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					        Wolcott School District

Strategic School Profile 2007-2008

             December 8, 2008        1

# of Permanent General Classrooms    65
# of Portable Classrooms              0
Year of Original Construction       1959

 Indicators of Educational Need
                                 Number in              % DRG          % State
                                  School     % WHS   High Schools   High Schools
     Students Eligible for         126        13.8       15.4           23.8
  Free/Reduced Price Meals
    Students Who Are Not            4         0.4        1.0            3.5
      Fluent in English
    Students Identified as          75        8.2        4.1            4.6
    Gifted and/or Talented
   Students with Disabilities       88        9.6        10.2           10.7

Juniors and Seniors Working 16     100        20.8       22.7           20.2
   or More Hours per Week

        Instructional Time                    WHS                High Schools
       Total Days per Year                    184                      181
       Total Hours per Year                   1,002                   1,006

  State law requires that at least 180 days of school and 900 hours of instruction be
  offered to students in high school grades.

       Number of Credits                           DRG               State
     Required for Graduation           WHS      High School       High School

           Class of 2007               21.0           22.6             23.1

   The State requires a minimum of 20 credits for graduation.
                                                 DRG                   State
 Average Class Size             WHS           High School           High School
        Algebra I                14.9               18.2                 17.9

        Biology I                23.0               18.5                 18.6

   English, Grade 10             21.2               18.5                 18.4

   American History              12.3               19.6                 19.5

 World Languages: Instruction was offered in the following world language(s):
 Chinese I, French, Latin, and Spanish.


% Juniors and Seniors Enrolled in a Course
      or Courses for College Credit                 WHS    State HS
          During the 2006-07 School Year            31.0     28.7

          During the 2005-06 School Year            31.4     28.3

       Advanced Placement Courses                   WHS    State HS
 Number of Courses for which Students were Tested    8       9.1

          % of Grade 12 Students Tested             18.0     21.0

           % of Exams Scored 3 or More              70.7     71.5


% of Class of 2007 Graduates who took Higher Level              State
Courses or Earned More Credits in Selected           WHS     High School
Subjects than Required by the State for Graduation
Algebra I or Equivalent                              97.8       91.9
Chemistry                                            74.3       70.1
4 or more Credits in Mathematics                     39.3       63.7
3 or more Credits in Science                         100.0      90.0
4 or more Credits in Social Studies                  69.9       54.8
Credit for Level 3 or Higher in a World Language     90.2       58.7
2 or more Credits in Vocational Education            49.7       57.8
2 or more Credits in the Arts                        18.0       39.8

                                                          % in   % in DRG   % in State
                   Special Programs                       WHS      High       High
                                                                 Schools    Schools
Students in Bilingual Education or Receiving English as
a Second Language Services                                0.4      0.9         3.4

Gifted and/or Talented Students Who Received Services     92.0     39.3       42.2

Special Education Students Who Spent Over 79% of
Their Time with Their Non-Disabled Peers                  70.5     70.4       72.0

       Instructional Computers and                           DRG           State
             Library Materials                 WHS        High School   High School
        # of Students Per Computer              3.6           2.7            2.7
   % of Computers with Internet Access         100.0          96.3          99.5

         % of Computers that are               100.0          91.3          96.8
         High or Moderate Power
      # of Print Volumes per Student            19.7          20.8          15.6

    # of Print Periodical Subscriptions          52            40            45

 Free on-line access to periodicals, newspapers, and other resources is available to
 all Connecticut schools through the Connecticut Digital Library at

           SCHOOL STAFF
              Full-Time Equivalent Count of School Staff

General Education: Teachers and Instructors                    61.70
                   Paraprofessional Instructional Assistants    0.00
Special Education: Teachers and Instructors                    8.00
                   Paraprofessional Instructional Assistants   8.00
Library/Media Specialists and Assistants                       2.00

Administrators, Coordinators, and Department Chairs            4.90

Instructional Subject Area Specialists Who Support Teachers    1.00
Counselors, Social Workers, and School Psychologists           4.30

School Nurses                                                  1.00

Other Staff Providing Non-Instructional Services & Support     31.10

                      SCHOOL STAFF

                                                                     DRG           State
               Teachers and Instructors                    WHS    High School   High School

  Average Number of Years of Experience in Education       12.0      13.5          13.8

           % with Master’s Degree or Above                 69.4      68.5          72.2

              Teacher Attendance 2006-07:                  8.4        8.4           8.9
Average # of Days Absent Due to Illness or Personal Time

     % Assigned to Same School the Previous Year           76.4      76.6          76.4

   Home and School Communication and Support
Wolcott High School promotes and supports parental involvement.

• An overview of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Self-Study accreditation process was presented
  during a televised Board of Education meeting. Items addressed included: Wolcott High School’s Mission and Student
  Expectations for Learning, Critical Strengths and Needs, Standards Committee Reports, and the May 4-7, 2008
  Accreditation Visit.
• District and Building Goals were articulated to the Parent Action Council during various meetings throughout the school
  year, as well as made available on the district website.
• WHS’s Mission Statement and Student Expectations are posted in all classrooms and teachers reviewed them with their
  students at the beginning of the school year. The Mission Statement is read daily during morning announcements.
• For the second year, computer generated Interim Grade reports were mailed home. A copy of the school’s newsletter was
  included in each Interim Grade and Marking Period Report mailing. These newsletters were used as a vehicle to update
  parents concerning school events, academic and social expectations, as well as highlight both students’ and faculty
• Our Guidance Department hosted two financial aid nights for parents of college bound students.
• Homework assistance was offered through our Instructional Center, and students received extra-help from our Spanish
  and French Honor Society students.
• In an effort to attract and retain district students, the school offered its second Eighth Grade Curriculum and Activities Night
  which was designed to promote our programs.
• During 2007-08 school year, our School-to-Career Program provided many authentic career experiences for students and
  externship opportunities for staff.
• Students in Marketing, Psychology, Professional Foods, Anatomy & Physiology and Art earned a total of 24 Connecticut
  Career Certificates. In addition, 58 students enrolled in the WHS/NVCC Articulation Program, each earned 3 transferrable
  college credits.
• The Parent Action Council continued its fundraising activities which included their annual Membership Drive, Pajama Day,
  and Breakfast Fundraiser. As a result, PAC provided refreshments at Freshman Orientation, sponsored a CAPT
  Breakfast, and contributed to the After-Prom Party and the Yearbook.
• Teacher e-mail addresses are post on the WHS website and listed in the Student Handbook.

                           Student Race/Ethnicity

         Race/Ethnicity               Number         Percent

        American Indian                  1             0.1
         Asian American                  12            1.3
              Black                      21            2.3
            Hispanic                     28            3.1
              White                     853           93.2

          Total Minority                 62            6.8

Percent of Minority Professional Staff is 2.4.
3.7% of WHS students come from homes where English is not the
primary language. The number of non-English home languages is 10.
Efforts to Reduce Racial, Ethnic, and Economic Isolation
 Wolcott High School faculty and students actively participated in a number of activities and programs in efforts to
 reduce racial, ethnic, and economic isolation.

   • During the 2007-08 school year, Wolcott High School hosted an exchange student from Albania, a native Mandarin-
     speaking Chinese Guest Teacher, and a delegation of educators from our sister school in the Shangdong province of
   • Chinese I was introduced into the curriculum, and more students elected to study French than in previous years.
   • In March of 2008 the Wolcott Robotics Team (Max # 1071) placed 16th out of 62 teams at the Connecticut Regional
     Competition, attended the national competition in Georgia where they participated in the finals and placed 7 th out of 84
     teams in their division, and in June hosted its first robotics tournament for teams from throughout greater New England.
   • Our National Honor Society worked at the town’s Senior Center teaching computer skills to the elderly and held its Annual
     Christmas Party for students with special needs.
   • In order to provide equal learning opportunities to students of low income families, all math classrooms have sets of
     graphing calculators for students to borrow if they cannot purchase one of their own and many teachers allow students to
     sign out a calculator overnight if it is an essential component for their homework.
   • In Social Studies I, Social Studies II, and Contemporary Issues, students researched and discussed historical differences
     between Muslims and Christians to gain a better understanding of the cultures.
   • Our U.S. History and Civics courses expanded units on Civil Rights Amendments and Movement. In addition, throughout
     the year, U.S. History classes focused on African Americans and guest speakers presented programs on the Holocaust
     and the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict.
   • All 9th grade health classes discussed prejudices and how students need to accept and tolerate differences in race,
     religion and economic status.
   • All 11th and 12th grade health classes discussed acceptance and tolerance of people that have nontraditional
   • Business and Applied Education classes conducted several field trips into Manhattan during which students were
     exposed to a wide range of people and cultures. In addition, Culinary Arts classes brought to life the many           14
     customs of international cuisine.
                     Student Performance
                     Student Enrollment on October 1, 2007: 915

  Graduation and Dropout Rates           WHS       State HS   % of Districts in State with Equal
                                                                  or Less Desirable Rates

  Graduation Rate, Class of 2007         98.4        92.6                   78.9

  Cumulative Four-Year Dropout Rate          1.5     6.2                    76.7
  for Class of 2007

  2006-07 Annual Dropout Rate for            1.1     1.7                    54.5
  Grade 9-12

Activities of Graduates    WHS      State HS
                                                   Student Attendance              WHS    State HS
% Pursuing Higher          83.6       83.4
Education                                          % Present on October 1st        96.3     94.4

% Employed, Civilian and   10.9       12.3

                      Student Performance

Connecticut Academic Performance Test          State   % of Schools in State with
                                        WHS     HS      Equal or Lower Scores
% Grade 10 Meeting State Goal in:
Reading Across the Disciplines          54.7   45.5              65.9
Writing Across the Disciplines          71.8   57.9              71.3
Mathematics                             51.2   50.1              51.4
Science                                 36.7   46.3              36.3

                 Student Performance
    SAT I: Reasoning Test                                     % of Schools in State with
                                       WHS          State      Equal or Lower Scores
       Class of 2007
Average Score: Mathematics              503          504                 59.2

               Critical Reading         486          502                 43.6
               Writing                  486          503                 41.9
% of Graduates Tested                   80.3         77.6                 N/A

The lowest possible score on each subtest is 200; the highest possible score is 800.

                   Disciplinary Offenses
                   Disciplinary Offenses
                                Number of Incidents: 2006-07

                                                                  Location of Incident
Offense Category                                              School         Other Location
Violent Crimes Against Persons                                    3                   0
Sexually Related Behavior                                         0                   0
Personally Threatening Behavior                                  13                   3
Theft                                                             7                   0
Physical/Verbal Confrontation                                    12                   2
Fighting/Battery                                                 28                   1
Property Damage                                                   4                   4
Weapons                                                           1                   0
Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco                                            14                   4
School Policy Violations                                        193                   0
Total                                                           275                   14

In the 2006-07 school year, 148 students were responsible for these incidents. This
represents 15.9% of the estimated number of students who attended at some
point during the 2006-07 school year.                                                      18
        School Improvement Plans and Activities
• During the 2007-08 school year, students, faculty, and administration fully implemented the Student Advisory Program
  utilizing the Student Advisory Handbook which was developed during the summer of 2007 and includes appropriate grade
  level activities. The purpose of this mentorship program is to insure that: “each student has an adult member of the school
  community in addition to the school guidance counselor who personalizes each student’s educational experience, knows
  the student well, and assists the student in achieving the school-wide expectations for student learning.” In this program,
  all students are able to make positive connections with students and faculty members.
• A School Culture and Climate Committee worked to improve and enhance student and staff morale.
• School-wide rubrics for every major subject area, which are in direct alignment with the school’s mission and student
  expectations, were refined and used throughout the school year. Furthermore, Department Head/Team Leaders met as a
  Critical Friends Group to examine student work with an emphasis on the use of the School Wide Rubrics.
• Weekly CORE meetings were used to monitor student services including, but not limited to; Crisis Intervention, Scheduling
  2008-2009, AP Testing, Case Conferences, Student Intervention Team, 504 Designations, Special Education, Alternative
  Programs, and Seniors In Danger of Failing. Team members include: Administrative Team, Director of Student Services,
  Guidance Counselors, School Psychologist and Social Worker, School Nurse, and School Resource Officer. Objectives
  were to disseminate information, develop a global perspective, and provide proactive interventions in a timely manner.
• During this year, renovations of the main office were completed which resulted in a new look: old carpeting was removed,
  a tile floor installed, and counters were modified to provide a more open and inviting appearance.
• A 3 year plan to refurbish the Resource Center was completed which included new paint, carpeting, tables, chairs,
  computer workstations, atlas stands, dictionary stand, and a new charge-out desk.
• The girls locker room was refurbished which included new paint and new lockers.

                 Supplemental School Information

• During the 2007-2008 school year, Wolcott High School’s administration, faculty and staff reaffirmed their commitment to
  the school’s mission: to provide a positive learning environment where students are engaged in meaningful learning that
  develops the intellectual, creative, social, technological and physical skills necessary to prepare them for the next phase of
  their lives. Once again, students were encouraged to give of themselves and their time in the service of others both inside
  and outside of school.

• Our Advanced Placement Course Audit for all current AP courses offered at Wolcott High School included: AP Biology, AP
  Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP English, AP Physics, AP Spanish, AP Studio Art – Drawing, AP Studio Art – 2D Design, and
  AP U.S. History were electronically renewed for 2008-2009. Additional AP Course Audit Requests were submitted for new
  teachers teaching AP English and AP Spanish. Additionally, a new Algebra II Level 1 and 2 textbook was introduced
  which is more in line with the Connecticut Mathematics Framework recently adopted by the State of Connecticut. This
  textbook aligns with the CAPT strands, enables SAT practice, and includes an on-line component where students can
  access practice tests, quizzes and extra independent practice.

• Technology use included increased PowerPoint and multimedia presentations; computer lab usage for research projects;
  use of portable computer labs to write papers and do internet research by multiple departments; and individual teacher’s
  use of Smart Boards, LCD projectors, TV/DVD and web quests to enhance instruction. Again this year, Geometer Sketch-
  pad was installed on all computers within the Mathematics Department and the mobile lab, computer room and in the
  Resource Center. As a result, students now have access to the program for independent practice and homework
  assignments, and teachers have incorporated the software into their lessons.


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