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 South Toe Elementary School


Continuous Improvement Plan

               2008-2009




        South Toe Elementary Continuous
               Improvement Goals
                  Aligned with the
   Yancey County Schools Improvement Goals
                        And
N.C. State Board of Ed. Future-Ready Students for
              the 21st Century Goals
                        And
           AdvancED School Standards
                South Toe Elementary School
               School Improvement Committee
                         2008-2009


Chairpersons:
Brenda Phetteplace      Media Coordinator
Sharon Geouge           Third Grade teacher
Wanda Hensley           Kindergarten teacher

Committee members:
Doris Deyton            Principal
Judy Riddle             Secretary
Kim Cripps              Classroom assistant
Margo Atuk              First Grade teacher
Barbara Ramsey          Classroom assistant
Penni Robinson          Second Grade teacher
Sabra Pritchard         Classroom assistant
Lisa Fox                Classroom assistant
April McKinney          Fourth Grade teacher
Lila Hughes             Fifth Grade teacher
Judi Cole               Exceptional Children teacher
Suzette Hilliard        Computer assistant
Shirleen Berry          EC assistant/bus driver
Belinda Burleson        School Counselor
Yvonne Hardin           School Nurse
Lynne Metcalf           Title I Tutor
Teresa Allen            Custodian
Ruth Laws               Cafeteria manager
Tina Haney              Cafeteria assistant/bus driver
Susan Hoilman           Bus Driver/Parent
Darryl Huskins          Physical Education teacher
Marcia Huskins          Arts teacher
Elizabeth Boulter       Music teacher
Sharryl Hagerman        Academically /Intellectually Gifted teacher
Chris Sutherland        Speech instructor
Lori McCourry           ESL teacher
Sarah Delcourt          ESL Counselor
Michelle McNeill        Parent
Jenni Jones             Parent




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                        I.    Vision

            Working Together For a Better World

A. Beliefs
We at South Toe Elementary School believe that it is vitally
important to ensure that each child:

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




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                        South Toe School Goals

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

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

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

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

School Goal 3.2: To encourage Healthy Students in Safe, Orderly, and
Caring Schools.

School Goal 4.1: To improve student, parent, and community involvement
especially in transition programsK-5.

School Goal 5.1: Coordinate and integrate alternative funding to better
address student achievement needs with use of 21st century technology and
learning tools.




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II. PROFILE

    A. Student Achievement Outcome Data

                      Analysis of Writing Results
           2001-     2002-    2003-    2004-      2005-     2006-      2007-
           2002      2003     2004     2005       2006      2007       2008
# Tested    23        26       29       23         24        21         22
 Scores
   IV        2        2          2        0        4         4           9
   III       10       7         11       15        12        12         13
    II       8        14        15        6        8         5           0
     I       3        2          2        2        0         0           0

% III or    52%      35%       45%      65%       67%       76%        100%
higher

                    Conclusion of Writing Test Results
     Our fourth grade students are tested on narrative writing each spring.
     The pilot for the writing test was 2002-03, which shows a dip in
      performance for our students.
     Scores have continually increased topping off with 100% for 2007-08


     Outcome Data: Performance Composite Math & Reading
Performance 2002-       2003-        2004-       2005-     2006-       2007-
Composite      2003     2004         2005        2006      2007        2008
Reading        83.3     88.5         89.6        92.2      87.9        *N/A
Math           88.5     94.3         94.8        71.9      80.3        **74.1
*There are no reading scores at this time for 2007-2008
**Two Extend 2 math testing scores are missing from this percentage.

           Conclusions from Performance Composite Data
   Scores for 2006-07 decreased in reading (-4.3) from 2005-06 scores
   2006-07 reading scores were 2.4 higher than state average
   Math dropped drastically in 2005-06 (-22.9%) with new math standards and
    new math testing
   2006-07 math scores increased 8 points
   2006-07 math scores were 13.9 higher than state average
   Math decreased (-6.2) in 2007-08


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                          Outcome Data: End-of-Grade Tests

                                     Reading Grades 3-5
       2001-         2002-       2003-         2004-   2005-       2006-       2007-
        2002         2003         2004          2005   2006         2007       2008
  rd
3      84.0%        86.2%         84%         88.5%     80%         80%        *N/A
  th
4      69.6%        72.4%        93.1%        81.8%    >95%        86.4%       *N/A
5th    >95%           95%        87.9%        96.6%   >95%         >95%        *N/A
     *No test results for reading at this time.

                                    Math Grades 3-5
        2001-     2002-      2003-       2004-       2005-       2006-       2007-
        2002      2003        2004        2005        2006        2007        2008
3rd    92.0%     93.1%        92%        92.3%        80%        65.0%        73.7
4th     >95%     79.3%       100%        100%        87.5%       90.9%        72.7
5th     >95%       95%       90.9%       93.1%        45%        83.3%       **76.2
      **Two Extend 2 math testing scores are missing from this percentage.

      Conclusion from School Level 3-5 EOG Reading & Math Scores
          Grade 3 shows a slight drop in reading in 05-06 and 06-07 years (-8.5)
           with the highest % not getting higher than 88.5% in the last 5 years. No
           test results for reading at this time for 07-08. Math scores have increased
           (+8.7) for 07-08.
          Grade 4 shows a decline in growth for reading dropping in 06-07 (-9.4). No
           test results for reading at this time for 07-08. Math scores showed a
           decrease (-18.2) for 07-08, but looking at the same group of students they
           made a gain of (+7.7) from 3rd to 4th grade.
          Grade 5 shows a stable score in reading with a better than 95% thru 06-
           07. No test results for reading at this time for 07-08. Math scores had a
           drastic drop in 05-06 (-48.1) Teacher left in the middle of the year, and
           math standards and new math test was implemented. But the 06-07 year
           saw a considerable gain (+38.3) with 07-08 dipping (-7.2).


      Conclusion of End of 3-5 Grades Goal Summaries in Reading and Math
            Reading results not available at this time.
            In math the third grade is below the state in goals 2 & 3.
            The fourth grade is below the state in goal 3.
            The fifth grade was above the state mean percentage in all math goals
             with the lowest mean percentage being in Goal 4 (Understand and use
             graphs and data analysis).


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Outcome Data from NC School Report Card: 3, 4, and 5 Grades
EOG Subgroups % at level 3 or 4 in READING 2007-08
Student    All    Male Female          White    E.D    N.E.D.   S.W.D.
 Group
  Our
 State
     *E.D. = Economically Disadvantaged Students
     *N.E.D. = Not Economically Disadvantaged Students
     *S.W.D. = Students with Disabilities
     Data not available at this time from NC School Report Card.

               Conclusion of Subgroups in Reading
                     Data is not available at this time.




Outcome Data from NC School Report Card: 3, 4, and 5 Grades
     EOG Subgroups % at level 3 or 4 in MATH 2007-08
Student All     Male Female          White    E.D    N.E.D.       S.W.D.
 Group
  Our
 State
     *E.D. = Economically Disadvantaged Students
     *N.E.D. = Not Economically Disadvantaged Students
     *S.W.D. = Students with Disabilities
     Data not available at this time from NC School Report Card

              Conclusion from Subgroups in MATH
                     Data is not available at this time.




     Outcome for Fifth Grade Science Assessment 2007-08
                       Data is not available at this time.




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    Conclusion of Idea Language Proficiency Annual Testing
Our school has one ESL student who scored Advance in all areas except reading
where he scored Novice High on the 2007 IPT test.


                 Conclusion of Report Card Analysis
             of Third, Fourth, and Fifth At-Risk Students
Twenty-six percent of third grade students did not pass Math EOG, but the report
card analysis shows that eighty percent of those students made a passing grade
for the end of year classroom average. There was no reading pre-test in third
grade and we do not have EOG reading scores at this time.

Twenty-seven percent of the fourth grade students made a one or two on the
fourth grade Math EOG but the report card analysis shows sixty-seven percent of
those students made a passing grade for the end of year average classroom
average. We do not have EOG reading scores at this time.

Twenty-four percent of the fifth grade students did not pass math EOG but the
report card analysis shows that they all made passing grades for the end of year
classroom average. We do not have EOG reading scores at this time.




                       Summer School Program
Two students who did not make third grade gateway in math participated in the
summer tutor program. One of the students re-took the Math EOG test at the
end of summer school and passed. Ten of the thirteen registered kindergarten
students attended the Kindergarten Academy--five of those had no preschool
experience and seven were from low economic families. The teacher noted that
the students participating in the summer program made a smoother transition
into school in the fall.


                         Promotion Percentage
100% of our students were promoted to the next grade.




                  Discipline Data Analysis 2007-08
Office discipline referrals were 61 in 2004-05 and 18 in 2007-08 which shows a
drop of 43 discipline referrals since Positive Behavior Support was implemented.
Bus referrals increased in 2007-08 due to a change in bus personnel. The next




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highest percentage of referrals was from the classroom. Disrespect accounted for
the largest number of problem behaviors.
B. Instructional & Organizational Effectiveness Data
Instructional Effectiveness:

Our teachers are teaching with a close adherence to the standard course of study
and are keeping parents well-informed concerning student progress.

Our staff has used countywide grade level meetings for the past three years to
align and map out the science, math and writing curriculum. This year the
teacher grade level meetings are being used to examine the new North Carolina
Math Standard Course of Study.

Our school has a science room equipped with science supplies. A visiting science
professor from Appalachian State University volunteers weekly. Each class uses a
countywide planned unit notebook. Grants have provided a green house and
garden for all students. Our last grant obtained was for an outdoor classroom.

Analyzing schedules, we conclude that we need additional assistants and tutors.
Because of low student enrollment, we lost half of a state teaching position. Thus,
we are paying that half state teaching position with Title I funds. We are using the
remaining Title I funds for a tutor. We need to continue to work on finding
uninterrupted teaching time and an hour of planning time daily for each teacher.

South Toe Elementary has been a School of Excellence for three of the last five
years and has been a School of Distinction for all other years since ABCs
designations began. During the 2007-2008 school years we made AYP and High
ABC growth. We use the following methods of assessment to determine if needs
have been met:
        K-2 North Carolina Literacy Assessments
        K-2 North Carolina Math Assessments
        E Assessments
        Electronic DIBELS
        Language Program Assessments—2nd and Exceptional Children’s
          Program
        Star Reading Assessment
        Star Math Assessments
        Accelerated Reader
        Accelerated Math
        EOG test scores in Reading and Math
        Idea Language Proficiency Annual Testing
        Local Writing Assessment
        Individual Student Program reports
        Individual Student grades
        Classroom assessments
        Individual Student Portfolios with work samples



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            NC Mathematics Observation Profiles for grades 3-5
            Positive Behavior Support data surveys and spreadsheets
            Teacher observations
            Student/Teacher conferences
            Study Island math, reading, and science with Bench Marks in math and
             reading


Process Data:


                             Conclusion of Pacing
Analysis of pacing guides indicates a close adherence of our teachers to the
North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Most teachers use guides provided by
NCDPI or resource guides provided by companies such as the textbooks
companies. Our county is using grade level meetings to develop county-wide
pacing guides for language arts, math, writing & science.


                  Conclusion of Teacher Parent Contacts
Our school makes frequent contact with parents through notes sent home
concerning progress reports and class activities. Parents are frequently
contacted when students are having difficulty in academics, discipline, or socially.
Following is a list of other means of contact:
   E-mail
   Open-house
   Muffins for Moms
   Donuts for Dads
   Student, Parent and Teacher Contracts
   Parent/teacher conferences formal and informal
   Information folders for parents
   Alert Now automated telephone system
   School signage located on main highway
   Principal monthly letter home
   Quarterly school newsletter
   Progress reports weekly/biweekly




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                       Conclusion of Schedules Data
Analyzing the schedules of each staff member and considering comments from
the staff, we conclude that we need more help through additional assistants and
tutors. We need to continue to work on finding uninterrupted teaching time. We
will continue to find ways to increase the quality and quantity of classroom
learning time. We are continuing to work on finding one-hour planning time daily
for each teacher.



        Conclusion of Survey of Teachers Perceived Needs
                 For Professional Development
All teachers were surveyed to determine professional development needs. The
top needs listed were in the following areas:
1. Critical thinking/questioning
2. Writing across the curriculum
3. Inquiry based learning in science
4. Parental involvement and communication techniques
5. Meeting special/exceptional children’s needs/diversifying instruction
(See chart under Component D for list of Staff Development Plans and Sessions
Attended.)



     Analysis of Transition of Pre-Kindergarten Experiences
        Kindergarten            2004-     2005-     2006-     2007-     2008-
                                2005      2006      2007      2008      2009
 Pre-kindergarten experiences    48%       27%       25%       50%       62%
     No pre-kindergarten         52%       73%       75%       50%       38%
        experiences



Data collected in a kindergarten registration survey at South Toe Elementary
showed that in our present kindergarten classroom, 62% of the students had pre-
kindergarten experiences. With 38% of our kindergarten students not receiving
pre-kindergarten experiences, the achievement gap for those students has
already begun. A survey conducted with parents of pre-k students in the spring
of 2005 in Yancey County showed parents were apprehensive about their child
entering school, and they desired to have more opportunities to visit the school
and talk with the teacher. Thus, we began the Summer Kindergarten Academy.
The 2008-09 survey of kindergarten parents showed that 10 out of 13 students
attended the Kindergarten Academy and all 10 agreed that the Kindergarten
Academy was a wonderful way to help children with transition.


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


Demographic Data:
         After School Attendance Data
         Attendance Reports 2007-2008
         At-Risk Students Ethnicity, Gender, Placement in Support
          Programs
         Free-Reduced Lunch Data
         Governor’s Teacher Working Conditions Initiative
         Parent Education Levels
         Survey of teachers’ perceived needs for professional development
         AdvancEd Survey of parents, students and staff
         Survey of students to determine prior schooling and residency


Process Data:
         Highly Qualified Teacher Data
         Pacing Guides
         Parent Contacts
         Schedules-Staff and Master Schedule, Classroom, & Remediation
          AIG/Tutoring
         Staff Development Plans, Opportunities and Sessions Attended
         Transition info for Pre-Kindergarten and Middle School
         Volunteer Data

Outcome Data:
           Classroom Assessments Used by Teachers
           At-Risk Student List
           Discipline Summaries
           Idea Language Proficiency Annual Testing
           N.C. Writing Tests
           N.C. End of Grade tests for 3,4, & 5 Performance Composite
           N.C. End of Grade tests for 3, 4, 5, in Reading & Math for last
            several years
           N.C. End of Grade Goal Summary Reports
           N.C. End of Grade disaggregated test scores in reading and math
            by grade level
           N.C. End of Grade subgroup test scores in reading and math
           N.C. Fifth Grade Science Assessment


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      Promotion percentage
      Report Card Analysis
      Summer Program Summation
      Star Reading Assessments-1-5—baseline first two weeks of
       School, end of third nine weeks thereafter
      Star Math Assessment-1-5—baseline first two weeks of School,
       end of third nine weeks thereafter
      Study Island Assessment Math, Reading, & Science with Bench
       Marks
      K-2 North Carolina Literacy Assessments
      K-2 North Carolina Math Assessments
      E Assessment
      Electronic DIBELS


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




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Highly qualified teachers
                Classroom---------------------------------6
                Exceptional Children-------------------.5

                                          Total 6.5
          Itinerants
                Academically Intellectually Gifted--.2
                Art-------------------------------------------.1
                Counselor-------------------------------- .5
                Librarian---------------------------------- .4
                Music-------------------------------------- .1
                Nurse--------------------------------------.4
                Physical Education --------------------.2
                Speech----------------------------------- .2
                Occupational Therapy
                Physical Therapy
                ESL/ ESL Counselor------as needed



                                          Total 2.1


Staff with advanced degrees
              Administrator -----------------1
              Classroom---------------------1
              Exceptional Children--------1
              Itinerants-----------------------3
           (Media, Counselor & Speech)
National Board
              Exceptional Children--------1

Highly qualified assistants ------------------6

Cafeteria staff-----------------------------------2

Custodian----------------------------------------1

Bus Drivers--------------------------------------3

Years of experience for our staff range from four to thirty-three years. Teacher
turnover is extremely low.




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C. Stakeholders’ Perceptions Data
 Conclusion of AdvancED On-Line Survey of Parents, Students,
                  Support Staff and Teachers 2007-08
There was one area in which three (teachers, students & support) of the four
groups had negative concerns:
    Bullies averaged a 3 (neutral) --“There are no problems with bullies at our
     school”).

There was one area that two (teachers & parents) of the four had the same
negative concerns:

    Foreign language averaged a 2 (disagree) -- “Our school is doing a good
     job teaching foreign language.” *OUR SYSTEM DOES NOT TEACH ANY
     FOREIGN LANGUAGE IN ELEMENTARY.

The top positive responses:
Students=”My teacher wants students to learn.”
Parents= “Students have access to variety of resources.
          “Our school provides sufficient opportunities for parent involvement.”
Support=”Cheating is strongly discouraged.”
         “Education offered at our school is of high quality.”
         “Teachers hold high expectations for learning.”
        “Our school is doing a good job for teaching students.”
Teachers=”School provides a safe and orderly environment for learning.”
           “Struggling students receive additional support.”
           “Cheating is strongly discouraged.”




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     Governor’s Teacher Working Condition Initiative Survey
This survey looks at five domain areas-time, facilities and resources,
empowerment, leadership, and professional development.
Teacher empowerment and school leadership were positive across the board.
The staff also agreed concerning facilities and resources that there was
sufficient access to appropriate instructional materials and resources
including technology. Everyone agreed that they teach in a safe school
environment.
Our staff strongly felt that there was not enough time available to plan and
collaborate with colleagues. All of the teachers state that they have less than
3 hours for individual planning and less than 3 hours for collaborative
planning. Thirty-eight percent of the teachers say that on an average week of
teaching more than 3 hours, but less than 5, is spent on school related
activities outside the regular school day.
Fifty percent of the staff agreed that sufficient funds and resources were not
available to allow teacher to take advantage of professional development
activities. The majority of the staff agrees that there is enough adequate
time provided for professional development. Fifty-three percent agreed that
there was sufficient training to fully utilize instructional technology.




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D. Student, School, & Community Demographic
Data
                    School Profile and General Description
South Toe Elementary School is a small, rural K-5 school located in the
mountains of Western North Carolina. Our school population is currently 99
students with six classroom teachers. The school’s enrollment has declined over
the last five years. Our Hispanic population has dropped from 6% of our student
body to less than 1%. We have 70.7% of our students eating free and reduced
lunch. Our school is one of six elementary schools in our LEA.

                              Student Enrollment
  2001-    2002-     2003-     2004-      2005-       2006-    2007-     2008-
  2002     2003      2004      2005       2006        2007     2008      2009
   166      148       158       142        126         120      118       99



                Student Enrollment by Percent Ethnicity
                   2003-      2004-       2005-       2006-     2007-    2008-
                   2004        2005        2006         07         08      09
 Caucasian         94.3%      95.8%       91.5%       94.2%     95.4%     96%
  Hispanic         4.4%        2.8%         6%          5%       3.7%    01.0%
 Multi-Racial       .06%        .07%        1%          .8%       .9%    03.0%
   African-                                            0%                 0%
                    .06%           .07%       .07%               0%
  American


          Analysis of 46 At-Risk Students, Ethnicity, Gender,
             Placement, Prior Schooling and Residency
Kindergarten         First           Second           Third         Fourth            Fifth
    42%              58%              44%             52%            32%              33%

Female      Male     Economically         EC         504    Pre-    Diff.        Does not
                    Disadvantaged                          school schools        live with
                                                                                    both
                                                                                  parents
 52%        48%              74%          46%        2%       33%       28%         41%




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                Conclusion of List of At-Risk Students
    Analysis shows that the first and third grade has a higher percentage of at
     risk students.
    46% of the at-risk students have IEP plans and 2% have 504 plans. The
     staff and Title I teacher must make sure the other 52% of at-risk students
     have intensive assistance through effective, timely additional assistance
     and extended learning opportunities. Majority of at-risk students are
     Economically Disadvantaged (74%).



Based on the 2000 U.S. Census Bureau data found online at
http://www.census.gov, the population of Yancey County is approximately
17,774. A three-member Board of Commissioners provides county government.
The county property tax rate is $.50 per $100.00 of assessed valuation.

Employment in our small community is mainly textile/manufacturing, agriculture,
and crafts/artisans. The current average unemployment rate for Yancey County
is 17.1%, which includes two recent industrial plant closings. The 2000 U.S.
Census for Yancey County estimated that 17.7% of the people fewer than 18
years of age are living in poverty. The median household income in 1999 was
$29,674. Family households in Yancey County with children under eighteen
number 2,226. Of these family units, 373 are single-parent homes.



                    Free and Reduced Lunch Data
              2002-     2003-      2004-     2005-     2006-     2007-    2008-
               2003     2004        2005      2006      2007      2008     2009
   Free and   47.9%      52%       50.7%     63.4%     55.8%     66.1%    70.7%
   reduced
     lunch
   Non-free   52.1%      48%       49.3%     36.6%     44.2%      41%     29.3%
      and
   reduced
     lunch




                  Conclusion of Free-Reduced Lunch Data
      In analysis of school free and reduced lunch data, we determined that
      70.7% of our students are living in economically disadvantaged
      households. We see that it has increased from 2007-08 to 2008-09 by
      +4.6 %.




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                Analysis of Parent Education Levels
                  Education                               % Of Parents
           College degree or above                           26%
             Some post-secondary                              8%
             High School Graduate                            46%
           Did not finish high school                        20%




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




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

YCS Goal 1.1: Improve the percent proficient for “All Students, including SWD, ED, & LEP Subgroups” in Reading in
accordance with state ABCs and federal AYP goals.

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

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

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

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


                                                  Professional
                                                                                                             Persons                 Assessment
    Strategies              Timeline             Development to     Resources Required/Budgeted
                                                                                                           Responsible                Measures
                                                  Support Goal
Continue use of         2008-09            Response to             NCDPI                               -Teachers                -Principal
research based                             Instruction workshop    Susan Wilson                        -Principal               observation or
programs                                                                                               -RTI Assistant           walk-through
Fundations in K                                                                                                                 -STAR Reading
and 1, Language                                                                                                                 Assessment
in grade 2 , ESL,                                                                                                               -DIBELS
and Exceptional                                                                                                                 -E-Assessment
Children’s                                                                                                                      -Curriculum Based
Program                                                                                                                         Assessment




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                                   Professional
                                                                                          Persons            Assessment
   Strategies       Timeline      Development to       Resources Required/Budgeted
                                                                                        Responsible           Measures
                                   Support Goal
Continue 4-Block 2008-09       -Grade-level peer                                     -Teachers            -Certificate of
and other                      sharing with district                                 -Principal to        attendance
reading literacy               Elementary                                            observe              -Principal
strategies                     Curriculum                                            implementation       observation or
                               Coordinator                                                                walk-through
                                                                                                          -Grade level
                                                                                                          assessments
Use research      2008-09                              Textbooks                     -Principal           -Principal
based Houghton                                                                       -Teachers            observation or
Mifflin reading                                                                                           walk-through
program and                                                                                               -Grade level
practice books                                                                                            assessments
                                                                                                          -DIBELS
Implement          2008-09     -Grade-level peer       -AIMS materials               -Teachers            -Grade leveled
concepts in                    sharing with district   -Workshop materials           -Principal           assessment
science, social                Elementary              -Textbooks                    -Technology          -Principal
studies, writing,              Curriculum              -Internet sites   -Videos     assistant            observation
math & health                  Coordinators            -Literacy chapter books       -Media Coordinator   -Student journals
through                                                -Library resources            -Volunteers
community                                              -United Streaming
interaction,
student
collaboration and
inquiry based
methods
Use Star           2008-09     County and school       -NCDPI Assessment Tools       -County trainer      -Principal observe
Reading                        based training          -Software                     -Technology          Implementation
Assessment at                                          Title I funds for DIBELS      Assistant            -Student data
least twice                                            =$11,000                      -Teachers            collection
yearly, Electronic                                                                   -Principals
DIBELS, and/or




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                                 Professional
                                                                                    Persons            Assessment
   Strategies        Timeline   Development to   Resources Required/Budgeted
                                                                                  Responsible           Measures
                                 Support Goal
NCDPI K-2 State
Literacy
Assessment
Tool using the
Palm Pilot

Set requirement    2008-09                       Media Center and classroom    -Media Coordinator   -STAR Reading
at each grade                                    libraries                     -Teachers            Assessment
level of amount                                                                                     -DIBELS
of reading                                                                                          -Grade level
required weekly                                                                                     assessments
or during nine-                                                                                     Accelerated
week period                                                                                         Reader
Provide parents    2008-09                       Progress report forms         -Teachers            Parent
with regular                                                                   -Principal           communication log
reports of their
children’s
progress, Parent
Compacts and
Open-House
Provide summer     2008-09                       NCDPI                         -Principal           -STAR Reading
reading                                          NCLEARN                       -Teachers            assessment
strategies for                                   Public Library                                     -Grade level
students                                         Community                                          assessments
                                                                                                    -Study Island




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                                   Professional
                                                                                       Persons             Assessment
   Strategies        Timeline     Development to   Resources Required/Budgeted
                                                                                     Responsible            Measures
                                   Support Goal
Focus on early     2008-09      RTI training       NCDPI                          -Directors of        Placement of at-
intervention by                 scheduled by EC    Regional                       programs             risk students
using -RTI, EC,                 director                                          -Principal
Title I, & LEP                                                                    -Teachers
specialist                                                                        -RTI assistant
personnel
Pilot the          2008-09      RTI training       NCDPI                          -Principal           -Placement of at-
Response To                     scheduled by EC    Professional reading           -Teachers            risk students
Instruction                     director                                          -Support staff       -Documentation of
Program                                                                           -Media Coordinator   earlier intervention
                                                                                  -RTI assistant

Use research       2008-09      HART               Computers                      -Lab assistant       Assessment
based software                  Representative     Internet (Study Island, Star   -Teachers            provided by
and Internet                                       Fall, United Streaming,                             program
programs                                           Intervention Central.com, &
                                                   Free reading.net)
                                                   Software (Star Reading,
                                                   Accelerated Reading,
                                                   Knowledge Works, Corner
                                                   Stone, Big 6/Super 3)

Use monthly in     2008-09      In house Reading   NCDPI Curriculum               -Principal           Attendance Log
house meetings                  Target Committee                                  -Teachers
to evaluate K-5                                                                   -Assistants
reading progress                                                                  -Media Coordinator
and K-3 writing
progress




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                                Professional
                                                                                      Persons        Assessment
   Strategies       Timeline   Development to   Resources Required/Budgeted
                                                                                    Responsible       Measures
                                Support Goal
Continue after    2008-09                       -Student Accountability Funds   -Principal        EOG Assessment
school tutoring                                 -Study Island                   -Teachers
                                                -Orchard
                                                -Knowledge Works
                                                -Competitive Edge Test Prep.

Continue Study    2008-09                       License fees and band width     -Principal        -On screen
Island with                                                                     -Teachers         assessments
Bench Marks                                                                     -Computer Lab
                                                                                Assistant


Provide Title I   2008-09                       Title I funds                   -Principal        EOG assessment
tutoring during                                                                 -Title I tutor
school days.                                                                    -teachers




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

YCS Goal 1.2: Improve the percent proficient for “All Students, including SWD, ED, & LEP Subgroups” in Math in
accordance with state ABCs and federal AYP goals.

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

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

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

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


                                                Professional
                                                                                                           Persons                 Assessment
    Strategies            Timeline             Development to     Resources Required/Budgeted
                                                                                                         Responsible                Measures
                                                Support Goal
Implement             2008-09                                    NCDPI Math Curriculum Disk          -Principal               -Principal
NCDPI Math                                                                                           -Teachers                observation
Curriculum                                                                                                                    -Walk thru
Resources                                                                                                                     -STAR Math
provide on CD                                                                                                                 -EOG
disk. (Keeping
Skills Sharp,
Indicators K-5,
Strategies, etc.)




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                                  Professional
                                                                                     Persons         Assessment
   Strategies       Timeline     Development to   Resources Required/Budgeted
                                                                                   Responsible        Measures
                                  Support Goal
Implement Math    2008-09                         Math Text supplements         -Principal       -Principal walk thru
Text                                                                            -Teachers        -EOG
supplemental
problem solving


Continue          2008-09                         Accelerated Math Software     -Principal       --Printout
Accelerated                                                                     -Teachers        assessments
Math                                                                            -Computer Lab
                                                                                Assistant


Continue Study    2008-09                         Accountability Funds for      -Principal       -On screen
Island with                                       License fees                  -Teachers        assessments
Bench Marks                                                                     -Computer Lab
                                                                                Assistant


Examine and       2008-09      Grade level        NCDPI Standard Course of      -Teachers        EOG testing
define math                    meetings           Study                         -Principal
goals K-5                      Math Target
pacing                         Committee K-3


Use researched    2008-09      HART               Computers                     -Lab assistant   Assessment
based software                 Representative     Internet                      -Teachers        provided by
and Internet                                      Software                                       program
programs




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                                    Professional
                                                                                         Persons        Assessment
   Strategies        Timeline      Development to   Resources Required/Budgeted
                                                                                       Responsible       Measures
                                    Support Goal
Implement more     2008-09      Math Grade Level    Software Internet               -Teachers        EOG testing
measurement,                    meetings            Science/Math Kit                -Principal
time and money                  Math Target
manipulatives                   Committee


Integrate math     2008-09                          Library and classroom books     -Teachers        EOG
with literature                                                                     -Librarian
and science



Use online         2008-09      In school staff     Software                        -Teachers        EOG
programs to                     development         Internet                        -Librarian
generate graphs                                     Millie’s Math House Sammy’s
and other visual                                    Science House
projections from                                    Carnival Countdown
student projects
Use monthly in     2008-09      In house Math       NCDPI Curriculum                -Principal       Attendance Log
house meetings                  Target Committee                                    -Teachers
to evaluate K-3
math progress


Continue after     2008-09                          -Student Accountability Funds   -Principal       EOG Assessment
school tutoring                                     -Study Island                   -Teachers
                                                    -Orchard
                                                    -Knowledge Works
                                                    -Competitive Edge Test Prep.




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                                  Professional
                                                                                      Persons         Assessment
   Strategies         Timeline   Development to   Resources Required/Budgeted
                                                                                    Responsible        Measures
                                  Support Goal
Provide parent      2008-09                                                     -Principal         Progress Reports
report of child’s                                                               -Teachers
progress,
Parent
Compacts and
Open-House

Summer math         2008-09                                                     -Title I Teacher
strategies




Provide Title I     2008-09                       Title I funds                 -Principal         EOG assessment
tutoring during                                                                 -Title I tutor
school days.                                                                    -teachers




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

YCS Goal 1.3: Enhance technology integration across the curriculum.

School Goal: (supporting county’s goal – At our school technology is an integral tool used throughout the
curriculum. )

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

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

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


                                               Professional
                                                                                                          Persons               Assessment
   Strategies            Timeline             Development to     Resources Required/Budgeted
                                                                                                        Responsible              Measures
                                               Support Goal
Administer Star      2008-09            County and school       -NCDPI Assessment Tools             -County trainer         -Principal observe
Reading                                 based training          -Software                           -Technology             Implementation
Assessment,                                                                                         Assistant               -Student data
Electronic                                                                                          -Teachers               collection
DIBELS, and                                                                                         -Principals
NCDPI K-2
State Literacy
Assessment
Tool using the
Palm Pilot




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                                    Professional
                                                                                          Persons        Assessment
   Strategies        Timeline      Development to   Resources Required/Budgeted
                                                                                        Responsible       Measures
                                    Support Goal
Use research       2008-09      HART                Computers                        -Lab assistant   Assessment
based software                  Representative      Internet (Study Island, Star     -Teachers        provided by
and Internet                                        Fall, United Streaming,                           program
programs                                            Intervention Central.com, &
                                                    Free reading.net)
                                                    Software (Star Reading,
                                                    Accelerated Reading,
                                                    Knowledge Works, Corner
                                                    Stone, Big 6/ Turbo Tools with
                                                    Super 3)

Continue Study     2008-09                          License fees and band width      -Principal       -On screen
Island with                                                                          -Teachers        assessments
Bench Marks                                                                          -Computer Lab
                                                                                     Assistant


Continue           2008-09                          Accelerated Math and             -Principal       --Printout
Accelerated                                         Reading Software                 -Teachers        assessments
Math and                                                                             -Computer Lab
Reading                                                                              Assistant


Use online         2008-09      In school staff     Software                         -Teachers        EOG
programs to                     development         Internet                         -Librarian
generate graphs                                     Millie’s Math House Sammy’s
and other visual                                    Science House
projections from                                    Carnival Countdown
student projects




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                                    Professional
                                                                                         Persons           Assessment
   Strategies         Timeline     Development to   Resources Required/Budgeted
                                                                                       Responsible          Measures
                                    Support Goal
Use computer        2008-09                         -Student Accountability Funds   -Principal          EOG Assessment
software and                                        -Study Island                   -Teachers
websites in after                                   -Orchard
school tutoring                                     -Knowledge Works
                                                    -Competitive Edge Test Prep.

Implement           2008-09                         NCDPI Math Curriculum Disk      -Principal          -Principal
NCDPI Math                                                                          -Teachers           observation
Curriculum                                                                                              -Walk thru
Resources                                                                                               -STAR Math
provide on CD                                                                                           -EOG
disk. (Keeping
Skills Sharp,
Indicators K-5,
Strategies, etc.)
Use EVAAS           2008-09                         Testing director                -Testing Director   -EOG Assessment
website to
analyze testing                  Administrative
data                             Workshop


Use digital         2008                            Cameras                         Teacher             Final product
camera for                                                                          Technology
student projects                                                                    assistant




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

YCS Goal 2.1: Professional development will be aligned with district and school improvement goals to meet improvement
plans.

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

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

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

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


                                            Professional
                                                                                                       Persons               Assessment
  Strategies          Timeline             Development to     Resources Required/Budgeted
                                                                                                     Responsible              Measures
                                            Support Goal
                  2008-09            Training on YCS         -YCS Guidebook                      -LEA Professional       -Title II Annual
Review YCS                           staff development       -School                             Development             Performance
Professional                         guidelines by           Improvement plan                    Coordinator             Report
Development                          principal and staff                                         -School
Guidebook                            development                                                 Professional            -Professional
                                     chairperson                                                 Development Chair       Development
                                                                                                 -Principal              Request/Follow-up
                                                                                                 -School                 Evaluations
                                                                                                 Improvement Team




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                                  Professional
                                                                                      Persons        Assessment
  Strategies       Timeline      Development to    Resources Required/Budgeted
                                                                                    Responsible       Measures
                                  Support Goal

                                                                                                  -Professional
Attend   highly               Workshop at grade
                                                                                 -Principal       Development
qualified staff 2008-09       level/district    funding
                                                                                 -Teachers        Request/Follow-up
development                   meetings
                                                                                                  Evaluations


                                                                                                  -Professional
Attend monthly                Workshop at grade
                                                                                                  Development
grade level      2008-09      level/district    funding                          -Teachers
                                                                                                  Request/Follow-up
curriculum                    meetings
                                                                                                  Evaluations


*See page 44 – 46 for specific Professional Development Plan




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

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

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

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

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

Evidence of Need:           NSSE Survey(s)    TWC Survey     EOG/EOC/Writing/ACCESS Results   AYP Subgroups/Results   Other: At-risk student list ,
NCWISE BEHAVIOR DATA


                                               Professional
                                                                          Resources                                                Assessment
       Strategies             Timeline        Development to                                       Persons Responsible
                                                                       Required/Budgeted                                            Measures
                                               Support Goal
Continue teaching           2008-09                               Positive Behavior Support       -Director of Positive        NCWISE
expectations of social                                            funds                           Behavior Support             BEHAVIOR
and behavior skills                          Staff Retreat                                        -Principal                   DATA report
                                                                                                  -Teachers

Analyze school              2008-09                               Data from behavior referrals -Director of PBS                School Needs
discipline data quarterly                                                                      -Principal                      Assessment
to support efforts                                                                             -Teachers




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                                       Professional
                                                                 Resources                                  Assessment
       Strategies         Timeline    Development to                              Persons Responsible
                                                              Required/Budgeted                              Measures
                                       Support Goal
Attend Nonviolent        2008-09     Yearly refresher     Workshop sponsored by   -Kristin Buchanan      Certification
Crisis Intervention                  training for staff   Safe Schools            -Staff to
Training                             who have been        Coordinator             participants=Principal
                                     trained                                      E.C. teacher &
                                                                                  assistant

Enhance educator’s       2008-09     Mini workshops       In-house                -Principal             Attendance Log
awareness of behavior                with Occupational                            -Teachers
due to child                         Therapist
development issues
through workshops

Celebrate school-wide    2008-09                          PBS funds               -Principal             NCWISE
PBS awareness                                                                     -Teachers              Discipline Data
                                                                                  -Assistants



Continue parent          2008-09                          PBS funds               -Principal             NCWISE
involvement                                                                       -Teachers              Discipline Data
communication (Muffins                                                            -Assistants
for Moms/Donuts for
Dads, Open House,
PTO, etc.)
Hold Behavior Award      2008-09                          PBS funds               -Principal             NCWISE
Assemblies                                                                        -Teachers              Discipline Data
                                                                                  -Assistants




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                                      Professional
                                                            Resources                                Assessment
      Strategies         Timeline    Development to                          Persons Responsible
                                                         Required/Budgeted                            Measures
                                      Support Goal
Provide                2008-09                                               -Principal            NCWISE
Parent/Student/Teacher                                                       -Teachers             Behavior report
                                                                             -Assistants
Compacts


Attend PBS conference   Nov. 19 &   Workshops         PBS funds              -Principal            NCWISE
                        20, 2008                                             -Teachers             Behavior report
                                                                             -PBS Director




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(The following is Provided by NCDPI for schools to fill in blanks. All bold print was
provided by NCDPI)


                             School Improvement Plan for _2008 - _2009
                 (An Action Plan for Healthy Students in Safe, Orderly, and Caring Schools)

LEA: Yancey County Schools                                      School: South Toe Elementary School

Strategic Priority: School Goal 3.2: To have Healthy Students in Safe, Orderly, and Caring Schools

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




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Continued on next page….


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

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


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

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




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

                        Recess physical activity      County-wide At Risk
What other areas of     involving physical            Committee addresses
Coordinated School      exertion of at least a        needs of students with
Health Programs         moderate intensity level      emotional, psychiatric, or
are you working on      and for duration sufficient   substance abuse
implementing in         to provide significant        disorders. DARE, PBS,
your school? Please     health benefit to students.   Fire Safety and First
explain.                A school nurse four 1/2       Aide, fluoride, CPR &
                        days a week.                  Defib, 4-H, Dental
                                                      Hygiene, Diabetes
                                                      Training

Summary due dates: (Schools submit reports to the LEA. The LEA submits report to Raleigh.)
   July 15, 2004:     Summary of School Action Plans. School action plans should be available upon request.
   July 15, 2005:     Summary of School Progress Reports due in Raleigh.
      July 15, 2006:      Summary of School Progress Reports due in Raleigh.
      July 15, 2007:      Summary of Schools’ Completion of Implementation of the HSP-S-000.




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SBE Goal 4: Leadership will guide innovation in NC public schools.

YCS Goal 4.1: Reduce the dropout rate.

School Goal 4.1: Improve student, parent, and community involvement especially in transition programs k-5.

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

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

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


                                              Professional
                                                                                                         Persons                  Assessment
   Strategies           Timeline             Development to     Resources Required/Budgeted
                                                                                                       Responsible                 Measures
                                              Support Goal
Adhere to the       2008-09                                    School-wide Title I Plan            -Principal                 -Surveys
School-wide                                                                                        -Teachers                  -Logs
Title I Parent
Involvement
Plan
Distribute          2008-09                                    Transition packet                   -Director of Title I       Opinion
kindergarten/                                                                                      -Middle School             Surveys
rising sixth                                                                                       -Personnel
graders
transition
packet




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                              Professional
                                                                                 Persons            Assessment
   Strategies     Timeline   Development to   Resources Required/Budgeted
                                                                               Responsible           Measures
                              Support Goal
                2008-09                       Bus transportation            -Teachers            Log
Continue                                      Scheduled time in school      -Middle School       Schedule
transition                                    calendar                      Personnel
visitations


Continue        2008-09                       Funding from Title I (050 &   -Principal           -Grade level
Summer                                        Tutoring 069)                 -Teacher             assessments
Kindergarten                                                                -Program Directors   -Surveys
Academy




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SBE Goal 4: Leadership will guide innovation in NC public schools.

YCS Goal 4.2: Improve the graduation cohort rate.

School Goal: (See School Goal 4.1 and Strategies)

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

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

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




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

YCS Goal 5.1: Foster the capacity and culture of systemic continuous improvement and learning.

School Goal 5.1: Coordinate and integrate alternative funding to better address student achievement needs with use of
21st century technology and learning tools.

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

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

Evidence of Need:              NSSE Survey(s)      TWC Survey    EOG/EOC/Writing/ACCESS Results   AYP Subgroups/Results   Other: Highly qualified teachers
data


                                                 Professional
                                                                                                            Persons                 Assessment
       Strategies          Timeline             Development to     Resources Required/Budgeted
                                                                                                          Responsible                Measures
                                                 Support Goal
Seek alternative       2008-09                                    Grants                              -Principal               -Grant Summative
funding for                                                       Fund- raisers                       -Teachers                Report
personnel and                                                     Partnerships                                                 -Subgroup testing
materials                                                                                                                      summary
                                                                                                                               -Surveys
Read and abide         2008-09                                    Board Policy Manual                 -Principal               Sign-Off Log
by board                                                                                              -Teachers
policies                                                                                              -Classified staff




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               IV. Results:

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

                                     Professional Development Plan
Staff              Support Data     Evidence of        Type of          Evaluation      Responsible            Budget
Development        and Identified   Research           Training/Impl    Method          Staff
Activity           Need                                ementation
                                                       and Follow-up
                                                       Training
K-4 Writing        4th grade        NCDPI              In-House         Student         K-4 teachers,
                   scores           Instructional      Writing Target   achieve-        assistants and
                   on local         Services           Committee        ment            principals
                   writing          Support                             4th local
                   assessment       Division for                        writing
                   and individual   K-4                                 assessment
                   teacher
                   assessment
Continued          Critical needs   4 Block            County grade     Lesson          County                 Title I
4Block             assessment       research on        level            plans and       curriculum             Funds
Training for       in area of       reading            meetings         student         leader                 Blue
grades K-5         reading and                                          achieve-                               Money
and new staff      at-risk                                              ment
                   students
Training in        Teacher          NC State           School media     Libraries       K-5 teachers.          State,
selection of       surveys and      University study   coordinator      developed       Media                  local
classroom          Accelerated      on use of          training         for each        coordinator            funds, and
literature         Reader           metacognition      teachers to      classroom                              grants
                   participation    to increase test   develop
                   and scores       scores in          classroom
                                    reading            libraries
                                    comprehension
Positive           Discipline       University of      Three year       Yearly          All faculty and        NC
Behavior           referrals to     Oregon,            training and     discipline      staff                  Behavior
Support            office           University of      implemen-        referral data                          support
Training along                      Missouri,          tation           collected—                             Program
with training                       NCDPI              schedule         analyzed                               funds
for new staff                       Exceptional
                                    Children’s
                                    Division




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Staff          Support Data     Evidence of     Type of           Evaluation      Responsible            Budget
Development    and Identified   Research        Training/Impl     Method          Staff
Activity       Need                             ementation
                                                and Follow-up
                                                Training
Parent         Survey           National        After school      Staff           All faculty and        NC
Involvement    reports          Coalition for   session with      discussions     administration         Extension
Workshop       concerning       Parent          NC Extension      and IGP
               parental         Involvement     Service family
               involvement                      counselor
               by Title I

Non-violent    Discipline       NCDPI           Yearly            Attendance      Principal,             PBS
Crisis         data                             refresher for     Certification   Teachers,
Intervention                                    staff                             Assistants, PBS
Training                                        New E.C.                          Coordinator
                                                teacher and
                                                RTI assistant



Technology     NCDPI            NCDPI           State-wide        Successful      Teachers &             Central
Training--     requirement                      training          use of          school                 office
NCWISE                                                            NCWISE          secretary              budget
                                                                                                         funds




 Software      EOG testing,     NCDPI           School-based      Teachers’       Technology
workshop       Report Card      Instructional   workshop          successful      Assistant
(math,         Analysis and     Services                          use of          Principal
science,       NC Standard      Support                           software        Teachers
reading, and   Course of        Division                          programs        Assistants
writing)       Study

Response to    At-Risk          National        All faculty and   Implemen-       All staff              None
Instruction    Student List     Research        staff training    tation of RTI   B.O. personnel
(RTI)          Report           Center on       with Board
workshop       Analysis         Learning        Office
                                Disabilities    personnel




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Staff             Support Data     Evidence of     Type of          Evaluation    Responsible          Budget
Development       and Identified   Research        Training/Impl    Method        Staff
Activity          Need                             ementation
                                                   and Follow-up
                                                   Training
Training in       NC Standard      NCDPI           County-wide      EOG testing   Elementary           Title I
Integration of    Course of        Instructional   grade level                    Curriculum
science,          Study and        Services        meetings                       Coordinators
social studies,   EOG testing      Support
writing, math,                     Division
and health

Training on       Report Card      University of   County-wide      Implemen-     Technology           Title I
Dynamic           Analysis         Oregon          K-2 training     tation of     Instruction
Indicators of                                                       DIBELS on     Staff,
Basic Early                                                         Palm Pilot    Elementary
Literacy                                                                          Curriculum
Skills                                                                            Coordinator and
(electronic                                                                       Teachers
DIBELS
assessment)
K-5 reading       EOG              NCDPI           In-house         EOG           Principal,
                  assessment       Instructional   monthly          assessment    Teachers,
                  Electronic       Services        reading target                 Assistants, and
                  DIBELS           Support         committee                      Media
                  Palm Pilot K-2   Division                                       Coordinator
                  Assessment

K-5 math-         EOG              NCDPI           In-house         EOG           Principal and
(focus on         assessment       Instructional   monthly math     assessment    Teachers
measurement                        Services        target
                                   Support         committee
                                   Division        and grade
                                                   level
                                                   meetings
Training in       Survey           NCDPI           In-house staff   Log of        Principal,           Staff
Yancey                             Instructional   development      attendance    Teachers, and        Develop-
County                             Services        meetings                       Assistants           ment Blue
Schools staff                      Support                                                             Monies
development                        Division


New Principal     State adopted    NCDPI           Local training   Certificate   Assistant            none
Evaluation        instrument       requirement     by Assistant     of            Superintendent
Instrument                                         Superintende     completion    Principal
Training                                           nt




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Staff          Support Data     Evidence of     Type of         Evaluation    Responsible        Budget
Development    and Identified   Research        Training/Impl   Method        Staff
Activity       Need                             ementation
                                                and Follow-up
                                                Training
Gain           Discipline       Positive        In-house        Attendance    Principal,
educators      Behavior         Behavior        training with   log           Teachers,
awareness of   referrals        Support         occupational                  Assistants, and
behavior due                                    therapist                     Occupational
to child                                                                      Therapist
development
issues




                                PRC 28 Funding (Blue Money)

          These funds are spent according to the outline of staff development needs which
          were addressed during our yearly needs assessment in the Title I plan, realizing
          that the Board Office objectives sometimes supersede the school’s plan.


          Other funds from the Central Office (E.C., Title II, Local, & Positive Behavior
          Support) are assessed and assigned on each individual basis.




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

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

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


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


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

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

In addition, we will:

      Convene an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents will
       be invited and encouraged to attend for the purpose of (a) informing
       parents of the school’s participation in the title I program described in the
       NCLB legislation, (b) explaining the requirements of the Title I program,
       and (c) answering questions about the rights of parents to be informed
       about and involved in title I.
      Offer meetings throughout the year, to which all parents will be invited, to
       promote parent-school communication and to increase parent involvement
       in their children’s education. These meetings will be scheduled at times
       that are convenient to parents, including mornings and evenings.
      Involve parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely way in the planning,
       review, and improvement of title I under NCLB, including the parent
       involvement plan.
      Provide assistance to parents, as appropriate, in understanding such
       topics as the state’s academic content standards, state student academic
       achievement standards, state and local assessments, and how to monitor


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    a children’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement
    of their children.
   Supply materials and training to help parents work with their children to
    improve their achievement, such as literacy training and using technology.
   Educate teachers, support staff, administration, and other staff to value
    the contributions of parents; to reach out to, communicate with, and work
    with parents as equal partners; to implement and coordinate parent
    programs; and to build ties between parents and the school.
   Provide other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as
    parents may request.




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ABC Waiver Request for School Year _2008_____to ______2009_

                                              For

                    Yancey County Schools' Board of Education


School: ________South Toe Elementary___________________________

1. Describe what inhibits the school’s ability to improve student performance.

       There is a lack of personnel to address needs of students in fourth and fifth grade.

2. Identify the waiver requested.

       GS.115C-105.25 Teacher Assistants

3. Specify how the waiver will be used.

   K-3 assistants will be used to support the educational process of the whole school.

4. Explain how the waiver will permit the school to improve student performance.

       Students will be provided with more individual attention.


___________________________                              _______________________
Principal’s Signature                                    Date

_____________________________                            _________________________
Superintendent’s Signature                               Date


Yancey County Board of Education: _____ Approved                             _____ Not
Approved     ______________ Date




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         School/Continuous Improvement Plan Approval
                             From
                 School Staff, Superintendent,
                                &
               Yancey County Board of Education




      School Administration, Faculty, and Staff Review & Approval



 __X___ Approved           _____ Not Approved            ____September 2008__ Date




             Superintendent’s or Designee’s Review & Approval


       _____ Approved          _____ Not Approved              ___________ Date




          Yancey County Board of Education Review & Approval


       _____ Approved           ______ Not Approved            __________ Date

Reason(s) for rejection:
_______________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________



The school improvement plan will remain in effect for no more than three years; however, it
may be amended as often as necessary. Amendments to the plan must follow the same
procedures as those for the initial approval.

As required by NC General Statutes, the principal must maintain and provide copies of the
school improvement plan for stakeholders’ review.




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                                        South Toe Elementary School




School Improvement Plan Vote Reporting Form


Date of Vote: ____________________

Number of Eligible Voters: ________

Number Voting for Plan as Presented: ________
Percentage _______%

Number Voting Against the Plan as Presented: ________
Percentage _______%


This form will be submitted with 2008-2009 School Improvement
Plan.




_________________________________________
Chairperson



_________________________________________
Chairperson




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