NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH MIDDLE SCHOOL

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

2017-2020

Revised 11/27/18


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This School Improvement Plan (SIP) has been created through the efforts of the following people:

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS ADMINISTRATION:

Scott C. Holcomb, Superintendent of Schools                                                        Lori McEwen, Assistant  

                                                                                                                                                Superintendent of Schools

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH MIDDLE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Brianne E. Kelleher, Principal

Cory Cox, Asst. Principal                                                                        Matthew Bosh, Asst. Principal

Laura Detri, Guidance Counselor                                                                Cathy Breen, Special Needs Team Chair

Teresa Smith, Special Needs Team Chair                                                         Lori Flannery, Nurse

Nancy Dorrance, Nurse                                                                        Jessica Cook, Guidance Counselor

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH MIDDLE SCHOOL COUNCIL

Kerrie Grant, Reading Teacher 6th Grade                                                         Joy Tetreault, Parent                

Stacey Nassanany, Parent                                                                        Brianne E. Kelleher, Principal

Robert Collins, Social Studies Teacher 8th Grade                                                                                                                         

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH MIDDLE SCHOOL FACULTY SENATE:

Diane Milliken, Everest                                                                        Steven Mackey, Innovation

Carl Leitao/Janese Gasper, Odyssey                                                                William Santagata, North Star

Mike Stetkiewicz/Mary Belden, Fusion                                                        Adriana Soria, Infinity

Viviana Hardy, Soar                                                                                Matthew Lacasse, Revolution

Chelsea Wagner, Liberty                                                                        Catherine Novio, Related Arts                                                        


North Attleborough Public Schools

North Attleborough Middle School Improvement Plan

2017-2020

        

        Level of

                                  Generality


Strategic Plan

DIP

SIP

STUDENT

ACHIEVEMENT


        Level of

        Specificity

Introduction

The School Improvement Plan (SIP) is a 3-year document that addresses each of the District’s Strategic Plan system-wide core values, guided by the stated vision and mission, as well as the District’s Improvement Plan (DIP) goals. In monthly meetings, each fall, NAMS school-wide organizations, (the NAMS Administrative Team, School Council and Faculty Senate),  collaborates in crafting and revising this document to provide a vision of where we are going as a school by defining a set of goals and strategies to help us improve our programs and services. This SIP is therefore a document that reflects the core values, mission, and vision of the North Attleborough Public Schools, as well as specific improvement goals for the North Attleborough Middle School.

Each school goal has been created with a statement that reflects our core values and also includes actions, timelines, people responsible for implementation, and evidence of effectiveness. These goals help provide our school community with a well-defined and easily implemented system for accountability, measurement of outcomes and evaluation of progress. The goals are the blueprint for the efforts that will occur during implementation of this 3-year plan. All actions can be directly connected back to the District Improvement Plan and our school district’s core values.

The SIP is designed to provide for greater specificity to the District’s Improvement Plan and Strategic Plan. The SIP is specific to our school, and provides greater detail than is provided in the District Improvement Plan (DIP). It will be the intent of the school’s SIP to emulate the DIP based on the needs of our school, with the consistent focus of addressing the core values, mission, and vision of the North Attleborough Public Schools.

Each goal reflected in the SIP includes actions that will be implemented over the next 3 years. It is important that we consistently take action to implement this plan by gathering data, analyzing and reporting results and planning for improvement based on these results. Therefore, additions, deletions, and modifications of actions will be an important part of each goal. The DIP and SIP will be revisited on an annual basis to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness.  A goal of the DIP is to provide specific direction for our School Council and faculty to operate in developing a SIP for our school. Our SIP fits the needs and strengths of our school and the overall goal of this process is to improve the learning of our students. It is our belief that our improvement planning should not only build upon areas that we need to improve upon, but also we must continue to build upon the many strengths of our school and the District.

Glossary

CIP – Capital Improvement Plan                                                         PLC – Professional Learning Community                                                

DDM – District Determined Measure                                                         RTI – Response Tiered Intervention

        

DIP – District Improvement Plan                                                         SEL – Social Emotional Learning        

ELL – English Language Learner                                                         SIP – School Improvement Plan

                                                                                                                

EWIS – Early Warning Indicator System                                                 SPED – Special Education                                         

MCAS – Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System                                STE – Science Technology Engineering        

                                                                

NAMS – North Attleboro Middle School                                                STEAM – Science Technology Engineering Art Math

NAPS – North Attleboro Public Schools                                                STEM- Science Technology Engineering Math

PD – Professional Development                                                        UBD – Understanding by Design                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mission, Vision, and Core Values

Mission – The purpose of our mission statement is to define the essential purpose of our school system. Our mission statement reads:

Guided by its core values, the North Attleborough Public Schools (NAPS), in partnership with families and the community will provide a respectful, caring, safe, and supportive environment that actively engages and challenges our students and staff to reach their full potential.

Vision – The purpose of our vision statement is to define the future we hope to create for the North Attleborough Public Schools. The vision describes a realistic, attractive future for our schools. A future that is better and more desirable in important ways than our current conditions. It is what we hope to become. Our vision statement reads:

Our schools will be innovative learning environments where students are supported intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically, while becoming productive and responsible citizens.

Core Values – A core value is a belief that is most important to the people of our entire community regarding how we educate our children. They are intended to identify specific attitudes, behaviors, and commitments. Core values drive the decision and behaviors in our schools. North Attleboro’s core values are:

Collaboration

Achievement

Respect

Excellence

Support

Key Areas, Goals, and Objectives:

Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment – NAPS will provide rigorous and relevant learning opportunities to develop college and career readiness while maximizing individual achievement.

  1. Develop a 21st Century Curriculum.
  2. Embed social emotional core competencies within our schools.
  3. Increase and enhance communication across the district.
  4. Expand and enhance the use of technology tools to maximize student achievement, curriculum delivery and assessments.
  5. Enhance administrative instructional leadership.

Culture and Climate – NAPS will provide its students with a supportive environment to foster academic, social, emotional and physical needs.

  1. Promote the academic, social and emotional welfare of all students.
  2. Expand and enhance professional development opportunities and leadership opportunities for staff.
  3. Expand community involvement.

Facilities – NAPS will provide a well-maintained healthy, safe/secure environment to optimize student learning and support of 21st Century Teaching & Learning.

  1. Develop a Facilities Master Plan
  2. Evaluate a reconfiguration and consolidation model at the elementary level
  3. Increase, and upgrade technology at all schools
  4. Increase security measures at all schools

Financial Sustainability – NAPS will continue efficient operations that are transparent and aligned with educational priorities.

  1. Develop a budget that is student- and classroom teacher-centered
  2. Work with town departments and officials to secure adequate funding to ensure educationally appropriate staffing, programs, and facilities
  3. Explore grant opportunities and other non-traditional revenue sources that align with our priorities

Key Area – Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Goal: NAPS will provide rigorous and relevant learning opportunities to develop college and career readiness while maximizing individual achievement.

Objective (i) – Develop a 21st Century Curriculum.  

Actions

Timeline

Responsibility

Evidence

Implement District-wide Curriculum Revision Cycle to:

  1. Align with new/revised state standards and frameworks
  2. Review, revise, and implement curriculum in all content areas using the Understanding by Design (UBD) framework and template
  3. Review, revise, and implement all assessments, DDMs to align with curricular changes

Promote school-wide literacy.

Expand and promote STEM and STEAM activities in academic course and extra-curricular offerings.

Promote higher order thinking skills through Problem –Based Learning and Problem-Based Questions in connection with curriculum revision process.  

2017-beyond

2017-beyond

2017-2020

2017-beyond

Principal/Assistant Principals & NAMS Teachers

Principal/Assistant Principals & NAMS Teachers;

Principal/Assistant Principals & NAMS Teachers;

Principal/Assistant Principals & NAMS Teachers

PLC agendas/summaries; quarterly/midterm exams; student work; professional development agendas/ notes; classroom observations; math curriculum alignment workshops grades 5-9: summer curriculum work; math curriculum restructuring workshops; revised curriculum units

Literacy events, posters, advertisements, social media

DI program, STE course, Science Fair, Day of Coding, robotics club, related Heritage Day workshops, Math League Assessments

Teacher evidence in Baseline Edge, student work, media coverage of programs/events

Key Area – Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Goal: NAPS will provide rigorous and relevant learning opportunities to develop college and career readiness while maximizing individual achievement.

Objective (ii) – Embed social emotional core competencies within our schools.

Actions

Timeline

Responsibility

Evidence

Strengthen student safety protocols in alignment with District Safety Plan, NAMS Students Handbook, and District Bully/Harassment/Hazing Policies.  

Review, revise, and implement enhanced PLC and RTI process and practices to improve services and interventions.

Include/Highlight SEL Core Competencies into Middle School report card comments  

Review curricular documents to enhance/increase SEL competencies within existing curriculum in Health and all core content areas.  

Ongoing

Ongoing

 

2017-2018

2017-2022

Principal/Assistant Principals, NAMS Staff, NAFD, NAPD

RTI Revision Committee and MS Staff

Principal/Assistant Principals, NAMS Staff

Principal/Assistant Principals, NAMS Staff

Documentation of reports/investigations; language in Student Handbook, SSDR, end of year reporting

Committee meeting notes, revised guidelines, PLC agendas/notes

Revised/categorized report card comments

Revised curriculum documents, PLC Agendas/Notes

Key Area – Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Goal: NAPS will provide rigorous and relevant learning opportunities to develop college and career readiness while maximizing individual achievement.

Objective (iii) – Increase and enhance communication across the district.

Actions

Timeline

Responsibility

Evidence

Curriculum and Technology Informational Nights

Increase use of Google G Suite for Education w/ Staff to:

  1. Increase communication of events and information.
  2. Increase collaboration among staff and PLCs.

Provide on-going professional development for staff on G Suite, Aspen X2, Edwin Analytics, and other related technology.

  1. Focus on how technology is being used within classrooms to enhance and improve workflow

Increase communication with Students & Families:

  1. Full use of students “@naschools.net” email
  2. Revision of school webpage with greater information and more frequent updates
  3. Continued use of Google Docs for Thursday Communications
  4. Increase information through MS Twitter page

2017-beyond

2017-2018

    2017-2018

2017-beyond

Principal/Assistant Principals; Teachers; District Technology staff and Curriculum Staff

Principal/Assistant Principals; Staff; District Technology Staff

Principal/Assistant Principals, Staff, District Technology staff, outside vendors

Principal/Assistant Principals, Main Office staff

Advertisements, Social Media, Agendas/Hand-outs

Meeting/Training Agendas, shared Notebooks, Teams Pages, email, evidence loaded in Baseline Edge, produced documents and workflows, weekly bulletins

Meeting/Training Agendas, evidence loaded in Baseline Edge, produced documents and workflows.  

Weekly Thursday Communications, update content on NAMS web pages, increase followers of MS Twitter page

Key Area – Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Goal: NAPS will provide rigorous and relevant learning opportunities to develop college and career readiness while maximizing individual achievement.

Objective (iv) – Expand and enhance the use of technology tools to maximize student achievement, curriculum delivery and assessments.

Actions

Timeline

Responsibility

Evidence

Provide on-going professional development for staff on G Suite, Aspen X2, Edwin Analytics, and other related technology.

  1. Instruction and PD on how to integrate technology into classrooms
  2. Provide staff with peer examples of using these tools to enhance curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Expand use of Edwin Analytics in processing MCAS Data and EWIS feature to assist in supporting students.  

Expanded use of technology to assess students and track performance data at varying frequencies to improve classroom instruction by putting a focus on blended and personalized learning. 

Staff will identify and incorporate Digital Literacy Skills into revised curriculum documents during scheduled curriculum revision cycle.  

2017- beyond

2017-beyond

2017-beyond

2017-beyond

Principal/Assistant Principals, Staff, District Technology staff, outside vendors

Principal/Assistant Principals, Guidance Staff, Support Staff

Principal/Assistant Principals, NAMS Staff

Principal/Assistant Principals, NAMS Staff

Meeting/Training Agendas, evidence loaded in Baseline Edge, produced documents and workflows.  

Edwin Analytics MCAS/EWIS reports, PLC discussion reviewing data

Discovery Ed assessments, assessments created in Google Forms, other examples of testing software (Quizlet, etc.)

Revised curriculum documents/guides

Key Area – Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Goal: NAPS will provide rigorous and relevant learning opportunities to develop college and career readiness while maximizing individual achievement.

Objective (v) – Enhance administrative instructional leadership.

Actions

Timeline

Responsibility

Evidence

Determine professional development needs to provide staff with information on UBD, SEL, and technology uses to development training cycle for staff.

Increase use of Edwin Analytics, EWIS, and Aspen X2 to provide staff with actionable information to assist with educational decisions.  

  1. Established parameters for reports
  2. Establish protocols for analyzing reports

Provide ongoing professional development in developing SMART goals to ensure focus on student growth and continuous teacher development.  

2017- 2019

2017-beyond

2017-2018

Principal/Assistant Principals, NAMS Staff

Principal/Assistant Principals, Guidance Staff, SPED staff

Principal/Assistant Principals, Staff PLCs

Sheets Survey results, Google Forms results assessing staff needs, Faculty Senate notes

Relevant reports and teacher analysis notes of data, relevant PLC/RTI meeting notes

Self-Assessment, Goals, and Action Step forms in Baseline Edge.  

Key Area – Culture and Climate

Goal: NAPS will provide its students with a supportive environment to foster academic, social, emotional and physical needs.

Objective (i) – Promote the academic, social, and emotional welfare of all students

Actions

Timeline

Responsibility

Evidence

Continue/strengthen student social and leadership skills through organizations such as, Student Council; Team GREEN; Destination Imagination; Project 351; Friends of Rachel Task Force; Hoops for Heart; Heritage Day; Math League Competitions; Science Fair; Julia’s Garden project; Geography Bee; Shakespeare Festival; Audiovisual Club/Channel 70; Best Pals; Special Olympics; Principal’s Leadership Field Trip, National Junior Honor Art Society

Strengthen student safety protocols in alignment with District Safety Plan, NAMS Students Handbook, and District Bully/Harassment/Hazing Policies.  

Provide staff with Professional Development in:

  1. SEL competencies
  2. Research based strategies to instruct students and respond in different situations.
  3. Developing staff understanding of ELL needs, RTI processes, and SPED

Ongoing

Ongoing

 

2017-2019

Principal and Club Advisors

Principal/Assistant Principals; NAMS Staff; Faculty Senate

Principal/Assistant Principals; Faculty Senate; Support Staff

Regularly scheduled respect/consideration/caring activity events; student products; media articles; community service projects; Student council events/products; Project 351 ambassador projects; Principal’s Leadership Field trip

Documentation of reports/investigations; language in Student Handbook; meeting notes; revised policy

Meeting agendas; revised report card comments, training hand-outs, CARE Training

Key Area – Culture and Climate

Goal: NAPS will provide its students with a supportive environment to foster academic, social, emotional and physical needs.

Objective (ii) – Expand and enhance professional development and leadership opportunities for staff.  

Actions

Timeline

Responsibility

Evidence

Determine professional development needs to provide staff with training on:

  1. UBD
  2. SEL
  3. Digital Literacy Standards
  4. Integrating technology into classroom instruction

Align and enhance student learning and professional goals with work being done to revise curriculum school wide, incorporating a greater understanding of SEL into daily work, and increasing communication/collaboration through technology, while increasing visibility.  

2017-2018

2017-2019

Principal/Assistant Principal, NAMS Staff, Support Staff, Faculty Senate, PD Committee, RTI Revision Committee

Principal/Assistant Principal, NAMS Staff

Sheets  Survey results, Google Forms results assessing staff needs, Faculty Senate notes, restructuring of existing meeting time to schedule training; reform NAMS PD Committee; PD Day Agendas

Upload goals and evidence in Baseline Edge, collected student data, revised curriculum documents


Key Area – Culture and Climate

Goal: NAPS will provide its students with a supportive environment to foster academic, social, emotional and physical needs.

Objective (iii) – Expand community involvement.  

Actions

Timeline

Responsibility

Evidence

Develop opportunities for parent involvement:

  1. Technology Open Houses
  2. Speaker series on SEL and other related topics
  3. Increase volunteer opportunities
  4. Heritage Day, STEM Day

Continuous updates to NAMS web page for upcoming events and related documents for past events.

Expanded consistent use of Connect-Ed, School Dude, G Suite applications, local Media sources and accounts to provide ongoing communication.  

2017-2019

Ongoing

Ongoing  

Principal/Assistant Principals; NAMS PTO, support staff, district technology office

Principal/Assistant Principals, district technology staff

Principal/Assistant Principals, Media Center teacher, District tech staff, Teachers, MS Main Office Staff

Increase advertising for PTO meetings, computer and Media Center volunteers, recruit community members as Heritage Day presenters, Music booster parent group

Continuous updates to various pages on web page of upcoming events, meeting slides, and meeting notes.

Building use scheduling; Thursday Communications, Middle School Twitter account, Parent Portal access, use of shared Team Drives and Google classrooms, North TV, Sun Chronicle, Free Press

Key Area- Facilities

Goal: NAPS will provide a well-maintained healthy, safe/secure environment to optimize student learning and support of 21st Century Teaching & Learning.

Objective (i):  Develop a Facilities Master Plan

Actions

Timeline

Responsibility

Evidence

Work with the Facilities Director to maintain and update the facility with yearly Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding requests.  

Annual Process

Principal/Assistant Principals, Custodial staff, Facilities Director

Yearly CIP request documents, replaced Energy Management system, repairs to concrete walkways, installation of surveillance cameras, replaced carpeting in the academic wing, and refinished gym floor.  


Key Area- Facilities

Goal: NAPS will provide a well-maintained healthy, safe/secure environment to optimize student learning and support of 21st Century Teaching & Learning.

Objective (iii):  Increase and upgrade technology at all schools.  

Actions

Timeline

Responsibility

Evidence

Work with the Technology Director and staff to maintain and update the technology equipment and infrastructure with yearly Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding requests.  

Annual Process

Principal/Assistant Principals, Custodial staff, Technology Director and staff

Yearly CIP request documents; updated student and teacher computers; increased equipment to improve connection throughout building (switches, access points, etc.); replacement of projectors and other equipment that has reach end of service life.    

Key Area- Facilities

Goal: NAPS will provide a well-maintained healthy, safe/secure environment to optimize student learning and support of 21st Century Teaching & Learning.

Objective (iv):  Increase security measures at all schools.

Actions

Timeline

Responsibility

Evidence

Work with school based safety team to review and update crisis management and safety procedure workbook, refine team roles, and work with district safety team to update building security where needed.  

Annual Process

Principal/Assistant Principals, Custodial staff, NAMS office and support staff

Crisis Management Workbook Review; post- drill follow- up surveys

Key Area -- Financial Sustainability

Goal:  NAPS will continue efficient operations that are transparent and aligned with educational priorities.

Objective (iii): Explore grant opportunities and other non-traditional revenue sources that align with our priorities

Actions

Timeline

Responsibility

Evidence

Continue to research and apply for grants and donations to supplement curriculum resources, technology hardware/software, and extra-curricular programs.

Continue to work with NAMS PTO to supplement curriculum resources.  

2017-2022

2017- beyond

Principal/Assistant Principal, Middle School Staff, NAMS PTO

Principal/Assistant Principal, Middle School Staff, NAMS PTO

General grant applications, NAMS PTO grant applications, RAS Educational Fund grant applications.

Unlikely Story Book Orders- Fall and Summer

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