Principal’s Report – April & May 2017

East Range II School Report
April 11, 2017

School Wide Comprehensive Improvement Plan
We have done more work with on our school’s improvement plan, we are reviewing our indicators and revising where needed. We continue to strive towards challenging our students to do their best at everything that they do. We are analyzing our gathered data with the assistance of our ELA coach Brittany Arbo, who is instrumental in our ability to gather, analyze and execute individual plans so that our students become more confident and knowable readers. We are making informed decisions and adjustments in our differentiated teaching methods and for our WIN groupings (response to intervention) based on our findings. We continue to pursue professional development opportunities to help us make improve our instruction.

We are in hopes that we may continue our work with literacy coach Brittany Arbo to keep moving forward.

Our DOE/Priority coach, Al Pfieffer, did an onsite visit to help our team with our planning for the upcoming transitional year. He continues to support our efforts to reach our goal of every student be proficient and beyond.

As always, our improvement plan may be viewed at anytime by going to indistar.com (Dirigostar) and sign in with S14410, password S14410. Our plan remains a work in progress.

WIN
During our What I Need (WIN) time, we utilize eight (8) staff members to ensure that each student’s needs are being served. The students receive added instruction in an area that has been identified as problematic. This is accomplished through hands-on, reinforcement of basic skills, and/or starting a new skill. The daily thirty minute time set aside for WIN has proven to be a positive learning experience for all our students and can be seen in our students Dibels and Star assessments.

Check-In/Check-out
We have identified students who need assistance in their organizational skills. This helps the students get ready for the day and to know what assignments they are required to do. The students check-in in the morning with Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. G and all students check-out in the afternoon with Mrs. Kennedy. Parents are liking this way of helping their child(ren) with working towards having all work completed on time. Incentives are in the works!

MEAs
As an incentive, I promised I would buy the stuff for the students to make a banana split for doing the best they could. Students from grades 3-8 have finished the Reading, Writing, and Math assessments on Monday, April 10. On Tuesday, April 11 all of my students enjoyed a banana split with sprinkles, m&m, cherries, sauce (chocolate, strawberry, caramel, peanut butter), and whip cream!

Math Challenge Questions
All twenty (20) questions have been posted on the bulletin board in the hallway… we are still waiting for more students to submit their answers. The student who has the most correct answers will receive kudos and a math lapel pin! Can you answer them?

Student Artist of the Month
March’s artist is Waylen Clough and in second place is Kimberly Thompson. Their art work is on display above the doors in the west entry way. They have both done an outstanding job, as well as all of our students!

Professional Learning Committee/Team Meeting
At our last PLC/Team meeting, we completed the four questions for the state to continue the professional development and literacy coach for next year. We also reviewed our indicators, we have four out of seven completed, and have read and discussed two of the wise ways. Wise ways are research briefs that provide: a context for each indicator; a succinct synthesis of the related research, examples, and resources. Meeting agenda and minutes are posted to the indistar website.

Communicating with Parents
We are aware that communication is key to a positive relationship with our school community. We continue to place information on our website to keep our parents informed. We are also sending home weekly announcements with our students on Fridays. When a change is made for bus runs we send out a separate notice as soon as possible. When we have special events, we may even give each parent a courtesy call. When students are absent, we make a call home to check in. In our opinion we have the best parents around!

Parent/Teacher Conference
Parent/Teacher Conference has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 12 from 2:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Scholastic Book Fair
Our annual book fair starts tomorrow at 2:30 to 6:00 p.m. during our parent/teacher conference. This year Mrs. Noyes has challenged the students to earn $1,000, if this amount is raised, I will be duct taped to the wall. Time will tell if this will happen… stay tuned.

Floor Hockey
At last Thursday’s game, in sudden death overtime, Kale Grass’s team took the honor of 2017 Champs! Thank you to Coach Murphy for organizing this parent/student activity.

Coach Johnson’s Little Pee Wee Basketball program concluded last night with the parent/student game. The students won by a landslide… 46 to 22!! Way to go Rangers!

Coach Murphy’s Pee Wee Basketball program will conclude tonight with its parent/student game. Will the Rangers be victorious? Stay tune… Check our website for updated information.

Submitted by,

Donna M. Gagnon, Principal

East Range II School Report
May 1, 2017

School Wide Comprehensive Improvement Plan

Our school wide improvement plan is continuous, our literacy coach Brittany Arbo is scheduled to be onsite Wednesday, May 3rd, to oversee our efforts in helping our students reach their potential and soar in reading. Data collection continues and we are moving towards training all teachers to use the dibels program.

Our DOE/Priority coach, Al Pfieffer, will also do an onsite visit on Wednesday, May 3rd, to help our team with our indicators and our Title I review in June. Al’s support in our efforts to reach our goal that every student will be proficient and go beyond is essential.

As always, our improvement plan may be viewed at anytime by going to indistar.com (Dirigostar) and sign in with S14410, password S14410. Our plan remains a work in progress.

WIN
Continues to be a work in progress and our collected data helps us target skills for all students.

Check-In/Check-out
We have identified students who need assistance in their organizational skills. This helps the students get ready for the day and to know what assignments they are required to do. The students check-in in the morning with Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. G and all students check-out in the afternoon with Mrs. Kennedy. Parents are liking this way of helping their child(ren) with working towards having all work completed on time. Incentives are in the works!

MEAs
As promised, I bought the stuff for all students to get a banana split for doing their best on the MEA Math and ELA testing. Now we continue with the MEA Science for 5th & 8th graders and then the MEA Writing grades 3-8 the following week.

Math Challenge Questions
Math challenge had few participants however, Gabby, Lilly, Kayla, Dillanne, Mackenzie, Aaron, and Owen tried. Gabby was the winner of the math lapel pin.

Student Artist of the Month
April’s artists of the month have not been awarded yet.
The Downeast Salmon Federation for its Student Art Contest has chosen Natalie Harriman as second place winner in the category of grades 3-5 and Landon Ripley as honorable mention in the K-2 category.

Professional Learning Committee/Team Meeting
At our next PLC/Team meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3rd.

Communicating with Parents
When students are absent, we make a call home to check in on the student. Friday announcement continues to go home each week and any information given to Jessica is added to our wordpress site. Our parents continue to support their children and in our opinion are the best parents around!

Parent/Teacher Conference
Parent/Teacher Conference was a success, we had 21 students who had their parents meet with the teachers. (68 percent).

Scholastic Book Fair
Mrs. Noyes did an awesome job on organizing our annual scholastic book fair again this year. The students raised almost $700. The left over books have been repacked and sent back to scholastic.
Great job everyone!

Rangers Softball
Coach Murphy started co-ed softball practice last week for grades 5-8, practice schedules have gone home. Can you believe it is that time of year already?

Coach Johnson will be starting up t-ball practice soon, notices will be sent home

Submitted by,

Donna M. Gagnon, Principal

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