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Algonquin Regional High School

School Improvement Plan

For the School Year 2021-2022 


Mission

Educate, Inspire, and Challenge

Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Empathy
  • Inclusivity
  • Equity
  • Perseverance    
  • Respect

Profile of a Graduate

Our Students Will Be:

Collaborators

  • Enrich the learning of self and others through teamwork.
  • Solicit and respect diverse perspectives and contributions.
  • Seek, contribute, and react to feedback to achieve shared outcomes.
  • Recognize and leverage strengths to build collective commitment, action, and understanding.

Critical and Creative Thinkers

  • Transfer and connect knowledge and skills to deepen understanding.
  • Demonstrate thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence.
  • Use disciplinary knowledge and skills in routine and innovative ways.
  • Make informed decisions, solve problems, and use a variety of tools to deepen learning.

Communicators

  • Articulate thoughts and ideas using oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills for a range of purposes and audiences.
  • Listen to decipher meaning, including knowledge, values, attitudes, and intentions.
  • Use technological skills and contemporary digital tools to explore and exchange ideas.

Socially and Civically Engaged

  • Demonstrate personal, civic, and social integrity through ethical and empathetic behaviors.
  • Recognize individual and communal impact on others and the natural world.
  • Value and embrace diverse cultures and unique perspectives through mutual respect and open dialogue.

Growth-Oriented

  • Cultivate positive attitudes and habits about learning.
  • Pursue one’s own interests and curiosity to experience new learning.
  • Consistently improve the quality of one’s own thinking by skillfully analyzing, assessing and reconstructing.
  • Persist to accomplish difficult tasks and to overcome academic and personal barriers to meet goals.

Healthy and Balanced

  • Develop and demonstrate awareness, sensitivity, concern, and respect to connect with self and others’ feelings, opinions, experiences, and cultures.
  • Use reflective practices to understand one’s personal strengths, challenges, and passions.
  • Make choices to support a lifestyle that is healthy, both physically and mentally.
  • Demonstrate resilience through the ability to manage emotions, stress, and challenges.

Algonquin Regional High School

Mission Statement

Algonquin Regional High School is a community committed to providing a safe, supportive, and challenging learning environment which fosters critical and creative thinking. We believe respect, responsibility, and collaboration are essential to individual growth and academic achievement.

Academic Expectations

Students at Algonquin Regional High School will:

  • Read critically, by analyzing, interpreting and evaluating text
  • Synthesize information from diverse sources, to produce coherent summaries, arguments
  • and positions
  • Speak and write effectively, using standard English in a manner appropriate to purpose and audience
  • Acquire and apply mathematical and technological skills, to interpret information and to solve problems
  • Explore, develop and express individual creativity; set goals and objectives; and manage time effectively
  • Demonstrate competencies in all curriculum areas identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education
  • Be challenged in an intellectually stimulating and engaging environment

Social Expectations

Students at Algonquin Regional High School will:

  • Develop the skills to work both independently and cooperatively
  • Demonstrate respect for themselves and others, as well as for diversity in the school community
  • Be active participants in the school community

Civic Expectations

              Students at Algonquin Regional High School will:

  • Become aware of their roles and responsibilities as members of local, national and global communities
  • Contribute to these communities as active participants

School Council Membership

Sean Bevan, Principal

        Leslie Rutan, Community Member

Ashleigh Girard, Student

Sarah Coldwell, Student

Amelia Sinclair, Student

Ed Wiser, Parent

Luke Herbold, Student

Kevin Fruwirth, School Resource Officer

Gregory Manousos, Parent

Mari Fellenbaum, Student

Melissa Shields, Parent

Mark Yusikones, Parent

Algonquin Regional High School:

2021-2022, Overview 

1. School Data Profile:

3. Enhancement of parental involvement in the life of the school

4. Extra-curricular activities

Our students participate in several athletic events as well as a myriad of extracurricular and co-curricular clubs and events. Many of these offer students the opportunity to compete locally and nationally. Our programs are designed to provide all students with an opportunity to pursue their passion and to instill in them a sense of curiosity and personal choice.

Some details about our Athletics program:

5. Means for meeting, within the regular education programs at the school, the diverse learning needs of as many children as possible, including children with special needs currently assigned to separate programs

District Strategic Objective 2020-2026

District Strategic Initiatives 2020-2026

1.Empowering Learners:  Implement instructional practices that engage students in developing and demonstrating their knowledge and skills through rigorous, innovative, and relevant learning experiences.

1.1   Cultivate a shared understanding and common vision of high-quality instructional practices that develop all students toward the profile of our ideal graduate.

1.2   Collaborate within and across schools to ensure consistent implementation of high-quality instructional practices.

1.3   Systematically promote opportunities for innovation in learning and teaching.

1.4   Provide opportunities for students and educators to use technology to solve problems, learn and communicate.

ARHS Action Steps 2021-2022

Person Responsible

Date

Inventory the DLCS curriculum standards and coordinate with educators to identify which of the power standards are already being addressed through existing  curriculum and instruction.

SBLT members

Applied Arts department chair

Digital Literacy Leaders (DLLs)

Instructional Technology Specialist

2021

Sept-Dec

Identify power standards for DLCS and in which grades and content areas these standards will be addressed.

SBLT members

Applied Arts department chair

Instructional Technology Specialist, DLLs

2021-2022

Sept-June

Continue to integrate DLCS standards in our DLCA course.

Applied Arts Department chair

DLCA teachers

Digital Literacy Leaders

Computer Science Teacher

Full year

Students will develop advanced research skills including advanced searches, digital source evaluation, and synthesis of information and practice those skills throughout Grades 9-12

Library

Social Studies Department (Research Paper, Grade 9 and Civic Action Project, Grade 11)

Full year

District Strategic Objective 2020-2026

District Strategic Initiatives 2020-2026

2. Equity of Opportunity: Provide all students access to challenging and culturally responsive learning experiences that meet their individual needs.

  1. Develop and implement coherent systems for collecting and using student learning data to better understand the needs of individuals and groups of students.
  2. Develop and implement consistent systems to identify and address students’ individual needs for the full range of learners.
  3. Foster culturally responsive and inclusive communities and environments that provide equal access.
  4. Ensure excellence in the continuum of educational programming for Student Support Services.
  5. Ensure quality, coherence  and equitable access for courses and programs.

ARHS Action Steps 2021-2022

Person Responsible

Date

Create common summative assessments in like courses, using the resulting student work to identify ways to potentially close achievement gaps between typically performing and underperforming students

District Leadership

Building Leaders

All Staff (teachers, specialists, student support, custodians, admin assistants etc.)

2021-2022

Examine varied school and teacher practices and their impact on student achievement through a close analysis of student data, seeking to identify best practices for better serving members of historically underperforming subgroups

Data Team PLC

Building Leaders

2021-2022

Create a shared vision/understanding of a culturally responsive classroom environment and instruction. 

District Leadership

Building Leaders

All Staff (teachers, specialists, student support, custodians, admin assistants etc.)

Students

2021-2022

Launch “World of Difference” program to develop peer mentors to help implement the civics standards identified in the History and Social Science Framework.

District Leadership

Building Leaders

All Staff (teachers, specialists, student support, custodians, admin assistants etc.)

Students

Fall 2021, programm- ing to begin Spring 2022

Audit our building resources for cultural responsiveness and inclusivity (i.e. bathrooms, clubs, sports, publications, food service, events)

Building Leaders

2021-2022

In curriculum teams, audit units of study across content areas to include diverse voices and perspectives.

Building Leaders

All Staff (Teachers, Specialists, Student Support, ELD, Reading Specialists)

2021-2024

Conduct team classroom visits through a lens of cultural responsiveness and inclusivity.

Small, multi-disciplinary team, with reporting out to all staff

2021-2024

yr1 - plan

yr2 - implement

yr 3 - analyze/ refine

Develop a teacher toolkit that includes professional learning opportunities and builds teacher capacity for culturally responsive teaching.

District Leaders

Building Leaders

All Staff

PD Committee

2021-2022

District Strategic Objective 2020-2026

District Strategic Initiatives 2020-2026

3. Healthy and Balanced Learners:  Prioritize social, emotional, and physical well-being of students.

3.1 Develop and implement a coherent and systematic approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) Pre-K-12.

3.2 Develop a comprehensive approach to health education Pre-K-12.

ARHS Action Steps 2021-2022

Person Responsible

Date

Create professional development opportunities to support SEL implementation using the CASEL framework

SEL Director

SBLT Members

Fall 2021

Inventory district and school wide activities and programs that address SEL in reference to the CASEL framework

SEL Director

District SEL Committee

Guidance

Student Support Services

Health and Fitness Chair

Nurses

2021-2022

Inventory library SEL holdings to ensure they are current and relevant to existing programs and courses.

SEL Director

Principal

SBLT Members

Fall 2021

Implement a screening tool - identified by District leaders - that will assist in the identification of specific students and, more effectively, student profiles that require assistance and support 

SEL Director

NASA SEL Subcommittee

Principal

Fall 2021

Inventory state health curriculum standards and coordinate with educators to identify what is being addressed through existing  curriculum and instruction.

District Wellness Coordinator and Nurse Leader,

District Health Curriculum Committee

SBLT Members

Health and Fitness Chair

2021-2022

Professional Learning Topic/ Approach

Time Allocated

Person Responsible

Date

Common Assessments: Creation and Refinement

6-8 hours

Building leaders

Department heads

Fall 2021

Training on CASEL frameworks

2.5 hours

SEL Director

Spring 2022

Inventorying DLCS

1.5 hours

Building leaders

Director of Technology

Spring 2022

Measuring Impact-

  • Early Evidence of Change:  Changes in practice, attitude, behavior and/ or outcomes you should begin to see if the initiative is having its desired impact. These are not measurements of interim results.  Early evidence benchmarks might be based on observations or surveys

Early Evidence Benchmark

Date (by when)

Status (future work, in process, completed)

Staff review/implementation of CASEL standards

Winter/Spring 2022

Future work

Curriculum Team analysis of student work: midterms

February 2022

In process

Curriculum Team analysis of student work: final exams

June 2022

Future work

Staff-generated DLCS inventory

June 2022

Future work

School Improvement Plan, 2021-2022