2018-19 Performance Report

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School Information

Grades served in 2018-19



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  • Teachers will continue professional learning efforts in the areas of reading, writing, and math workshop with a strong focus on the Common Core State Standards. Teachers will collaborate with each other on aligning daily lessons, assessments, and instructional strategies to ensure students are receiving rigorous, standards based learning.
  • Students performing above or below grade level will receive additional support and small group instruction designed to accelerate learning.
  • Teachers will engage in regular cycles of inquiry to look at academic and social/emotional growth measures in order to inform next steps in instruction.
  • In mathematics, teachers will focus on problem solving strategies in service of meeting common core state standards.
  • We will continue to use Positive Behavior Intervention strategies to ensure all students feel welcome, safe and valued members of our school. As a staff, we will continue to focus on implementing social emotional strategies through the RULER program.
  • We will continue to provide additional supports to students through our Check, Connect, and Expect program, small group social skills groups, as well as use of peer mentors.
  • We will continue to incorporate technology based programs into our core curriculum to enrich learning as well as tap into different learning styles.
  • We will enrich our academic programming by adding a Developmental Preschool and Challenge programs.

Highlights & Plans

Highlights for 2018-19

  • Teachers continued to teach, with fidelity, the Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Reading and Writing, as well as the Math In Focus and Engage New York curriculum.
  • Teachers engaged in 6-week data analysis cycles based on student growth in order to design accurate, differentiated student learning plans. Teachers consistently used one-on-one and small group structures in math and reading to track and accelerate student learning.
  • 87 percent of our kindergarten students demonstrated mastery on the iReady benchmark assessment in reading.
  • Students in grades 1 through 6 made the most growth from fall to spring in literacy and math of any elementary school in the district on our personalized learning intervention (iReady).
  • On the Smarter Balanced Assessment, students in grades 4 and 6 performed at or above the state level in math and literacy. Students in grades 4, 5, and 6 performed above district average in literacy.
  • All staff and students engaged in utilizing our RULER program; designed to promote social/emotional learning. Staff used classroom charters designed to create positive learning environments and students used the mood meter to identify and regulate feelings and emotions.
  •  All staff engaged in Breathe For Change program designed to address issues of social justice and equity within the school.
  • Our students continued to benefit from many enriching, fun activities supported by our PTSA and outside organizations. These activities included a harvest walk to Wesley Homes, partnership with the Museum of Flight, the Des Moines Food Bank and many more.

Plans for 2019-20

Invitation to Participate

At Highline Public Schools, one of our four pillars in the district's strategic plan is parent and family engagement. In order to reach our strategic plan goals we will form partnerships with parents and families. Families and community members are encouraged to participate in school activities and in educating students in school, at home and in the community.

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Source: Actual 2018-19 expenditures as of August 2019.