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Spokane Garry Middle School 725 East Joseph Avenue • Spokane, WA 99207-3499 • 354-5200 Welcome to Garry Middle School! Garry is recognized as one of the region’s top three performing middle schools and the top performing middle school in Spokane Public Schools based on the State Accountability Index. Garry is a learning community that is passionate and dedicated to providing a high quality education to every student that comes through the door. It is an exciting place where students are exposed to a variety of experiences that develop preparedness for success in high school and beyond. Every effort is made to recognize students and provide services that meet a wide range of individual needs and areas of interest. Staff and community members work in cohesion to ensure this takes place and continually look for opportunities to promote a positive climate and foster an authentic love for learning. Garry is proud to be one of the most diverse campuses in the city and believes in celebrating differences and the pursuit of equity for all. These glowing attributes serve as a foundation for a school culture that believes all students can succeed Garry’s Mission Statement and reach their individual potential. Garry Middle School, in partnership with the community, What Makes Garry Special? is dedicated to improving assessed Garry is emerging as a school on the move with rising tests scores and cutting edge achievement within all academic programs designed to improve achievement and empower students. Technology is areas, which will enable students to currently being utilized to implement advanced assessments tools that provide teachers become independent learners and with in-depth information about each student’s individual progress and areas of strength. productive citizens in our society. In addition, all students participate in an advocacy program where self-reﬂection of academic performance and personality traits drives goal development and future career aspirations. At Garry parental participation and support ﬂourishes through student-led conferences where each student demonstrates ownership of their educational journey and solicits help from caring adults along the way. All members of the learning community actively work to provide enriching activities for students that meet the needs of the current generation. As a result a multitude of opportunities such as pre-engineering and robotics are accessible to students. Providing Excellence for Everyone In Spokane Public Schools, the four areas we have identiﬁed for focus this year are crucial to the realization of our goal to help every student graduate. To that end, we are working to: • Increase K-12 mathematics achievement for all students • Transform the culture of middle schools with a commitment to creating a rigorous academic learning environment • Increase on-time graduation, reduce the drop-out rate, and increase post- secondary readiness • Implement a standardized data collection system where data is collected and disseminated centrally for building- or department-level analysis focused on improving student achievement. To reach these goals, we are assessing students at all grade levels more frequently so that we can provide support before they fall too far behind. In our middle schools and high schools, we are designing and implementing academic interventions to keep students on track to graduate. New high school math materials are better aligned to the state’s updated standards and include online support for students and parents. And, because we understand the value of having excellent teachers in every classroom, we are working to increase the capacity of each teacher to deliver quality instruction by continuing to provide great professional development. We thank you for your interest in Spokane Public Schools, as this is work we cannot accomplish without the assistance of a supportive community. Annual Report Card 2010 State Assessment Results MSP 2010 WASL 2009 WASL 2008 7th Grade Garry MS District State 7th Grade Garry MS District State 7th Grade Garry MS District State Reading 48.5 61.3 63.4 Reading 49.3 56.4 59.3 Reading 52.1 63.3 63.1 Math 44.8 55.4 55.3 Math 52.7 54.3 51.8 Math 36.6 52.4 50.5 Writing 42.1 63.9 70.3 Writing 52.4 62.6 69.8 Writing 50.5 66.1 70.0 8th Grade Garry MS District State 8th Grade Garry MS District State 8th Grade Garry MS District State Reading 59.6 63.5 69.4 Reading 58.8 69.0 67.5 Reading 46.5 63.7 66.3 Math 43.3 48.5 51.6 Math 44.9 53.7 50.8 Math 32.5 49.5 51.8 Science 39.8 52.8 54.5 Science 43.7 53.8 51.1 Science 25.2 48.6 48.2 Major Goals from School Improvement Plan District AYP Message 1. To improve the mathematical, literacy and scientiﬁc The intent of the federal No Child Left Behind Act is to achievement of all students as measured by the MSP. ensure that all students have the knowledge and skills they need to be productive and engaged citizens. Under NCLB, 2. To create personalized learning environments that schools and districts that receive federal funds must make respond to academic, social and emotional needs of all Adequate Yearly Progress toward the goal of 100 percent students. of students meeting state standards by 2014 or be subject to various sanctions. Districts are considered to have made 3. To create challenging and relevant learning environments AYP if they meet requirements in 111 areas. Spokane that engage students in learning and understanding. Public Schools did not make AYP this year because it missed 12 of these areas, and is considered to be in Step 4. To create a culturally responsive environment that supports and encourages restorative practices and excellence 2 of improvement. Statewide, only 89 districts out of for all. 296 made AYP this year. Most of the districts that made AYP are relatively small districts and beneﬁtted from the small number of students enrolled. Because of this, we are Summary of School Data required to implement our district improvement plan. Our Expenditures per pupil (district average) ................ $10,270.41 SPS families are vital partners in improving schools, and Annual school budget ............................................$62,921 we welcome you to actively participate in the revision and Highly Qualiﬁed Teachers .......................................96.88% update of the improvement plan. Contact your school for more information, or go to spokaneschools.org and click on For more information regarding this school’s academic achievement and other related data, please visit reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us. “Superintendent of Schools.” We are proud of the work we are doing and are committed to the success of each student. Spokane Public Schools Mission: To develop the skills and talents of all students through Construction Update rigorous learning experiences, supportive relationships, and In addition to major building replacements and relevant real-life applications. modernizations, and technology and safety upgrades, the 2009 facility improvement bond approved by Spokane Spokane Public Schools complies with all federal and state laws and regulations voters included $28 million for an “annual capital projects” and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation including gender identity, creed,Vietnam- component to provide for smaller facility improvements at a era veteran or disabled veteran status. This holds true for all students who are number of schools each year between 2009 and 2015. These interested in participating in educational programs and/or extracurricular school projects are planned for the 2010-2011 school year, with all activities. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to scheduled to be completed by September 1, 2011. Find a the school district’s Title IX ofﬁcer and/or Section 504/ADA coordinator. Title IX complete list of bond projects at spokaneschools.org. Ofﬁcer, Jon Swett, (509) 354-7399 * Section 504 Coordinator, Wendy Bleecker, (509) 354-7248 * ADA Ofﬁcer, Mark Anderson (509) 354-7272 * Afﬁrmative Action Ofﬁcer, Ivan Bush (509) 354-7344* 200 N. Bernard Street, Spokane, WA The Garry projects include expanding asphalt on north 99201-0206 side. Last year included a ﬁre alarm upgrade.
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