Watson Primary Annual Report
The mission of Watson Primary School is to provide standards based
learning opportunities focused on academic and character growth in a
cooperative partnership with parents and the community to improve
achievement for all students.
All students will improve in comprehensive literacy skills with
emphasis on phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and
All students will improve use standard based math skills and
mathematical ability to respond to open response questions and solve
1. All faculty and staff participated in the right-to-know safety program,
chemical awareness, and blood pathogens in-service training.
2. Several teachers participated in the ongoing ELLA training that was
conducted on-site by our literacy coaches.
3. An instructional facilitator (math) and classroom teachers attended
Cognitive Guided Instruction (CGI) workshop at the Northwest
Arkansas Service Cooperative.
4. Literacy Team meetings were conducted throughout the year and
provided valuable professional development to Watson Primary
teachers as they implemented Reading First/Comprehensive Literacy.
5. Several teachers participated in colleague visits which enabled them
to observe other teachers and instructional facilitators to learn more
about the Reading First program through on-site professional
6. Three teachers attended the SPED workshop.
7. Several teachers participated in summer on-site professional
development in the areas of Literacy and Math Instructional
8. Staff Development is an on-going process with many faculty members
attending program selections offered through the Northwest Arkansas
9. On-site staff development was provided in these areas: Right-To-
Know safety program, Chemical Awareness, Bloodborne Pathogens,
Total Instructional Alignment, Curriculum Alignment, Technology
(Teacher Access Center and Home Access Center), Arkansas History,
Parental Involvement, Data Analysis, Nutrition and Wellness,
Alternative Learning Environment Program, and Improving Student
10. Several employees were certified in
American Red Cross
11. The school nurse attended a variety of health related staff
development training and provided on site professional development
for faculty and staff on various health issues.
12. Administrators attended the Arkansas Association of School
Administrators Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas.
13. Instructional facilitators attended subject specific professional
development at the state and local level.
Materials and Equipment
1. Classroom supplies and materials were purchased for every
2. Elements of Reading Vocabulary kits were
purchased for utilization during literacy
3. Additional books were purchased for the guided
reading library in the book room.
4. Math materials and resources were provided for each classroom.
5. Science and Social Studies materials and resources were provided for
6. Books were purchased for classroom libraries.
7. Some computers were added to the classrooms and all computers were
8. With the finical support of PTSO a sound and multi media system was
purchased and installed in the cafeteria.
9. Some classrooms were equipped with amplification systems for use
by the teacher and students.
10.Physical Education and playground equipment was purchased for
student use during P.E. and recess.
11.Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) purchased for every
classroom non consumable instructional supplies/materials.
1. Watson Primary School is a Title One School Wide School and
follows all Title One regulations, guidelines, and policies. Title One
Program provides instructional support and resources for all students.
2. Total Instructional Alignment will be our process for instructional
alignment in grades K-12.
3. Scott Foresman/Addison Wesley math adoption, along with Math
Investigations Joint Usage Plan and CGI (Cognitive Guided
Instruction) is being utilized as our K-2 research based math program.
4. A comprehensive literacy
strategies is being implemented in the K-2 classrooms.
5. The science and social studies curriculum is based on the Arkansas
Curriculum Framework, includes current publications (such as Social
Studies Weekly), and incorporates hands on activities.
6. Alternative Learning Environment (A.L.E.) program is providing
academic and behavioral support for our students.
7. Our ESOL program consists of a teacher who provides support to our
ESOL students by either going into the classroom to provide
assistance or pulling students out of the classroom and working with
them to meet their individual needs. An ESOL aide is also available to
work with our ELL and Migrant students.
8. Winnebago, a library circulation program using bar codes, is utilized
for research, book searches, and daily check-in and check-out of
9. Students in Kindergarten, were given the Mat 8 and 1st and 2nd grades
were given the SAT-10 test. The scores have been analyzed to study
achievement and student need areas to provide academic intervention.
10.Title One teachers/staff use formative and summative assessments to
identify those students needing academic intervention. Those needing
intervention (basic and below basic) will be served by Title One staff
on a daily basis in addition to regular class instruction.
11.Our instructional computer lab is managed by a computer lab teacher
and utilized on a weekly basis by the classroom teachers. Technology
improvements are ongoing as stated in the HSD Technology Plan.
12.The instructional facilitators work with kindergarten through second
grade students, faculty, staff, parents, and administrators to assist in
facilitation of academic success for all students.
13.Counselors work together to provide a counseling program that meets
the needs of our K-2 students.
14. All children K-2 participate in a Gifted and Talented enrichment
15.Cross Curricular lessons are applied in Art, P.E., Music, and Library.
16.Character Education lessons are taught by our school counselors and
our character education committee promotes good character with our
17.“Kids for Health”, a comprehensive health education program, is
conducted in physical education classes K-2.
18.Our P.E. teachers initiated a school wide health/wellness program
utilizing pedometers and promoting healthy activity.
19.Safety education programs include:
a. Fire Safety Program-presented by our local fire
department and Watson Primary media specialist.
b. Drug Education-Red Ribbon Walk
c. Bike Safety- Conducted by our Resource
1. Playground landscaping improvements including new fall material
under playground equipment were made.
2. On-going routine maintenance and cleaning of the facilities are
performed on a daily basis.
3. Painting was completed in specific areas: some doorways, halls, and
4. Several HVAC (heat and air conditioning unit) were purchased and
replaced existing unit as needed.
1. There are several programs or services in place to
assist with student health needs, social needs, and
academic needs (school supplies). The Valentine
Fund, H.E.L.P., Operation Blue Jeans, Stuff the Bus,
and Wal-Mart Christmas Shopping are supported by
private donors, churches, businesses, local
organizations, and/or local school funds.
2. Other classroom/school-wide incentives include student recognition
programs such as Eagle egg awards, citizenship, student of the month,
ambassadors, a red ribbon drug-free promotional program, and
Terrific Kids. We have many individual classroom recognition
programs that have been developed and are administered by
3. The Character Education program provides daily and monthly
incentives for students displaying good character. Four assemblies are
held throughout the year to promote the character development of
students. Various community organizations have generously donated
rewards to utilize within our character education program.
1. An Open House was conducted jointly with Huntsville Intermediate
School. An open house was established between the two buildings to
promote parental involvement and giving parents an opportunity to
join our various programs.
2. An agenda notebook goes home with the students each day and is
used by the classroom teacher to promote communication between
school and home.
3. Our Parent Center is open daily and located in the library. Educational
resources are available for parental use.
4. Watch D.O.G. Dads is a parental
involvement program initiated with
assistance from local businesses. This is an
effort to increase the positive male role
models within the school. The HSD
Resource Officer will coordinate the program.
5. PTSO provides much needed financial and volunteer assistance to our
6. Parent/Teacher conferences are held twice each year.
7. Watson Primary School parent academic events are held two times a
8. Parents are involved in the development of the ACSIP plan for the
9. The parent involvement district facilitator and building level
facilitator continue to build a strong parental involvement program.
10.A survey is utilized to guide the parental involvement program and
find ways parents can volunteer at our school. The information
obtained from the surveys is used to develop a volunteer resource
book for the faculty and students.
11.We have a program of recognition for volunteer service in our school
where volunteers are recognized in the local newspaper.
12. The Pizza Hut Book It reading incentive program is
very successful in creating opportunities for parental
involvement in the area of literacy.
13.An annual survey (Bridging the Gap) is given to
parents to obtain feedback on our school.
14.Other programs in which parents have assisted are:
a. Playground Committee
b. Open House
c. Music programs
d. Fund raising
e. Fall Festival
f. Talent Show
g. Fun & field day
i. Handbook Committee
j. Character Education Programs and Assemblies
k. Classroom Volunteers
l. Drug-Free and Safety Programs
m. Kindergarten Graduation
Attendance Rate (2008 Report Card)-94.2%
School Improvement Status-Targeted Improvement: Achieving Year 2
Qualls Early Learning Inventory
Developed Developing Developed
General Knowledge 5% 42% 52%
Oral Communication 4% 56% 38%
Written Language 3% 48% 49%
Math Concepts 3% 34% 63%
Work Habits 3% 39% 58%
Attentive Behavior 3% 40% 57%
Fall 2008, Spring 2009
(National Individual Percentile Rank)
Reading Math Reading Math
Kindergarten 67 63
Grade 1 62 58
Stanford Achievement Test-10
(National Individual Percentile Rank)
Grade 1 45 67
Grade 2 46 60