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Title: Iberia Parish School System

Iberia Parish School System
Iberia Parish School System
  • New Iberia Senior High
  • 1600 students
  • Freshmen Academy
  • Freshmen Advisory
  • BUZZ 101
  • Westgate High School
  • 1200 students
  • Freshmen Academy
  • Freshmen Advisory
  • FAME

New Iberia Senior High
Freshman Academy Rationale
  • In order to see long term, sustainable
    improvements in student achievement, we realized
    that we must begin with freshmen.
  • Capturing the freshmen as they enter and molding
    them into ideal NISH students would create a
    higher caliber student who would then permeate
    upper grades as they moved through their high
    school careers.
  • The Freshman Academys objective is to create an
    atmosphere that continues the nurturing
    environment many students experienced in earlier
    grades and ease the transition to high school.
  • The Academy focuses on the academic and socially
    developmental needs of the freshmen through
    teaming, freshman advisory and freshman
    orientation class.

Freshman Advisory Program
  • A key component of this program is the mentoring
    relationship that develops between the freshman
    students and the advisory teachers.
  • Advisory classes meet on a weekly basis for
    thirty minutes throughout the entire school year.
  • Freshman are assigned advisors based on their
    team affiliation to continue the close-knit
    personalization offered by the academy.
  • Advisors guide freshmen in choosing a career
    major / interest area which is used for
    upper-level academic scheduling and advisory

Freshman Advisory Lesson Topics
  • How to…make your mission happen
  • How to…get goals going
  • Looking back looking ahead
  • How to…say no to the good and yes to the best
  • How to…get time smart
  • How to…focus your energy
  • How to…get the right things done
  • How to…think like a winner
  • How to…see the team, not only the win
  • How to…map out the big win
  • How to…see how you hear
  • How to…listen with your heart
  • Advisory Survey (To be given at a later date)
  • PBS Swarm Lesson
  • PBS Introduction to PBS
  • How to… define your character
  • How to… move where you want to go
  • How to…play by lifes rules and win
  • How to…see what youre missing
  • How to…keep friends friends
  • How to…control your actions and attitude
  • How to…talk the walk
  • How to…make a difference when you can
  • How to…stop, think, and go
  • How to…see what could be, what should be, what
    will be

Freshman Advisory Added Features
  • Premier GO Program
  • First purchased for the 2005-2006 school year
  • Character development program based on Sean
    Coveys The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
  • Used in conjunction with the Freshman Advisory
    Program to
  • Enhance academic achievement
  • Increase problem solving skills
  • Promote positive attitude
  • Instill character education
  • Promote personal and social growth
  • Help to create an overall positive climate
  • Coincides with students Premier Planner The
  • Teaches organization skills
  • Reinforces Coveys principles that are introduced
    and studied in depth during the Freshman
    Orientation course and revisited throughout the
    upper-level advisories.

Freshman Orientation Course Buzz 101
  • Reserved for first-time freshmen
  • Part of a separate freshman community which helps
    to build identity, increase voice, and establish
    a comradeship among peers
  • The educational units that comprise this course
    aimed to increase overall freshman achievement,
    to increase appropriate social behaviors and to
    provide a foundation for the students academic
    and personal growth.
  • The course helps to facilitate a solid foundation
    for the student-teacher relationship which works
    to produce the stability necessary for entering
    freshman students, as well as build a successful
    mentoring relationship between the students and
    the Buzz teacher.
  • Coincides with the Freshman Advisory program
    through a focus on Coveys The 7 Habits of Highly
    Effective Teens.
  • The ultimate goal is to create a welcoming
    atmosphere for students to grow and thrive, while
    instilling the skills necessary for academic
    success in high school including communication,
    time management and study skills.

Freshman Orientation Course Buzz 101
  • Personalization
  • Communities of 130 students rather than 1600
  • Shared experiences
  • Common planning among team members allows for
    parental and group conferencing
  • Mentor / Mentee relationship is establish between
    Buzz students and teachers
  • Separate Community
  • 3 Cohort Teams
  • Shared core subject teachers
  • Split scheduling
  • Math Science
  • English Social Studies
  • Team Based Advisors

BUZZ 101 Overview
  • I. Welcome to NISH (7 8 days)
  • A. Introduction to school life
  • B. School rules Regulations
  • C. Curriculum
  • D. Extracurricular activities
  • E. Career Clusters Majors
  • F. Library Orientation
  • II. Study Skills (5-6 days)
  • A. Seven Steps to Good Study Habits Part I
  • B. Getting Organized
  • C. Time Management
  • D. Seven Steps to Good Study Habits Part II
  • E. Note-taking Skills
  • F. Test taking strategies
  • III. Getting to Know Yourself (7-8 days)
  • A. Self discovery
  • B. Personality
  • IV. Communication Skills (10-14 days)
  • A. Types of Communication
  • B. Diversity
  • C. Public speaking
  • D. Listening
  • E. Respect/Harassment
  • Goals, Values, Positive Decision-making
  • (7-8 days)
  • A. Goals and Values
  • B. Decision Making
  • C. Conflict Resolution
  • VI. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
  • (10 15 minutes daily)
  • VII. Character Education (10-15 minutes daily)
  • VIII. Course Evaluation (1 day)

Freshman Orientation Course Scheduling
  • Originally created for a full credit course, but
    initiated as a one half credit elective scheduled
    for the first semester and paired with one half
    credit in Health Education
  • Problem Some students didnt receive Buzz until
  • In year 2, the course was offered as an A/B class
    paired with Health Education that met for the
    entire semester
  • Problem Once course running A/B on a standard
    4X4 campus created confusion
  • In year 3, the class reverted back to a normal
    4x4 half credit course paired with Health
    Education with all students participating in Unit
    during the first 7 days of school.
  • Problem So many valuable lessons and skills that
    were developed in the original course proposal
    are being omitted due to time constraints
  • In year 4, the class will be a full credit course
    taught as a standard 4X4 class paired with
    Physical Education I. All students will complete
    Unit 1 during the first 7 days of classes.
  • Problem Solved A full semester of skills that
    will boost student achievement, with minimal
    scheduling disruptions, and built in time for
    study skills and one on one tutoring.

No Academy
First Academy
Second Academy (2005-2006) Participated in iLEAP
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Second Academy
First Academy

Freshman Academy
  • Small, focused learning environment to ease
    transition to high school
  • Address needs of first-time freshman students on
    a personalized level
  • Required Course F.A.M.E. Freshman Achievement
    Motivation and Excellence
  • Career and Interest Exploration

Freshman Achievement Motivation Excellence
Course Overview
This course has been designed to
  • address first-time freshmen
  • increase achievement and appropriate social
  • decrease the dropout rate
  • provide a foundation for academic and personal

Unit 1 School Orientation
  • Goals of the F.A.M.E. course
  • Contents of the Westgate Student Planner
  • Physical geography of Westgate High School
  • Roles and functions of key school personnel
  • Proper classroom conduct
  • School History
  • Extracurricular opportunities

Unit 2 Study Skills
  • Effective listening skills
  • Cornell note-taking method
  • Personal shorthand techniques
  • Graphic organizers
  • Time management strategies
  • Identifying stressors and managing stress
  • Ideal study spaces
  • Test-taking tips

Unit 4 Social Skills and Character Education
  • Six Pillars of Character
  • Greeting etiquette
  • Self control
  • Respectful behaviors
  • Positive and negative peer pressure
  • Independent thinking skills and judgment
  • Ethical decision making
  • Personal responsibilities

Unit 5 Diversity and Conflict Resolution
  • Recognizing differences
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Positive and negative effects of conflict
  • Approaches to conflict resolution
  • Problem-solving processes
  • Anger triggers and appropriate responses
  • Listening skills and I-messages

Unit 8 Self Knowledge
  • Discovering personal traits and attitudes
  • Personalities
  • Self-esteem and potential
  • Values and goal-setting
  • Decision-making models
  • Leadership qualities
  • Creating Autobiographies

Other Units
  • Library and Technology Skills
  • Drug Education
  • Career Research
  • Job Related Skills
  • Work Ethics
  • Personal Finance
  • Post Secondary Planning

Freshman Academy Implementation
  • Results

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05-06 Sophomore
Freshman Academy Implementation
  • Year 2

Additions and Changes
  • FAME Transition Course Revised
  • FAME adapted for special education students
  • 100 Academic Teaming Accomplished
  • Team Meetings
  • During common professional time
  • Hold parent conferences
  • Call students in for whole-team / counselor
  • Documentation Binders
  • Student Mentoring Program
  • Tiger Stripes
  • Students who have failed more than one course

Additions and Changes
  • Core Academic Tutoring
  • Held every two weeks (midterm progress reports
    and report card)
  • Students with F averages will attend tutoring
  • Tutoring held on Monday an Tuesday during the
    last thirty minutes of FAME class
  • Tutor consist of teachers from the opposite
    Freshman team and others from outside the academy
    who have volunteered for this program
  • Academy-wide I-LEAP Prep

Additions and Changes
  • Freshman of the Week
  • Vocabulary Enrichment
  • Word of the Day in all Freshman Classes
  • Tests through FAME classes
  • Last vocabulary test 51 Freshmen scored 100
  • Sustained Silent Reading Program
  • 10 minutes of silent reading on Monday, Wednesday
    and Friday
  • 10 minute responses on Tuesday and Thursday
  • Freshman Forum

Lessons Learned…
  • What worked?
  • What didnt work?
  • What we learned?
  • What next?

Iberia Parish Schools
  • New Iberia Senior High School 337-369-6714
  • Curt Landry Principal - culandry_at_iberia.k12.la.u
  • Heath Hulin Assistant Principal -
  • Shawn Leach Freshman Academy shleach_at_iberia.k12.
  • Westgate High School 337-365-2431
  • James Gray Principal - jagray_at_iberia.k12.la.us
  • Neely Moore Freshman Academy nemoore_at_iberia.k12.
  • District Office 337-364-7641
  • Suzanne Whitaker School Choice and Assessment
    Facilitator suwhitaker_at_iberia.k12.la.us
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