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THS Executive Summary 2020-2021
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      Tuscarora High School

Loudoun County Public Schools

Comprehensive Needs Assessment - Executive Summary

801 North King Street Leesburg, VA. 20176

571-252-1900

www.lcps.org/Tuscarora

Mrs. Pamela Croft

LCPS School Profile

Virginia School Quality Profile

School Improvement Plan

Stakeholder Input

  • Teachers
  • Building Administrators
  • Central Office Administrators
  • Parents / Guardians
  • Community Members
  • Business Partners
  • Others (specify):

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.

The major initiative for our school this year continues to be Personalized Learning (PL) as the primary method for the delivery of instruction.  The school’s PL team continues to develop and deliver professional development to the staff regarding “best practices” for incorporating PL into their instruction. Personalized learning strategies consist of these four core strategies: Flexible Content and Tools, Targeted Instruction, Data Driven Decisions, and Student Reflection and Ownership.

The school offers several programs designed to support the students’ academic, behavioral, and/or social emotional needs, especially during this time of distance and hybrid learning.  Our Husky Support Team (HST) meets twice a month to discuss the needs of students who have attendance issues, have disengaged in distance learning, or demonstrate a need for extra support. The HST includes administrators, counselors, the school psychologist, social worker, attendance secretary, nurse, parent liaison, and attendance officer.  The team discusses students in grades 9 and 10 during the first meeting of the month and students in grades 11 and 12 during the second meeting of the month.  In addition, the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) committee meets monthly to review and analyze school discipline data to identify students in need of behavioral support.  

During the 2020-2021 school year, all students will start their synchronous instructional days with an Advisory lesson where teachers will have opportunities to connect with the same groups of students over a specific lesson of the day.  These advisory lessons focus on supporting students’ academic success, addressing behavioral needs, incorporating Sources of Strength to address social emotional needs, increasing students’ connection with the school community while in distance learning, among other important topics.  

Extended Learning Opportunities

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

        Teachers and students are further empowered with extended learning opportunities through the creative use of new technologies and digital resources.  These resources further enhance the implementation of Personalized learning and create greater student engagement in distance learning.  These resources include Schoology, Jamboard, Padlet, Desmos, and a variety of digital assessment tools for students to demonstrate their learning and share their thinking.  

During the school day, students have the opportunity to extend their learning through Learning Labs for each instructional block and Study Hall. Learning Labs are 20 minute blocks in which students needing additional assistance may meet with their teachers to discuss academic progress and concerns and to receive additional support. During the Study Hall block, students have time to seek specific support, complete assignments, receive additional help, and work on enrichment activities.  Content specific labs, such as Math Lab, Reading Lab, Writing Lab, Science Lab, are available during Study Hall blocks.  Students are able to check into their Study Hall block and then “check into” a content specific lab for targeted support in a specific content area.  

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.

Based on the school climate surveys and the Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA), the data showed several areas of strength.  

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.

Based on the school climate surveys and the CNA, the data revealed several opportunities for growth.