progress and make recommendations for the 2024-2025 school year

Administration

1-4

6/12/2024

1:00-3:00 pm

AMS Media Center

All staff

Principal PD:

Goals set / Goals met, team meetings, advanced course lists for the 2024-2025 school year

Administration and teaching staff

1-4


C. Extended Day Offerings  

Dates

Club or Activity

Target Audience

Location

2023-2024 school year

Art Club

All students

Room 217

Fall 2023

Badminton Club

All students

Gym

2023-2024 school year

Board Game Club

All students

Room 203

2023-2024 school year

Dance Club

All students

Room 211

2023-2024 school year

Dungeons and Dragons Club

All students

Room 209

2023-2024 school year

Homework Help

All students

Room 215 - Mondays/Thursdays

Room 209 - Tuesdays

2023-2024 school year

Jazz Band

All students

Room 115

2023-2024 school year

LEGO Robotics

Fall - grade 7-8 students

Spring - grade 6 students

Room 114

Fall 2023, Spring 2024

QARI LOL Program

All students

Room 107

2023-2024 school year

Mandarin Club

All students

Room 214

2023-2024 school year

Morning Gym

All students

Gym

Winter 2023-2024

School Musical

All students

Auditorium

2023-2024 school year

Student Council

All students

Auditorium

2023-2024 school year

Video Production Club

All students

Room 212

Fall 2023

Volleyball Clinic

Students interested in trying out for the volleyball team

Gym

D.  Family Engagement and Communication

Date

Topic

Target Audience

Location

September 14, 2023

Back to School Night

All families

Atlantic Middle School

September 26, 2023

Tea with Teachers

English Learner families

Atlantic Middle School cafeteria

November 4, 2023

PAC families / teachers trivia event

All families

Atlantic Middle School

December 7 and 13, 2023

Report Card Conferences

All families

Atlantic Middle School

December 13, 2023

Book Fair

All families

Atlantic Middle School

December 20, 2023

Winter Concert

All families

Atlantic Middle School

September 20, 2023

October 18, 2023

November 15, 2023

January 17, 2024 February 14, 2024

March 13, 2024

April 11, 2024

May 15, 2024

June 5, 2024

PAC Meetings

All parents - Communicated to families through hard copy flier, email reminders from Principal and PAC, PAC Facebook page

In person at Atlantic Middle School

January TBD

Tea with Teachers - ACCESS test information

English Learner families

Atlantic Middle School

February TBD

ELA family engagement event

All families

Atlantic Middle School

March/April TBD

Preparing for high school / course selection

Grade 8 families

Atlantic Middle School

March/April TBD

STEM Fair

Grade 8 families

Atlantic Middle School

Spring 2024 TBD

Stargazing event

All families

Atlantic Middle School

May/June TBD

Spring Concert

All families

Atlantic Middle School

June TBD

Information night for incoming grade 6 families

Grade 5 students and parents

Atlantic Middle School

June TBD

Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony

Grade 8 students and parents

Quincy High School

Weekly Parent Communication

Comprehensive emails through Smore from the Principal with school information, important dates, health updates, etc.

All families

School Messenger, Aspen


III.  School Demographics   as of 11/28/2023

Total

Enrollment

Special  Education

Low Income

(Eligible for Free & Reduced Meals)

ELE

(English Learners)

FEL

(Former English Learners)

565

(+7 from 2022-23)

106

(18.7%)

279

(49.4%)

98

(17.3%)

123

(21.8%)

Race

Total Subgroup Population

Asian

335  (59.5%)

Black/African American

15  (2.5%)

Hispanic or Latino

37  (6.5%)

Multiracial, non-Hispanic

14  (2.5%)

Native American

0  (0%)

Pacific Island

   1  (0.2%)

White

 163  (28.8%)

Advanced Class Enrollment

# of Students in Advanced out of # in Subgroup

% of Population

All Students Enrolled

161 of 565

28.5%

Low Income

65 of 279

23.3%

Asian

117 of 335

34.9%

Black/African American

0 of 15

0%

Hispanic/Latino

5 of 37

13.5%

Multiracial

1 of 14

7.1

Native American

0 of 0

0%

Pacific Island

0 of 1

0%

White

38 of 163

23.3%

Core Academic Class Sizes (General Education)  As of 11/28/2023

20 or

fewer

21-23

24

25

26

27

28

Gr. 6 - 8

108 sections

27

(25.0%)

29

(26.9%)

15

(13.9%)

22

(20.4%)

6

(5.6%)

8

(7.4%)

1

(0.9%)

2022-2023 SSDR Incident Data

Total Incidents

# of Incidents Resulting in Suspension

% of Incidents Resulting in Suspension

41

35

85.4%


IV.  Facilities

2022-2023 Improvements

2022-2023 SIP Areas of Need

2023-2024 SIP Areas of Need

  • New lockers for all grades

  • Renovation of media center

  • Broken seals on some windows

  • Auditorium seating needs to be repaired and/or replaced

  • Stair treads need to be replaced in Stairways B, D, and E  COMPLETED

  • Installation of projectors needed in rooms: 112, 114, 200A, 207A, 216, band room                    COMPLETED

  • New lockers for all grades

  • New carpet in media center

  • Broken seals on some windows

  • Auditorium seating needs to be repaired and/or replaced

  • Reattach water bottle filler/fountain in cafeteria

  • Complete locker room ceiling

  • Install stove and oven in kitchen

  • Repair ceiling in room 112

  • Installation of projector in auditorium


V. Budget

                                                                        

                                                                                                   Amount available

                                                                                                   in 2023-2024

TEXT/LEARNING MATERIALS

(textbooks and learning materials/supplies needed to support

 classroom instruction)                                                                             $ 10,830.00

SUPPLIES

(pens, pencils, rulers, paper,glue, photocopy paper, etc.)                                     $ 15,751.00

ACTIVITY STIPEND ACCOUNT                                                                        $ 30,107.00

OTHER: (art supplies, science supplies, library, etc.)

Art Supplies                                                                                               $ 2,052.00

Science Supplies                                                                                       $ 1,710.00

Library                                                                                            $ 2,500.00

SPECIAL FUNDING

(gifts, grants, partnerships, PTO, etc.)

P.T.O. (approximate)                                                                                                         $ 5,000.00

QCSP Mini-Grants (5)                                                                                   $ 2,000.00

TOTAL                                                                                                         $ 69,950.00

VI.  Appendix

  1.   Spring 2023 MCAS Data

English Language Arts (EE/ME %)

Grade

Atlantic 2022

Atlantic 2023

State 2023

6

48.8%

35.6%

42.3%

7

49.1%

40.4%

40.5%

8

48.3%

50.9%

43.7%

Mathematics (EE/ME %)

Grade

Atlantic 2022

Atlantic 2023

State 2023

6

53.5%

41.9%

41.0%

7

33.5%

47.8%

38.1%

8

41.9%

41.0%

37.7%

STE (EE/ME %)

Grade

Atlantic 2022

Atlantic 2023

State 2023

8

49.7%

48.6%

40.9%

B.  NWEA MAP 2022-2023 Data

MAP Math RIT 2022-2023

Math

Fall

Winter

Spring

Grade 6

216.2

219.3

224.5

Grade 6 National

214.75

219.56

222.88

Grade 7

224.3

227.7

229.6

Grade 7 National

220.71

224.04

226.73

Grade 8

226.2

230.4

233.2

Grade 8 National

224.92

228.12

230.3

   

MAP Reading RIT 2022-2023

Reading

Fall

Winter

Spring

Grade 6

210

213

214.2

Grade 6 National

210.17

213.81

215.36

Grade 7

215

217.9

217.3

Grade 7 National

214.2

217.09

218.36

Grade 8

218.9

220.7

221.2

Grade 8 National

218.01

220.52

221.66

       

MAP Science RIT 2022-2023

Science

Fall

Winter

Spring

Grade 6

207.4

209.5

210.7

Grade 6 National

203.86

207.26

208.47

Grade 7

213.1

215.5

215

Grade 7 National

206.56

209.5

210.61

Grade 8

214.9

216.9

218.9

Grade 8 National

209.64

212.41

213.44

   


C.  Spring 2023 Accountability Data

Screenshot of accountability data from https://profiles.doe.mass.edu/accountability/report/school.aspx?linkid=31&orgcode=02430305&orgtypecode=6&. Please contact webmaster@quincypublicschools.com to obtain an accessible version of this data.

Screenshot of accountability data from https://profiles.doe.mass.edu/accountability/report/school.aspx?linkid=31&orgcode=02430305&orgtypecode=6&. Please contact webmaster@quincypublicschools.com to obtain an accessible version of this data.

Screenshot of accountability data from https://profiles.doe.mass.edu/accountability/report/school.aspx?linkid=31&orgcode=02430305&orgtypecode=6&. Please contact webmaster@quincypublicschools.com to obtain an accessible version of this data.

Screenshot of accountability data from https://profiles.doe.mass.edu/accountability/report/school.aspx?linkid=31&orgcode=02430305&orgtypecode=6&. Please contact webmaster@quincypublicschools.com to obtain an accessible version of this data.

D. Spring 2023 VOCAL Results (Grade 8)

Dimension

Description

Always/ Mostly True %

Mostly Untrue/ Never True %

ENG

Adults working at this school treat all students respectfully, regardless of a student's race, culture, family income, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.

93%

7%

ENG

My textbooks or class materials include people and examples that reflect my race, cultural background and/or identity.

58%

42%

ENG

Students from different backgrounds respect each other in our school, regardless of their race, culture, family income, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.

77%

23%

ENG

Students are open to having friends who come from different backgrounds (for example, friends from different races, cultures, family incomes, or religions, or friends of a different sex, or sexual orientation).

94%

6%

ENG

In my academic classes, I work with groups of students who are from different backgrounds (for example, students from different races, cultures, family incomes, or religions, or students of a different sex or sexual orientation).

92%

8%

ENG

My parents feel respected when they participate at our school (e.g., at parent-teacher conferences, open houses).

91%

9%

ENG

My teachers use my ideas to help my classmates learn.

41%

59%

ENG

I have a choice in how I show my learning (e.g., write a paper, prepare a presentation, make a video).

71%

30%

ENG

In my classes, my teachers use students' interests to plan class activities.

56%

44%

ENG

My classmates behave the way my teachers want them to.

42%

58%

ENG

In at least two of my academic classes, students are asked to teach a lesson or part of a lesson.

30%

70%

ENG

In at least two of my academic classes, students plan and work on projects that solve real-world problems.

68%

32%

ENG

In my academic classes, students review each other's work and provide advice on how to improve it.

65%

35%

ENG

In my classes, teachers use open-ended questions that make students think of many possible answers.

82%

18%

ENG

I can connect what I learn in one class to what I learn in other classes.

72%

28%

ENG

In my academic classes, students wrestle with problems that don't have an obvious answer.

66%

34%

ENG

Students respect one another.

52%

48%

ENG

Teachers are available when I need to talk with them.

92%

8%

ENG

Adults at our school are respectful of student ideas even if the ideas expressed are different from their own.

85%

16%

ENG

My teachers promote respect among students.

93%

7%

ENV

Students have a voice in deciding school rules.

33%

68%

ENV

School staff are consistent when enforcing rules in school.

78%

22%

ENV

Teachers give students a chance to explain their behavior when they do something wrong.

65%

34%

ENV

My teachers will first try to help (guide) students who break class rules, instead of punishing them.

57%

43%

ENV

Students help each other learn without having to be asked by the teacher.

82%

18%

ENV

My teachers are proud of me when I work hard in school.

87%

13%

ENV

My teachers set high expectations for my work.

87%

13%

ENV

My teachers believe that all students can do well in their learning.

91%

10%

ENV

My school work is challenging (hard) but not too difficult.

76%

25%

ENV

My teachers support me even when my work is not my best.

82%

18%

ENV

The things I am learning in school are relevant (important) to me.

69%

31%

ENV

Our school offers guidance to students on how to mediate (settle) conflicts (e.g., arguments, fights) by themselves.

73%

27%

ENV

If I need help with my emotions (feelings), effective help is available at my school.

73%

27%

SAF

If I tell a teacher or other adult that someone is being bullied, the teacher/adult will do something to help.

90%

10%

SAF

Teachers don't let students pick on other students in class or in the hallways.

73%

27%

SAF

Students at school try to stop bullying when they see it happening.

36%

63%

SAF

Students have spread rumors or lies about me more than once on social media.

33%

67%

SAF

Teachers, students, and the principal work together to prevent (stop) bullying.

74%

26%

SAF

In my school, groups of students tease or pick on one student.

49%

51%

SAF

I have been called names or made fun of by other students more than once in school.

45%

55%

SAF

In my school, bigger students taunt or pick on smaller students.

36%

64%

SAF

Teachers support (help) students who come to class upset.

79%

22%

SAF

I feel comfortable reaching out to teachers/counselors for emotional support if I need it.

52%

48%

SAF

Students will help other students if they are upset, even if they are not close friends.

44%

56%

SAF

Because I worry about my grades, it is hard for me to enjoy school.

60%

40%

SAF

Students at school damage and/or steal other students' property.

48%

52%

SAF

I have seen students with weapons at our school.

24%

76%

E. Completed Action Steps from 2022-2023

The following action steps have been placed in this section, as they have been part of our School Improvement Plan for several years.  They have been consistently implemented and are now part of our yearly school operations.

Strategies/Activities

Sources of Evidence

Team/Person Responsible

Goal #

Read a common novel across grade 6 reading classes at the beginning of the year in order to gauge student understanding and build community.

Schooled novel (online and hard copy)

Grade 6 reading teachers

1

Continue to practice with pulling main ideas and evidence out of texts during ELA and reading classes.

Lesson plans, assessments

ELA and reading teachers

1

Continue to use Wordly Wise vocabulary in reading classes to improve deficits in language acquisition and understanding word meaning in context.

Grade level Wordly Wise print and online workbooks; timelines and reading lists in AMS Reading GoogleDrive

Grade 6 and 7 reading and special education teachers

1

Improve student speaking skills by having students record 1 FlipGrid video per themed unit responding to structured prompts.

Student FlipGrid videos

EL teachers

1

Review winter MAP data and continue to make adjustments with curriculum and instruction.

Assessment Day #2 agenda and notes

ELA, EL, Math, Science teachers

1

Organize and hold trivia-style grade-level Wordly Wise competitions in order to solidify vocabulary knowledge.

Event photos, Kahoot reports, Excel Spreadsheet detailing student performance

Grade 6 and 7 reading teachers

1

Organize and host a Geography Bee for grade 6 students

Event promotion materials

Grade 6 social studies teachers

4

Create community building activities that relate to texts read and discussed in classes as well as shout outs, student recognition, community circles, etc. in order to increase student engagement.

Tie dye in grade 6, puzzle pieces in grade 8, additional lesson plans

All teachers

1, 2, 3, 4

Continue to use appropriate technology to enhance community learning and build confidence in a positive class climate

Google Suite, Desmos, various game platforms

Grade 6, 7, 8 math teachers

2

Examine and evaluate new, diverse literature for ELA and reading classes; propose titles to district curriculum coordinator.

Novel approval forms

ELA and reading teachers

1

Provide opportunities for small group remediation during AMP on Tuesdays and Thursdays

           Class lists

All teachers

1, 2, 3

Increase student access to high-quality STEM and life sciences through implementation of  the Pathways for Aspiring Life Scientists (PALS) curriculum in grades 6-8

Lesson plans, grant team meetings

Science teachers

3

Work with all grade 8 students to investigate, prepare, and present a  STEM project, aligned to MA STE Frameworks, to the school community

Participation in the 2022 Stem Fair with all projects aligned to middle school state standards.

Science teachers

3

Incorporate real world phenomenon applications for all content areas to increase student engagement and understanding

Lesson plans introducing phenomena aligned with the essential question.

Science teachers

3

Incorporate real world applications for all content areas to increase student engagement and understanding

Lesson plans using Big Ideas, Desmos, Illustrative Math

Grade 6, 7, 8 math teachers

2

Incorporate and emphasize reading strategies related to main idea, cause and effect, vocabulary meaning through context. (Guiding Principle 5)

Lesson plans, reading selections, oral and written responses/ reflections

Social studies teachers

1

Use graphic organizers, time lines, graphs, charts and maps to assist students in acquiring content knowledge. (Guiding Principles    6-7)

Completed organizers, student-produced timelines, lesson plans, assessments

Social studies teachers

1

Apply rights and responsibilities of citizens (Massachusetts Grade 8 Content Standard 4) to issues through a trimester-long civic engagement project.

Completed civics projects that include action steps to solve the problem

Grade 8 social studies teachers

1

Incorporate the study of current events and news/media literacy into the classroom to develop students’ skills to examine and apply higher level thinking skills when exploring the significance of certain current events as they unfold. (Guiding Principle 8)

Digital subscriptions of Junior Scholastic, Up Front, and other online resources

Social studies teachers

1

Incorporate small group settings during instructional lessons based on formative assessments for that topic

NWEA MAP Class Reports, classroom formative assessments, lesson plans

Grade 6, 7, 8 math teachers

2

Reactivate prior knowledge by administering a spiral review daily warm up

Lesson plans using Big Ideas, Google Slide presentations

Grade 6, 7, 8 math teachers

2

Once a month, host a cumulative review game on content taught that year

Lesson plans, Google Slides presentations, Kahoot, Jigsaw

Grade 6, 7, 8 math teachers

2

Add 3 new hands-on activities per year in each grade which will be directly linked to standards that are relative weaknesses for students, based on MAP data

Lesson plans

Science teachers

3

Provide sentence starters and structure to model how to answer open response questions

Lesson plans, Google Slides, class notes

Grade 6, 7, 8 math teachers

2

Completed/discontinued action steps

Strategies/Activities

Sources of Evidence

Team/Person Responsible

Goal #

Support student literacy with consistent use of RazKids A-Z.

Student reading recordings on RAZ Kids site

EL teachers

1

Copy and distribute student resources of common writing mistakes on brightly colored cardstock for every student to keep in their ELA binder.

Resource to distribute to students

ELA teachers

1

Engage students with Lexia Power Up in order to build reading skills.

Student and teacher Lexia account data

Special education reading teachers, EL teachers

1

Create invite-only Number Sense Club for grade 6 students who are struggling with basic facts

FAttef  Attendance for club; pre and post tests

Grade 6 math teacher

2

Incorporate cross-curriculum lessons with science teachers

Lesson plans

Grade 6, 7, 8 math teachers

2


F.  Staffing: Support Services

1        Nurse

4         Special Education Teachers (Resource Room/Inclusion)

2        Special Education Teachers (Substantially Separate)

4        Guidance Counselors/Chairpersons

0         Literacy Specialist

3        ELL Teachers/ELL Tutors

0        Adaptive Physical Education Instructor

0.2        Speech and Language Instructor

0.4        School Psychologist

0        Occupational Therapist

0        Math Interventionist

1         Library/Media


G.  School Council Members

A school council is a representative, school building-based committee composed of the principal, parents, teachers, community members and, at the secondary level, students, required to be established by each school pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71, Section 59C.  https://www.doe.mass.edu/lawsregs/advisory/schoolcouncils/

Chair/Principal:                          Aliza A. Schneller                /s/ Aliza A. Schneller                         

Co-Chair:                                Elizabeth Roy                /s/ Elizabeth Roy                

                                

Teachers:                                Leah Markarian                /s/ Leah Markarian          

                                

Parent:                                Emily Hames                /s/ Emily Hames        

                                                                

Community

Representative:                        Damian Outar,                 /s/ Damian Outar

City of Quincy Community Liaison