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Title: Holly Tree Elementary School School of Excellence 20002001, 20012002


1
Holly Tree Elementary SchoolSchool of Excellence
2000-2001, 2001-2002
  • Leah Bailey
  • Danielle Hendrick
  • Jessica Hudson
  • Michelle Huffman
  • Gina Pugh
  • Carrie Rudolph

2
Meet the Faculty
  • Julia Davis- Principal
  • Debbie Reid- Assistant Principal
  • Michelle Hoban- Guidance Counselor
  • Mary-Mac Johnson- School Improvement Team
    Chairperson and Kindergarten Teacher
  • Vicki Rivenbark- First Grade Teacher
  • Lisa Brobst- Second Grade Teacher
  • Mary Beth Farrior- Third Grade Teacher
  • Sarah Buchanan- Fifth Grade Teacher
  • Mark Edwards- PTA President

3
Our Inquiry for Teachers and Administrators
  • What are your schools weaknesses or areas needing
    improvement and what are you doing to improve
    them?
  • How do you use testing data?
  • Do you plan with other teachers or participate in
    team teaching?
  • Is their equal responsibility between grade level
    teachers?
  • How accessible is your administration and do they
    support you?

4
Our Inquiry for Teachers and Administrators
  • Do you consider you school exemplary? Why or why
    not?
  • What role do you feel you play in the improvement
    of your school?
  • Have you noticed any improvements at your school
    since you have been there? If so, what are they?
  • What do you know about your school improvement
    team?
  • What do you do outside the classroom to improve
    test scores? What kind of programs if any does
    your school conduct outside of the classroom to
    improve the test scores of students?

5
Do you consider your school exemplary? Why or
why not?
  • YES
  • We have great students and teachers as well as
    good parental support and good school programs.
  • The faculty is exemplary.
  • Teachers hold high expectations for their
    students and parents
  • There is a great team of parents that are
    interested and involved with the education of the
    students at Holly Tree (PTA, parent workshops
    etc)
  • Outstanding communication between and within the
    staff and parents
  • No labels or boundaries are set for students
  • Students are not stressed out

6
  • Faculty and staff are caring and take pride in
    the students
  • Principal makes the school successful
  • Parents make time to spend with their kids at
    home and at school
  • Advantage because of the population
  • Focus on students that are low achieving
  • All of the teachers tutor
  • Students are given a lot of time to read in class
    which helps the reading scores go up
  • Celebrate reading and improvement
  • Veteran teachers with a lot of experience and
    they know what works and use traditional teaching

7
What role do you feel you play in the improvement
of your school?
  • Group participation, team planning, making sure
    students are prepared, and tutoring
  • Being a member of the SIT
  • Daily dedication to the school
  • Tutoring students after school
  • Conferences with parents
  • Starting academic clubs
  • Individual counseling for low-performing students

8
  • Being Visible -
  • Ride on busses with students
  • Get into the classrooms (helping with reading)
  • Eating lunch with classes
  • Working w/ Parents -
  • Parent/principal coffees
  • Parent picnics
  • PTA
  • Communication -
  • School and class websites
  • School and class newsletters

9
Have you noticed any improvements at your school
since you have been there? If so, what are they?
  • Each year, there are more improvements. The
    school is always trying new things.
  • Changes in academic programs, such as accelerated
    reader. Students do not read just to achieve
    points, they are monitored much more closely,
    they have implemented the STAR program, and they
    use reading renaissance. Personal goals are set
    for each student as well. Workshops are held for
    parents to explain the programs.
  • Implemented use of state science kits (students
    really like them)
  • Implemented accelerated math program in 5th
    grade.
  • The biggest change is that everything is now data
    driven and test driven.
  • Reading practice tests are set up once a month

10
What do you know about your school improvement
team?
  • Was a past member they make decisions for the
    school they listen to individual concerns of the
    teachers
  • Teachers are very informed about what is going on
    with the team.
  • Updates are given through grade level meetings.
  • They work on improving the school.

11
  • Makeup
  • 3 parents, teachers from each grade level,
    specials representatives, administration
  • Timeline
  • Team meets often in the beginning and then the
    work slows down for a bit.
  • Use
  • Teachers are well aware of what is in it.
  • Each grade level receives a copy.
  • Grade levels meet regularly to see how they are
    doing.

12
What do you do outside the classroom to improve
test scores? What kind of programs if any does
your school conduct outside of the classroom to
improve the test scores of students?
  • Some children get special help give parents
    activities for students to do as extra practice
  • SAGE for gifted students, LD programs, BEH
    programs, Pre-K, Girls on the Run for female
    athletes
  • Reading Renaissance implemented.
  • Computer software to remediate and enrich
    students
  • Individualized instruction and small groups
  • Teachers are members of different associations to
    better their teaching and they go to conferences
  • Tutoring
  • Parent volunteers
  • Retired community
  • Work study students from UNCW
  • Cape Fear Chamber of Commerce
  • Afterschool tutoring (from state funding)
  • Paid tutor tutoring during school hours (from
    state funding)

13
What are your schools weaknesses or areas needing
improvement and what are you doing to improve
them?
  • K-2 Curriculum
  • Team work between K-2 and 3-5 teachers testing
    causes division between the two groups
  • Between grade level communication is weak
  • Need more assistants
  • Funding
  • Traffic getting in and out
  • More could be done to get parents and community
    involved
  • Data from test scores should be looked at more
  • Consistently weaker in reading than math

14
How do you use testing data?
  • Use assessments every nine weeks and report
    results to parents and principal
  • Individualized Education Plans are developed
  • Scores help determine who needs the most help
  • Direct delivery to teachers
  • Use data to determine which students need
    remediation in which subjects.

15
Do you plan with other teachers or participate in
team teaching?
  • Yes, they use each others ideas for lessons and
    assessments
  • Kindergarten teachers plan together once a week
  • Yes, grade levels meet once a week and plan
    together and they are mostly at the same pace.
  • Plan big events/group field trips
  • Grade level meetings

16
Is their equal responsibility between grade level
teachers?
  • There is, but each grade level does things
    differently.
  • Yes, every teacher takes testing seriously.
  • More pressure on upper grade level teachers
  • Teachers at different grade levels have different
    concerns and responsibilities

17
How accessible is your administration and do they
support you?
  • Very accessible and supportive
  • Most teachers have a good and comfortable
    relationship with the administrators.
  • Accessible to listen and help
  • Open-minded
  • Very
  • in classrooms a lot
  • help with instruction
  • help with behavior problems
  • eating lunch with classes
  • riding on busses with students

18
Our Inquiry for the Students
  • Do you like your school?
  • Do you think that the teachers and principals
    care about you?
  • What do you not like about your school?
  • Do your parents help in your school?
  • Do volunteers come in and work in your class?
  • Do you ever see your principal?
  • Are you successes celebrated?

19
Do you like your school?
  • Yes,
  • I like my teacher and the pictures on the walls.
  • I like the playground and computers.
  • I like writing.

20
Do you think that the teachers and principals
care about you?
  • Yes

21
What do you not like about your school?
  • Nothing

22
Do your parents help in your school?
  • No
  • They use to but now they are too busy.
  • Sometimes
  • Mom comes in on Tuesday to tutor.

23
Do volunteers come in and work in your class?
  • Sometimes
  • Yes, when the teacher leaves the room.
  • About three days a week.

24
Do you ever see your principal?
  • Yes, in the hallway and sometimes she comes in
    our class.
  • Sometimes
  • They come in our class sometimes.

25
Are your successes celebrated?
  • We get rewarded with candy, pencils, and books.
  • Yes, the teachers give us compliments and they
    have award ceremonies for us.

26
Our Inquiry for the School Improvement Team
Chairperson
  • How does the School Improvement Team (SIT) work
    with other members of the staff that are not on
    the SIT?
  • How many times a year does the SIT meet?
  • How are people chosen to be on the SIT?
  • What kinds of things are the SIT doing to improve
    your school this year?

27
How does the School Improvement Team (SIT) work
with other members of the staff that are not on
the SIT?
  • Informs staff of upcoming meetings
  • Sometimes invites other staff members to come
  • Serves as a go-between for the teachers and
    principal

28
How many times a year does the SIT meet?
  • Once a month

29
How are people chosen to be on the SIT?
  • Rotating basis
  • Nomination
  • Every part of the school is represented

30
What kinds of things are the SIT doing to improve
your school this year?
  • Decreasing the gap
  • Having K-2 students on or above grade level
  • Working on the division between K-2 teachers and
    3-5 teachers

31
Our Inquiry for the PTA President?
  • What role do you think parents should play in the
    school?
  • How much input does administration let you have
    in the school?
  • Are any reading programs implemented? If so, do
    you feel that they are helpful?
  • Why did you join the PTA?

32
What role do you think parents should play in the
school?
  • Parents are active in PTA sponsored and school
    sponsored events such as
  • Skate nights
  • Picnics
  • Eat lunch with kids
  • Fundraisers
  • Parent tutors that read to kids

33
How much input does administration let you have
in the school?
  • Help with budgetary problems through fundraisers
  • Fundraising money is used to purchase educational
    supplies to support teachers in the classroom
  • Vice-President of the PTA is in charge of
    coordinating volunteer hours for tutoring and
    Parent and Teacher Appreciation week

34
Are any reading programs implemented? If so, do
you feel that they are helpful?
  • They have Accelerated Reader
  • Feels they are helpful
  • Kids read more and do well reaching their goals
  • Teachers make sure goals are not unattainable

35
Why did you join the PTA?
  • Was co-president last year
  • President this year
  • Wanted to be involved in the school, especially
    since he had children there
  • Wanted to see the inside as well as the outside
  • Wanted to be involved in the education of children
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