BEVERLY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

2017-2019

Beverly High School

Signature Page

        Principal        Ms Elizabeth Taylor                        

                                

        Co-Chair        Mr. Steve Gallante        

        Parents        Ms. Amy Proctor        

                        Ms. Cathy Cahill        

        Staff                Ms Janine Garzia        

                        Ms. Giuliana DiGenova        

        Community Representatives        Mr. Tom Keeley        

                

        Students         Ms Natalie Coughlin        

                        Ms. Alise Burgess        

                        Ms Emma Gallagher        

                

Executive Summary of BHS Needs Assessment and Goals

         Beverly High School has maintained the school performance goal’s targeted CPI scores for ELA and Math.  Many of the strategies in the school performance goal have been successfully implemented.  In particular, departments have regularly examined student work and discussed student progress.  Administration and review of common baseline, midyear and end of the year open response essays are now standard practice in all departments. Teachers are continuing to develop blended learning activities in all subject areas.  RTI Math classes and math tutoring for MCAS  and the co-teaching model has expanded throughout the grades, and the teams have received common planning time and professional development training. All these practices have fostered analysis and assessment of instructional practices.

        Some adjustments will be needed to achieve the targets of 15% increase in proficient scores and a 15% decrease in failing scores for our subgroups MCAS.   Activities such as the development of the RTI Literacy class and the use of the Newsela application were implemented, but did not prove to be efficient due to the low number of students impacted by these activities.  Also, although math teachers have begun to determine effective strategies in the classroom, there needs to be a further, more detailed standards based examination of effective strategies for mathematics and other subject areas. To that end, developing a formal RTI referral process for math and creating formative assessments and clarifying their use in the department will assist with development of strategies.  This year,the staff has been introduced to and implemented protocols for professional learning communities, which include examination of student work and teaching strategies, and will continue these practices in the future.  Staff has also begun the process of revising current school wide rubrics and creating new rubrics for 21st century skills including critical thinking, agility and adaptability, initiative and entrepreneurialism and assessing and analyzing information.  Staff will systematically review data collected from the scores of open response essays and data from departmental common assessments in order to determine effective best practices. A new committee, Instructional Innovation, will analyze data, examine school protocols that affect teaching and learning and research teaching resources.  In addition, the school will develop and implement a “math” across the curriculum program with a particular emphasis on abstract reasoning and data interpretation.

        

        The school building goal to enhance college and career pathway opportunities for all students has been successfully implemented and established as a regular part of school culture.  A school-wide guidance curriculum has guidance staff providing regular classroom instruction on various aspects of college and career planning and advisory teachers supplementing the curriculum with student exploration of Naviance.  Career Day provides juniors with the opportunity to hear from career professionals, and for sophomores to research career options that they are considering.  The REACH program, now in its third year, provides seniors with the opportunity to network with professionals and explore career options through real world experience.  Dual enrollment opportunities with Salem State University, North Shore Community College and Endicott College are now available for BHS students.  

        The Site Council has discussed the creation and/or enhancement of support programs that continue to assist with student development and successful transition into the school’s academic and social life. Two successful examples of successful transition programs include Freshman Academy and the Summer Success program. New programs, such as a 10th grade teaching team for at risk students, a job skills program for special education students, a college application process workshop for seniors and an after school academic assistance program for all students will help students to create and achieve learning goals. Grant funding has been pursued for these programs.  The 10th grade at risk program has received the funding for teacher training in the use of the Summit online program, which provides a personalized learning curriculum.

        Existing programs that assist with student transitions, such as the English Language Learners program, the STAY program and long term absence student support need to be reviewed and upgraded in order to effectively and efficiently support students.  Elements such as scheduling, staffing, resources and protocols will be reviewed and revised in order to provide access to support for as many students as possible.  Effective implementation and review of these support programs in the school building goal will also provide gains in the student performance goal.

Action Plan – School Performance Goal (s)

 

Goal Source

Goal Statement

District Strategic Plan Goal

Provide engaging and equitable opportunities to enhance and sustain learning for all students at Beverly High School.

School Performance Goal

To maintain the CPI scores for ELA and Math with a goal of remaining at 95 or above for ELA and at 90 or above for Math.  A specific focus will be to increase by 15% the number of students in the Free and Reduced Lunch and Special Education subgroups who score Proficient to decrease by 15% the number of students who score Failing in both ELA and Math.

Student Learning Objectives:

English Language Arts:

Students will practice multiple forms and styles of writing to create works that have a clear focus, logical development, effective use of detail, and variety in sentence structure.  Students will use close reading strategies, summarizing strategies, and and complete non-fiction reading and writing exercises.

Math:

Students will practice skills in relation to mathematical computation, conceptual understanding and problem solving.  Students will apply content skill to real world problem solving activities in the classroom on a regular basis.  In addition students will complete technical writing and math related open response questions with with a clear focus and organization, logical development, and effective use of evidence to support their claims.  

Cross-Curricula:

Students will participate in lessons in abstract reasoning and data interpretation in several academic areas.

School Wide Strategies

Strategies/Activities

Person Responsible

Resources

Timeline

Indicators of Success

One page summary of School Improvement Plan given to staff

Principal/ BHS Administration

SIP printed for staff  Posted on Principals Moodle Page

September 2017

Staff is aware of SIP objectives and strategies as expressed through discussion throughout department meetings and committee work.

Build and sustain a professional learning community

Principal/BHS Administration

Department Facilitators

Staff meetings

Professional Learning Community groups

Instructional Innovation Committee

Standards Based Coaches

September 2017-June 2019

Rubrics published and in use.

Teachers will review open response rubric and DDM data on open response questions.

English department members.

Scoring rubrics and model responses

Ongoing Professional learning communitiy

September, 2017-June 2019-3 times a year

Mtg. Minutes from all dept. and faculty meeting time.

Administrative Walkthroughs

Sophomore English teachers will meet to review MCAS data and teaching strategies.

Sophomore English teachers

MCAS scoring rubrics and model responses

Student work protocol

September, 2017-June 2019-ongoing

Mtg. Minutes from all dept. and faculty meeting time.

Administrative Walkthroughs

Review department data including DDM’s, common assessment grades, failure rates and MCAS scores

All faculty members

MCAS Sample questions

BHS Open Response Rubric

Departmental DDM’s and common assessment scores

September, 2017-June 2019

Student writing samples

Open response data tally sheet

English Language Arts Strategies

 

Benchmark:  

English Language Arts:  Teachers will assess students' progress by using frequent classroom formative assessments along with evaluating student progress by utilizing the BHS Open Response rubric the assigned departmental rubric, and the analysis of assessment data.

Strategies / Activities

Person(s) Responsible

Resources

Timeline

Indicators of Success

Teachers will develop weekly classroom math assignments focusing on open response questions.

Math Department Facilitator,  

Math Dept. Faculty Members

SPED - Faculty Members

MCAS Sample questions

BHS writing rubric assessments

Ongoing Professional Development

Sept. 2017-June 2019-On-going

assignments on Department Moodle page

Teachers will determine and consistently implement effective instructional strategies.

Principal/Administrative team

Math Department Facilitator,

Math Dept.  Faculty members

SPED-Faculty Members

Instructional Innovation committee

Professional development

Math department meetings

Sept. 2017-June 2019-ongoing

Lesson plans

Minutes from all dept. and faculty meeting time.

Review math department policy on formative assessment application

Administration,

Math Department

Standards Based Coaches

Student information system

Moodle

September, 2017-June 2019-ongoing

Creation of formative assessment assignments

Departmental policy on formative assessment

Create an RTI process for math teachers to use for individual students

Administration

Guidance

Math Dept. Facilitator

Math teachers

Student information system

Math Dept faculty

September, 2017-June 2019

Student schedules

Teacher schedules

Math Strategies

Benchmark: Math: Teachers will assess students' progress by using frequent classroom formative assessments along with evaluating student progress by utilizing the BHS writing rubric, the assigned departmental rubric, and assessments of blended learning activities.

Action Plan – BHS Site Council Goal/Building Goal (s)

Strategies / Activities

Person(s) Responsible

Resources

Timeline

Indicators of Success

Develop and implement10th grade program for students at risk for academic failure and or truancy.

Principal/Administration

Guidance/SAC

Teaching team

Summit Learning

SACs

School Curriculum

Technology department

September 2017-June 2019

Successful program students completion of 10th grade requirements

Increase in program student attendance

Decrease in program student discipline incidents

Investment in school community through program student participation in school activities

Review and revise ELE program.

Principal/Administration

Guidance

ELE teaching staff

Naviance/Guidance Curriculum

Advisory Curriculum

Department curriculum

ST Math program

Interpretor phone

In-house staff translators

September 2017-June 2019

Consistent parent and community resources outreach

Increase in student attendance and participation in classes

Improvement in academics

Review and enhance transition program for students who return to school after prolonged absences

Principal/Administration

Guidance/ SAC

Naviance

Guidance Curriculum

Community resources

September 2017-June 2019

Student journals

Decrease in absence occurrences.

Regular meetings with staff working with ELE students

Review and clarify STAY program

Principal/Administration

Guidance Department

STAY staff

Grad point

Student Information System

September 2017-June 2019

Transition plans for change from regular schedule to STAY and vice versa.

Staff review of student progress on Grad point.

Create work readiness program, Pre-Employment Program (PEP) for special education program

Principal/Administration

Guidance

Special education staff

Community Resources such as

Youth Career Center North Shore Youth Career Center

Special education staff

September 2017-June 2019

Data on student referrals and participation

Create a Panther After School Success (PASS) program

Principal/Administrative Team

Guidance/SAC

Teaching staff

Student Information System

Moodle

September 2017-June 2019

Data on student participation

Survey information

Create College Application writing and interview workshop

Principal/Administrative Team

Guidance

English department staff

Naviance

September 2017-June 2019

Data on student participation

Survey information

 

Benchmark

BHS Site Council/Building: The school administrative team and staff members will implement program goals and assess through analysis program effectiveness.