Hamilton Elementary School

Loudoun County Public Schools

Comprehensive Needs Assessment - Executive Summary

54 South Kerr Street

Hamilton, VA 20158

304-268-3639

https://www.lcps.org/hamilton

Principal: Kelly Meisenzahl

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.

Hamilton Elementary school is committed to creating a learning environment where people treat each other with respect and students and staff feel safe taking instructional risks.  We are committed to continuous improvement in our instructional program, ensuring that we meet the academic needs for all students.  School staff strive to promote problem solving, responsible citizenship,instruction that is rigorous, a desire for lifelong learning and student and staff empowerment.  We are focused on implementing core instruction and interventions with fidelity.  Our perceptual data indicates that Hamilton is safe, students and adults care about each other and learning is a top priority.  Hamilton staff are committed to PBIS using positive reinforcement and a common language throughout the school.  Our SOL data indicate a focus on reading and science instruction, with an increase in scores in both areas.  Our Panther Time (RTI - Response to Intervention) program provides targeted instruction focused on research based strategies for identified students.  Resource staff was trained in specialized reading programs and identified students received and will continue to receive specialized reading instruction.  The 2018-2019 school year will bring a focus to math instruction, with all classroom teachers trained in math workshop.  

Hamilton teachers continue to be trained in PBL and project based learning is implemented in every classroom.  In the 2017-2018 school year, one PBL was a school-wide health focus, with staff  collaborating on the planning and students sharing their learning with each other.  For the 2018-2019 school year, Hamilton Staff trained in PBL plan to teach core competencies through at least two projects.  

Hamilton elementary transitioned to 1:1 learning devices in grades 3-5, with an increase in devices in grades K-2.  While the ultimate goal is designing deeper learning focused on content using technology to leverage the learning, Brightbytes data indicates a need to focus on digital citizenship throughout the school-year aligned with classroom instruction.  

Extended Learning Opportunities

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

Hamilton Elementary has a strong PTA focused on family engagement.  Some activities include family breakfast, STEAM Night, Reading Night, Back to School BBQs and BINGO.  Our PTA also offers after school programs.  In November the school partners with the PTA to deliver a music and art night Reflections with the 2018 theme being Heros Around Us.   In addition, the Watch D.O.G.S. program facilitates parent involvement in our school.  

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.

Teaching and Learning

  1.  Science SOL Pass Rate = 89% (increase from previous year 72%)
  2.   Reading SOL Pass Rate = 92% (increase from previous year)
  3.   Strong CLTs focused on identifying students in need of intervention
  4.   Responsive Instruction focused on research based strategies for targeted  intervention
  5.   Shared vision for PBL with ⅞ classroom teachers trained, 11/14 staff trained.  

 School Environment

  1. Perceptual Data indicates positive climate and overall satisfaction with school environment
  2. Discipline data indicates minimal incidents of office referrals
  3. Student access to technology

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.

Teaching and Learning

  1. Bridge Year for Math SOLs - increase focus on Math RTI Math SOL = 87% all students with SWD 63%
  2. Assessments used for feedback and reflection built into PBL lesson design
  3. Continued lessons and staff professional development on being an upstander

School Environment

  1. Increase student ownership over behavior and learning
  2. Digital citizenship
  3. Collaboration/planning  among whole staff