General John Nixon Elementary School



April 27, 2016

State of the School

Presentation

This is WHO we are!

NIXON

Cooperation

Aim high

Respect

Effort

Safety

WHAT’S NEXT?

During this presentation we will use the theme of NIXON CARES to highlight our successes, look at our areas for growth and ask for your consideration in some important initiatives.

AREAS OF STRENGTH

We are proud of:

1) the extraordinary amount of planning our coaches and teachers have done this year and

2) the authentic ways we embody NIXON CARES.

AREAS OF GROWTH

We are working towards:

making the NIXON CARES Behavioral Rubric alive and universal for all students, teachers, staff and families.

WE NEED YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT

We need your help:

1) maintaining and expanding our Math and Literacy coaching

2) expanding our Social Emotional Learning capacity

I am going to use these slides to give an overview introducing each core value. I have a couple of examples from students telling us what each value means to them.

COOPERATION

This year our teachers have met throughout the week to plan in depth units mirroring the Massachusetts State Frameworks. They have used each other as invaluable resources making each lesson an interconnected experience related to the rest of our students’ learning. Our Math and Literacy coaches have been strong instructional and curricular models in this important work.

Links to private you tube channel when in present mode

Literacy and Math Planning at Nixon

Needs/ Benefits:

  • New team members to grade levels (kindergarten, first and second grade)
  • Strengthen team planning through collaboration
  • Design well structured, standard-based lessons for a literacy/math curriculum
  • Incorporate our Lucy Calkin’s writing units (developed during ILAP) into our literacy curriculum and Kathy Richardson (K) and math centers into the math curriculum

This slide explains the needs and reasons for why we chose to do literacy and math curriculum planning with the first and second grade teacher at Nixon.

Example of second grade character unit.

-Overview and Common Core standards included in this unit.

Example of second grade character unit - What students will understand and know by the end of the unit.

-We used our own resources as well as outside resources to design this lesson.

Focus lessons for second grade character unit.

-We used our own resources as well as outside resources to design these well-structured lessons.

-Each lesson includes an objective, standard, mentor text, mini-lesson, workshop guided activities, and a check for understanding.

COOPERATION:

LUCY CAULKINS UNITS

COOPERATION:

READING GROUPS

COOPERATION:
K MARCH MATHNESSS

COOPERATION: PTO

Make Memories


  • Memories in learning
    • 30 Educational Enrichment and Curriculum Crafts programs per year
    • $35,000/75% of budget
  • Memories in tradition
    • Science Fair, Chicken Festival, Japan Day
    • Movie Night, Bingo Night, Monster Mash

Build Community


  • Between children and their families
  • Among Nixon parents
  • Within individual classrooms and across the entire school
  • Broadly with the community of Sudbury

COOPERATION: VOLUNTEERISM AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT

  • Strong Tradition of Volunteerism
    • 35 PTO committees
    • ~175 members
  • Barriers to Getting Involved
    • Time and flexibility
  • Continuous Improvement to Make it Easier
    • Volunteer HQ
    • Larger committees
    • Dropbox infrastructure

  • Operating Budget
    • ~$50,000
  • School Gifts
    • $20,000 in 2014-2015
    • $35,000 in 2015-2016
  • Teacher & Staff Wish Lists
    • ~ $7,500 in purchases since 2014
  • Limited Fundraising
    • Direct Appeal & Auction

COOPERATION: PTO FUNDS IN ACTION.

$5,000

Classroom ActivBoards & ActiVotes

$12,000

7

Pieces of playground equipment

50+

29

iPads and covers

$11,000

New sound system

Omni Spinner and Chess Table

Teacher Wish List items

  • $10,000 in additional school gift spending to be approved at upcoming PTO meeting
  • Continued evaluation of school enrichment opportunities & enhancements
  • Coordination with Nixon SAC in support of teacher and staff goals & priorities
  • 2016 – 2017 school year budget and staffing plans underway!

COOPERATION: LOOK FORWARD

AIM HIGH: FOOD PANTRY, TOYS FOR TOTS, CANDY FOR VETERANS, FIFTH GRADE JOBS

AIM HIGH: SCIENCE FAIR

This year we had over 200 Nixon families participate in our annual Science Fair. The most ever! Students received feedback from local scientists and engineers. Next year we hope to break the record again. Thanks PTO!

Pictures

AIM High: METCO

90% of Nixon Students indicated that it was important to them to attend a diverse school.

AIM HIGH: HOUR OF CODE

AIM HIGH:

BRIDGES

RESPECT: STUDENT SENATE

RESPECT: ELECTION 2016

RESPECT: WORKING TOGETHER

RESPECT: BEHAVIOR RUBRIC*

RESPECT: BUCKET FILLERS*

RESPECT: IN OUR WORK...

EFFORT: EVERYDAY @ NIXON !

EFFORT: WORKING ALONE

EFFORT: WORKING TOGETHER

EFFORT: WORKING HARD

EFFORT: ENRICHMENT

EFFORT: BOOK BUDDIES

SAFETY: LOOKING OUT FOR EACH OTHER

Open Circle

Respecting Differences

3 x 5 cards

Silent Mentors

School Climate

Greeting children

5th grade safety patrol

DESSA

SAFETY: WHAT DO THE STUDENTS SAY?

Do you feel welcome by adults at school?

Overall

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Male

Female

No

special help

Special help

2009-2010

89%

86%

91%

93%

90%

94%

95%

84%

2010-2011

94%

98%

92%

94%

96%

97%

95%

93%

2011-2012

91%

93%

93%

88%

92%

92%

93%

88%

2012-2013

92%

89%

92%

95%

91%

92%

91%

93%

2013-2014

85%

89%

82%

82%

85%

91%

83%

91%

2014-2015

89%

92%

99%

77%

88%

94%

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2015-2016

93%

92%

93%

94%

94%

92%

93%

SAFETY: MORE STUDENT VOICES

Do you feel the rules of Nixon are fair?

Overall

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Male

Female

No

special help

Special help

2009-2010

88%

85%

91%

90%

82%

95%

89%

84%

2010-2011

95%

100%

97%

90%

95%

99%

97%

95%

2011-2012

87%

97%

90%

75%

81%

97%

87%

88%

2012-2013

86%

87%

90%

82%

84%

92%

88%

85%

2013-2014

88%

93%

74%

93%

88%

92%

91%

85%

2014-2015

82%

91%

91%

63%

78%

86%

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2015-2016

94%

98%

92%

93%

92%

94%

94%

91%

WHO do you go to when you have a small problem at Nixon?

Grade 3:

96% of students identified one or more adults they could go to.

59% identified two or more adults.

Grade 4:

97% of students identified one or more adults they could go to.

85% identified two or more adults.

Grade 5:

99% of students identified one or more adults they could go to.

84% identified two or more adults.

State of School_April 2016 PTO - Google Slides