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FINAL - 2023 Executive Summary
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Discovery Elementary

Loudoun County Public Schools

Comprehensive Needs Assessment - Executive Summary

LCPS School Profile

Virginia School Quality Profile

School Improvement Plan

School Improvement Team:

Name

Position

Christopher Painter

Principal

Deborah Ragan

Assistant Principal

Lisa DiLorenzo

Dean

Carla Browning

Special Education Dean

Sallie Willis

Kindergarten Teacher

Dana O’Shaughnessy

1st-grade Teacher

Emily Proctor

2nd-grade Teacher

Eva McCleary

3rd-grade Teacher

Carmen Farley

4th-grade Teacher

Laura Neff/Waverly Hornauer

5th-grade Teacher

Christine Holzerland

Reading Specialist

Meryl Nichols

School-Based Instructional Facilitator

Patricia Smith

Instructional Facilitator, Technology

Megan Monnahan

Special Education Teacher

Helen Zumbach-Woullard

Music Teacher

Sarina Marine

English Language Teacher

Instructional Overview

Provide descriptive information related to the curriculum, instructional programs, and/or existing interventions to support the academic, behavioral, and/or social-emotional needs for all students.

Discovery is in its 11th year and we currently have approximately 725 students in grades PK - 5th.  We believe in responsive instruction and provide Tier 2 and 3 interventions to students in both reading and math.  Currently, we are in our 7th year of Personalized Learning and this is our 5th year applying this philosophy to our entire school population.  This journey has allowed us to focus our instructional practices on individual students' learning needs.  

Discovery also places a strong emphasis on Response to Intervention (RTI).  This is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and/or behavior needs. The RTI process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general education classroom. Identified students are provided with interventions at increasing levels of intensity to accelerate their rate of learning. These services may be provided by a variety of staff, including general education teachers, special educators, and specialists. Student progress is closely monitored to assess both the learning rate and level of performance of individual students.

During the Fall of 2021, Discovery refocused our school’s Mission and Vision to realign this foundational focus for our school and students' learning.  

Extended Learning Opportunities

Provide information to describe extended learning opportunities for students, staff, families and community.

Discovery has an active PTO that provides multiple extended social events for our community, as well as our school hosts a Multicultural Night, Valentines Night, Trick or Treating, and Popsicles in the Park, along with other multiple events for our community.  These events help establish a sense of community and school spirit for our students.  Discovery hosts after-school programs for chorus, percussion, environmental club, Odyssey of the Mind, and other enrichment opportunities.

All KG – 5th teachers are trained in the Morning Meeting aspect of the Responsive Classroom framework. The PBIS Team, which is composed of a grade-level representative for each team, also provides monthly updates on Morning Meeting implementation successes. Each classroom teacher conducts a Morning Meeting every day to ensure our students feel respected, valued and affirmed within their learning environment.

Areas of Strength

Summary statements for domains providing evidence of analysis of trend data over a 3-year period and data triangulation to confirm areas of strength. Provide a clear connection between outcomes and contributing factors.

At Discovery, high levels of students and staff feel safe in our building. As it relates to student perceptions at Discovery 95% of respondents at Discovery feel safe and have a strong sense of belonging within the school, 96% of students or greater report feel school is a welcoming environment, feel good at school, and their teacher expects them to do well.  In general, our student population enjoys coming to Discovery, and feeling respected and valued as well.

With regards to student assessment data, Discovery consistently outperforms divisional percentile rank averages in reading and math on the Measures of Academic Performance assessments ( MAP), as well as student Conditional Growth Percentiles. In particular, for reading, several subgroups of students performed significantly well in grades 3-5 in both Math and Reading.   Overall, Discovery is a high-achieving school where students, staff, and parents report a strong sense of trust, respect, and safety within our building.

Areas for Growth

Summary statements for domains providing evidence of analysis of trend data over a 3-year period and data triangulation to confirm areas of concern. Provide a clear connection between outcomes and contributing factors.

Currently, Discovery’s Science SOL’s performance scores are below state accreditation standards for students with disabilities at 27%,  Hispanic students at 50%, and Black students at 64%.   Our focus since returning to school from the pandemic has been on Language  Arts and Math.  We will continue those efforts, as well as focus on Science during the 2023-2024 school year.  

Also based on survey data, the next steps need to be taken to focus on attendance rates at Discovery Elementary.  Specifically, our chronic absenteeism rate is at 23%.  This is a significant increase from previous school years and it is at the highest level we have seen in Discovery’s history.

School Improvement Goals

Strand 1

STRAND I: TEACHING FOR LEARNING

Domain 1 - English Language Arts

Outcome Goal:

By 2024, identified Tier 2 and Tier 3 students will have average conditional growth percentile of 60% as measured on the Reading MAP spring assessment.

Process Goal:

Discovery will focus on researched based differentiated instruction which will be monitored through walk through observation data.

Domain 2 - Mathematics

Outcome Goal:

By 2024, identified Tier 2 and Tier 3 students will have average conditional growth percentile of 60% as measured on the Math MAP spring assessment.

Process Goal:

Discovery will focus on differentiated instruction during math workshop and power-up.

Domain 2 - Mathematics

Outcome Goal:

By June 2024, 70% of students in Grades 1-5 will score an 80% or greater on the spring science SGA assessment in Performance Matters.

Process Goal:

Teachers will plan and deliver science instruction utilizing hands-on experiences and computer science integration as observed through walkthroughs during the 2023-2024 school year.

School Improvement Goals

Strand 2

Strand II: School Environment

Domain 8 - Safe and Supportive Environments

Outcome Goal:

By 2024, Hispanic students will have an average attendance of 94% as measured by monthly attendance rates.

Process Goal:

Discovery will focus on mental health and family/community needs to increase monthly attendance.