Improvement Activities

Goal Setting
In both Reading and Math, teachers analyze their data and create grade level goals and classroom goals. Throughout the year, Reading and Math goals are Progress Monitored. Progress Monitoring is an ongoing process in which teachers are consistently working with their students and focusing on key skills that must be mastered by the end of the school year.

PLCs
Fruitland teachers meet regularly in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). These teams meet to discuss student data and create intervention and enrichment groups based on students’ needs and skills. These teams are critical to ensuring that ALL students are making progress and receiving intervention and enrichment opportunities.

School Wide Initiatives

RTI Groups
30 minutes of each school day is focused on RTI (Response to Intervention) and Essential Learnings – working with students who are not yet at grade level and providing those students who are at grade level opportunities to advance/enhance their skills. We have instituted a building wide intervention time that occurs daily. This work is based on the Four Key Questions of RTI:

  1. What do we want kids to know?
  2. How do we know if they have learned it?
  3. What do we do for kids who haven’t learned it?
  4. What do we do for kids who have learned it and need something else?

AVID Implementation
Advancement Via Individual Determination provides resources and tools for academic rigor and support. AVID Center's vision is to provide the entire educational system, elementary through higher education with a comprehensive model focused on success for all students within an academic rigorous setting. It focuses on the lens of WICOR (Writing to learn, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading to Learn).

Click here to view levels of intervention pyramid.

Academic:
Identification of Essential Standards in Reading and Math    
Alignment of curricular materials to grade level identifed standards
Development of common formative assessments to measure student progress toward identified standards    
Use of intervention block to provide additional support to students identified as needing additional help as identified through administration of common formative assessments
Incremental grade level goals set in reading and math    
Screening assessments administered in reading (DIBELS/STAR) and Math (Computational Screener/STAR)
Grade level teams meet weekly to discuss student progress, coordinate instruction, and develop intervention /enrichment plans    
Principal and support staff meet with grade level teams every 6-8 weeks to discuss student progress

Social-Emotional/Behavioral
School wide common behavioral expectations based on core traits: R.A.M.S. Respect others, Act safely, Make good choices, Solve problems. Positive rewards and recognition for demonstrating expected behaviors. School wide assemblies to review behavioral expectations and celebrate school, class, and individual effort and progress.

Parent, Family, and Community Involvement
Each of our schools strives to engage with the community (PSD School Board Direction – Communication, Engagement and Involvement).  Specific examples/plans of this parent and community engagement can be found by clicking here to see the school’s annual performance report.

Use of Technology
In each of our schools, technology is a primary tool to facilitate instruction and these tools have a positive impact on student learning. Technology also allows our school to communicate effectively with parents through a variety of innovative means. We also use various district software applications for student intervention as we continue to develop Response to Intervention (RTI) systems in our school.

We use the following software applications for this work:

  • Presence/Schoology websites: Contains teacher instructional materials and guidelines; communication for parents, and student access to instructional materials.
  • STAR ­Reading and Math Assessments: Diagnostic assessments to provided benchmark indicators on student performance in reading and math.
  • PerformancePLUS: Repository for all state, district, and building assessment data; data available to analyze student performance by school teams.
  • School Messenger: Communication tool to inform parents on important school information and student learning events.