3:00 PM - 11:00 PM Student Success Planner Report Sent Home
The new year is off to a grand start for the Rowley Rockets! We were recently informed that we have received a grant that will enable us to hire a third, part-time interventionist; provide voluntary after-school tutoring and bus transportation twice a week; purchase additional supplies and computers to enhance instruction; and, continue with additional Professional Development opportunities after school and during the summer for our teachers. This is very exciting and we are anticipating significant and positive outcomes as a result of these opportunities. We “Pictured the Possibilities” when applying for this grant and now those possibilities have become reality!
The spring semester is a time of year when we continue our focus on impacting student achievement. In PLCs, our teachers meet in core area groups and evaluate assessments to chart student progress. Students who need additional assistance to meet their assessment goals are identified and individual plans are developed for each of these students to target their strengths and areas for improvement. The composition of the student body at Rowley is one of variant needs, both academic and behavioral, and we must be creative in meeting those individual needs as opposed to implementing a “cookie cutter” approach to personal and academic growth for our students. This is one of the many areas in which the faculty and staff at Rowley shine. Our teachers are consistently tapping into their instructional creativity to ensure that no student feels that he or she is incapable of realizing success. Every adult on campus is committed to building relationships with students so that these adolescents can realize their full potential. It is, and will continue to be, one of the fundamental components of our school’s mission.
The 2017 state assessments, LEAP 2025 (sixth, seventh, and eighth graders) and EOCs (end of course tests for high schoolers) are online, computer-based assessments. This format has proven to be quite successful with the EOCs and we are looking forward to utilizing this format with the middle schoolers. Teachers are administering computer-based practice tests; students who receive testing accommodations are using a computer-based program; and, we are providing time in enrichment periods to practice typing for speed to assist students in time management on constructed response questions. In this technological society in which we live, we are tapping into the technological savviness of our students in our efforts to impact student achievement. We are confident that our efforts will result in student success.
The EOCs for high schoolers will be administered from the end of April through the middle of May. LEAP 25 will be administered during the first week of May. As we approach the middle of this third nine weeks, we realize that these testing weeks will be upon us faster than it may seem on the calendar. As we continue to prepare our students at school, we ask that parents and guardians encourage students to practice their skills at home as well. Most of the programs used at school are also available for student use out of school hours. Even small increments of practice time continued over a period of time will yield positive results.
I encourage parents and guardians to call me at school with any questions regarding state testing. The success of all of our students is our ultimate goal and we can achieve that goal through a collaborative home and school relationship. May 2017 bring health and happiness to all of you.
Your partner in education,
C.F. Rowley Alternative School
Each Monday, students will bring home the Student Success Planner Report, which each of their teachers have filled out highlighting their strengths and successes for the week along with any challenges the student is facing with regards to her/his behavior.
Students also recieve a rating on their progress toward reaching their goals of being respectful, responsible and positive.
We are asking that parents review this report with their child and return it to the school with both parent/guardian and student comments.
Thank you so much for your support.