• The John
    E. McCarthy Memorial School
    2012-2013
    2012-2013

    School Improvement Plan

    John E. McCarthy School

     R esp ectfu lly S u bm itted by th e 2 01 1 -2 0 1 2 M cC arth y S ch ool A d v isory C ou n cil M em bers 

     

     

    Mary Capozzi, Grade 3 Teacher Representative

    Maria Chaplain, Parent Representative

    Kelli Cohan, Grade 2 Teacher Representative

    Kelli Coughlin, Teacher Representative

    Jessica DiGianfelice, Parent Representative

    Tonya Porcella, Parent Representative

    Raymond H. Smoyer, Principal, Administrative

    Representative

     

     

     

     Peabody Public Schools Vision 

    Vision Statement

     

    Peabody schools inspire, empower, and challenge our students to pursue excellence in reaching their potential. Professional educators and community partners collaborate to ensure success at the highest level in asafe, student-centered environment. We are a community of life-long learners who value the individual while promoting integrity, courage, and the acceptance of differences.


                                                                      John
    EMcCarthy School Mission Statement

    The John E. McCarthy Memorial School is a student-centered school that sets and adheres to rigorous academic standards andrecognizes that learning is on going.  Our students and staff are confident, responsible, and committed.

    Each member of the McCarthy School family valuesdiversity and creativity and rewards risk-taking, while showing respect and care for one another. Everyone at the McCarthy School is a member of a responsive and enriching community of learners.

     We believe that hard work, perseverance, and high expectations equal academic success and high self esteem.

     

     

    John E. McCarthy Memorial School

    Student- Centered Core Values 

     

    Mutually respect myself and others
    Care for each other and my school
    Cooperate with my classmates and teachers
    Academicallychallenge myself everyday

    B e

    Responsible for my actions and choices
    Treat others the way I want to be treated
    Honestly tell the truth at all times

    A n d do m y best all

    Yearlong


    JOHN E.MCCARTHY MEMORIALSCHOOL

    20 12·20 13 SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

     

     

     

    Kindergarten

     

    Data-Driven

    Perlormance Concern

    Proposed Solutions

    Personnel Responsible

    Goals

    ELA

     

    DIBELS scores show many students

    at risk or

    some risk

     

    Pull out Literacy Support

    4 x 30  for children in these categories.

    Retest every two weeks

    Literacy centers

    Read alouds every day Emphasize fluency in reading Sight word practice

    Morning meeting and message

    Project based literacy

    Read together as a family

     

    Classroom teachers Reading Specialist Title I Reading Tutor ELL teachers

    Parents

     

    Kindergarten students will improve by at least one level by the end of the year, or intervention supports identified.

    Math

     

    Math In Focus Assessment indicates that K's have difficulty recognizing, writing and counting numbers 0 to

    20

     

    Daily practice number writing

    Math nights

    Classroom store

    Music integration/rhythm  activities

    Arts integration

    At home; including students into daily math activities.

    Classroom teachers Special education staff Music teacher

    Art teacher

    Gym teacher

    Parents

    Kindergarten students will be able to recognize, write, and count numbers 0 to 20, or intervention supports identified.

     

     

    Grade Three/Four

     

    Data-Driven

    Performance Concern

    Proposed  Solutions

    Penonnel Responsible

    Goals

    ELA

     

    Interpretation of poetry

     

    -Incorporate poetry into weekly routine

    -Begin simple annotation of poetry

     

    -Response to intervention strategies

    Formative Assessments

    Read At Home!  (RAH!)

     

    Classroom teacher

    Special education teacher

    Reading specialist

     

    Proficiency  demonstrated  on Benchmark Assessments, MCAS, etc.

     

    Students reading below grade level

     

    Classroom teacher Reading specialists ISC

    Special education teacher

    Guidance Counselor

    Parents

     

    Proficiency demonstrated on Benchmark Assessments, MCAS, etc., or intervention supports identified.

     

    Poor performance in geometry in Grade 4

    MCAS

     

    Calendar Math

    -Word walls in math

    -Arts integration

    -Study Island

    -Incorporate math vocabulary into weekly spelling

     

    Classroom teacher

    Art teacher

    Special education teacher

     

    Proficiency demonstrated on Benchmark Assessments, MCAS, etc., or intervention supports identified.

     

    In math, the number of students in ''needs improvement" category ofMCAS increased.

     

    Use all the resources of Math in Focus

    Calendar Math

    Study Island

    Incorporate math word into weekly spelling

    MCAS practice

     

    Classroom teacher

    Art teacher

    Special education teachers

    Music Teacher

     

    Proficiency demonstrated on Benchmark Assessments, MCAS, etc., or intervention supports identified.


     

     

    Poor performance in

    Data Analysis in Grade

    4MCAS

     

    Use all the resources of Math in Focus

    Calendar Math

    Study Island

    Practice Data Analysis open response questions

    Weekly graph construction and interpretation

    Use of technology

     

    Classroom teacher

    Art teacher

    Special education teachers

    Music Teacher

     

    Proficiency demonstrated  on Benchmark Assessments, MCAS, etc., or intervention supports identified.

    Student's  recall of

    addition and subtraction math facts is low.

     

    MOVE UP

    Use all the resources of Math in Focus

    Calendar Math Study Island Flash Cards

    Weekly formative assessments

    (Rocket Math)

    Classroom Teachers

    Parents

    All students master addition and subtraction math facts.


     

    Grade Five

    Data-Driven

    Performance Concern

    Proposed Solutions

    Personnel Responsible

    Goals

    ELA

     

    Difficulty with vocabulary

     

    Difficulty with comprehension, especially in non-fiction text

     

    Limited use of details in open response questions.

    Required nightly reading and

    increased pre-teaching and word walls, etc. to develop and reinforce grade level vocabulary

     

    Explicit instruction in finding main and supporting ideas, especially in non-fiction

     

    Emphasize purpose of headings in and structure of

    informational text

     

    Explicit instruction in test taking strategies

     

    More practice with and analysis of good quality writing and development of details

     

    Increased practice of Open Response questions in ALL subject areas

     

    Additional work with students in both ELL and SPED categories

     

    Study Island ELA practice

    Classroom teachers

    Specialist teachers

    Special Education teachers and aides

    Literacy teachers ELL interventionists Title 1 tutor

    To increase the number of

    correct answers in the MCAS ELA exams, and to improve scores in Open Response questions

     

    Increase students' facility with the English language, especially vocabulary and overall comprehension

     

    To increase writing skills and overall maturity in idea development in students' written work.

     

    Proficiency demonstrated on Benchmark Assessments, MCAS, etc., or intervention supports identified.

     


     

    Math

     

    Difficulty with multi-step problem solving

     

    Difficulty with new concepts that are not 'firm' when taking MCAS

     

     

     

     

    Difficulty with Open Response idea development and vocabulary to express mathematical processes

     

    Difficulty decoding and deconstructing the complex language of Math test questions, especially multi-step Open Response questions and

    number stories

     

    Poor recall of basic math facts

     

    Difficulty retaining important details of specific math concepts, e.g. definition of mean or sum of the angles in a triangles= 180 degrees.

     

    Difficulty with fundamental algorithms

     

    Use all the resources of Math in

    Focus

    Calendar Math

     

    More practice analyzing MCAS test questions during class and in non-math periods

     

    Offer incentives, contests, and games to discover the 'tricks' and 'sneakiness' in word problems to get them to take on the challenge of reading more carefully.

     

    Use 'non-math' teachers to help with word problems and language-related issues surrounding math understanding

     

    Make concerted effort to activate prior knowledge around vocabulary

     

    Intensive small group instruction for math concepts

     

    Games, pop quizzes, contests and Study Island for math facts

    & content. Math word wall. Increased practice with operations, emphasizing multi- digit multiplication and division.

     

    Classroom teachers

    Specialist teachers

    Special Education teachers and aides

    Literacy teachers

    ELL interventionists

    Title 1 tutor

     

    To increase the number of correct answers in the MCAS Math exams, and to improve scores in Open Response questions

     

    Increase students' facility with basic math concepts and higher mathematical thinking.

     

    Develop mathematical vocabulary and better overall comprehension on word problems

     

    Proficiency demonstrated on Benchmark Assessments, MCAS, etc., or intervention supports identified.


     

    Five Math  continued

     

    Difficulty with fundamental algorithms

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Difficulty solving formulas and variables especially in terms of properties of shapes

    Practice mastery for each operation, including multi-digit multiplication and division

     

    Games, pop quizzes, contests and Study Island for math facts and concepts

     

    Introduce concepts earlier in the year and repeat periodically

    until proficiency is achieved

     

    Intensive small group instruction for math concepts More practice analyzing MCAS test questions during class and in non-math periods

    Activate prior knowledge

    around vocabulary

     

    Classroom teachers

    Special Education teachers and aides

    Literacy teachers

    ELL interventionists

    Title 1 teachers

     

    Increase students'  facility with basic math concepts and higher mathematical thinking.

     

    Increase the number of correct answers in the MCAS Math exams, particularly in computation, properties of shapes and Open Response questions

     

    Develop mathematical vocabulary and better overall comprehension on word problems

     

    Improve writing skills and overall maturity in idea development in students' written work


     

    Grade Five

    Sdenceffechnology

     

    Difficulty answering Open Response questions completely.

    Targeted review of science concepts for MCAS practice.

     

    Practicing science open response writing.

     

    Activate prior knowledge around vocabulary

     

    Explicit instruction in test taking strategies

    Classroom teachers

    Science Teacher

    Special Education teachers and aides

    ELL interventionists

    To increase the number of correct answers in the MCAS Science and technology exams, and to improve scores in Open Response questions

     

    Increase students' overall comprehension of key science concepts and facts

     

    To develop writing skills and overall maturity in idea development across the curriculum

     

    Proficiency demonstrated  on Benchmark Assessments, MCAS, etc., or intervention supports identified.


    GradesK-5

     

     

     

    Data-Driven Performance

    Concern

    Proposed Solutions

    Personnel Responsible

    Goals

    Although below National

    average, reports of bullying incidences                       Grade4 (Grade 5 for 2012-13) should be reduced.

    Fully implement Olweus Anti-

    Bullying Program.

    Administration, Teachers, &

    Anti-bullying committee

    Reduce annually by 10o/o

     

     

     

     

     

    Grades PreK-5

     

     

    Improve SchoolClimate

     

     

    1. Work on positive press releases about the McCarthySchool to improvepublic relations in the local newspapers.

    Share this responsibility with the staff, PTO and school councilto contribute press releases on a monthlybasis.

    Several news articles have been published, Summer Reading Program,Field Trip to Salem maritimemuseum••etc.

     

     

     

    2.Implement the values and programmatic features of the Responsive Classroom model for buildingschool community, improving the culture of our school and improving student achievement. ContinueStudent of the month per class. Use the values for students as describedby CARES (Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-Control.) in the implementation of Responsive Classroom.