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  • Principal Robin Furlan

     
    Dear Warrior Community:

    Happy New Year and welcome back to school! I hope you and your family enjoyed a restful and restorative Winter Break. I thoroughly enjoyed downtime with my family decorating cookies, playing board games, and watching movies. I also took time to cook and read. I am well rested and looking forward to getting back to school. January is sure to be a busy month.  In the classroom, we will be focusing on independent reading skills and building the reading culture in both ELA and Social Studies, tackling rich math tasks and math talks to build conceptual understanding in Math, and using models to explain natural phenomenon in Science.  As a Professional Learning Community, all staff and teams of teachers will be spending time looking at our data to make sure we are making good progress towards our School Improvement Goals to improve learning for all of our scholars.

    In December, all Federal Way schools presented their School Improvement Plans to a District panel. It was an interesting process where all the great work of the schools in our district had the opportunity to be highlighted. I am excited to share some highlights of our School Improvement Plan with you. For a full copy of our School Improvement Plan, please see Laura Wittenauer in our Main Office.

    Below is brief summary of the Sacajawea Middle School Current State of Scholar Achievement as measured by the 2016 SBA and Attendance Data.

    Equity-

    2016 6th grade Math SBA scores improved with the Black (5%), Hispanic (4%), and Pac Islander (16%) populations.

    Consistency-

    • 53% of cohort 7th graders met standard on the ELA SBA.  Scores increases by 6.0% over 6th grade ELA SBA.
    • 63% of cohort 8th graders met standard on the ELA SBA.  Scores increases by 3.0% over 7th grade ELA SBA.

    Growth-

    • 45% of 6th graders met standard on the ELA SBA.  Scores decreased by 2.0% in 2016.
    • 53% of 7th graders met standard on the ELA SBA.  Scores decreased by 7.0% in 2016.
    • 63% of 8th graders met standard on the ELA SBA.  Scores increased by 7.0% in 2016.

    Standards- 

    Results show that our scholars are making growth in their three years at Sacajawea in both ELA and Math.  We still see disproportionality in the data among our scholars of color and special needs including ELL.  However, 6th grade Math SBA scores improved in lower performing sub groups between 4% and 15%.

    Attendance rates in 2015-2016 were 95% and in 2016-2017 are currently 94%. 

    Based on this and more Sacajawea Middle School’s Improvement Plan was written to support the District Strategic Plan Goals #2 The Whole Child and #4 Mastery of All Subjects.  The Stretch Goals for 2016-2017 are as follows:

    Attendance- Decrease unexcused absences of scholars by 20% during the 2016-17 school year (from 2.0% to 1.6%).

    ELA- All scholars will increase their achievement on the SBA ELA standards by the following percentage:

    • 6th - 45.0% to 53.3%
    • 7th - 53.0% to 60.1%
    • 8th - 63.0% to 68.6%

    MATH-All scholars will increase their achievement on the SBA Math standards by the following percentage:

    • 6th - 34.0% to 43.9%
    • 7th - 42.0% to 50.7%
    • 8th - 44.0% to 52.4%

    READING- 80% of scholars will make one or more year’s growth in independent reading levels from October 2016 to May 2017 as measured by the IRLA and classroom based assessments.

    SCIENCE- All scholars will increase their achievement on the MSP Science Assessment by 6.3% based on the MSP results from 2016: 8th - 58.0% to 64.3%

    We support our struggling scholars with an Academic Intervention Plan which includes multiple targeted and directed programs to support the individual learning needs of scholars.  If you would like more information about Academic Intervention opportunities at Sacajawea, please contact Jenn Marquez, Interventionist.  Please let us know how we may partner with you and your scholar to ensure your scholar’s success. Again, Happy New Year!  May 2017 bring joy and prosperity to you and your family.

    Yours Truly,

    Robin Furlan, Principal
    Sacajawea Middle School

     

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