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School district progresses toward its six goals

MILLIE HAMNER
Millie Hamner
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In December, parents of Summit School District students received the “Annual Report for the 2003-2004 School Year.”Included within this report is a copy of the School Accountability Report (SAR) for their child’s school, as compiled by the Governor’s Office for all public schools in Colorado.Complete sets of each school’s Annual Report and SAR are available for all parents and community members on the school district’s website at http://www.summit.k12.co.us by clicking on “What’s New” or by calling the Central Office at (970) 668-3011.The information provided through these sources meets all of the state and federal reporting requirements for public schools.One of the accountability requirements for public reporting is to share the progress that we are making toward the goals established by the board of education for the school district.

Although we are faced with the same challenges of other resort communities, including a highly mobile population and an increasing number of children whose native language is not English, our Annual Report highlights the many successes we are achieving.Because of our continued focus on results, we have made significant progress toward each of the district’s six goals. I will highlight some of our successes here.– Goal 1: Summit School District will deliver a challenging academic program that maximizes learning time and is directly correlated to the advanced level of the Colorado state standards. The primary indicators of success will be that 85 percent of students will achieve “at or above proficiency” on all CSAP assessed subjects and that 95 percent of students will graduate from high school.Results: The most exciting results under this goal include the expansion of the Twilight Alternative Education Program, the implementation of the Newcomers’ Center, the implementation of the Houghton Mifflin reading series, the piloting of a new math program in grades K-5, the implementation of a new math program at Summit Middle School (SMS), the “authorization” of the SMS International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP), and the expansion of the IB program throughout SMS and to the elementary and high school levels. Additional literacy assessments and the replacement of the Terra Nova assessment with the NWEA will allow for ongoing knowledge of results and will create a body of evidence regarding student achievement.

We are seeing student gains in writing over time that appear to be significant. Good growth in fifth-grade math is a sign that we are on our way to increasing math performance at the middle and high school levels. The web-based Alpine Achievement system is assisting all principals and teachers in accessing the achievement results they need to make informed instructional decisions for their students. A school calendar committee has been initiated and charged with recommending a school calendar to the school board that supports learning and increased achievement for all students.– Goal 2: All Summit schools will create and maintain a safe, drug-free and civil learning environment that enhances the emotional and social well-being and character development of all Summit students. The primary indicators of success will include parent climate surveys, student behavior and discipline referrals and student survey data.

Results: With the adoption of the character education plan, we are already seeing the fruits of our efforts. Informal reports from parents about the safety at the middle school are glowing, largely due to the Climate Team’s efforts and the implementation of the Golden Fleece program.Reports from the high school indicate increased morale, school spirit, and improved school climate among staff and students.Millie Hamner is superintendent of schools. She can be reached at (970) 668-3011.


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