ORLA Montessori School Improvement Plan (2019-20)

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Outcome 1: Be compassionate and kind.

  1. Be aware of and appreciate one’s similarities and differences with others.
  2. Listen well and cooperate with others.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of one’s own thoughts and emotions and how they impact behavior.
  4. Express emotions, thoughts and impulses in positive and beneficial ways.
  5. Resolve conflicts and repair relationships.

Metric

  • All School : Montessori students will participate in a school-wide kindness challenge at https://weteachkindness.org/
  • Kindergarten:  WA Kids Objective 3
  • Lower Elementary: SEL Standard 5, Social Management
  • Upper Elementary: Growth Mindset Curriculum 
  • MAST 7/8:  
    • School Wide climate survey on kindness
    • Teachers participation in https://weteachkindness.org/
    • Monthly teacher participation in kindness activities

Goal

  • Kindergarten:  By May, 2020, 80% of Kindergarten students will grow two levels or more on WA Kids objective 3b:  Solves Social Problems.
  • Lower Elementary: By May, 2020, 80% of Lower Elementary will be proficient in social management.
  • Upper Elementary: By May, 2020, 90% of the Upper Elementary students will accomplish their Growth Mindset goals.  
  • MAST 7/8: By June 2020, 65% of students will participate in the kindness challenge and complete the school survey. 

Action Plan

  • Kindergarten teachers will use the curriculum Honoring the Light of the Child to teach and practice social skills throughout the year. 
  • Lower Elementary will use the Washington state K-12 Social Emotional Learning Standards and Benchmarks.
  • Upper Elementary will use the Growth Mindset model and goal setting forms throughout the 2019 - 2020 school year.  
  • Montessori teachers will participate in a school-wide kindness challenge. 

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Outcome 2: Have the academic and life skills to pursue their individual career, civic and educational goals.

  1. Read, write and speak effectively for a wide range of purposes, including the interpretation and analysis of both literary and informational texts.
  2. Know and apply mathematics to a level of fluency that ensures a broad range of post-secondary opportunities and career choices.
  3. Use analytic and scientific principles to draw sound conclusions.
  4. Analyze multiple causal factors that shape major events in history.
  5. Exit with a personalized post-secondary transition plan for work, career and/or college, and complete the first steps toward achieving post-secondary goals before graduation.
  6. Develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines, and engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
  7. Problem solve using both creative and critical thinking skills.
  8. Demonstrate continuous growth across the disciplines to meet or exceed academic learning standards and work toward graduation.
  9. Apply reliable information and systematic decision making to personal financial decisions.

Metric

  • Kindergarten:  Montessori assessment Notebook for Math
  • Kindergarten:  Classroom based assessment for letter writing
  • Kindergarten:  Completion of an engineering project that can be tested.
  • 1-3rd grade Lower Elementary: MAP and SBA
  • 4-6th grade Upper Elementary: MAP and SBA
  • MAST(Math, Art, Science, Technology) Middle School 7th and 8th Grade: SBA and MAP

Goal

Math Goals
 
Kindergarten

  • By June of 2020, Kindergarten students will perform at practitioner or expert levels on the Montessori Assessment notebook for solving word problems.  

Lower Elementary 

  • By 2023, students in 1st-3rd grade will increase their RIT scores on the MAP assessment by 5% and meet their growth goal. 
  • By 2023, 60% of 3rd graders will meet proficiency on the SBA assessment.

Upper Elementary

  • By 2023, students in 4th-6th grade will increase their RIT scores on the MAP assessment by 5% and meet their growth goal. 
  • By 2023, 60% of 4-6th graders will meet proficiency on the SBA assessment

MAST 7/8

  • By 2023, students in MAST grades 7 and 8 will meet their individual growth goal. 
  • By 2023, 70% or more of students taking the SBA will demonstrate proficiency on the math SBA. 


ELA Goals
 
Kindergarten

  • By June of 2020, 80% of Kindergarten students will write at least 20 out of 26 upper and lowercase letters as shown on classroom assessments. 

Lower Elementary 1-3

  • By 2023, 75% or more of 1-3 grade students taking the MAP assessment will meet their growth goals
  • By 2023, 75% or more of 3rd grade student taking the SBA will demonstrate proficiency.

Upper Elementary 4-6

  • By 2023, 75% or more of 4-6th grade students taking the MAP assessment will meet their growth goals.
  • By 2023, 75% or more of students taking the SBA will demonstrate proficiency.

MAST 7/8th Grade 

  • By 2023, 75% or more of students taking the SBA will demonstrate proficiency.

 
Science Goals
 
Kindergarten

  • By June of 2020, 80% of Kindergarten students will plan, design and test a structure to provide shade. 

Lower Elementary

  • By 2020, students will be able to define and apply scientific terms relevant to the unit 80% of the time by the post assessment for the unit. 

Upper Elementary

  • By 2020, 91% of students will demonstrate proficiency on the WCAS

MAST 7/8th Grade 

  • By 2020, 91% of students will demonstrate proficiency on the WCAS


Action Plan


Kindergarten

  • Kindergarten students will engage in word problem solving using actions, objects or drawings on a regular basis.  
  • Kindergarten students will practice letter formation daily.
  • Kindergarten students will engineer a solution to provide shade. 
  • Students identified as below grade level in reading will work with the Washington Reading Corp member to increase reading skills. 


Lower Elementary 1-3

  • Students identified as being in need (MAP score) of additional support will receive additional math lessons using focus groups, teacher groups, parent groups, and/or peer groups at least three additional times per week.  
  • Students identified as below grade level in reading will work with the Washington Reading Corp member to increase reading skills. 


Upper Elementary 4-6

  • Students in Upper Elementary Montessori scoring two or below on the SBAC math will receive additional math lessons using focus groups, teacher groups, parent groups, and/or peer groups at least three times per week.  
  • All students in grades 4 - 6 will receive Geometric Measurement and Concept Quest instruction and explorations.  
  • Students identified as below grade level in reading will work with the Washington Reading Corp member to increase reading skills.


MAST 7/8th grade 
ELA/Social Studies:

  • Teachers will provide students with a cornucopia of opportunities to write, edit, revise, improve, and publish narrative, informational/explanatory, and/or opinion/argumentative pieces of writing.
  • Students will experience direct instruction, guided practice, and independent practice opportunities from their teachers across a plethora of parameters within the context of creating multitudinous writing responses.
  • Genres of writing will be assigned and practiced in relation to grade level CCSS.  In addition, SBAC performance scores and individual developmental levels of students will be considered to determine where students may need additional scaffolding to buttress the mastery of their skills.


Math: 

  • Students will demonstrate a working math vocabulary when speaking and listening to math.   
  • We will give a pre- and post-assessment with math vocabulary embedded in the problems. We will monitor student growth in this area by asking students to use the correct mathematical terms when speaking about math and I will confer with specific students as the need arises. 
  • We will meet as a team to reflect on our practice, conferring with each other with about our successes and failures, making adjustments as necessary. We will present methods for building mathematical vocabulary as a continuum across grade levels. 


Science: 

  • Students will demonstrate a working math vocabulary when speaking and listening to science.   
  • We will give a pre- and post-assessment with science vocabulary embedded in the problems. We will monitor student growth in this area by asking students to use the correct scientific terms when speaking about science and I will confer with specific students as the need arises. 
  • We will meet as a team to reflect on our practice, conferring with each other with about our successes and failures, making adjustments as necessary. We will present methods for building scientific vocabulary as a continuum across grade levels

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Outcome 5: Discover their passions, be curious and love learning.

  1. Broaden their perspectives and seek out various opportunities to explore new ideas, particularly those areas that are unfamiliar or uncomfortable to find their interests.
  2. Experience failure, setbacks and disappointments as an expected and honored part of learning.
  3. Understand and demonstrate the value of service in their community and learning by doing.
  4. Pursue creative and artistic opportunities as a vocation and/or a form of lifelong enrichment.

Metric

5.1 and 5.2

Kindergarten:  WAKids Objective 11b: Persists  

1-8th Grade: participation and attendance at:

  • Club participation
  • Science Fair
  • Battle of the Books
  • Arts Walk

Goal

  • All School: Montessori students will have opportunities to discover passions in learning through all school opportunities such as after school club participation, Passion Projects, Science Fair, Battle of the Books, and/or Arts Walk.
  • Kindergarten:  
    • By May, 2020, 80% of Kindergarten students will grow at least two levels on WA Kids Objective 11b.  
  • Lower Elementary:  
    • By April 2020, 90% of students will complete their project and self-evaluation.
  • Upper Elementary:
    • By May 2020, 80% of the Upper Elementary will have finished their focus group projects and evaluate their projects.  
  • MAST
    • By May 2020, 80% of students will complete their integrated projects and passion projects.

Action Plan

Kindergarten:  Teachers will guide students in goal setting and tracking progress throughout the year. 

Lower Elementary:  Students will be given the opportunity to use all school resources and home resources to complete their Geography Fair project goals.  They will have teacher support in creating teamwork goals and self-evaluating their project and teamwork.

Upper Elementary: Upper Elementary students will be provided multiple opportunities (focus groups) to select which high interest area learning they want to explore.  Then students will select how they want to demonstrate learning (portfolio, presentation, etc.).

MAST students will be provided multiple opportunities to select which high interest area learning they want to explore and will select how they want to demonstrate learning (portfolio, presentation, etc.).  

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Outcome 6: Be critical thinkers who contribute to and collaborate with our local, global and natural world.

  1. Participate on teams and know the power of teamwork.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to engage in inclusive problem solving.
  3. Advocate for and contribute to local, regional or global improvement by utilizing natural resources in an efficient, sustainable way.
  4. Use digital tools to constructively learn from and connect with people and communities around the world.
  5. Gather, interpret and present information in culturally responsive ways.

Metric

Kindergarten:  WAKids Objective 3a:  Balances needs and rights of self and others

Lower and Upper Elementary: Attendance and participation in one of the following: 

  • Geography Fair (attendance)
  • City of Olympia Arts Walk (attendance)
  • Water Quality Testing and Green Congress (attendance)

MAST
Restoration of ORLA Prairie (participation and attendance) 

Goal

Kindergarten:  By May, 2020, 80% of Kindergarten students will grow at least 2 levels on WAKids Objective 3a:  Balances needs and rights of self and others.

Lower Elementary:  By April, 2020, 90% of the Lower Elementary students will have participated in the Geography Fair Visual Arts Presentation. 

Upper Elementary: By June, 2020, 90% of Upper Elementary students will have participated in water quality testing, Arts Walk, and/or Geography Fair.

MAST: By June of 2020, all MAST students will participate in restoring the ORLA prairie and teaching other ORLA students about the importance of the prairie. 

School Wide: All Montessori and MAST students will have opportunities to participate in Science Fair and/or Geography Fair.

Action Plan

Kindergarten:  Kindergarten teachers will provide opportunities throughout the year to share, cooperate and work together on projects and activities. 

Lower Elementary: The students of lower elementary will work in teams to create their visual arts and complete research needed to share their presentations with the community.

Upper Elementary: Upper Elementary will have a presentation by Jeff at Killer Whale Tales, water quality, salmon discoveries, and salmon dissections to create awareness (Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience MWEE). 

Create a mural for the City of Olympia's Arts Walk
Attend Green Congress  

MAST:  Students will learn about native prairie lands, work on the ORLA prairie and teach other about the importance of prairie lands.

All classes will participate in Geography fair and/or Science Fair

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