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					       THE 2007-08
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN


 Gotha Middle School
  9155 Gotha Road; Windermere, FL 34786
              407-521-2360




       ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
                 Orlando, Florida
As a helpful resource, refer to The SAC Guide on the Accountability, Research,
and Assessment Web site. See pages 11-47.

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Gotha Middle School
School Improvement Plan
Year: 2007-08

                                             PROFILE
A member of the West Learning Community, Gotha Middle School was established in
August 1994. Located in the rural settlement of Gotha, in West Orange County, Florida,
Gotha Middle School serves students living in a rapidly expanding suburban setting.
The student population is a blend of multi-ethnic backgrounds. Of the 1,280 students,
41% are White, 30% are Black, 16% are Hispanic, and 13% represent other ethnicities.

Gotha Middle School is a facility dedicated to wellness and the development of the total
child. Real-world learning is stressed through an interdisciplinary program that includes
the fine arts and technology. Gotha Middle School is a learning community for all
students and is a center school for exceptional education. Gotha Middle School offers
services to students who are physically impaired, hearing impaired, mentally
handicapped, emotionally handicapped, specific learning disabled, as well as, gifted and
talented. Additionally, English as a Second Language instruction is provided for non-
native speakers. It is a school that lives by its motto: “Together the Future is Ours.”




                                                VISION
District Vision: To be the top producer of successful students in the nation.

School Vision: Gotha Middle School is a culturally diverse, student-oriented school that
focuses on the whole child. We promote a partnership among students, educators,
parents, and community to achieve our goals of:

       Academic excellence
       Character development
       Healthy Lifestyles
       Technological proficiency
       Preparation of students for the transition to high school




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Gotha Middle School
School Improvement Plan
Year: 2007-08

            Development of the School Improvement Plan
The district ENDS Policy, District Performance Goals, and the Comprehensive Academic
Achievement Plan (CAAP) were all used to develop our school improvement plan. The plan is a
tool for identifying and creating a desirable future for our students and school. The school
improvement plan process will enable us to anticipate and manage the complex changes that
we face. Furthermore, because our School Advisory Council is broadly representative of our
school’s community, we are confident that our school improvement plan reflects a shared vision
of success for all of our students.

We began the strategic planning process by developing and clarifying a vision statement for our
school. Our vision statement expresses the "desirable future" we want to create and is
presented on the previous page.

In order to assess the needs of our school, we collected and analyzed a great deal of data.
From these data we identified a number of priority needs, which are stated in our plan. These
needs formed the basis for our plan this year.

The mission of the Orange County Public Schools is, “Each student will acquire the skills,
attitudes, and knowledge necessary to reach full potential.” Based on this mission, we reviewed
the District Performance Goals and built objectives around the goals that reflected the priority
needs of our school. OCPS has also identified six supporting conditions to help accomplish the
district’s mission. We reviewed and selected the supporting conditions that related to our needs
assessment.

The purpose of the OCPS CAAP is to create curriculum consistency for all students and provide
instructional strategies that meet the needs of our diverse student population. To make this
happen, developmental, accelerated, and remedial strategies have been incorporated into this
plan to ensure student achievement.

Our school improvement plan focuses on how we will work toward meeting the needs at our
school. We used the results of our needs assessment as a starting point to select and develop
four-year objectives. We used the needs assessment results to address budget, training,
instructional materials, technology, staffing, student support services, specific school safety,
discipline strategies, student health and fitness, including physical fitness, parental information
on student health/fitness, and indoor environmental air quality. The SAC’s assistance was used
to prepare the budget for next year so that it effectively supports the school improvement plan.

Annual objectives were developed to identify where we would be at the end of each year of our
four-year objectives or objectives based on the supporting conditions. Finally, action plans were
written, which outlined the activities that needed to be completed in order to reach our annual
objectives. These action plans are clearly defined activities that show what we will accomplish
in working toward our objectives.




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The four state education goals, Florida’s six priorities, as well as statutory requirements, were
addressed in developing the plan. Not all goals and priorities are directly included in the plan
since only the highest priority needs are included. Many other activities take place in the school
that support the state goals and priorities but are not specifically mentioned in the plan.

Our school is committed to improving access to high quality instruction for all students. This
includes increasing the percentage of African-American and Hispanic students enrolled in
advanced level courses.

Once our plan was completed, it was reviewed by our community, the area superintendent, the
superintendent, and the school board. This review focused on determining how much progress
toward state goals and the district's mission would result from the implementation of the plan.
When the school board approved our plan, they agreed that achieving the annual objectives
would produce adequate progress toward meeting these important goals.

The actual implementation of our plan will be evaluated at two points during the school year.
The first review of progress will be in December-January with the area superintendent. The
mid-year progress review will determine if we are on schedule in completing the action plan
activities that are written in our plan and data showing progress at the middle of the school year.
The final progress report is made after the school year is over. At that time, we will determine if
we accomplished our annual objectives. We will use those results to begin our needs
assessment for next year.




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Gotha Middle School
School Improvement Plan
Year: 2007-08
                                               READING OBJECTIVE
District Mission: To lead our students to success with the support and involvement of families and the
community.

                                                  Baseline Expectations
                                                  (Percent of Students)

If a school has exceeded the baseline expectations, the improvement target in following years will be an improvement of 3
percentage points per year. After a school reaches 90 percent on any of these performance targets, the target in future years will
be to maintain performance.

Reading                  Elementary: 85
Performance:             Middle Schools: 65
                         High Schools: 60

Reading Learning         Elementary: 70
Gains:                   Middle Schools: 75
                         High Schools: 75

Reading Lowest           Elementary: 70
25 Percent               Middle Schools: 75
Learning Gains:          High Schools: 65

Narrative to Describe Major Steps to Meet Baseline Expectations in Reading Within Four Years:
Our staff will continue to use best practices, staff development, Corrective Reading and READ 180 to
provide effective instructional strategies for reading across the curriculum. Our Reading Leadership
Council and Reading Coach will continue to heighten school-wide participation in reading.

Four-Year                By July 2011, 88% of all students taking the FCAT Reading test at Gotha Middle
Objectives:              School will score at Level 3 or above.
                         By July 2011, 85% of all students taking the FCAT Reading test at Gotha Middle
                         School will make learning gains.
                         By July 2011, 87% of the lowest 25% of students taking the FCAT Reading test at
                         Gotha Middle School will make learning gains.
2007-08                  In June 2007, 73% of students at Gotha Middle School scored at Level 3 or above on
Needs Statement:         FCAT reading.
                         In June 2007, 64% of students at Gotha Middle School made learning gains in
                         reading.
                         In June 2007, 64% of the lowest 25% of students taking the FCAT Reading test at
                         Gotha Middle School made learning gains.

2007-08                  By July 2008, 76% of all students taking the FCAT Reading test at Gotha Middle
Annual                   School will score at Level 3 or above.
Objectives:              By July 2008, 67% of all students taking the FCAT Reading test at Gotha Middle
                         School will make learning gains.
                         By July 2008, 67% of the lowest 25% of students taking the FCAT Reading test at
                         Gotha Middle School will make learning gains.




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2007-08               Enter progress made at mid-year of 2007-08 here.
Mid-Year
Progress:

2007-08               Enter baseline data from 2007-08 here when it is available.
Results:

2008-09               Enter baseline data from 2007-08 for all three reading statements here.
Needs Statement:

2008-09               Enter all three of the annual objectives for 2008-09 here.
Annual
Objectives:

2008-09               Enter progress made at mid-year of 2008-09 here.
Mid-Year
Progress:

2008-09               Enter baseline data from 2008-09 here when it is available.
Results:

2009-10               Enter baseline data from 2008-09 for all three reading statements here.
Needs Statement:

2009-10               Enter all three of the annual objectives for 2009-10 here.
Annual
Objectives:

2009-10               Enter progress made at mid-year of 2009-10 here.
Mid-Year
Progress:

2009-10               Enter baseline data from 2009-10 here when it is available.
Results:

2010-11               Enter baseline data from 2009-10 for all three reading statements here.
Needs Statement:

2010-11               Enter all three of the annual objectives for 2010-11 here.
Annual
Objectives:

2010-11               Enter progress made at mid-year of 2010-11 here.
Mid-Year
Progress:

2010-11               Enter baseline data from 2010-11 here when it is available.
Results:


Do rules, regulations, policies, or laws at the state or district level
prevent the school from accomplishing this plan?                              Yes:              No:   X

If so, is a request for waiver needed?                                        Yes:              No:
Appendix F contains the form and procedures for requesting a waiver.




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Gotha Middle School
School Improvement Plan
Year: 2007-08
                                                     Reading
                                              Action Plan for 2007-08

                                                                                                            Status




                                                                                                              In Progress
                                                                                                Completed


                                                                                                                            Planned
                                                            Funding         Position of
Activities (INCLUDE END DATE)
                                                            Source          Responsibility


1. Utilize appropriate screening test to determine          School Budget   RRT, CRT,                                       X
student placement in reading. (August 31, 2007)                             Classroom
                                                                            Teachers. Reading
                                                                            Leadership Team

2. Identify students with literacy deficiencies using       School Budget   RRT, CRT,                                       X
scores from FCAT, DRP, and district benchmark                               Classroom
tests. (September 29, 2007)                                                 Teachers,
                                                                            Reading
                                                                            Leadership
                                                                            Team

3. Analyze three years’ worth of school-wide data to        School Budget   Classroom                                       X
determine strengths and areas of deficit in order to                        Teachers,
maintain quality instruction. (September 29, 2007)                          Administration,
                                                                            Reading
                                                                            Leadership Team

4. Develop and administer grade level specific nine         School Budget   Department                                      X
week common assessments and final exams using                               Chairs, CRT,
district benchmarks for all core subjects. (May 25,                         Classroom
2008)                                                                       Teachers, Reading
                                                                            Leadership Team
5. Use Edu-soft data to analyze student achievement         School          Department                                      X
and drive instruction. (May 25, 2008)                       Budget,         Chairs, CRT,
                                                            School          Classroom
                                                            Improvement     Teachers, Reading
                                                            Funds           Leadership Team
6. Provide intensive reading classes for all critically low School          Reading Teachers,                               X
students at all grade levels. (May 25, 2008)                Budget,         RRT, CRT,
                                                            School          Administration,
                                                            Improvement     Reading
                                                            Funds,          Leadership Team

7. Provide teachers monthly instruction and                 School          RRT, CRT,                                       X
support in effective literacy strategies to be              Budget,         Classroom
 implemented in the classroom. (May 25, 2008)               School          Teachers, Reading
                                                            Improvement     Leadership Team
                                                            Funds




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                                                                                                     Status




                                                                                                       In Progress
                                                                                         Completed


                                                                                                                     Planned
                                                           Funding   Position of
Activities (INCLUDE END DATE)
                                                           Source    Responsibility


8.                                                    School
     Utilize all reading programs currently available to             RRT, Classroom                                  X
increase reading performance. (i.e. Reading Counts,   Budget,        Teachers, CRT,
READ 180, Books on CD, SRI, Corrective Reading).      School         Reading
(May 25, 2008)                                        Improvement    Leadership Team
                                                      Funds,
9. Continue to update and increase media center School               Administration,                                 X
resources to meet the needs of all students. (May 25, Budget,        Media Specialist,
2008)                                                 School         Curriculum
                                                      Improvement    Leaders, CRT,
                                                      Funds,         Reading
                                                                     Leadership Team

10. Celebrate reading and recognize student successes. School        Administration,                                 X
(May 25, 2008)                                         Budget,       Reading
                                                       School        Leadership Team,
                                                       Improvement   RRT, CRT
                                                       Funds
11. Continue Partnership with YMCA Before and/or After School        YMCA Coor.,                                     X
School Program to support activities which encourage Budget,         Administration,
reading. (May 25, 2008)                                YMCA Grant    RRT, CRT,
                                                       Money,        Reading
                                                       School        Leadership Team
                                                       Improvement
                                                       Funds

Funding Source: Designate where funds will come from, if applicable, such as School Improvement
Funds, School Budget, Title I funds, or a grant.




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Gotha Middle School
School Improvement Plan
Year: 2007-08
                                                  MATH OBJECTIVE
District Mission: To lead our students to success with the support and involvement of families and the
community.

                                                  Baseline Expectations
                                                  (Percent of Students)

If a school has exceeded the baseline expectations, the improvement target in following years will be an improvement of 3
percentage points per year. After a school reaches 90 percent on any of these performance targets, the target in future years will
be to maintain performance.

Math                     Elementary: 80
Performance:             Middle Schools: 70
                         High Schools: 80

Math Learning            Elementary: 70
Gains:                   Middle Schools: 75
                         High Schools: 75

Math Lowest 25           Elementary: 70
Percent Learning         Middle Schools: 75
Gains:                   High Schools: 75

Narrative to Describe Major Steps to Meet Baseline Expectations in Math Within Four Years:
Our staff will continue to utilize intensive math classes, common assessments, math manipulatives,
updated staff development, shared best practices, and rigor to promote success in mathematics.

Four-Year                By July 2011, 86% of all students taking the FCAT Math test at Gotha Middle School
Objectives:              will score at Level 3 or above.
                         By July 2011, 90% of all students taking the FCAT Math test at Gotha Middle School
                         will make learning gains.
                         By July 2011, 86% of the lowest 25% of students taking the FCAT Math test at Gotha
                         Middle School will make learning gains.
2007-08                  In June 2007, 72% of students at Gotha Middle School scored at Level 3 or above on
Needs Statement:         FCAT Math, an increase of 1 point.
                         In June 2007, 74% of students at Gotha Middle School made learning gains in FCAT
                         Math, an increase of 2 points.
                         In June 2007, 66% of the lowest 25% of students taking the FCAT Math test at
                         Gotha Middle School made learning gains.

2007-08                  By July 2008, 75% of all students taking the FCAT Math test at Gotha Middle School
Annual                   will score at Level 3 or above.
Objectives:              By July 2008, 77% of all students taking the FCAT Math test at Gotha Middle School
                         will make learning gains.
                         By July 2008, 69% of the lowest 25% of students taking the FCAT Math test at Gotha
                         Middle School made learning gains.




OCPS Page 8 School Improvement Plan
2007-08               Enter progress made at mid-year of 2007-08 here.
Mid-Year
Progress:

2007-08               Enter baseline data from 2007-08 here when it is available.
Results:

2008-09               Enter baseline data from 2007-08 for all three math statements here.
Needs Statement:

2008-09               Enter all three of the annual objectives for 2008-09 here.
Annual
Objectives:

2008-09               Enter progress made at mid-year of 2008-09 here.
Mid-Year
Progress:

2008-09               Enter baseline data from 2008-09 here when it is available.
Results:

2009-10               Enter baseline data from 2008-09 for all three math statements here.
Needs Statement:

2009-10               Enter all three of the annual objectives for 2009-10 here.
Annual
Objectives:

2009-10               Enter progress made at mid-year of 2009-10 here.
Mid-Year
Progress:

2009-10               Enter baseline data from 2009-10 here when it is available.
Results:

2010-11               Enter baseline data from 2009-10 for all three math statements here.
Needs Statement:

2010-11               Enter all three of the annual objectives for 2010-11 here.
Annual
Objectives:

2010-11               Enter progress made at mid-year of 2010-11 here.
Mid-Year
Progress:

2010-11               Enter baseline data from 2010-11 here when it is available.
Results:


Do rules, regulations, policies, or laws at the state or district level
prevent the school from accomplishing this plan?                              Yes:           No:   X

If so, is a request for waiver needed?                                        Yes:           No:
Appendix F contains the form and procedures for requesting a waiver.




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Gotha Middle School
School Improvement Plan
Year: 2007-08
                                                    Math
                                           Action Plan for 2007-08

                                                                                                         Status




                                                                                                           In Progress
                                                                                             Completed


                                                                                                                         Planned
                                                         Funding         Position of
Activities (INCLUDE END DATE)
                                                         Source          Responsibility


1. Identify students by standardized tests,              School Budget   Guidance                                        X
grades, and other pertinent factors for the                              Counselors,
purpose of placement. (August 31, 2007)                                  Teachers

2. Provide curriculum aligned classes to meet            School Budget   API, Guidance                                   X
the needs of all students. (August 31, 2007)                             Counselors

3. Increase the number of Hispanic, African-             School Budget   Administration,                                 X
American and students from a low socio-economic                          Guidance
background in advanced classes. (May 25, 2008)                           Counselors

4. Develop and administer grade level specific nine      School Budget   Department                                      X
week common assessments and final exams for                              Chairs, CRT, API,
mathematics. (May 25, 2008)                                              Classroom
                                                                         Teachers

5. Use Edu-soft data to analyze student                  School          Department                                      X
achievement and drive instruction. (May 25, 2008)        Budget,         Chairs, CRT,
                                                         School          Classroom
                                                         Improvement     Teachers
                                                         Funds
6. Continue training workshops for teachers              School          CRT, Math                                       X
emphasizing best practices to support math               Budget,         Department Chair
curriculum and instruction. (May 25, 2008)               School
                                                         Improvement
                                                         Funds

7. Continue Partnership with YMCA Before and/or After School             YMCA Coor.,                                     X
School Program to support activities which encourage Budget,             Administration,
mathematics. (May 25, 2008)                           YMCA Grant         CRT
                                                      Money,
                                                      School
                                                      Improvement
                                                      Funds

Funding Source: Designate where funds will come from, if applicable, such as School Improvement
Funds, School Budget, Title I funds, or a grant.




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Gotha Middle School
School Improvement Plan
Year: 2007-08
                                                WRITING OBJECTIVE
District Mission: To lead our students to success with the support and involvement of families and the
community.

                                                  Baseline Expectations
                                                  (Percent of Students)

If a school has exceeded the baseline expectations, the improvement target in following years will be an improvement of 3
percentage points per year. After a school reaches 90 percent on any of these performance targets, the target in future years will
be to maintain performance.

Writing                  Elementary: 85
Performance:             Middle Schools: 85
                         High Schools: 85

We will continue the use of best practices, staff development, Thinking Maps, graphic organizers,
common assessments, Writing Boot Camps, Write Score, and Write for the Future to maintain our
students’ success in writing.

Four-Year                By July 2011, 94% of all students taking the FCAT Writing test at Gotha Middle
Objective:               School will score at Level 3.5 or above.
2007-08                  In June 2007, 94% of all students at Gotha Middle School scored at Level 3.5 or
Needs Statement:         above on FCAT Writing, an increase of 8 points.

2007-08                  By July 2008, 94% of all students taking the FCAT Writing test at Gotha Middle
Annual Objective:        School will score at Level 3.5 or above.

2007-08                  Enter progress made at mid-year of 2007-08 here.
Mid-Year
Progress:

2007-08                  Enter baseline data from 2007-08 here when it is available.
Results:

2008-09                  Enter baseline data from 2007-08 for the writing statement here.
Needs Statement:

2008-09                  Enter the annual objective for 2008-09 here.
Annual Objective:

2008-09                  Enter progress made at mid-year of 2008-09 here.
Mid-Year
Progress:

2008-09                  Enter baseline data from 2008-09 here when it is available.
Results:

2009-10                  Enter baseline data from 2008-09 for the writing statement here.
Needs Statement:




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2009-10               Enter the annual objective for 2009-10 here.
Annual Objective:

2009-10               Enter progress made at mid-year of 2009-10 here.
Mid-Year
Progress:

2009-10               Enter baseline data from 2009-10 here when it is available.
Results:

2010-11               Enter baseline data from 2009-10 for the writing statement here.
Needs Statement:

2010-11               Enter the annual objective for 2010-11 here.
Annual Objective:

2010-11               Enter progress made at mid-year of 2010-11 here.
Mid-Year
Progress:

2010-11               Enter baseline data from 2010-11 here when it is available.
Results:


Do rules, regulations, policies, or laws at the state or district level
prevent the school from accomplishing this plan?                             Yes:        No:   X

If so, is a request for waiver needed?                                       Yes:        No:
Appendix F contains the form and procedures for requesting a waiver.




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Gotha Middle School
School Improvement Plan
Year: 2007-08
                                                   Writing
                                           Action Plan for 2007-08

                                                                                                       Status




                                                                                                         In Progress
                                                                                           Completed


                                                                                                                       Planned
                                                         Funding         Position of
Activities (INCLUDE END DATE)
                                                         Source          Responsibility


1. Identify students by standardized tests,              School Budget   Guidance                                      X
grades, and other pertinent factors for the                              Counselors,
purpose of placement. (August 31, 2007)                                  Teachers

2. Provide training in use of “Write for the Future” School              CRT, Language                                 X
rubric for all teachers. (October 1, 2007)           Budget,             Arts Teachers
                                                     School
                                                     Improvement
                                                     Funds

3. Increase the number of Hispanic, African-             School Budget   Administration,                               X
American and students from a low socio-economic                          Guidance
background in advanced classes. (May 25, 2008)                           Counselors

4. Provide school-wide prompts quarterly. (May 25,       School Budget   CRT, RRT,                                     X
2008)                                                                    Language Arts
                                                                         Teachers
5. Require students to engage in meaningful writing      School Budget   Administration,                               X
activities in all content areas. (May 25, 2008)                          Classroom
                                                                         Teachers

6. Provide ongoing training workshops for all            School          Administration,                               X
teachers to continue to implement best practices         Budget,         CRT, RRT,
to support writing curriculum and instruction. (May      School          Reading
25, 2008)                                                Improvement     Leadership Team
                                                         Funds

7. Students will be encouraged to improve their          Community       Administration,                               X
keyboarding skills through the use of online             Resources       Parents
programs such as www.nimblefingers.com or other
available programs. A direct link to this online
program will be established on the Gotha website.
(May 25, 2008)

Funding Source: Designate where funds will come from, if applicable, such as School Improvement
Funds, School Budget, Title I funds, or a grant.




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Gotha Middle School
School Improvement Plan
Year: 2007-08
                                               SCIENCE OBJECTIVE
District Mission: To lead our students to success with the support and involvement of families and the
community.

                                                  Baseline Expectations
                                                  (Percent of Students)

If a school has exceeded the baseline expectations, the improvement target in following years will be an improvement of 3
percentage points per year. After a school reaches 90 percent on any of these performance targets, the target in future years will
be to maintain performance.

Science                  Elementary: 42
Performance:             Middle Schools: 42
                         High Schools: 42

Narrative to Describe Major Steps to Meet Baseline Expectations in Science Within Four Years:
We will continue to use best practices, staff development and hands-on experiences to increase the
students’ knowledge of inquiry based learning. We have purchased new science instructional materials
and additional lab materials to assist teachers with science instruction.

Four-Year                By July 2011, 58% of all students taking the FCAT Science test at Gotha Middle
Objective:               School will score at Level 3 or above.
2007-08                  In June 2007, 48% of students at Gotha Middle School scored at Level 3 or above on
Needs Statement:         FCAT Science.

2007-08                  By July 2008, 51% of all students taking the FCAT Science test at Gotha Middle
Annual Objective:        School will score at Level 3 or above.

2007-08                  Enter progress made at mid-year of 2007-08 here.
Mid-Year
Progress:

2007-08                  Enter baseline data from 2007-08 here when it is available.
Results:

2008-09                  Enter baseline data from 2007-08 for the science statement here.
Needs Statement:

2008-09                  Enter the annual objective for 2008-09 here.
Annual Objective:

2008-09                  Enter progress made at mid-year of 2008-09 here.
Mid-Year
Progress:

2008-09                  Enter baseline data from 2008-09 here when it is available.
Results:

2009-10                  Enter baseline data from 2008-09 for the science statement here.
Needs Statement:



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2009-10               Enter the annual objective for 2009-10 here.
Annual Objective:

2009-10               Enter progress made at mid-year of 2009-10 here.
Mid-Year
Progress:

2009-10               Enter baseline data from 2009-10 here when it is available.
Results:

2010-11               Enter baseline data from 2009-10 for the science statement here.
Needs Statement:

2010-11               Enter the annual objective for 2010-11 here.
Annual Objective:

2010-11               Enter progress made at mid-year of 2010-11 here.
Mid-Year
Progress:

2010-11               Enter baseline data from 2010-11 here when it is available.
Results:


Do rules, regulations, policies, or laws at the state or district level
prevent the school from accomplishing this plan?                             Yes:        No:   X

If so, is a request for waiver needed?                                       Yes:        No:
Appendix F contains the form and procedures for requesting a waiver.




OCPS Page 15            School Improvement Plan
Gotha Middle School
School Improvement Plan
Year: 2007-08
                                                    Science
                                            Action Plan for 2007-08

                                                                                                          Status




                                                                                                            In Progress
                                                                                              Completed


                                                                                                                          Planned
                                                          Funding         Position of
Activities (INCLUDE END DATE)
                                                          Source          Responsibility


1. Identify rising 8th grade students by                  School Budget   Guidance                                        X
standardized tests, grades, and/or other pertinent                        Counselors
factors for the purpose of placement. (August 31,
2007)

2. Provide each grade level with FCAT practice            School          Science Dept.                                   X
resources, FCAT SCAT, and other publications in           Budget,         Chair, CRT,
an effort to increase student exposure to the             School          Administration
critical/analytical thinking required by the              Improvement
Sunshine State Standards benchmarks.                      Funds
(December 15, 2007)

3. Increase the number of Hispanic, African-              School Budget   Administration,                                 X
American and students from a low socio-economic                           Guidance
background in advanced classes. (May 25, 2008)                            Counselors

4. Develop and administer grade level specific nine       School          Science Teachers,                               X
week assessments and final exams for science.             Budget,         CRT,
(May 25, 2008)                                            School          Administration
                                                          Improvement
                                                          Funds

5. Use Edu-soft data to analyze student                   School          Department                                      X
achievement and drive instruction. (May 25, 2008)         Budget,         Chairs, CRT,
                                                          School          Classroom
                                                          Improvement     Teachers
                                                          Funds,
6. Provide ongoing training and workshops for             School          CRT, Science                                    X
science teachers to implement best practices that         Budget,         Dept. Chair,
support hands-on, inquiry instruction utilizing           School          Administration
higher order thinking. (May 25, 2008)                     Improvement
                                                          Funds
7. Provide the technology, tools, software and            School          CRT, Science                                    X
ongoing training for science teachers to improve          Budget,         Dept. Chair,
the integration of technology in science                  School          Administration
instruction. (May 25, 2008)                               Improvement
                                                          Funds




OCPS Page 16           School Improvement Plan
                                                                                                  Status




                                                                                                    In Progress
                                                                                      Completed


                                                                                                                  Planned
                                                     Funding        Position of
Activities (INCLUDE END DATE)
                                                     Source         Responsibility


8. Continue Partnership with YMCA Before and/or After School        YMCA Coor.,                                   X
School Program to support activities which encourage Budget,        Administration,
science. (May 25, 2008)                               YMCA Grant    CRT
                                                      Money,
                                                      School
                                                      Improvement
                                                      Funds

Funding Source: Designate where funds will come from, if applicable, such as School Improvement
Funds, School Budget, Title I funds, or a grant.




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Gotha Middle School
School Improvement Plan
Year: 2007-08
                                       SUPPORTING CONDITION
District Mission: To lead our students to success with the support and involvement of families and the
community.

Supporting                        Policies and practices that promote student success in school.
Condition               :
2007-08               In June 2007, the SAFE and/or Developmental Assets program had increased their
Needs Statement:      membership by an additional 23% of the student body.

2007-08               By July 2008, the SAFE and/or Developmental Assets program will have expanded
Annual Objective:     to include a minimum of an additional 5% of the student body.
2007-08               Enter progress made at mid-year of 2007-08 here.
Mid-Year
Progress:

2007-08               Enter data from 2007-08 here when it is available.
Results:


Do rules, regulations, policies, or laws at the state or district level
prevent the school from accomplishing this plan?                               Yes:                No:   X

If so, is a request for waiver needed?                                         Yes:                No:
Appendix F contains the form and procedures for requesting a waiver.




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Gotha Middle School
School Improvement Plan
Year: 2007-08
                                                Supporting Condition
                                               Action Plan for 2007-08

                                                                                                              Status




                                                                                                                In Progress
                                                                                                  Completed


                                                                                                                              Planned
                                                             Funding         Position of
Activities (INCLUDE END DATE)
                                                             Source          Responsibility


1. Provide bully prevention program to all students.         School          Guidance                                         X
(September 29, 2007)                                         Budget,         Counselors, SAFE
                                                             School          Coordinator
                                                             Improvement
                                                             Funds

2. Maintain teacher/parent committee to assist with          School          Administration,                                  X
student recognitions throughout the year.                    Budget,         PTSA
(September 29, 2007)                                         School
                                                             Improvement
                                                             Funds

3. Include the 40 Developmental Assets and                   School          Teachers,                                        X
Character Education in the classroom curriculum.             Budget,         Administration
(May 25, 2008)                                               School
                                                             Improvement
                                                             Funds

4. Maintain a multicultural committee to continue            School          Multicultural                                    X
programs and activities (May 25, 2008)                       Budget,         Program
                                                             School          Coordinator,
                                                             Improvement     Teachers,
                                                             Funds           Administration

5. Provide prevention activities (i.e. ATOD, Red             School Budget   Administration,                                  X
Ribbon Week, mentoring, leadership building                                  Guidance, SAFE,
opportunities, support groups, life skills, character                        Physical Education
education) for students at school. (May 25, 2008)                            Teachers

6. Promote positive actions of students through              School          Teachers,                                        X
positive referrals and student recognition. (May 25,         Budget,         Administration,
2008)                                                        School          Parent Committee
                                                             Improvement
                                                             Funds

7. Utilize ropes course as a tool for team building         School           SAFE                                             X
activities and for behavior modification for small group    Budget           Coordinator,
intervention. (May 25, 2008)                                                 Administration,
                                                                             Trained staff
                                                                             members




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                                                                                                          Status




                                                                                                            In Progress
                                                                                              Completed


                                                                                                                          Planned
                                                         Funding         Position of
Activities (INCLUDE END DATE)
                                                         Source          Responsibility


8. Provide training opportunities for additional         School          SAFE Coordinator,                                X
teachers and staff for the ropes course. (May 25,        Budget,         Teacher Trainers
2008)                                                    School
                                                         Improvement
                                                         Funds

9. Provide opportunities for students, faculty and       School Budget   Physical Education                               X
staff to learn and practice good nutrition and                           Teachers,
exercise. (May 25, 2008)                                                 Webmaster, HST

10. Ensure continued availability of the school          Community       Principal                                        X
nurse. (May 25, 2008)                                    Resources,
                                                         School
                                                         Improvement
                                                         Funds

11. Provide parents with up-to-date                      School          Administration,                                  X
communication (ie. Gotha Gram, syllabi,                  Budget          Webmaster,
newsletters, Gotha Growl, Connect-Ed,                                    Technology,
webpage). (May 25, 2008)                                                 Classroom
                                                                         Teachers

12. Provide parent information nights that coincide      School Budget   Administration,                                  X
with FCAT, Reading Literacy, SAFE, Orientation and                       Team Leaders,
TEAM nights. (May 25, 2008)                                              RRT, SAFE
                                                                         Coordinator

13. Provide opportunities through quarterly exams to     School Budget   Administration,                                  X
simulate standardized testing environment. (May 25,                      Teachers, CRT,
2008)                                                                    RRT, API

14. Research and acquire presentation equipment          School          Administration,                                  X
and technology for student achievement. (May 25,         Budget,         Technology
2008)                                                    School          Coordinator
                                                         Improvement
                                                         Funds

15. Provide training opportunities for teachers in the   School          Administration,                                  X
use of presentation technology. (May 25, 2008)           Budget,         Technology
                                                         School          Coordinator
                                                         Improvement
                                                         Funds

16. Implement career course using technology to          School          Administration,                                  X
extend learning beyond the classroom. (May 25,           Budget,         Teachers,
2008)                                                    School          Technology
                                                         Improvement     Coordinator
                                                         Funds




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                                                                                                 Status




                                                                                                   In Progress
                                                                                     Completed


                                                                                                                 Planned
                                                     Funding       Position of
Activities (INCLUDE END DATE)
                                                     Source        Responsibility


17. Develop and implement an incentive program for   School        Administration,                               X
teachers (best practices, attendance, positive       Budget,       Teachers
people, etc.).                                       School
                                                     Improvement
                                                     Funds

Funding Source: Designate where funds will come from, if applicable, such as School Improvement
Funds, School Budget, Title I funds, or a grant.




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                           School Improvement Plan Checklist
                                                2007-08

               School Name:        Gotha Middle School
                                     TASK DESCRIPTION                                                  
1.    Develop a collective vision.                                                                     
2.    Conduct a needs assessment.                                                                      
3.    Check here that the 2006-07 school improvement plan was monitored by the SAC.                    
4.    Complete the SAC Roster and Summary Report using the district template.                          
5.    Address State Goals and Priorities in the development of the plan.                               
6.    Use the needs assessment results to address budget, training, instructional materials,           
      technology, staffing, student support services, specific school safety, discipline strategies,
      student health and fitness, including physical fitness, parental information on student
      health/fitness, and indoor environmental air quality.
7.    Use the SAC’s assistance to prepare next year’s budget so that it effectively supports the       
      school improvement plan.
8.    Use needs assessment results to select four-year objectives including required objectives.       
9.    Develop annual objectives for each four-year objective. Obtain approval for each annual          
      objective from your area superintendent.
10.   Complete the four-year objective and annual objective using the district template.               
11.   Develop action plans that include activities, applicable funding sources, and responsible        
      persons.
12.   Complete the action plans using the template.                                                    
13.   Address staff development activities in the action plans.                                        
14.   Send a draft copy of the action plans to your area superintendent.                               
15.   Make plan available for community review.                                                        
16.   Submit draft of four-year objectives, annual objectives, and action plans to your area           
      superintendent for final approval.
17.   Print a final copy of the plan and affix this checklist along with all necessary signatures of   
      principal and school advisory council chairperson(s). Submit a clear hard copy of the plan
      and signed checklist to your area superintendent.




Principal’s Signature                                                          Date


SAC Chairperson’s Signature                                                    Date


SAC Co-Chairperson’s Signature                                                 Date


Area Superintendent’s Signature                                                Date

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