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Title: The Vision Committee

The Vision Committee
Vision Committee Members
  • Natalie Lane- Chairperson
  • Lynn Abercrombie
  • Susan Aden
  • Rusty Atchley
  • Brian Coontz
  • Kathy Luzar
  • Ameree Young

What we did….
  • Examine research-based factors related to student
  • Review current beliefs and mission statement.
  • Develop a shared vision to focus school
  • Determine expectations for student learning.

Our Research
Research…Teacher Expectations researched by
Susan Aden
  • Expectations (teacher and student) do affect
    student achievement.
  • Self-fulfilling prophecy effects are limited.
  • Most teachers form expectations on the basis of
    appropriate information, such as cumulative
    folder information and grade changes.
  • Effective schools communicate high expectations
    through policies and practices which focus on
    academic goals.
  • Language can be a big barrier.

Research… Character Education researched by
Kathy Luzar
  • It is good!!
  • It reduces behavior problems and increases
    improved social behavior.
  • Boosts teacher morale.
  • Costly
  • We did Character First last year but only part of
    it because it is so expensive.
  • Can be worked into daily classroom activities or
    could be part of remediation or morning TV

Research…The School Community researched by
Brian Coontz
  • Three basic needs for students-
  • Emotional and physical safety
  • Belongingness
  • Atonomy and competence (high expectations)
  • How to meet them-
  • Cultivate relationships among students, teachers
    and parents.
  • Emphasize common purposes and ideas. (character
  • Provide services opportunities and cooperation
    among students.
  • Provide developmentally appropriate opportunities
    for autonomy and influence. (Allow students to
    be involved in the establishment of rules. This
    prepares them for the complexities of citizenship
    in a democracy)

Research… The Learning Environment researched by
Ameree Young
  • The focus is now on how students learn and not
    how we teach. (Dont these go hand in hand?)
  • How we deal with struggling students has to be
    fast and effective
  • BBSST, Sp. Education, 504 plans, at risk program,
    peer tutoring, remediation time.

Research… Future Trends researched by Natalie
  • Old- Community Learning- when learning takes
    place between a group of people with a common
    interest within a common location.
  • New- Learning Community/ Learning
    Organizations- particiants from diverse
    backgrounds and scattered locations organize to
    learn together (DL trips)
  • Three types
  • Learner/ context
  • Learner/ teacher
  • Learner/ Learner
  • Learner/ Learner is now preferred
  • Vygotsky- children learn it twice- once on a
    social level and then on an individual level.
  • Dewy- Interacition is one of the most important
    componets of any learning experience
  • Education and life are interrelated, not
  • Children learn best by doing, by acting on the
  • Continuity of experience is essential to growth.
  • Technology- increases self-esteem and provides
    extra reinforcement.
  • We are moving toward a paperless classroom.
  • OLD- Learning about technology
  • NEW- Learning with technology
  • Have a method in place to share research with
    faculty (OUR BLOG)
  • Part of the routine at school
  • Practiced across grade level or departments

Research…How Students Learn research by Lynn
  • Most use the VARK method (visual, auditory,
    reading/writing, and kinesthetic)
  • Learners accept labels and are reluctant to move
    beyond their comfort zones to develop new
    skills (especially low achievers). It is a
  • There is a lack of evidence to support the
    identification of learning styles to improve
    performance or motivate students.
  • Learning with understanding is different than
    memorization. We should teach understanding.
  • We teach using all so that all students are
  • Metacognitive skills need to be taught- study

Research… Current Beliefs research by Rusty
  • Our current Beliefs
  • All students are valued individuals with
    unique needs. Home, school, and community
    share responsibility for the success of the
    students. A competent, caring, and qualified
    faculty and staff provide a positive learning
    environment. High expectations promote high
    achievement. Academics, with an emphasis on
    reading, are a priority in our school. Our
    school will incorporate twenty-first century
    technology. Our school encourages students to
    develop personal responsibility. A safe,
    orderly, and comfortable environment promotes
    student learning. Our school provides a
    variety of exploration and enrichment
  • Our current Mission--
  • Our mission is to provide each student a safe,
    supportive environment and a challenging
    education that promotes responsibility and
    excellence in learning.
  • Our current Slogan--
  • Making
  • Grizzlies
  • Mighty
  • Students
  • Previous research topics Effective Schools,
    Middle School Trends, and Changing Expectations
    in the Workplace.

How We Support Our Beliefs
How we support our beliefs…
  • All students are valued individuals with unique
  • With a caring faculty, students who are having
    difficulties are usually quickly noticed.
  • We have life skills class for handicapped
  • Bullying is not allowed at our school.
  • Uphold IEPs which make sure that students
    education is individualized to maximize success.
  • Taking responsibility for personal space
  • Students choose their own AR books on topics that
    interest them and that are their reading level.
  • Peer tutoring for students needing academic help
  • Nurse available to those students with health
  • Rubrics are used for self-grading and student
  • Advanced classes are offered.
  • IAPs- Individualized Achievement Plans.

How we support our beliefs…
  • All students are valued individuals with unique
    needs (continued).
  • Clusters are offered
  • Fellowship of Christian Students is active at our
  • Tolerance of other religious beliefs
  • Awards are given for achievements in athletics
    and academics.
  • Indian educations is offered
  • Assistive technology is available to students who
    qualify for it.
  • Life skills students are assigned appropriate art
  • Students are greeted by faculty throughout the
  • Teachers evaluate students individual needs and
    accommodate in a variety of creative ways such as
    use of therapy partners and stress balls for
    managing stress throughout the day.
  • Peer assisted Tutoring is available for students
    to use their ability to help others.
  • Teachers use differentiated instruction,
    assignments and assessment methods.
  • Students are given interest inventories for
    enrichment planning.
  • Applebees straight A awards certificates

How we support our beliefs…
  • Home, school, and community share responsibility
    for the success of the students.
  • Parental involvement daily through emails, phone
    calls and notes home
  • Communicate expectations with parents through 2
    letters per semester
  • PTA programs help educate parents about a variety
    of subjects (the drug program and My Space)
  • Teachers web sites and STI are available to
    communicate assignments and grades to parents
  • Conduct conferences with parents as needed.
  • BBSST Committee screens students with academic
  • Students have assignment sheets and planners that
    are signed daily by parents as well as teachers.
  • SCAN visits and SCAN essay contest
  • Students participate in the Madison County
    Volunteer Father of the Year Contest
  • Parents volunteer in the school and for field
  • School marquee used to inform parents about
    activities and meetings
  • Parents help to facilitate activities and
    fund-raising for gifted clusters

How we support our beliefs…
  • Home, school, and community share responsibility
    for the success of the students (continued).
  • Athletic booster club
  • Choral parents group
  • Band booster parents group
  • Fast food restaurants sponsor the band and choir
  • Science Olympiad uses parents for volunteers to
    mentor students in specific events and for
    transportation. They also put a dinner together
    for the students as a way to celebrate
  • Teachers encourage students to read
  • Teachers use the wealth of experience and
    knowledge from our local community to find
    motivating guest speakers
  • Distance learning programs are utilized
  • Night concerts (band and choir)
  • Parents volunteer at the Autumn Chase Fun Run
  • 100 PTA membership
  • Parents and teachers chaperone dances
  • Junior Achievement program
  • PALS for life veterinarian program
  • Project American Life
  • Art classes make Christmas cards for the
    community as a fund raiser.
  • Teachers write for and are awarded grants from
    local businesses and private groups.

How we support our beliefs…
  • A competent, caring, and qualified faculty and
    staff provide a positive learning environment.
  • Teachers make themselves available to each
  • Open Door Policy
  • Each student belongs to all of us
  • Most competent staff that I have ever worked
  • We are all a family
  • Faculty cares and respects each other
  • Faculty members are highly qualified in their
  • Teachers live, shop, eat and fellowship within
    the school community
  • Some faculty members are also parents
  • Faculty members consider themselves competent,
    caring, qualified, and positive
  • At risk program makes student correction program
    academically productive
  • Teachers go through ongoing in-service training.
  • Teachers are available both before and after
  • Some faculty members carry advanced degrees.
  • Teachers give positive feedback to both parents
    and students on a regular basis.
  • Faculty members encourage correct responses with
  • Students are exposed to literature and media
  • MGMS promotes a pleasant, pleasing and positive
    atmosphere throughout the learning community

How we support our beliefs…
  • A competent, caring, and qualified faculty and
    staff provide a positive learning environment
  • Administration guides our students daily
  • The staff sets the tone for a positive learning
  • Students are aware that their well being is a top
    priority of the faculty
  • Teachers are special and take pride in our
  • Students dont care what you know, they need to
    know that you care
  • Our teachers are highly qualified in their
    subject matter
  • Active BBSST committee that all teachers use to
    refer students to when they need help
  • Teachers contact parents to report positive
    behavior as well as concerns.
  • MGMS promotes a positive learning environment
  • Students earn stars in the library for AR points
    as well as other tangible rewards from classroom
  • Teachers provide positive comments on graded
    papers and report cards
  • Good student work is displayed and good papers
    are read aloud
  • Bright colors and motivational posters are
    displayed throughout the classroom and school
  • All teachers participate in accreditation process
  • Many faculty members give up family time and work
    late throughout the week and come back on
  • We are all one big family, teachers, staff, and
    administration. We all work for the students
  • The sunshine/ social fund
  • We interface with other middle school teachers
    within the community

How we support our beliefs…
  • High expectations promote high achievement.
  • Loss of time and resources offered when behaviors
    deteriorate and students must be removed from
    class think how negative behaviors will
    diminish their chance to learn and excel
    responsible for the choices they make (actions,
    behavior, speech)
  • In keyboarding students are expected to maintain
    27 wpm on 3 minute timed writing with 6 or less
    errors for 80 average.
  • Advanced classes challenge potential Gifted
    clusters homework, reports and projects must be
    turned in on time we have an awards day for all
    three grades students are expected to
    participate in a variety of contests students
    are encouraged to maintain perfect attendance and
    be on the A or Aand B honor roll top five
    highest averages. Reflections form PTA
  • Students are encouraged to take responsibility
    for personal space and PE clothes.
  • Students are required to perform on or above
    grade level.
  • Teachers follow the Alabama Course of Study when
    planning and teaching.
  • Students are taught skills and given experiences
    and confidence to use libraries for life long
    learning. These include reading motivation,
    library research skills, information analysis,
    technology skills and cultural literacy.
  • Students have received consistent superior
    ratings at Festivals
  • Provided excellent representation of the school
    at District and State performances and
  • Alabama writing scores are best in the state and
    standardized test scores are outstanding

How we support our beliefs…
  • High expectations promote high achievement
  • Academic and elective standards are high
  • Teachers expect the students to participate 100
    of the time
  • Faculty encourages students to strive to be in
    the National Junior Honor Society.
  • ZAP program ensures that students learn material
    that is presented.
  • Improve standardized test scores yearly
  • Students use rubrics to assess themselves and
    communicate expectations. This allows students to
    self monitor
  • Students set goals during study skills
  • Students receive high scores on their ADAW test
  • Students have an AR goal of 25 points a nine
  • Teachers require best effort in each activity,
    for example they have to redo sloppy work or
    unacceptable work
  • Our school holds an academic pep rally
  • Students are rewarded for high achievements
    (Presidential Physical Fitness Award, Grizzly
    Award, Academic and Sports awards)
  • All students are expected to meet or exceed all
    academic content standards.
  • Advanced projects are assigned to all students,
    gifted and not gifted
  • Students are guided to make their own
    discoveries in the science lab.
  • Students must maintain an average of 88 or
    better in all academic classes to participate in
    any cluster.

How we support our beliefs…
  • Academics, with an emphasis on reading, are a
    priority in our school.
  • All grades participate in the Accelerated Reader
  • Teachers work to instill a love of reading in
  • Students are introduced to various forms of
  • Teachers attend workshops on reading and devote
    many hours of instruction to reading skills.
  • We focus on reading during remediation and other
    classes as a key building block to learning.
  • Students have DEAR (Drop Everything and Read)
    time during Learning Strategies.
  • Students have open access (open at all times of
    day) to the library media facility and materials.
  • Students select materials and books to meet
    individual needs.
  • We have an academic pep rally each year.
  • Reading is part of each subject.
  • ZAP program has reduced failures by more than 60

How we support our beliefs…
  • Academics, with an emphasis on reading, are a
    priority in our school (continued).
  • Students attending ISS are required to have
    reading material regardless of the reason they
    are in ISS.
  • Students are allowed to miss PE to meet academic
  • Students read a variety of books including
    fiction and nonfiction.
  • The reading lab is used by students to assess and
    assist reading levels in all grades.
  • Reading skills class is offered as an elective.
  • Counselors have oral reading program in reading
    skills classes.
  • Students receive peer help for all subjects.
  • Reading is a separate class for sixth grade.
  • Students are taught metacognative skills during
    study skills with the counselors.

How we support our beliefs…
  • Our school will incorporate twenty-first century
  • Library uses computerized retrieval system
  • CD recorder is used to record rehearsal CDs and
    allow students to listen to their own
  • DVDs are used for performance critiques, musical
    presentations during concerts and instruction.
    ACTIV room is used to teach rhythmic dictation.
  • Our school technology leader attends training
    sessions and shares information with teachers to
    provide training and mentoring to our staff
  • School web site with links to each of our
    teachers individual sites.
  • Parents can check students grades through STI
  • Email is used daily as a correspondence between
    staff and teachers and parents
  • Our school is equipped with a computer lab,
    distance learning lab, ACTIV board room, and
    reading lab.
  • Teachers regularly use classroom equipment
    including classroom computers, LCD projectors,
    TVs, VCRs, DVD players, and overhead projectors

How we support our beliefs…
  • Our school will incorporate twenty-first century
    technology (continued).
  • Each teacher incorporates technology into at
    least one lesson plan
  • Teachers use technology to research ideas and
    information for lessons, keep records of student
    conduct and grades, write lesson plans, and post
  • Teachers write grants to try to obtain more high
    tech tools.
  • Students use power point, excel, internet, audio
    textbooks, and CDs.
  • Science department uses Pocket PCs to record
    data form labs
  • Digital photography is used throughout the school
  • Students are provided with assistive technology
  • Our school uses a technology committee to decide
    how technology funds will be used to best improve
    our students learning
  • The reading lab (STAR reading and STAR math) is
    used by numerous teachers
  • Several faculty members have attended summer
    technology conventions
  • The art classes have put together a graphics
    department and continually use programs like
  • Clusters include robotics and SIMCITY

How we support our beliefs…
  • Our school encourages students to develop
    personal responsibility.
  • Abstinence program taught at our school
  • All sixth graders participate in the alcohol
    prevention program (Slick Tracy)
  • Students are responsible for using school
    property in a responsible manner (text books,
    library and reference books, lab materials,
    technology devices)
  • At the beginning of each year FAC students have a
    unit called Personal Development where they write
    long term and short term goals for the year as
    well as a short written assignment about personal
  • Teachers and administrators consistently enforce
    school rules and policies
  • Homework is the students responsibility
  • Students are required to maintain their PE locker
    and clothes
  • Seventh grade completed weekly journals
  • Tardiness is not permitted.
  • Our yearbook staff takes on the entire
    responsibility and production of the yearbook
    including sales and distribution.
  • Students are assigned a report for overdue
    library books.
  • Eighth grade students are taught food handling
    safety and nutrition.
  • Some classes use a classroom behavior contract
  • When students do not follow rules or procedures,
    they develop plans to try to prevent another
    incident from occurring.

How we support our beliefs…
  • Our school encourages students to develop
    personal responsibility (continued).
  • Students are responsible for taking papers,
    report cards, pictures and letters home to
  • Students are encouraged to keep an assignment
    notebook or planner in order to develop
    organization skills
  • Sixth graders attend Project American Life where
    they learn about their responsibility as an
    American Citizen
  • At risk teacher counsels students and provides
    motivation to difficult to reach students
  • Students often perform self evaluations on
  • Students must keep their choir portfolio up to
    date without reminders from the choral teacher
  • Study skills allows students to discuss the
    choices they have made and the importance of
    consequences of our actions
  • Character Education is taught throughout the
    school and teachers have received professional
    development for teaching character ed.
  • Our counselors teach study skills to each class
    each year to build a students responsibility up
    from 6th grade through 8th grade
  • Students are responsible for coming to the
    teacher to make up any work missed while they are
  • Students are required to turn in assignments in a
    timely manner.
  • Students have to turn in their library books on
    time and pay for lost or damaged books
  • Students are responsible for demonstrating what
    is learned through tests and projects
  • Students are responsible for weekly art sketches
    that are completed outside of the classroom.
  • Teachers counsel students on a daily basis.
  • Students are responsible for arranging
    transportation to early morning detention.
  • Students are required to be in class before the
    tardy bell and have all needed materials nine
    times a day.
  • Students are taught that they are responsible for
    all actions, positive and negative.

How we support our beliefs…
  • A safe, orderly, and comfortable environment
    promotes student learning.
  • Prescriptions medicines are locked up and
    administer to children by an adult
  • Reproductive system is taught in 7th grade
  • At Risk program allows students who are
    disrupting the education of others to be removed
    to a setting that they can also learn in.
  • In house provides an environment that is
    conductive to learning and safe for all
  • Teachers enforce school rules in our classrooms
    and review their rules throughout the year.
  • Teachers monitor the halls before, after, and
    between classes.
  • Teachers monitor the lunchroom daily
  • Teachers have a Classroom management plan that is
    in action
  • Teachers prepare and plan for each class,
    anticipating problems before they occur,
    prevention is the key
  • Students follow routines throughout the day.
  • Classrooms are structured and many use a seating
  • Teachers make an effort to keep classrooms free
    of clutter
  • Problems with lights, air conditioning or heat
    are reported and repaired in a timely manner
  • Security officer and administration are active
    and visible in the halls before, after and
    between classes

How we support our beliefs…
  • A safe, orderly, and comfortable environment
    promotes student learning (continued).
  • All lockers have a lock
  • Bullying is not tolerated, everyone is given a
    fair chance
  • All school rules and procedures are followed
    including the dress code.
  • The entry to the building is well decorated-
    banners, bulletin boards that display student
  • Announcements are made at the end of the day so
    they do not disturb classes.
  • Our physical plant is over 40 years old with
    minimal repairs to the plumbing, heating, and air
    conditioning in spite of that the overall
    environment is conductive to student learning.
  • We have a school safety plan with emphasis on
    emergency lock down, fire, and tornado drills.
  • Medical forms must go on field trips
  • Several teachers have medical certification
  • Teachers are provided with plastic gloves to
    clean up any body fluids and have received
    professional development on the proper procedures
    to clean up such accidents
  • We have a nurse on campus
  • Two counselors are available to students daily
  • Students are required to sign a safety contract
    for science classes and have to follow all lab
  • Character education practices are applied to
    daily student learning

How we support our beliefs…
  • Our school provides a variety of exploration and
    enrichment opportunities.
  • A variety of clusters are offered.
  • Students can participate in a wide variety of
    clubs and service organizations.
  • Students are allowed to show responsibility as
    aides in the office and library.
  • Students in seventh and eighth grade are allowed
    to participate in a variety of sports.
  • Teachers use differentiated instruction and
  • Teachers incorporate a variety of research
    projects and hands on activities into their
  • Students are sometimes allowed to select
    assessment methods.
  • Students participate in local, state and national
  • Teachers and staff work hard to encourage
    students to be active in the school.
  • A wide variety of electives are offered to
    students (music classes with various abilities
    and interest areas, keyboarding, Family and
    Consumer Sciences, Tech. Ed., reading skills,
    yearbook, physical education…)
  • Activities are varied in PE
  • We offer advanced classes to all grades.

How we support our beliefs…
  • Our school provides a variety of exploration and
    enrichment opportunities (continued).
  • Students are allowed to go on a wide variety of
    field trips including DL trips.
  • Competitions are held in the school (Spelling bee
    and geo Bee)
  • Students serve as field support staff at the
    Autumn Fun Run.
  • Our students read to elementary students during
    the Read Across America week and serve as reading
  • Students campaign for the Childrens Advocacy
  • Tasks are assigned by exploration teachers (ISS)
  • The library is a forum for ideas and information.
  • Library resources are available for all to use.
  • The science lab and AMSTI rooms are available to
    use for conducting class experiments and
  • The counselors teach guidance, study skills,
    social skills, manners, goals, and life choices.
  • Students can audition to participate in a number
    of activities including All-City, All-State, the
    Alabama Young Voices Festival, Solo and Ensemble,
    and Singabration at Walt-Disney World.

Beliefs Survey Results
Beliefs Survey Results
  • The results of the first survey showed that our
    current beliefs are supported with at least 93
    considering each a high priority. The results of
    each question are reported on the following
    slides. The number of teachers who voted is
    noted above the percentage. The scale is 0-4 with
    0 being not important to 4 being very important.

Beliefs Survey Results
Beliefs Survey Results
Beliefs Survey Results
Beliefs Survey Results for MGMS Beliefs
Goals for Student Learning Survey Results
Goals for Student Learning Survey Results
  • This survey was given to the faculty as well as
    to the stakeholders. The results are on the
    following slides. The number of people who voted
    for each is noted above the percentage.
  • Please recall the code
  • 0 No Evidence of Achievement
  • 1 Low Level of Achievement
  • 2 Evidence of Progress, But Not Fully Competent
  • 3 Fully Competent Level of achievement
  • 4 Exemplary Level Achievement

  • Goals for Student Learning Survey Results-
  • Faculty

Goals for Student Learning Survey Results- Faculty
Goals for Student Learning Survey Results- Faculty
Goals for Student Learning Survey Results- Faculty
Goals for Student Learning Survey Results- Faculty
Goals for Student Learning Survey Results- Faculty
  • Goals for Student Learning Survey Results-
  • Stakeholders

Goals for Student Learning Survey Results-
Goals for Student Learning Survey Results-
Goals for Student Learning Survey Results-
Goals for Student Learning Survey Results-
Goals for Student Learning Survey Results-
Goals for Student Learning Survey Results-
Stakeholders (One did not answer)
Goals for Student Learning Survey Results-
Stakeholders (four did not answer)