Goal #1: Assure learning and academic achievement for all students with 55% of students at Pahvant Elementary reaching grade-level proficiency as measured by the RISE test in reading, and language arts. Also that 80% of the students, regardless of current performance levels will achieve a minimum of one year’s academic growth in reading and language arts as measured by RISE.
Goal #2: Assure learning and academic achievement for all students with 65% of students at Pahvant Elementary reaching grade-level proficiency as measured by the RISE test in math. Also that 80% of the students, regardless of current performance levels will achieve a minimum of one year’s academic growth in math as measured by RISE scores.
Goal #3: Assure learning and academic achievement for students with 55% of students in 4th and 5th grades at Pahvant Elementary reaching grade-level proficiency as measured by the RISE test in Science. Also that 80% of the students, regardless of current performance levels will achieve a minimum of one year’s academic growth in Science as measured by RISE.
Trust Lands funding will support the academic goals in the following ways:
Step 1. We will Hire and Maintain Staffing support
Funds will be utilized to pay salaries and benefits for personnel working with students within our literacy and math programs including our take-home reading library. These programs provide services for students who are not meeting grade-level proficiency and or growth goals. They also offer accelerated opportunities for students who are above standard to promote continued growth. Staff members working with struggling students use a variety of instructional techniques including small group, individual instruction, and computer-assisted programs. During the 2018-19 school year we were able to hire a refocus coordinator which serves as an academic support as well as a social and emotional support to our students. The elementary years are a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self-peer social groups and family. School behavior intervention programs provide education on prevention and intervention services which are incorporated into all aspects of children's lives. Early identification and intervention of children's academic, personal, social needs are essential in removing barriers to learning and promoting academic achievement . We have hired part-time support staff to improve the social, emotional , and academic well-being of our students.
- We will purchase Materials and Supports to Assist students in meeting reading, math, and science goals
Software programs as well as instructional materials will be purchased to support instruction at school and for use at home where appropriate. Colored ink will be purchased to print student reports and learning materials. Home communicators will be purchased for students to utilize in transporting student learning materials and to improve home communication. Books will be purchased to provide and sustain a highly engaging take-home library. Incentives will be purchased to support reading, math, and social emotional programs (no more than $2.00 per awarded student).
3. We will provide opportunities for teachers and administrators to participate in professional development and to work in collaborative teams to plan for and improve student learning.
Funds will be utilized to hire substitutes to allow teachers to plan collaboratively during the regular school day as well as to cover classes during PD opportunities. Monies will also be used to pay for professional development seminars including travel expenses. Teachers will be paid training rate for additional training, planning, and collaboration time above contractual obligations to meet students needs as related to the stated goals in this plan.
4. We will Purchase software/hardware and technology related equipment for classrooms and other learning areas.
Funds will be utilized to upgrade computer equipment and software to enhance instruction. This will include technology hardware such as iPad, iPods, Projectors, Document Cameras, Chromebooks, Smart Boards, including repairs etc. (T.V.s)
5. We will support our Arts Programs: Research has proven that the arts enhances student academic achievement. We will use funds to hire a part-time music specialist and to pay a portion of our visual arts instructor's salary, in coordination with the BTS Arts Grant, to bring arts instruction into our school. We will also utilize funds to purchase music and art supplies to enhance the arts instruction.
6. We will bolster support for students in learning science-related content.
Science academic field experiences will be provided including travel and associated admission expenses. Science materials will be purchased as related to each grade level’s curriculum. Field experiences will be aligned to student learning specific to grade level core curriculum. In accordance with the newly instituted Utah k-5 Computer Science Standards which states:
“All students will enter secondary schools with exposure to computational thinking and competencies in digital literacy. This begins in our elementary schools with competencies in keyboarding, appropriate and responsible use of technology, and basic coding principles.” https://www.schools.utah.gov/file/f354a1aa-1b9c-47a4-9c41-0a6155d87653 We will purchase coding materials and fund training and implementation of our robotics program in coordination with our awarded grant from Sevier School District.
Measuring Progress Towards Goals:
The following assessments will be used to monitor and assess student achievement throughout the school year:
- Screening –DIBELS, Wonders
- Diagnostic –DIBELS
- Progress Monitoring – DIBELS, Illuminate Ed
- Outcome –RISE, DIBELS
- Screening –iReady Math, RISE BMs
- Diagnostic RISE BMs, McGraw Hill
- Progress Monitoring –My Math (possibly Illuminate Ed)
- Outcome –RISE
- Progress Monitoring- RISE Benchmarks, Illuminate Ed
- Outcome- RISE End Of Level Assessments
The target to be achieved is:
55% of students at Pahvant Elementary will reach grade-level proficiency as measured by the RISE test in reading, language arts, Science, and 65% in math.
- 80% students regardless of current performance levels will achieve a minimum of one year’s academic growth in reading, math and language arts as measured by RISE EOL Assessments.
Plans for Expenditures of Increased Distribution
Any additional funds will be used to improve or enhance the following key components of our school plan: Instructional Supplies/Professional Development/Software/Technology Related Hardware/Equipment and/or salaries and benefits.
How does this relate to the school improvement/strategic plan?
Key academic goals outlined in the Pahvant Elementary School Improvement Plan are to ensure that all students read proficiently at grade level, possess grade level mathematics skills, and acquire effective writing competencies. Trust Lands funding will be utilized to support reading, math and writing instruction at all levels throughout the school.