Elementary School Improvement Plan 2015-16

posted Nov 3, 2015, 9:27 AM by Stefani Kanzler   [ updated Nov 24, 2015, 1:38 PM ]



School Improvement Plan


Sprague does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provide equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Title IX Officer & Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator: [Pat Whipple, Sprague Superintendent] [PO Box 305 Sprague, WA 99032] [509-257-2591] [pwhipple@sprague.wednet.edu] or Section 504 Coordinator: [Michelle Dennis] [PO Box 305 Sprague, WA 99032] [509-257-2591] [mdennis@sprague.wednet.edu]

Revised 10-14-15

Group:  K-4

         Highly Qualified Staff:

                       Carrie Jahns                             Kindergarten teacher

                       Ginny Ressel                           Grades 1 & 2 teacher

                       Amy Whipple                          Grades 3 & 4 teacher

                       Pam Schermerhorn                  Special Programs Director/Teacher

                       Debbie Reisenauer                  Pre-School Paraeducator 3 & 4 year old

                       Becky Kanzler                                    Paraeducator

                       Dave Downhour                     Paraeducator

                       Sharon Culligan                      Paraeducator

                       Pat Whipple                            P-4 Principal

           Non-Highly Qualified Staff:


Targeted Areas:






Community Involvement

Professional Development



  • Data is used at every step of the school plan and in all areas.  Curriculum based measures are used in reading and math to assess at the end of each unit.  Decisions are then made based on that data to reteach or move on.

  • District wide measures DIBELS (math and reading) and MAP are given to all students 3 times per year.  DIBELS Easy CBM (math) measures are also given monthly as progress monitoring.

  • MAP scores are used to show student growth for Title I, LAP and Highly Capable Programs.

  • State assessments are given in 3rd and 4th grade.  This information is used at the district level to make curriculum, staffing and scheduling decisions.  

TARGET AREA:                 ELA/ Reading


The district has adopted the Horizons Reading Programs.  The 3rd and 4th grades will also be using the Reading Workshop with Novel units while grades 2-4 will also use I Read to Write.  Additional and specific reading skills will be targeted to continue the improvement of reading in the elementary school.  Additional informational and non-fiction materials, such as newspapers, magazines, and science or social studies trade books will be used at all grade levels.  By the end of 4th grade students will be

able to:

  • summarize text.

  • determine main ideas and /or themes.

  • make inferences about main characters and ideas.

  • make predictions related to the reading selection.

  • understand the cause and effect relationships in a story plot.

  • compare/contrast narrative and expository selections on the same topic.

  • cite evidence from text to support that a conclusion or inference.

  • develop an understanding of craft and structure of text.

  • use technology to conduct research.


  1. To move students scoring below core up a level on DIBELS as measured from the beginning of the year to the end (intensive to strategic: strategic to core).

  1. To use RIT numbers (Levels 1-4) from MAP tests and move students up a level from the beginning of the year to the end.


  1. To use data at all grade levels to measure students reading progress and modify reading instruction to meet student needs.       

  1. To have daily SSR and/or Reading Aloud in each classroom.          

  1. To provide core reading instruction to all students at grade level that builds listening and reading comprehension and background knowledge.

  1. To use Title 1 funds to support our K-4 Literacy Focus in providing reading time daily for each student at their instructional level to build fluency and comprehension.

  1. To provide LAP support for our earliest readers (Kindergarteners) and our lowest readers not passing state or district assessments.

  1. To provide technology as a tool to teach research and as a support for individual learning needs.

Target Area:  ELA/ Writing


           We will continue to use the research based curriculum (such as:  Zaner-Booser, Six-Trait Writing, Four Square and Teach Me Writing) with the writing process to teach the Common Core State Standards


  1. 4th grade students will demonstrate the ability to write expository, opinion and narrative forms of writing as measured by the Washington State Six-Trait Writing Rubrics.

  1. Emphasis by grade level

  • Kindergarten – Use a combination of drawing, dictating and writing to express opinions, compose expository text or tell a single event narrative.

  • main

  • 2nd Grade – Write a main idea with multiple follow-up details, include the use of temporal words to signal order, and provide closure.

  • 3rd Grade – Write an essay( opinion, informative, narrative) with an introduction, develop topic through facts or opinions, use linking words and phrases and provide a concluding statement or section.

  • 4th Grade –Write an essay( opinion, informative, narrative) with an introduction where a topic or opinion is clearly stated, develop topic through researched facts, personal opinions, quotations,  or dialog; use linking words and phrases and provide a strong concluding statement or section.

  1. Integrate writing into the Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) in Social Studies at the 3rd and 4th grade levels.

  2. Integrate technology into all aspects of writing with an emphasis in gathering information and publishing.

TARGET AREA:                 Math


           We will:

                       -consistently work on computation of basic facts.

                       -stress conceptual learning.

                       -incorporate math vocabulary in grades K-4.

                       -incorporate problem solving strategies daily.

                       -encourage professional development.

                       -fully implement the CCSS


  1. To improve individual Easy CBM (DIBELS) scores by 5 percentile points within Core or move students up a level until they are Core (intensive to strategic; strategic to core)

  2. To progress monitor students monthly using the Easy CBM program and use that data to drive instruction

  3. By the end of the fourth (4th) grade, students will demonstrate the ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide the numbers between one and twelve based on a math assessment.

  4. To implement and use a district wide math assessment (MAP Measurement of Academic Progress)

  1. To implement Engage New York math curriculum for grades K-4 with a certified teacher at each grade level.

  1. To provide resources for parents to help students with math classwork and homework at home.

TARGET AREA:                 Technology


  • We will provide and implement Chromebooks on a 1:1 basis first through fourth grades.

  • We will teach students to keyboard and use Chromebooks, desktop computers, tablets and a variety of technology beginning in Kindergarten.

  • We will integrate technology into all academic areas for research, remediation, practice, publishing and testing.


  1. To encourage the use of technology at home to support school learning.

  2. To encourage parents to use the Skyward system and maintain involvement in students’ classes and assignments

  3. To encourage families and community members to access the spraguelamont.org website for school information and involvement   opportunities.

TARGET AREA:     Attendance


To increase attendance in grades K-4:

-The office staff will call parents when students are absent without a note or phone call from their parent/guardian.

-Principal will follow up with the family concerning excessive absences.

-Implement Skyward for Elementary.

Several item here were removed


  1. To have student attendance for the 2015-2016 school year above 95%.

  1. To have 0% unexcused absent rate in the elementary classes.

TARGET AREA:     Community Involvement


           To increase involvement with students, teachers, family members and community members to create a strong school culture.  Community involvement …. Is a 2 way street that requires input and commitment from all.


  1. To provide access to the school and students by the community for nonacademic activities (i.e. activities in the gym, food bank distribution, community clean up, senior lunches)

  1. To increase involvement by families and community members in school activities. (i.e. assemblies, concerts, field trips, child find, open house, parent/teacher conferences, family fun night)

  1. To increase the input given by parents in decision making  (i.e. school board meeting attendance, Title I meetings, surveys)

  1. To engage parents in the educational process by sending home a short survey 2x per year seeking parental input regarding school programs and individual student needs.


Plan of Improvement           

  • To continue meaningful staff development in the areas of quality instruction.

  • Increase collaboration and communication K-12 at each building level.


  1. Continue utilizing Monday late start PLC time for staff development during the 2015-2016 school year.

  1. Encourage staff to attend meaningful workshops and conferences.

  1. Compensate staff $400.00 a year for continued staff development.

Recognition of non-academic student learning:

Students of character

  • Monthly character trait taught, practiced and recognized

  • Monthly award ceremonies in grade school and high school to recognize student hard work and acts of character

Student of the week

  • Staff rotate choosing a student to be recognized in the nearest community newspaper

Participation in athletics

  • High school students participate in local co-op for sports

  • School supports local students during play-off with treats and assemblies

  • Bronco Friday when all students and staff wear Bronco shirts to show school spirit

Monthly newsletter is sent out to all post office box holders in the district

  • Staff members write articles with subject matter that recognizes students for non-academic reasons.

  • Plan posted to spraguelamont.org

  • Notice of plan publication in  newsletter mailed to community

  • Approved by school board: 10-14-15