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Grosse Pointe North High School 2010-2011 School Improvement Plans

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GROSSE POINTE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Grosse Pointe North High School 2010-2011 School Improvement Plan

[2010-11]

[707 VERNIER RD., GROSSE POINTE WOODS, MI 48236 313.432.3200

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Grosse Pointe North High School 2010-2011

About Our School Improvement Plan

Grosse Pointe North is an excellent high school by virtually every measure. In 2010, North was ranked in the top 4% of schools nationwide by Newsweek magazine, one of only 8 schools in the state of Michigan which has been listed in this ranking since it began. The Michigan Department of Education gave North an “A”, we made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) by NCLB standards, and are well above the state averages on standardized testing. Our music program won a Grammy Award as one of the Top 100 high schools in the nation, our quiz bowl team has been undefeated for seven years, and won the State Championship last year, and our athletic teams are perennial conference, regional and state title contenders. Still, as Jim Collins writes in his book Good to Great , “Good is the enemy of great”. We can‟t be complacent, and there are many areas in which we can improve. Like many schools across the country, North has an achievement gap between our lowest and highest achieving students. Our improvement plan focuses on ways to reduce this gap while still seeing our top students perform at a very high level. In recent years, we have been experiencing enrollment of more and more students who come to our district as 9 th, 10th and 11th graders. We become responsible for their achievement as high school students despite them not being part of the Grosse Pointe Public School System in elementary and middle school. Last year 20% of our junior class (tested group) came to Grosse Pointe in their 9th grade year or beyond. This presents challenges as in many cases these students come with achievement deficiencies. This plan includes support and assist courses designed to address those challenges. Finally, the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act sets achievement standards culminating with a goal that all students in all schools be 100% proficient on state standardized tests by the year 2013-2014. While this goal is admirable, it is also obviously an extraordinarily high expectation. Our goal targets are aimed at reaching this goal, while understanding that the gains required to do so would be unprecedented in high school student achievement. We at North believe in the concepts of No Child Left Behind, and are working to ensure that all of our students achieve at a high level, and have opportunities they desire after high school. Thanks to all of the teachers, parents and students who worked on portions of this plan, and thanks to our North community for their support of North high School. Questions about North‟s school improvement plan can be directed to Principal Tim Bearden at 313.432.3203 or [email protected]

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Grosse Pointe North High School 2010-2011 Improvement Plan DISTRICT GOAL AREA Student Achievement SCHOOL OBJECTIVE

Improve Literacy Skills

Evidences of Need Key Performance Indicators that show a need to spend time, energy, and resources on this particular objective.

Evidences of Success in Improvement Key Performance Indicators/Performance Targets that point to success at year-end review.

59% of 11th grade students passed the 2010 MME writing portion.

Increase in the percent of students passing the MME writing from 59% to 72%*

16% of GPN African-American students were proficient on the 2010 MME writing portion.

Increase sub-group proficiency from 16% to 35%**

74% of 11th grade students passed the reading portion of the 2010 MME.

Increase in proficiency from 74% to 83%*

40% of GPN African-American students passed the 2010 MME reading test.

Increase in sub-group proficiency from 40% to target of 54%**

The State target of 100% falls in 2013-2014  –  three years from now. This goal % was based on achieving 33% of the difference between current scores and that target each year between now and the 2013=2014 school year. This goal was determined by taking 33% of the current gap as a target for next year, with an ultimate goal of  eliminating the gap by the 2013-2014 school year.

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Literacy  – North H.S. Action Strategies (Tasks)

Person Responsible for Implementing Strategy

Resources Budget Needed to Implications Complete Task

Dates of Activity (startto-end)

ACT Principal, Practice English Dept. Test

½ day inservice for 11th graders

Mailing minimal

Week of Nov. 24

Dept. weekly writing

Writing binder

$0

All Year

Ongoing

Classroom teacher feedback, MME Writing Scores

$0 – grant funded

Summer Ongoing ‟08 – „11

Classroom teacher feedback, NWEA, MME scores

Dept. Chairs

F.A.S.T. Administrators, Grant training various teachers

Monitoring Monitoring Dates Indicators Indicators that point to success at end of a strategy

Classroom teacher feedback, MME writing scores

Freshman Assist

Teachers, Counselors, Administrators

.4 FTE

.4 FTE (ongoing)

All Year

All Year

Credit earned, NWEA testing, MME scores

Freshman Academic Success

Teachers, Counselors, Admin

Freshman Assist in English,

Ongoing includes .8 of support

All Year

All Year

Credit earned, NWEA

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Improvement Plan Achievement DISTRICT GOAL AREA Student Achievement SCHOOL OBJECTIVE

Improve Math Skills

Evidences of Need Key Performance Indicators that show a need to spend time, energy, and resources on this particular objective.

Evidences of Success in Improvement Key Performance Indicators/Performance Targets that point to success at year-end review.

64% of GPN students were proficient in the 2010 MME math test.

Increase in the percent of students passing the MME math from 64% to 76%*

29% of GPN African-American students were proficient in the 2010 MME math test.

Increase in percent of sub-group students proficient from 29% to target of 45%**

The State target of 100% falls in 2013-2014  –  three years from now. This goal % was based on achieving 33% of the difference between current scores and that target each year between now and the 2013- 2014 school year. This goal was determined by taking 33% of the current achievement gap as a target for next year, with an

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Improvement Plan DISTRICT GOAL AREA Student Achievement SCHOOL OBJECTIVE

Improve Science Skills

Evidences of Need Key Performance Indicators that show a need to spend time, energy, and resources on this particular objective.

Evidences of Success in Improvement Key Performance Indicators/Performance Targets that point to success at year-end review.

67% of GPN students were proficient in the 2010 MME science test.

Increase in the percent of students passing the MME science from 67% to 78%*

35% of GPN African-American students were proficient in the 2010 MME science test.

Increase in percent of sub-group students proficient from 35% to 49%**

The State target of 100% falls in 2013-2014  –  three years from now. This goal % was based on achieving 33% of the difference between current scores and that target each year between now and the 2013=2014 school year. This goal was determined by taking 33% of the current gap as a target for next year, with an ultimate goal of  eliminating the gap by the 2013-2014 school year.

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Action Strategies (Tasks)

Math/Science  – North H.S. Person Resources Budget Responsible Needed to Implications for Complete Implementing Task Strategy

Dates Monitoring of Dates Activity (startto-end)

Indicators that point to success at end of a strategy

Math support

Principal, Dept. Chair, teachers

FTE – support classes

1.2 FTE in Year math support long

Guided math /  science tutorials

Math dept., asst. principal

Teacher volunteers

$0

All Year Ongoing

Classroom teacher feedback, MME math Scores

$$ for trainer

T.B.A.

October Ongoing

Classroom teacher feedback, student pass rate, MME math scores

Struggling Curriculum learner office, admin. support training

Year long

Monitoring Indicators

Student passing rate, MME math scores, common assessment scores

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ACT / MME Formatting of tests and quizzes

Math /  Science teachers

Work time

$0

Year long

ongoing

ACT Reading Science Strategies teachers

Work time

$150 for ACT prep workbooks

Year long

ongoing

Classroom teacher feedback, student success rate, MME math and science scores Classroom teacher feedback, student success rate, MME math and science scores

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North High School Improvement Plan Strategies 2010-11

School Transition

1. We ran a comprehensive “Freshman First Day” program to orient freshmen to North High School. In addition to students completing their full first day schedule without the pressure and stress of upperclassmen and an additional 1100 students, they were given team building activities, went on a North High School scavenger hunt, were given information regarding academic and behavioral expectations for North High School, and introduced to information regarding extracurricular activities. 2. To properly place all incoming students, we we have put in place plans for NWEA testing of all new students. 3. We will run a periodic orientation program when we have five or more new students in a month. 4. Freshman lockers were moved to the third floor of “B” building to enhance supervision, indoctrinate them more thoroughly to school culture of academics vs. socialization and make them more part of the main building. 5. We have instituted a Freshman Transition Transition Camp for struggling learners to introduce them to high school and our team concept in F.A.S.T. This two day camp has been funded by the Foundation. ELA / Math

1. We have built a “freshman academy” schedule that gives dire needs students bookended support classes in English and math. The freshman assist course has been given a new literacy component curriculum. We have developed a core group of teachers with a common planning who are working to ensure the success of these students in a team atmosphere. This school within a school concept will hopefully be

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5. Administration is sending periodic emails suggesting writing prompts, activities, or providing links. 6. PLCs and departments have made writing across the curriculum a “directed topic” for idea sharing. 7. MISD reading expert Carrie Wozniak will present to staff on Close and Critical reading strategies that are MME specific. 8. We have added additional sections of math support to fill gaps for students in algebra, and added “double -blocked” math courses that give students two periods of math per day from the same teacher using manipulatives and alternative methodologies. 9. We have increased the number of “guided” tutorials that are subject specific and include teachers actually tutoring in their content area during tutorial. 10. We have proposed propo sed that all North sophomores s ophomores take the PLAN test to give us a database of ACT readiness that teachers can use to determine where students have deficiencies. 11. PLCs have been given data collection tools to use u se to gather and a nd record strand specific data now that common assessments are in place. It is an expectation this year that each PLC compile common assessment data for each course. This data will be used for the purpose of initiating school improvement discussions, and evaluation and re-evaluation of curriculum and curriculum maps. 12. Teachers have h ave been given MME strand data to focus correction on specific areas of weakness. 13. Curriculum maps are in place for each course in the building, and are being updated. Science

1. The science department has made “students in the gap” a discussion topic for each department and PLC meeting. Science teachers are sharing ideas and developing strategies for closing the achievement gap in science.

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Each visit is followed by a teacher contact either in person or via email to reinforce positive strategies, and make constructive suggestions. Provide Leadership Team and School Improvement Team with data books and data points for discussion in PLCs and departmental meetings. HOTS PLC  – We have a PLC meeting once a month to focus on Higher Order Thinking Strategies (HOTS) and report out ideas for the entire staff. Lunch & Learn  – We are starting a lunch program for staff based on the book Courageous Conversations  to focus on strategies for developing stronger relationships across ethnic boundaries. Parent Initiative  – We have an ongoing initiative to bring more parents into the building, and connect with parents as partners. We are using the automated call out and mass email blast for every significant event. In addition, we are making personal calls to select groups of parents to notify them of various school activities. F.A.S.T. Parent dinner and open house  – To bring in parents of our struggling learners, we have welcomed them to a meal provided by our staff, and a program to acclimate them to the building and the F.A.S.T. program.

2011-2012

1. Reset school improvement improvement goals based on 2011 MME performance. performance. 2. Reset School Improvement Team (SIT) (SIT) with two new parents, two new students, new leadership team. 3. Review progress on NCA goals and recommendations from our QAR visit. visit. Prepare QAR update based on two recommendations. 4. Expand ACT writing to ACT ELA prep test. 5. Develop common data collection collection template model, uniform data collection collection processes, secure inservice training on common assessment data collection and analysis, build in time for PLC team data workshops. 6. Develop a plan for proposed EPAS sequence of data collection for triangulated data – NWEA, EPAS, Common Assessment. 7. Develop achievement standard benchmarks for EPAS, NWEA score

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