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									                                       South Toe Elementary
                                       School Improvement Plan
                                       2009-2010
                                           Revised 1/26/09




South Toe Elementary School


Continuous Improvement Plan

                2009-2010




          South Toe Elementary Continuous
                 Improvement Goals
                   Aligned with the
     Yancey County Schools Improvement Goals
                         And
N.C. State Board of Ed. Future-Ready Students for the
                  21st Century Goals
                         And
             AdvancED School Standards




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Table of contents

School Improvement Committee ______________________________________________ 3
I. VISION ________________________________________________________________ 4
  A.     Beliefs _____________________________________________________________ 4
  B.     Mission ____________________________________________________________ 4
  C. South Toe School Goals _______________________________________________ 4
II. PROFILE _____________________________________________________________ 5
  A.        Outcome Data Student Achievement _________________________________ 5
  B.        Instructional & Organizational Effectiveness Data ______________________ 9
  C. Stakeholders’ Perceptions Data ________________________________________ 13
  D. Student, School, & Community Demographic Data _______________________ 14
III. GOALS ______________________________________________________________ 16
  SBE Goal 1: NC public schools will produce globally competitive students. ______ 16
       School Goal 1.1: To improve reading across the curriculum in all grades while targeting students
       designated at-risk. ___________________________________________________________________ 16
       School Goal 1.2: To improve math across the curriculum in all grade levels with the use of research
       based instruction while targeting at-risk students.__________________________________________ 19
  SBE Goal 2: NC public schools will be led by 21st Century professionals. ________ 24
       School Goal 2.1: To increase the annual percentage rate of personnel attending high quality
       professional development in accordance with NCLB legislation. ______________________________ 24
  SBE Goal 3: NC public school students will be healthy and responsible. ________ 25
       School Goal 3.1: To improve social and behavior skill expectations working toward establishing and
       maintaining a safe, orderly and caring school environment. _________________________________ 25
       School Goal 3.2: To strive to have healthy students in a safe, orderly, and caring school __________ 27
  SBE Goal 4: Leadership will guide innovation in NC public schools. ___________ 28
  SBE Goal 5: NC public schools will be governed and supported by 21st Century
  systems. ______________________________________________________________ 28
IV. Results: ______________________________________________________________ 30
Professional Development Plan______________________________________________ 30
Parent Support/Involvement Plan ____________________________________________ 32




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             South Toe Elementary School
            School Improvement Committee
                      2009-2010


Chairpersons:
Brenda Phetteplace   Media Coordinator
April McKinney       Fourth Grade Teacher
Wanda Hensley        Kindergarten Teacher
Kim Cripps           Assistant Technology Facilitator


Committee members:
Doris Deyton         Principal
Judy Riddle          Secretary
Margo Atuk           First Grade Teacher
Melissa Thomas       Second Grade Teacher
Penni Robinson       Third Grade Teacher
Lila Hughes          Fifth Grade Teacher
Barbara Ramsey       Classroom Assistant
Leeann Beam          Classroom Assistant
Lisa Fox             Classroom Assistant
Shirleen Berry       Classroom Assistant/Bus Driver
Judi Cole            Exceptional Children Teacher
Lynne Metcalf        Title I Tutor
Belinda Burleson     School Counselor
Yvonne Hardin        School Nurse
Teresa Allen         Custodian
Tina Haney           Cafeteria Manager
Marsha Bartlett      Cafeteria Assistant
Darryl Huskins       Physical Education Teacher
Marcia Huskins       Art Teacher
Elizabeth Boulter    Music Teacher
Sharryl Hagerman     Academically/Intellectually Gifted Teacher
Mindy Peters         Speech Instructor
Danise Melecio       ESL Teacher
Sarah Delcourt       ESL Counselor
Susan Hoilman        Bus Driver/Parent
Becky Autrey         Bus Driver/First Responder
Michelle McNeill     Parent
Jeannie Jones        Parent




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I. VISION
                            Working Together For a Better World

        A. Beliefs
        We at South Toe Elementary School believe that it is vitally important to ensure that each
        child:
               1. Develops a positive self-concept.
               2. Receives an education, which is the result of cooperative effort and
                   communication among school, parents and child.
               3. Acquires the skills for life-long independent learning.
               4. Makes healthy decisions concerning his mental, physical, emotional, and social
                   growth.
               5. Learns in a safe, nurturing, but intellectually stimulating environment, which
                   accommodates and accepts individual differences.
               6. Develops a sense of responsibility toward his community.
               7. Participates in cooperative learning in order to develop respect for others.
               8. Experiences a curriculum, which is a product of effective planning and the
                   integration of new methods, programs, materials and technology.
        B. Mission
        At South Toe School, everyone works together to encourage each student to enjoy learning,
        respect others and have a positive self-concept that will allow him or her to become a
        responsible, contributing member of society. All students, regardless of background and
        learning styles, will learn in a safe, orderly environment to solve problems, communicate
        effectively, and understand themselves and the world around them.

        C. South Toe School Goals
School Goal 1.1: To improve reading across the curriculum in all grades while targeting students
designated at-risk.

School goal 1.2: To improve math across the curriculum in all grade levels with the use of research
based instruction while targeting at-risk students
.
School Goal 2.1: To increase the annual percentage rate of personnel attending high quality
professional development in accordance with NCLB legislation.

School Goal 3.1: To improve social and behavior skill expectations working toward establishing and
maintaining a safe, orderly and caring school environment.

School Goal 3.2: To strive to have Healthy Students in a Safe, Orderly, and Caring School.




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 II. PROFILE

     A.       Outcome Data Student Achievement
                                     Analysis of Writing Results
                      2001-     2002-    2003-     2004-     2005-          2006-      2007-       2008-
                       02        03       04         05        06            07         08          09
     #Tested           23        26       29         23        24            21         22




                                                                                                 No longer scored at
      Scores




                                                                                                     State level
        IV              2          2          2          0          4          4         9
        III            10          7         11         15         12         12        13
         II             8         14         15          6          8          5         0
          I             3          2          2          2          0          0         0
     %III or
                      52%        35%        45%        65%       67%        76%        100%
     Higher
                                  Conclusion of Writing Test Results
     ●    Our fourth grade students are tested on narrative writing each spring.
     ●    The scores for 03-04 were 6.3% higher than the state average of 38.7.
     ●    Our scores for 04-05 were 15.6% higher than the state average of 49.4.
     ●    Our 05-06 scores are 14.3% higher than Western Region average.
     ●    Our 06-07 scores increased another 9%.
     ●    Our 07-08 scores show that we have 100% of our students scoring level III or IV.
     ●    Beginning in the 2008-09 school year, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
          made a significant change to the 4th grade writing assessment. Instead of requiring one on-
          demand narrative piece in March, the state mandated a pilot that required 4th grade students in
          North Carolina to write four pieces throughout the school year. The pieces included two
          narrative on-demand and two content based. LEA’s were allowed to create their own
          prompts and scoring was done locally.

                       Outcome Data: Performance Composite Math/Reading
Performance
                      2002-02 2003-03 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09
Composite
S. T. Reading        83.8%        88.5%     89.6%      92.2%       87.9%       71.4%       74.6%
District             87.2%        89.3%     90.3%      89.4%       90.2%       66.4%       79.0%
State                82.6%        84.3%     84.6%      84.9%       85.5%       55.6%       67.6%
S. T. Math           88.5%        94.3%     94.8%      71.9%       80.3%       73%         88.9%
District             92.3%        94.0%     92.9%      70.1%       77.0%       83.6%       91.8%
State                86.8%        88.5%     87.3%      63.4%       66.4%       69.9%       80.0%
  Conclusions from Performance Composite Data
       ● Math dropped drastically in 2005-06 (-22.9%) with new math standards and new math testing
       ● 2006-07 math scores were 13.9 higher than state average
       ● 2007-08 reading and math scores both declined but stayed above state average in both and
         above district in reading
       ● 2008-09 reading increased by 5 points and math increased by 16 points
                                   Outcome Data: End-of-Grade Tests
                                        Reading Grades 3-5
              2002-03      2003-04     2004-05    2005-06     2006-07     2007-08      2008-09
    rd
  3           86.2%        84%         88.5%      80%         80%         84.2%        71.4%
  4th         72.4%        93.1%       81.8%      >95%        86.4%       77.3%        86.4%
  5th         95%          87.9%       96.6%      >95%        >98%        54.5%        65%
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                                          Math Grades 3-5
3rd           93.1%       92%           92.3%      80%          65%         73.7%        90.5%
4th           70.3%       100%          100%       87.5%        90.9%       72.7%        81.8%
5th           95%         90.9%         93.1%      45%          83.3%       72.7%        95%
                    Conclusion from School Level EOG Reading & Math Scores
      ● Grade 3 shows after new reading test was implemented in 08/09 scores dropped -13 points.
        Math scores dropped in 05/06 with new math standards and testing, but scores increased by
        16.3 points in 08/09.
      ● Grade 4 shows a significant drop in reading of -9.1 in 07/08, however, in 08/09 there was a
        gain of 9 points in reading. Math scores also gained 9 points in 08/09
      ● Grade 5 scores in 08/09 in reading gained 10.5 points. A considerable gain in math was seen
        in 08/09 of 22.3 points. Scores in math had a drastic drop in 05-06 (-48.1). (Former teacher
        left in the middle of the year, and new math standards and math test were implemented.)

                                    Conclusion of 3-5 EOG Scores
                         in Reading and Math Compared to State Average
      ● Third grade students are 5.9 points above the state average in reading and 9.2 above the state
        in their math scores.
      ● The fourth grade is 17.3 points above the state average in reading and 0.3 points above state
        in math.
      ● The fifth grade reading is -3.5 points below the state average in reading and 14.9 points above
        state in math.

                             Conclusion of 3-5 EOG Goal Summaries
                                       in Reading and Math
      ● The third grade needs to work on Goal 2 (standard units of metric and customary
        measurement) and Goal 3 (Basic geometric properties)
      ● The fourth grade needs to work on Goal 3 (Geometric properties)
      ● The fifth grade made advances in all goals.

                            Outcome Data from NC School Report Card:
                                               Grades
                                   3, 4, and 5 EOG Subgroups
                              % at level 3 or 4 in READING 2008-09
 Student         All        Male      Female        White    E.D.    N.E.D.               S.W.D
  group
06-07         87.9        89.3         86.8        91.9         77.8        >95          55.6
07-08         71.4        72.4         70.6        73.3         61.5        87.5         12.5
08-09         74.6        73.1         75.7        75.4         68.3        86.4         23.1
State 08-     67.6        65           70.4        79.6         53.1        81.1         37.9
09
*E.D. = Economically Disadvantaged Students
*N.E.D. = Not Economically Disadvantaged Students
*S.W.D. = Students with Disabilities

                                Conclusion of Subgroups in Reading
The S.W.D. group had a drastic drop from 55.6 during 2006-07 to 12.5 during 2007-08. This caused a
drop across all groups. In 08-09 the new state reading test was implemented with each of the groups

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showing improvement except the N.E.D. This year S.W.D. made a gain of +10.6. All groups were
above the state average in 08-09 except the White and S.W.D.

                           Outcome Data from NC School Report Card:
                               Grades 3, 4, and 5 EOG Subgroups
                               % at level 3 or 4 in MATH 2008-09
 Student       All          Male     Female        White    E.D.    N.E.D.               S.W.D.
  group
  06-07        80.3         85.7        76.3          80.6        66.7         >95        44.4
  07-08         73          65.5        79.4          73.3        64.1         87.5       43.8
  08-09        88.9         88.5        89.2          88.5        82.9         +95        69.2
 State 08-     80.0         79.0        81.1          88.4        70.0         89.1       55.1
    09
*E.D. = Economically Disadvantaged Students
*N.E.D. = Not Economically Disadvantaged Students
*S.W.D. = Students with Disabilities
                              Conclusion from Subgroups in MATH
The 08-09 scores for all groups were above the state average. All groups also showed a large increase
compared with the 07-08 percentages.

                  Outcome for Fifth Grade at level 3 or 4 in SCIENCE 2008-09
       Student          All           Male            Female         White                    E.D.
        group
         Our              75.0            +95         64.3           75.0                     66.7
        State             64.2           66.8         61.4           78.6                     48.1
                       Conclusion for Fifth Grade EOG Science Assessment
•       75 % of fifth grade class passed
•       County average was 82.6%
•       State average was 64.2%

                                   K-2 Literacy and Math Assessments
Based on longitudinal data analysis comparing the same group against itself for two consecutive
years, we come to the following conclusions:
                                                Reading
    ● From 07-08 to 08-09, both groups showed growth in reading performance.
    ● The data used included results from the following assessments: Rigby E-
        ASSESMENTS*(reading comprehension, phonics, fluency, retell), DIBELS* (initial sound
        fluency, letter naming fluency, phoneme segmentation, nonsense word fluency, oral
        reading/retell fluency, and word use fluency).
    ● These two assessments are used to monitor reading comprehension strategies and determine
        students needing academic intervention.
    ● Based on the data accumulated to this point, we began implementing RTI TIERS procedures
        on those students who exhibited below grade level performance.
                                                  Math
    ● From 07-08 to 08-09, one group grew 1% and the other group dropped 6%.
    ● The data used was collected from North Carolina Standard Course of Study Math
        Assessments for Grades K-2.
    ● These assessments are used to show student progress, to provide status of students to the next
        year’s teacher, to inform parents of their children’s relation to grade level standards, and to
        provide school and district information of student progress from year to year.
    ● These assessments included three ONGOING (formative) individualized assessments and a
        SUMMATIVE evaluation at the end of the year.

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    ●   Based on the data accumulated to this point, we began implementing RTI TIERS procedures
        on those students who exhibited below grade level performance.
                                              Writing
    ●   From 07-08 to 08-09, both groups showed drops in writing ability.
    ●   Writing ability includes mechanics, cohesion of ideas, organization, sentence choice and
        construction, and completeness.
    ●   These drops are seen in Writing Assessment Data.
    ●   The Yancey County Schools K-8 Writing Scope/Sequence will continue to be used to teach
        content and conventions adapted from the North Carolina Standard Course of Study----
        English/Language Arts.
    ●   Teachers will move from modeling the skill into large group practice into small group/paired
        practice into independent practice.
    ●   Based on the data accumulated to this point, we began implementing RTI TIERS procedures
        on those students who exhibited below grade level performance.

                                          K-2 Data Collected
    Group 1 (Presently in 2nd grade)
                      07-08(K)                  08-09(1st)              Change

    Reading             91%                     92%                     1% increase
    Math                91%                     92%                     1% increase
    Writing             91%                     77%                     14% decrease

    Group 2 (Presently in 3rd grade)
                      07-08(1st)                08-09(2nd)                      Change

    Reading             77%                     79%                     2% increase
    Math                77%                     71%                     6% decrease
    Writing             77%                     57%                     20% decrease

                 Conclusion of Idea Language Proficiency Annual Testing {IPT}
                   (will be replace with WIDA ACCESS Placement Test 09-10)
       {WIDA = World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment also referred as W-APT}
Our school has one ESL student who scored Advance in all areas except writing where he scored
Intermediate on the spring 08-09 test results.

                              Conclusion of School Report Card Analysis
                         of Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade At-Risk Students
        Thirty-seven percent of 08-09 third grade students did not pass Math EOG pretest, but the
students’ second grade report card analysis shows that seventy-one percent of those children made a
C or better. (90.5 % of all students passed the Math EOG.) Seventy-five percent did not pass the
reading pre-test, and of those only twenty-one percent had below a C on their second grade report
card. (71.4 % of all students passed the Reading EOG.)
        Twenty- six percent of the fourth grade students had made a one or two on their Third Grade
Math 07-08 EOG. The spring report card analysis showed that sixty percent of those students were
making passing grades in math. Only eight-teen percent of the entire class did not pass the Fourth
Grade Math 08-09 EOG. Sixteen percent of the fourth grade students did not pass the Reading 07-08
Third Grade EOG. The spring report card analysis shows none of those students were making
passing grades in reading. Fourteen percent of fourth grade students did not pass the Fourth Grade
Reading 08-09 EOG.
        Twenty-seven percent of the fifth grade students did not pass their fourth grade 07-08 math
EOG. The spring report card analysis shows that none of those students were making passing grades
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in math. Only five percent of the entire class did not pass the Fifth Grade Math 08-09 EOG. Of the
fifth grade students twenty-three percent did not pass their Fourth Grade Reading 07-08 EOG. The
spring report card analysis shows none of those students were making passing grades in reading.
Thirty-five percent of the entire class did not pass their Fifth Grade Reading 08-09 EOG.
         Twenty percent of fifth graders were not making passing grades in science on the spring
report card. Twenty-five percent did not pass the Fifth Grade Science 08-09 EOG.

                                     Summer School Program
Our school suggested that five second graders, three third graders, two fourth graders, and five fifth
graders participate in the summer program at Burnsville Elementary this year. The students’ families
had to provide transportation to Burnsville School. Thus, only one student was able to attend. The
summer program did not assess the students at the end of the program. The plan is to change the
summer program for next year.

                                   Promotion Percentage 08-09
One fourth grade student was not promoted to the next grade.

                                 NCWISE Discipline School-Wide Data
        43 discipline referrals were made in 2008-09.
        Average referrals were higher in February.
        Fifth grade had the most referrals. This same class had the most referrals when they were 4th
         graders.
        Classroom referrals were higher than any other location in school.
        Most problem behavior referrals were for “disrespecting” and “aggressive” behavior.


    B.       Instructional & Organizational Effectiveness Data
Instructional Effectiveness:

         Our teachers are teaching with a close adherence to the standard course of study and are
keeping parents well-informed concerning student progress.
         Our staff has used countywide grade level meetings for the past several years to align and
map out the science, math and writing curriculum. This year the teacher grade level meetings are
being used to continue examining the new North Carolina Math Standard Course of Study.
         Our school has a science room equipped with science supplies. A visiting science professor
from Appalachian State University volunteers weekly. Each class uses a countywide planned unit
notebook. Grants have provided a green house, garden and outdoor classroom for all students.
         Analyzing schedules, we conclude that we need additional assistants and tutors. Because of
low student enrollment, we lost half of a state teaching position. Thus, we are paying that half state
teaching position with Title I funds. We are using the remaining Title I funds for a tutor. We need to
continue to work on finding uninterrupted teaching time. All teachers have planning time of at least 5
hrs. per week.
         South Toe Elementary has been a School of Excellence for three of the last five years and has
been a School of Distinction for all other years since ABCs designations began. During the 2007-
2008 school years we made AYP and High ABC growth and were designated as a School of Progress.
In 2008-09 we were again a School of Distinction. We use the following methods of assessment to
determine if needs have been met:
          K-2 North Carolina Literacy Assessments
          K-2 North Carolina Math Assessments
          M Class E-assessments
          Electronic DIBELS
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           Language Program Assessment in Exceptional Children’s Program
           STAR Reading Assessment (standardized testing and reporting program)
           STAR Math Assessments(standardized testing and reporting program)
           Accelerated Reader
           Accelerated Math
           NC EOG test scores in Reading, Math and Science
           Idea Language Proficiency Annual Testing (IPT)
           Local 4th Grade Writing Assessment
           Individual Student Program reports
           Individual Student grades
           Classroom assessments
           Individual Student Portfolios with work samples
           NC Mathematics Observation Profiles for grades 3-5
           Positive Behavior Support data surveys and spreadsheets
           Teacher observations
           Student/Teacher conferences
           Study Island math, reading, and science with Bench Marks in math and reading
           Orchard Gold Star Assessments
           Type to Learn reports
           Study Island

Process Data:

                                        Conclusion of Pacing
Analysis of pacing guides indicates a close adherence by our teachers to the standard course of study.
Most teachers use guides provided by NCDPI or resource guides provided by companies such as the
textbook publishers.


                                Conclusion of Teacher Parent Contacts
Our school makes frequent contact with parents through notes sent home concerning progress reports
and class activities. Parents are contacted when students are having difficulty in academics,
discipline, or socially. Teachers keep monthly contact logs.

                                   Conclusion of Schedules Data
Analyzing the schedules of each staff member and considering comments from the staff we conclude
more help through additional assistants and tutors is needed. There is a need to continue to work on
finding uninterrupted teaching time. We will continue to find ways to increase the quality and
quantity of classroom learning time. It was concluded by looking at the data that each individual K-5
teacher has more than 5 hours of planning time per week.



                  Conclusion of May 2009 Survey of Teachers’ Perceived Needs
                                   For Professional Development
All teachers were surveyed to determine their professional development needs. The top needs listed
were in the following areas: (Three tied for most important, two tied for second most important of the
list of needs.)

Rated #1
    A. Critical thinking/questioning
    B. Writing across the curriculum
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    C. Inquiry based learning in science
Rated #2
    A. Social Studies
    B. Teacher Guided Reading

                     Analysis of Transition of Pre-Kindergarten Experiences

 Kindergarten         2003-04      2004-05      2005-06      2006-07       2007-08      2008-09
    Pre-K              41%          48%          27%          25%           50%          71%
 Experiences
  No Pre-K             59%           52%          73%          75%          50%           29%

                             Conclusion of Transition Pre-Kindergarten
Data collected in a kindergarten registration survey at South Toe Elementary showed that in our
present kindergarten classroom 71% of the students had pre-kindergarten experiences. With almost
one-third of our kindergarten students not receiving pre-kindergarten experiences, the achievement
gap for those students has already begun. A county wide survey conducted with parents of pre-k
students in the spring of 2005 showed parents apprehensive about their children entering school. The
parents desired to have more opportunities to visit the school and talk with the teacher. Thus, we
began the Summer Kindergarten Academy.

Organizational Effectiveness:

    Stakeholders consisting of the entire staff, students, parents & community representatives were
    involved in the self-study. The School Improvement Team—staff, parents, Title I staff and
    school administrator—gathered the following documents from school stakeholders for
    examination and analysis.

Demographic Data:
       After School Attendance Data
       Attendance Reports 2008-2009
       At-Risk Students Ethnicity, Gender, Placement in Support Programs
       Free-Reduced Lunch Data
       Parent Education Levels
       Survey of teachers’ perceived needs for professional development
       Surveys of parents, students and staff (ADVANC ED {NSSC})
       Survey of students to determine prior schooling and residency
       Governor’s Teacher Working Conditions Initiative

Process Data:
        Annual Media and Technology Report
        Pacing Guides
        Parent Contacts Lists
        Parent Compacts
        Schedules-staff duties, master schedule, classroom, & remediation, AIG and tutoring
        Staff Development Plans, opportunities and sessions attended
        Transition info from Pre-K and fifth grade
        Volunteer Data
        School Improvement Plan
        Students handbook & Rights and Responsibilities
        Highly Qualified Teacher Data


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Outcome Data:
       Assessments Used by Teachers
       At-Risk Student List
       DIBELS, M Class E-assessments, and NC K-2 Assessment
       Discipline Summaries
       N.C. Writing Tests-past three years
       N.C. End of Grade tests for 3,4, & 5 Performance Composite
       N.C. End of Grade tests for 3, 4, 5, in reading & math for last several years
       N.C. End of Grade Goal Summary Reports
       N.C. End of Grade disaggregated test scores in reading and math by grade level
       N.C. End of Grade subgroup test scores in reading and math
       N.C. Fifth Grade Science Assessment
       School Report Card Analysis
       Student Report Card Analysis
       Star Reading Assessments-1-5—baseline first two weeks of School, end of third nine
         weeks thereafter
       Star Math Assessment-1-5—baseline first two weeks of School, end of third nine weeks
         thereafter
       Idea Language Proficiency Annual Testing
       Promotion percentage
       Summer program
       Study Island Assessment Math, Reading, Science and Benchmark testing
       NCWISE Discipline Data

South Toe Elementary School has a small enrollment where the teacher has more opportunity to work
one-on-one with both students and staff. Our school staff focuses on positive student learning and
behavior. Our principal is very positive and embraces a delight in learning. We are fortunate to have
much flexibility in our teaching philosophies, which helps create a diversified faculty. We have a
strong asset in parent involvement and support. Our parents are active in the PTO and help set a tone
of working together for our children. Finally, because we are a small school, South Toe is like a big
family involved in working together for a better world.

Highly qualified teachers
               Classroom---------------------------------6
               Exceptional Children--------------------.5
                                                                  Total 6.5
          Itinerants
                 Academically Intellectually Gifted----.2
                 Art-----------------------------------------.1
                 Counselor-------------------------------- .5
                 Librarian--------------------------------- .4
                 Music------------------------------------- .1
                 Nurse--------------------------------------.4
                 Physical Education ---------------------.2
                 Speech----------------------------------- .2
                                                                         Total 2.1

                 Occupational Therapy
                 Physical Therapy
                 ESL/ ESL Counselor------as needed




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        Staff with advanced degrees
                Administrator ---------------------------1
                Exceptional Children-------------------1
                Itinerants---------------------------------4
                (Media, Counselor, AIG, and Speech)

                Highly qualified assistants--------6
                Cafeteria staff-----------------------2
                Custodian----------------------------1
                Bus Drivers-------------------------3
Years of experience for our staff range from four to thirty-three years. Teacher turnover is extremely
low.

C. Stakeholders’ Perceptions Data

            Conclusion of On-Line ADVANC ED (NSSE) Survey of Parents, Students,
                             Support Staff and Teachers 2008-09

There was one area in which three (teachers, students & support) of the four groups had negative
concerns: Bullies averaged a 3 (neutral) --“There are no problems with bullies at our school”.
There was one area that two (teachers & parents) of the four had the same negative concerns:
Foreign language averaged a 2 (disagree) -- “Our school is doing a good job teaching foreign
language.” *OUR SYSTEM DOES NOT TEACH ANY FOREIGN LANGUAGE IN
ELEMENTARY.
The top positive responses:
Students=”The principal and teachers care about the students.”
Parents= “Students have access to variety of resources.”
Support=”Cheating is strongly discouraged.”
Teachers=”School provides a safe and orderly environment for learning.”

              Conclusion of Governor’s Teacher Working Condition Initiative Survey
         This survey looks at five significant factors- time, facilities and resources, decision making,
leadership, and professional development.
         The staff strongly agreed that our school environment is safe, clean, and well-maintained.
The staff also agreed that there was sufficient access to instructional technology, materials, and
equipment.
         The staff strongly agreed that class size was reasonable to meet the needs of all students.
60% agreed that non-instructional time was sufficient. 77% stated they had less than or equal to 3
hours of non-instructional time during a regular school day, 69% stated they had less than or equal to
3 hours available for individual planning, and 62% stated they had 3 or less hours for collaborative
planning.
         A total of 75% agreed that teachers are centrally involved in decision making. 65% agreed
that there is an atmosphere of trust and respect within the school, and 90% agreed that the faculty is
committed to helping every student. 80% agreed that school leadership consistently enforces rules for
student conduct.
         Seventy-five percent of the staff agreed that professional development provided teachers with
the knowledge and skill needed to teach effectively.
         Ninety percent of the staff agreed that our school is a good place to teach and learn.




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D. Student, School, & Community Demographic Data
                                  School Profile and General Description
South Toe Elementary School is a small, rural K-5 school located in the mountains of Western North
Carolina. Our school population is currently 107 students with six classroom teachers. The school’s
enrollment has declined over the last five years. Our Hispanic population has dropped from 3.7% of
our student body to .98%. We have 65% of our students eating free or reduced lunch. Our school is
one of six elementary schools in our LEA.
                                         A.       Student Enrollment

  2003-04           2004-05         2005-06          2006-07           2007-08          2008-09
    158               142             126              120               118              112

                              B.     Student Enrollment by Percent Ethnicity
                2003-04        2004-05     2005-06      2006-07      2007-08             2008-09
Caucasian        94.3%          95.8%       91.5%        94.2%        95.4%               96.1%
Hispanic          4.4%           2.8%        6%           5%           3.7%                .98%
  Multi-
                 .06%           .07%           1%            .8%            .9%           2.9%
  Racial
 African-
                 .06%           .07%          .07%            0%            0%             O%
American

                 Analysis of K-5 Teacher Generated List of At-Risk Students
    Thirty-eight K-5 students were identified. The chart only pertains to those 38 students.
Kindergarten               First             Second        Third       Fourth         Fifth
      25%                  31%                36%          43%           31%          45%

 Female      Male       Economically           EC      504       Pre-       Different      Does
                        Disadvantaged                           school      Schools       not live
                                                                                           with
                                                                                           both
                                                                                          parents
  55%        45%              74%             39%      5%        16%          29%          39%

                                   Conclusion of At-Risk Students
       Analysis shows that the third and fifth grade has a higher percentage of at risk students.
       39% of the at-risk students have IEP plans and 5% have 504 plans. The principal and staff
        must make sure the other 56% of at-risk students have intensive remediation through
        effective, timely, additional assistance and extended learning opportunities. Majority of at-
        risk students are E.D. (74%)
     
     Based on the 2000 U.S. Census Bureau data found online at http://www.census.gov, the
population of Yancey County is approximately 17,774. A three-member Board of Commissioners
provides county government. The county property tax rate is $.50 per $100.00 of assessed valuation.
     Employment in our small community is mainly textile/manufacturing, agriculture, and
crafts/artisans. The current average unemployment rate for Yancey County is 17.1%, which includes
two recent industrial plant closings. The 2000 U.S. Census for Yancey County estimated that 17.7%
of the people fewer than 18 years of age are living in poverty. The median household income in 1999
was $29,674. Family households in Yancey County with children under eighteen number 2,226. Of
these family units, 373 are single-parent homes.


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                              Analysis of Free-Reduced Lunch Data
                2003-04       2004-05      2005-06     2006-07    2007-08              2008-09
 Free and
 reduced         52%           50.7%         63.4%         55.8%          66.1%          65%
  lunch
 Regular
  Lunch          48%           49.3%         36.6%         44.2%           41%           35%
   Cost

                              Conclusion of Free-Reduced Lunch Data
In analysis of school free and reduced lunch data, we determined that 65% of our students are living
in economically disadvantaged households. We see that this number has decreased from 2007-08 to
2008-2009 by 1.1 percent.

                                Analysis of Parent Education Levels
                 Education                                   % of Parents
          College Degree or Above                                31%
           Some Post-Secondary                                   14%
           High School Graduate                                  47%
         Did Not Finish High School                              15%

                                Conclusion of Parent Education Levels
Our students come from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds. While a survey to determine
parent education shows that we have many parents who have college degrees or above, we also have
a number of parents who did not finish high school. We feel many of these parents do not know how
to help their at-risk children who are struggling academically.




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III. GOALS
 SBE Goal 1: NC public schools will produce globally competitive students.

YCS Goal 1.1 Strengthen the Teacher/Directed Reading (K-8) component in accordance with the Four-Blocks® Literacy Model.

School Goal 1.1: To improve reading across the curriculum in all grades while targeting students designated at-risk.

Meets AdvancEd School Standard(s):
  1. Vision & Purpose       2. Governance & Leadership     3. Teaching and Learning               4. Document & Use Results
  5. Resources & Support Systems       6. Stakeholder Communications & Relationships             7. Commitment to Continuous Improvement

Aligns w/ District and/or School Plans:
   Title I      Title II      Title III       Title VI       Safe Schools        Technology         Other: _______________________

Evidence of Need:       NSSE Survey(s)      TWC Survey       EOG/EOC/Writing/ACCESS Results          AYP Subgroups/Results       Other: Report Analysis; and At-Risk student
list.

                                                 Professional
                                                                            Resources Required                                                       Assessment
          Strategies             Timeline      Development to                                               Persons Responsible
                                                                                /Budgeted                                                             Measures
                                                Support Goal
Continue Paideia Seminars        2009-10                           Paideia resources                     Teachers                         -Principal observation or walk-
                                                                   Active Thinking Through               Principal                        through
                                                                   Dialogue                                                               Student assessmenst



Continue use of research based   2009-10      Response to          NCDPI                                 -Teachers                        -Principal observation or walk-
programs Reading                              Instruction          Watauga Reading Specialist            -Principal                       through
Foundations and Fundations                    workshop                                                   - Melanie Sharpe                 -STAR Reading Assessment
in K-2, Language in                                                                                                                       -DIBELS/Rigby E-Assessment
Exceptional Children’s                                                                                                                    -Curriculum Based Assessment
Program
Continue 4-Block, SIOP and       2009-10      -Grade-level peer    ESL Teacher                           -Teachers                        -Certificate of attendance
other reading literacy                        sharing with                                               -Principal to observe            -Principal observation or walk-
strategies                                    district Elem.                                             implementation                   through
                                              Curriculum                                                                                  -Grade level assessments
                                              Coordinator




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                                                  Professional
                                                                           Resources Required                                               Assessment
           Strategies               Timeline    Development to                                            Persons Responsible
                                                                               /Budgeted                                                     Measures
                                                 Support Goal
Continue NCSIP (N.C. State          2009-10    Reading               Textbooks                         Wanda Young, Coordinator    K-2 Assessments
Improvement Project)                           Foundations           Substitutes                       of NCSIP/Yancey County      EOG Reading 3-5
                                               Course                NCSIP Grant                       Schools



Use research based Houghton         2009-10                          Textbooks                         -Principal                  -Principal observation or walk-
Mifflin reading program and                                                                            -Teachers                   through
practice books                                                                                                                     -Grade level assessments
                                                                                                                                   -DIBELS

Implement concepts in               2009-10    -Grade-level peer     -AIMS materials                   -Teachers                   -Grade leveled assessment
science, social studies, writing,              sharing with          -Workshop materials               -Principal                  -Principal observation
math & health through                          district Elementary   -Textbooks                        -Technology assistant       -Student journals
community interaction, student                 Curriculum            -Internet sites                   -Media Coordinator
collaboration and inquiry                      Coordinators          -Videos                           -Volunteers
based methods                                                        -Literacy chapter books
                                                                     -Library resources
                                                                     -United Streaming
Use Star Reading Assessment         2009-10    County and school     -NCDPI Assessment Tools           -County trainer             -Principal observe
at least twice yearly,                         based training        -Software                         -Technology                 Implementation
DIBELS/Rigby                                                         -Title I funds for DIBELS         Assistant                   -Student data collection
E-assessment, and/or NCDPI                                           =$11,000                          -Teachers
K-2 State Literacy Assessment                                        -Palm Pilot                       -Principals
Tool
Set requirement at each grade       2009-10                          Media Center and classroom        -Media Coordinator          -STAR Reading Assessment
level of amount of reading                                           libraries                         -Teachers                   -DIBELS
required weekly or during                                                                                                          -Grade level assessments
nine-week period                                                                                                                   Accelerated Reader
Provide parents with regular        2009-10                          Progress report forms             -Teachers                   Parent communication log
reports of their children’s                                                                            -Principal
progress, Parent Compacts at
Open-House
Provide summer reading              2009-10                          NCDPI                             -Principal                  -STAR Reading assessment
strategies for students                                              NCLEARN                           -Teachers                   -Grade level assessments
                                                                     Public Library                    -Library Clerk              -Study Island
                                                                     Community
                                                                     Summer Hours for School Library

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                                                 Professional
                                                                       Resources Required                                                  Assessment
          Strategies              Timeline    Development to                                            Persons Responsible
                                                                           /Budgeted                                                        Measures
                                                Support Goal
Focus on early intervention by    2009-10    RTI training       NCDPI                                -Directors of programs      Placement of at-risk students
using -RTI, EC, Title I, & LEP               scheduled by EC    Regional                             -Principal
specialist personnel                         director                                                -Teachers

Use research based software       2009-10    HART               Computers                            -Assistant Technology       Assessment provided by
and Internet programs                        Representative     Internet (Study Island, Star Fall,   Facilitator                 program
                                                                United Streaming, Intervention       -Teachers
                                                                Central.com, & Free reading.net)     -Media Coordinator
                                                                Software (Star Reading,
                                                                Accelerated Reading, Knowledge
                                                                Works, Corner Stone, Big 6/Turbo
                                                                Tools)
                                                                Orchard
Continue after school tutoring    2009-10                       -Student Accountability Funds        -Principal                  EOG Assessment
                                                                -Supplemental Computer               -Teachers
                                                                Programs
                                                                -Competitive Edge Test Prep.
Continue Study Island with        2009-10                       License fees and band width          -Principal                  -On screen assessments
Bench Marks at 3rd and 5th                                                                           -Teachers
grade level                                                                                          -Assistant Technology
                                                                                                     Facilitator
Provide Title I tutoring during   2009-10                       Title I funds                        -Principal                  EOG assessment
school days.                                                                                         -Title I tutor
                                                                                                     -teachers
Continue use of Big 6             2009-10                       Big 6 posters,                       -Teachers                   Rubrics
Research Process in all grades                                  Research notebooks                   -Librarian




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SBE Goal 1: NC public schools will produce globally competitive students.

YCS Goal 1.2 Strengthen systems to address educational growth of at-risk students not on grade level or not proficient on academic indicators.

School Goal 1.2: To improve math across the curriculum in all grade levels with the use of research based instruction while targeting at-risk students.

Meets AdvancEd School Standard(s):
  1. Vision & Purpose       2. Governance & Leadership     3. Teaching and Learning               4. Document & Use Results
  5. Resources & Support Systems       6. Stakeholder Communications & Relationships             7. Commitment to Continuous Improvement

Aligns w/ District and/or School Plans:
   Title I      Title II      Title III        Title VI       Safe Schools        Technology        Other: _______________________

Evidence of Need:        NSSE Survey(s)        TWC Survey          EOG/EOC/Writing/ACCESS Results              AYP Subgroups/Results         Other: Students At-Risk list
and Report Analysis.

                                                  Professional
                                                                                                                                                          Assessment
         Strategies            Timeline      Development to Support          Resources Required/Budgeted              Persons Responsible
                                                                                                                                                           Measures
                                                     Goal
Implement NCDPI Math          2009-10                                     NCDPI Math Curriculum Disk                -Principal                  -Principal observation
Curriculum Resources                                                                                                -Teachers                   -Walk thru
provided on CD (Keeping                                                                                                                         -STAR Math
Skills Sharp, Indicators K-                                                                                                                     -EOG
5, Strategies, etc.)
Implement Math Text           2009-10                                     Math Text supplements                     -Principal                  -Principal walk through
supplemental problem                                                                                                -Teachers                   -EOG
solving
Continue Accelerated Math     2009-10                                     Accelerated Math Software                 -Principal                  --Printout assessments
                                                                                                                    -Teachers
                                                                                                                    - Assistant Technology
                                                                                                                    Facilitator
Continue Study Island with    2009-10                                     Accountability Funds for License fees     -Principal                  -On screen assessments
benchmarks at 3rd and 5th                                                                                           -Teachers
grade level                                                                                                         - Assistant Technology
                                                                                                                    Facilitator
Use Math Partners             2009-10       Grade level meetings          NCDPI Standard Course of Study            -Teachers                   EOG testing
                                            Math Target Committee                                                   -Principal
                                            K-3


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                                               Professional
                                                                                                                                          Assessment
         Strategies            Timeline   Development to Support         Resources Required/Budgeted         Persons Responsible
                                                                                                                                           Measures
                                                  Goal
Use research based software    2009-10    HART Representative         Computers                            - Assistant Technology   Assessment provided by
and Internet programs                                                 Internet                             Facilitator              program
                                                                      Software                             -Teachers
Integrate math with            2009-10                                Library and classroom books          -Teachers                EOG
literature and science                                                Yancey foundation grant              -Librarian
Use software and online        2009-10    In school staff             Software                             -Teachers                EOG
programs to generate graphs               development                 Internet Programs                    -Librarian
and other visual projections
Continue after school          2009-10                                -Student Accountability Funds        -Principal               EOG Assessment
tutoring                                                              -Competitive Edge Test Prep.         -Teachers
                                                                      -Software and Internet Programs
Provide Summer math            2009-10                                Classroom Teacher generated list     -Title I Teacher
strategies
Focus on early intervention    2009-10    RTI training scheduled by   NCDPI                                -Directors of programs   Placement of at-risk
by using RTI, EC, Title I, &              EC director                 Regional                             -Principal               students
LEP specialist personnel                                                                                   -Teachers
Provide Title I tutoring       2009-10                                Title I funds                        -Principal               EOG assessment
during school days.                                                                                        -Title I tutor
                                                                                                           -teachers




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SBE Goal 1: NC public schools will produce globally competitive students.

YCS Goal 1.3: Address changes to align the local current Academically/Intellectually Gifted (K-12) program in accordance with the new state standards to be
implemented in 2010-11.


School Goal: (supporting county’s goal)

Meets AdvancEd School Standard(s):
  1. Vision & Purpose       2. Governance & Leadership     3. Teaching and Learning             4. Document & Use Results
  5. Resources & Support Systems       6. Stakeholder Communications & Relationships           7. Commitment to Continuous Improvement

Aligns w/ District and/or School Plans:
   Title I      Title II      Title III     Title VI           Safe Schools      Technology       Other:AIG Standards

Evidence of Need:      NSSE Survey(s)       TWC Survey              EOG/EOC/Writing/ACCESS Results           AYP Subgroups/Results       Other: AIG Survey (s) &
New standards
                                               Professional
                                                                                                                                                 Assessment
     Strategies           Timeline        Development to Support              Resources Required/Budgeted         Persons Responsible
                                                                                                                                                  Measures
                                                  Goal
Participate with      2009-10             AIG Committee training          AIG                                   AIG Coordinator            School Board Approval
County AIG Team                                                                                                 AIG Specialists
                                                                                                                AIG Team Members           State Evaluation
                                                                                                                (Ms. A. McKinney)

Participate in AIG    2009-10             In House Training               Sharryl Hagerman, AIG Specialist      AIG Specialist             Attendance Log
standards training                                                                                              Principal




Include AIG           2009-10             Staff Prof. Devel.              AIG                                   AIG Coordinator            PLC Actions
specialists in                            PLCs                                                                  AIG Specialists            School Improvement
schools’ staff                                                                                                  Principal                  Plan
meeting info and
Professional
Learning
Communities




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SBE Goal 1: NC public schools will produce globally competitive students.

YCS Goal 1.4: Enhance technology integration across the curriculum

School: (supporting county’s goal – Our school technology is an integral tool used throughout the curriculum.)
Meets AdvancEd School Standard(s):
   1. Vision & Purpose        2. Governance & Leadership         3. Teaching and Learning         4. Document & Use Results
   5. Resources & Support Systems        6. Stakeholder Communications & Relationships          7. Commitment to Continuous Improvement

Aligns w/ District and/or School Plans:
   Title I      Title II      Title III      Title VI      Safe Schools       Technology        Other: _______________________

Evidence of Need:   NSSE Survey(s)           TWC Survey         EOG/EOC/Writing/ACCESS Results              AYP Subgroups/Results         Other:
___________________
                                                 Professional
                                                                                                                                                   Assessment
        Strategies           Timeline      Development to Support         Resources Required/Budgeted            Persons Responsible
                                                                                                                                                    Measures
                                                    Goal
Administer Star Reading     2009-10       County and school based     -NCDPI Assessment Tools                  -County trainer              -Principal observe
Assessment,                               training                    -Software                                - Assistant Technology       Implementation
DIBELS/Rigby E-                                                       -Palm Pilot                              Facilitator                  -Student data collection
Assessments and NCDPI                                                                                          -Teachers
K-2 State Literacy                                                                                             -Principals
Assessment Tool

Use research based          2009-10       HART Representative         Computers                                - Assistant Technology       Assessment provided by
software and Internet                                                 Internet (Study Island, Star Fall,       Facilitator                  program
programs                                                              United Streaming, Intervention           -Teachers
                                                                      Central.com, & Free reading.net)
                                                                      Software (Star Reading, Accelerated
                                                                      Reading, Knowledge Works, Corner
                                                                      Stone, Big 6/ Turbo Tools
                                                                      Type to Learn

Continue Study Island       2009-10                                   License fees                             -Principal                   -On screen assessments
with Benchmarks for 3rd                                                                                        -Teachers
and 5th grade                                                                                                  - Assistant Technology
                                                                                                               Facilitator
Continue Accelerated        2009-10                                   Accelerated Math and Reading             -Principal                   -Printout assessments
Math and Reading                                                      Software                                 -Teachers
                                                                                                               - Assistant Technology
                                                                                                               Facilitator
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                                                  Professional
                                                                                                                                       Assessment
        Strategies              Timeline    Development to Support      Resources Required/Budgeted       Persons Responsible
                                                                                                                                        Measures
                                                      Goal
Use online programs to         2009-10     In school staff           Software                           -Teachers                EOG
generate graphs and other                  development               Internet                           -Librarian
visual projections                                                                                      - Assistant Technology
                                                                                                        Facilitator

Use computer software          2009-10                               -Student Accountability Funds      -Principal               EOG Assessment
and websites in after                                                -Study Island                      -Teachers
school remediation                                                   -Orchard                           - Assistant Technology
activities that address math                                         -Knowledge Works                   Facilitator
and reading skills                                                   -Competitive Edge Test Prep.
Implement NCDPI Math           2009-10                               NCDPI Math Curriculum CD           -Principal               -Principal observation
Curriculum Resources                                                                                    -Teachers                -Walk thru
provide on CD (Keeping                                                                                  - Assistant Technology   -STAR Math
Skills Sharp, Indicators K-                                                                             Facilitator              -EOG
5, Strategies, etc.)
Use EVAAS website to           2009-10     Administrative Workshop   Testing director                   -Testing Director        -EOG Assessment
analyze testing data


Use digital camera to          2009-10                               Cameras                            -Teacher                 Final product
support and enhance                                                                                     -Assistant Tech.
curriculum                                                                                              Facilitator




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SBE Goal 2: NC public schools will be led by 21st Century professionals.

YCS Goal 2.1: Align all professional development activities (K-12) with *improvement plan goals, focused on skills teachers need based on Education Value-Added
Assessment System (EVAAS®) reports by school and/or teacher, and meet Continuing Education Units (CEUs) licensure renewal requirements.

        * Improvement plan goals include goals identified in the district and school improvement plans and individual growth plans (IGPs).

School Goal 2.1: To increase the annual percentage rate of personnel attending high quality professional development in accordance with NCLB legislation.

Meets AdvancEd School Standard(s):
  1. Vision & Purpose       2. Governance & Leadership     3. Teaching and Learning             4. Document & Use Results
  5. Resources & Support Systems       6. Stakeholder Communications & Relationships           7. Commitment to Continuous Improvement

Aligns w/ District and/or School Plans:
   Title I      Title II      Title III      Title VI        Safe Schools        Technology           Other: _______________________

Evidence of Need:   NSSE Survey(s)            TWC Survey             EOG/EOC/Writing/ACCESS Results           AYP Subgroups/Results          Other:
____________________

                                                  Professional
                                                                                                                                                      Assessment
        Strategies            Timeline     Development to Support            Resources Required/Budgeted            Persons Responsible
                                                                                                                                                       Measures
                                                      Goal
                            2009-10        Training on YCS staff          -YCS Guidebook                          -LEA Professional            -Title II Annual
Review YCS Professional                    development guidelines by      -School                                 Development                  Performance Report
Development Guidebook                      principal and staff            Improvement plan                        Coordinator
                                           development chairperson                                                -School Professional         -Professional
                                                                                                                  Development Chair            Development
                                                                                                                  -Principal                   Request/Follow-up
                                                                                                                  -School Improvement          Evaluations
                                                                                                                  Team
                                                                                                                                               -Professional
Attend highly qualified                    Workshop at grade                                                      -Principal                   Development
                            2009-10                                       Staff development funding
staff development                          level/district meetings                                                -Teachers                    Request/Follow-up
                                                                                                                                               Evaluations
                                                                                                                                               -Professional
Attend monthly grade                       Workshop at grade                                                                                   Development
                            2009-10                                       Staff development funding               -Teachers
level curriculum meetings                  level/district meetings                                                                             Request/Follow-up
                                                                                                                                               Evaluations

*See page 30-31 for specific Professional Development Plan

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SBE Goal 3: NC public school students will be healthy and responsible.

YCS Goal 3.1: Cultivate a safe, orderly, and healthy learning environment.

School Goal 3.1: To improve social and behavior skill expectations working toward establishing and maintaining a safe, orderly and caring school environment.

Meets AdvancEd School Standard(s):
  1. Vision & Purpose       2. Governance & Leadership     3. Teaching and Learning          4. Document & Use Results
  5. Resources & Support Systems       6. Stakeholder Communications & Relationships        7. Commitment to Continuous Improvement

Aligns w/ District and/or School Plans:
   Title I      Title II      Title III       Title VI   Safe Schools   Technology      Other: ____________________
Evidence of Need:        NSSE Survey(s)       TWC Survey      EOG/EOC/Writing/ACCESS Results     AYP Subgroups/Results                  Other: At-risk student list,
NCWISE BEHAVIOR DATA

                                                       Professional
                                                                                                                                                   Assessment
           Strategies              Timeline          Development to          Resources Required/Budgeted          Persons Responsible
                                                                                                                                                    Measures
                                                      Support Goal
Continue Olweus class meetings    2009-10        Olweus Updates and       Olweus training materials            Coordinator of Olweus         NCWISE behavior
twice monthy                                     training for new staff                                                                      data report

Continue teaching expectations    2009-10        PBS & Olweus Updates     Positive Behavior Support funds      -Coordinators of PBS &        NCWISE behavior
of social and behavior skills                    and training for new     Olweus materials                     Olweus                        data report
                                                 staff                                                         -Principal
                                                                                                               -Teachers
Analyze school discipline data    2009-10                                 Data from behavior referrals         -Coordinators of PBS &        School Needs
quarterly to support efforts                                                                                   Olweus                        Assessment
                                                                                                               -Principal
                                                                                                               -Teachers
Attend Nonviolent Crisis          2009-10        Yearly refresher         Workshop sponsored by Safe           -Kristin Buchanan             Certification
Intervention Training                            training for staff who   Schools                              -Staff
                                                 have been trained        Coordinator

Enhance awareness of behavior     2009-10        Mini workshops with      In-house                             -Principal                    Attendance Log
due to child development issues                  Occupational Therapist                                        -Teachers
through workshops
Celebrate school-wide PBS         2009-10                                 PBS funds                            -Principal                    NCWISE Discipline
awareness                                                                                                      -Teachers                     Data
                                                                                                               -Assistants



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                                                  Professional
                                                                                                                                 Assessment
          Strategies              Timeline      Development to     Resources Required/Budgeted         Persons Responsible
                                                                                                                                  Measures
                                                 Support Goal
Continue parent involvement      2009-10                         PBS funds                          -Principal               NCWISE Discipline
communication (Muffins for                                                                          -Teachers                Data
Moms/Donuts for Dads, Open                                                                          -Assistants
House, PTO, etc.)
Conduct Behavior Award           2009-10                         PBS funds                          -Principal               NCWISE Discipline
Assemblies                                                                                          -Teachers                Data
                                                                                                    -Assistants
Provide Parent/Student/Teacher   2009-10                         Title I                            -Principal               NCWISE Behavior
Compacts                                                                                            -Teachers                report
                                                                                                    -Assistants


Attend PBS conference            2009-10     Workshops           Per PBS funds                      -Principal               NCWISE Behavior
                                                                                                    -Teachers                report
                                                                                                    -PBS Director
PBS Classroom School Spirit      2009-10     PBS Conference      PBS funds                          -Principal               PBS Coach/Teachers
Competition                                                      (shirts)                           -Teachers                /Students surveys
                                                                                                    -Assistants




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SBE Goal 3: NC public school students will be healthy and responsible.

YCS Goal 3.2: Strive to improve the health and wellness of all students.

School Goal 3.2: To strive to have healthy students in a safe, orderly, and caring school

( All bold print is mandated & written by NCDPI)
           Strategy                   Not Yet Addressed                  In Progress                  Need Assistance                    N/A
  (Guideline from NCDPI)             (What is your plan?)             (Please describe.)             (Please describe.)         (Provide explanation.)
                                                                K-5 daily schedule ensures 30
Ensure all students have                                        minutes recess plus a 15
recess during the school day                                    minute break. Administrative
and that it is not taken                                        directive prohibits recess
away as punishment.                                             taken away as punishment.
Indicate if this is in progress
or not yet addressed.


Strategy (Guidelines from NCDPI)                        Yes                                     No                          Time over 180 days

Provide physical education for
every student taught by a physical
education teacher. Check the
appropriate “yes” or “no” box and                Yes                                                                         960 minutes
list the exact number of minutes in
PE over the 180-day school year.

Provide physical activity and/or
recess for every student. List the
exact number of minutes provided
for recess and/or physical activity
over the 180-day school year.                    Yes                                                                       5400 minutes

Implement a coordinated school
health program. Indicate if this is
in progress or not yet addressed by               Yes
the school.




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(Guidelines from NCDPI)                                                                                                            Need Assistance (Please
                                       At Our School                        In Our LEA                      Unsure
                                                                                                                                         describe.)
We have a School Health
Advisory Council (SHAC).
Check all that apply.                                                 Yes

What other areas of            -Recess physical activity    County-wide drop out
Coordinated School Health                                   committee addresses needs of
                               involving physical exertion of
Programs are you working       at least a moderate intensitystudents with emotional,
on implementing in your                                     psychiatric, or substance abuse
                               level and for duration sufficient
school? Please explain.        to provide significant healthdisorders. DARE, PBS, Fire
                               benefit to students.         Safety and First Aide,
                               -A school nurse 4 half days afluoride, CPR & Defib., 4-H,
                               week.                        dental hygiene, diabetes
                                                            training, and medication
                                                            dispensing training
SBE Goal 4: Leadership will guide innovation in NC public schools.

SBE Goal 5: NC public schools will be governed and supported by 21 st Century systems.

** Yancey County Schools will always have on-going initiatives and tasks associated with all SBE goals; however, based on evidence from the 2008-09 school year, the
district improvement goals stated above have been determined to be the district’s top priorities for the coming school year




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                IV. Results:

                Our school will continue conducting an ongoing comprehensive needs assessment of the entire
                school based on information which includes the achievement of children in relation to the State
                academic content standards and the State student academic standards. The assessment will be
                used as a formative assessment of SIP and its contents to adjust staffing and student placement,
                acquire resources, and to develop programs and services as needed.



                                                 Professional Development Plan

Staff              Support Data      Evidence of         Type of             Evaluation      Responsible      Budget
Development        and Identified    Research            Training/Imple      Method          Staff
Activity           Need                                  mentation and
                                                         Follow-up
                                                         Training
Implement          NCDPI             NCDPI               In-house            Log             Principal
NC Teacher                                                                                   Staff
Evaluation
Tool
Training in        NCDPI             NCDPI               In-house            Evidence of     AIG Specialist
AIG                                                                          Service
standards
Continue           Critical needs    4 Block research    County grade        Lesson plans    County           Title I Funds
4Block             assessment in     on reading          level meetings      and student     curriculum
Training for       area of reading                                           achievement     leader
grades K-5         and at-risk
along with         students
other reading
strategies/
programs
Training in        Teacher           NC State            School media        Libraries       K-5 teachers.    State, local
selection of       surveys and       University study    coordinator         developed for   Media            funds, and grants
classroom          Accelerated       on use of           training teachers   each            coordinator
literature         Reader            metacognition to    to develop          classroom
                   participation     increase test       classroom
                   and scores        scores in reading   libraries
                                     comprehension
Provide            Discipline        University of       PBS workshop        Yearly          Julie            NC Behavior
Positive           referrals to      Oregon,                                 discipline      Weatherman       support
Behavior           office            University of                           referral data                    Program funds
Support                              Missouri,                               collected—
Training for                         NCDPI                                   analyzed
new staff                            Exceptional
                                     Children’s
                                     Division


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Staff             Support Data      Evidence of         Type of            Evaluation       Responsible       Budget
Development       and Identified    Research            Training/Imple     Method           Staff
Activity          Need                                  mentation and
                                                        Follow-up
                                                        Training
Continue          NCDPI and         NCDPI               County Tech.       Successful       Kay Ball          Central office
Technology        Board of                              Instruction        use of           Kim Cripps        budget funds
Training and      Education                             Coordinator and    Technology       Staff
NCWISE            suggestion for                        assistant tech.
                  teaching credit                       facilitator
Continue          Survey reports    National            Open House         Parent Log       Title I Support   Title I Parent
Parent            concerning        Coalition for       Math Night                                            Fund
Involvement       parental          Parent              NC Extension
Workshops         involvement       Involvement         Service is
                  by Title I                            available
Attend Non-       NCWISE            NCDPI               Yearly refresher   Attendance       Kristen           Safe School
violent Crisis    Discipline                            for staff          Certification    Buchanan          Grant
Intervention      DATA
Training
Attend K-5        EOG               NCDPI               grade level        EOG              Principal and
Math Partners     assessment        Instructional       meetings           assessment       Teachers
                                    Services Support
                                    Division
Gain              NCWISE            Positive            In-house           Attendance       Principal,
educators         Discipline        Behavior            training with      log              Teachers,
awareness of      referrals         Support             occupational                        Assistants, and
behavior due                                            therapist                           Occupational
to child                                                                                    Therapist
development
issues
Participate in    NCWISE            Supported by the    Standard           Staff log        Kristin           Safe Schools
Olweus Bully      Discipline        US Department       Program                             Buchanan          Grant
Prevention        referrals         of Justice          training (train                     Staff
Updates                             (OJJDP; see         the trainer)
                                    Olweus
                                    &Limber, 1999
Attend K-3        Drop Out          NCDPI and NC        Ready School       Logs,            Ready School      NCDPI and NC
Training in       Prevention        Partnership For     Meetings,          workshop         Coordinator       Partnership for
transition        Committee         Children            Workshops, and     evaluations      K-3 Staff         Children Ready
                  findings                              Conferences                         Principal         Schools Grant
                  Survey’s
                  Teacher
                  Observation

                                               PRC 28 Funding (Blue Money)
                       These funds are spent according to the outline of staff development needs which were
               addressed during our yearly needs assessment in the Title I plan, realizing that the Board Office
               objectives sometimes supersede the school’s plan.
                       Other funds from the Central Office (E.C., Title II, Local, & Positive Behavior Support)
               are assessed and assigned on each individual basis.


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                                Parent Support/Involvement Plan
We, the faculty and staff of South Toe Elementary School, believe that all parents and families
want the best for their children and acknowledge that research tells us that children do best when
parents are enabled to play three key roles in their children’s learning:
        1. Teachers (helping their children at home)
        2. Supporters (contributing their skill to the school)
        3. Decision-makers (participating with the school in joint problem-solving)

We recognize parents as full partners with educators and administrators to achieve the best
possible learning experience for each child. A strong program of communication between home
and school must be encouraged, continually evaluated, and maintained so the school and
community are connected in meaningful and productive ways.

In order to institute and preserve this program of communication with parents and to facilitate and
sustain parental involvement, we will:

       Continue to involve parents in the joint development of the plan under No Child Left
        Behind Part A- Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies,
        Subpart 1.
       Plan, implement, assess, and revise effective parent involvement activities to improve
        student academic achievement and school performance.
       Build the school and parents’ capacities for strong parental involvement through
        collaborative school-parent planning, ongoing parent-school communication, and
        integration of parents into professional development and other school activities.
       Conduce, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and
        effectiveness of the parent involvement policy in improving the academic quality of
        South Toe, including identifying barriers to greater participation of parents in authorized
        activities (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are
        disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or
        ethnic minority background).


We will distribute the Parent Support/Involvement Plan to parents of all of our students. We will
provide the policy in languages other than English to parents in an understandable and uniform
format when necessary.

As a component of the plan, we will jointly develop with parents of all children served a school-
parent compact that outlines how parents, the academic achievement and the means by which the
school and parents will build and develop partnerships to help children achieve North Carolina’s
high standards

In addition, we will:
     Convene an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents will be invited and
         encouraged to attend for the purpose of (a) informing parents of the school’s participation
         in the Title I program described in the NCLB legislation, (b) explaining the requirements
         of the Title I program, and (c) answering questions about the rights of parents to be
         informed about and involved in Title I.
     Offer meetings throughout the year, to which all parents will be invited, to promote
         parent-school communication and to increase parent involvement in their children’s



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    education. These meetings will be scheduled at times that are convenient to parents,
    including mornings and evenings.
   Involve parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely way in the planning, review, and
    improvement of Title I under NCLB, including the parent involvement plan.
   Provide assistance to parents, as appropriate, in understanding such topics as the state’s
    academic content standards, state student academic achievement standards, state and
    local assessments, and how to monitor children’s progress and work with educators to
    improve the achievement of their children.
   Supply materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve
    achievement, in such areas as literacy and technology.
   Educate teachers to value the following:
        o Communicating with parents
        o Contributions of parents
        o Working with parents as equal partners
        o Implementing and coordinating parent programs
        o Building ties between parents and the school.
   Provide other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may
    request.




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