Last updated: November 12. 2013 1:38PM - 549 Views
Lauren Williams Staff Writer

Lauren Williams/Sampson IndependentMembers of the Clinton City Board of Education listen as principals and staff from all the city schools discuss their improvement plans.
Lauren Williams/Sampson IndependentMembers of the Clinton City Board of Education listen as principals and staff from all the city schools discuss their improvement plans.
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During last week’s work session, Clinton City Board of Education members heard from the principals and staff of each city school concerning the schools’ improvement plans and how educators are striving to reach their goals. School system administrators previously determined that educators should focus planning efforts on four main areas — high-performing students, staff, communication, and learning environments. Principals and staff from each school discussed their own individual goals under these umbrellas, reminding school board members that many aspects of the plans have already been implemented and that the plans are a continual work in progress.

L.C. Kerr School

  • High-performing students — improve attendance rate, offer Reading 3D and Math Talks programs
  • High-performing staff — offer fellowship opportunities for staff, hold lunch meetings, participate in workshops, offer surveys to gather staff feedback
  • High-performing communication — have interpreters at all meetings, hold curriculum nights, keep parents and community up to date with ConnectEd, newsletters, and more advertising
  • High-performing learning environment — keep safety and other such school concerns a top priority

Butler Avenue School

  • High-performing students — improve attendance, narrow achievement gap particularly in reading, improve student vocabulary with weekly contest, improve reading proficiency
  • High-performing staff — hold monthly meetings for new teachers with administration, offer professional development for teachers, give teachers opportunity to meet quarterly with school guidance counselor, provide teacher recognition
  • High-performing communication — hold round table meetings, send out monthly newsletters, use Google document with parents
  • High-performing learning environment — use key-less entry system, monitor campus closely, use student buddy system, educate staff on crisis procedures and practices

Sunset Avenue School

  • High-performing students — improve attendance rate with awards and holding parents accountable, narrow achievement gap with vocabulary instruction and a new community-based mentoring program, improve student proficiency on state assessments
  • High-performing staff — lower teacher turnover by offering help to new teachers, utilizing curriculum coaches, and awarding teacher with a best practices spotlight
  • High-performing communication — translate weekly ConnectEd messages into Spanish, ensure parents are signing up for PowerSchools bulletin
  • High-performing learning environment — implement better ID process for visitors, reevaluate current crisis plans and adjust as necessary, use video to monitor campus, look into programs for a computerized visitor check-in system

Sampson Middle School

  • High-performing students — improve reading and math scores by utilizing curriculum coaches and continuing formative assessments and collections, improve attendance by sending letters home and utilizing school guidance counselors and social workers, reducing achievement gap with help of mentors, tutors, and role models
  • High-performing staff — promote a family environment, hold round table discussions, hold monthly meetings for new teachers, offer duty-free lunches once a week
  • High-performing communication — respond to messages within 24 hours, input grades for students and parents on weekly basis
  • High-performing learning environment — identify shortcomings in crisis plans and make needed updates, have response team perform monthly safety inspections

Clinton High School

  • High-performing students — improve attendance with recognition and by encouraging students to develop deeper connection to school through clubs and extracurricular activities, improve state as well as ACT, SAT, and AP test scores with tutoring and help from curriculum coach, work with Sampson Middle School to make transition from middle school to high school easier
  • High-performing staff — offer monthly school climate survey, have mentors for new teachers, main professional behavior, offer technology training
  • High-performing communication — utilize ConnectEd and Parent Portal, communicate via email, send text message reminders to students and parents via Remind 101 program, publicize in newspaper and on local radio stations
  • High-performing learning environment — keep school safe by holding practice drills, utilizing resource officer, updating list of first responders, improve traffic flow, update electronic devices, continue recycling program, improve cleanliness of school facility

Lauren Williams can be reached at 910-592-8137, ext. 117 or via email at lwilliams@civitasmedia.com.

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