3OPEN HOUSE AGENDA Welcome General Information Building Tour Program DetailsQ & A
4to become a model of excellence Vision...to become a model of excellencein the educationof giftedand talented students.
521st century problem solvers MISSION...to foster high academic achievement and the growth of creative & critical thinkers, lifelong learners, involved citizens, and21st century problem solversby providing a nurturing, challenging, and innovative program that engages gifted and talented students, their families, and the community.
6School Improvement Goals... 1. Increase number of students who show positive growth 2. Create Professional Learning Communities 3. Increase the number of community partnerships
7Our Home: Irwin Avenue Historic building &beautiful campus Uptown Charlotte means minutes from museums, Discovery Place, ImaginOn, Children’s Theater, and moreConnected to Ray’s Splash PlanetWe’re growing!
8General School Information Academic ProgramFull MagnetLearning ImmersionTalent DevelopmentStudent Enrollment:485 inStudent School Hours9:15 - 4:15Before &After School Care7:00-8:45 a.m.4:15-6:00 p.m.
9Demographic Profile Year African American White Asian Hispanic Multi-Racial*Totals#%10-1119560%5818%4313%52%207%322100%
10Transportation: Gray & Violet Zones (northern half of county) South West Academic ZoneYour location and home school is a small factor in the lottery
11Let’s Check out the building !Let’s Check out the buildingPlease join us for a tour & meet our student ambassadors!
12General InformationK-5 students receive a full day of rigorous, academically challenging, research-based instruction which provides opportunities for students to achieve their fullest potential.K-2 LI program does not guarantee studentsadmittance into TD BUTprovides a strong foundationClassroom teachers have gifted certification or are in the process of being certified. One third has National Board certification.Full time Talent Development Lead Teacher supports teachers during planning & instruction.Lottery entrance only – - there is no entrance test to be admitted - essential that LI/TD expectations are clear
13Irwin’s Magnet Themes or K-2 Learning Immersion 3-5 Talent Development All K-2 students begin on this acceleratedpath*All 2nd graders are screened for TDStudents participate in an accelerated enrichment instructional program*Only K-2 non-certified Irwin studentsTD certified students receive differentiated educational services for their unique needsor
14Characteristics of a K-2 Learning Immersion Child: Has a large vocabularyShows strong memory and quick recallCarries out complex instructions with easeIs curious, asks provocative questionsOffers unique answersAccepts and carries out responsibilitiesWorks well independently* See handout for a questionnaire
15GIFTEDNESS: Federal Definition Students, children, or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services and activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities.
17TD Certification Process: * ALL CMS second graders are assessed.CoGAT = 96% or >GATEWAY 1CoGAT + ITBS = 93% or > avg percentileGATEWAY 2Gifted Rating ScalesANDCoGAT& ITBS = % avg percentileGATEWAY 3GRS & 92% or >OR TD Work Sample Portfolio *all Irwin 2nd graders completeGATEWAY 4
18What Makes A Good Leader by Jerome Portfolio Samples:What Makes A Good Leader by JeromeA good leader must be intelligent kind and listen to other people. I think I am a good leader. I get a lot of hundreds on my work and I am responsible. Jason, Sherril and other kids in my class say I’m smart. Friday is kickball day. They pick me for captain because I pick girls and boys for my team. I’m fair. Sometimes they argue and grumble about the kick. I stop the argument by telling them lets vote. My class picked me for student council. I had to write a speech and make signs. I organized some of my friends to help me. I like going to student council. Its like being in congress. We tell are ideas and vote for the one we want. Some day I want to be a congress man. I would be fair and make good laws. The End. * Advanced Language * Analytical Thinking* Algebraic Thinking
19PARENT expectationsRead & reinforce concepts with your student every day!Get Involved!- Volunteer a minimum of 10 hours per year- Join the PTA, the School Leadership Team, Tutor, Be a Room Parent or a Reading Buddy!Encourage your child to make the most out of the rigorous course work while enjoying other aspects of school & learning.
20What Does Instruction Look Like At Irwin ?What Does Instruction Look Like At Irwin
21Innovative Strategies Use of …Experiential LearningDifferentiation: Curriculum Compacting, contracts, small groups, pre-testsProblem & Project Based LearningCritical & Creative ThinkingInterdisciplinary, accelerated, challenging units of study
22Innovative Strategies Use of …Gardner’s Multiple IntelligencesBloom’s TaxonomySeminarsCollaborative groupsTechnologyHands-on learningJunior Great BooksWilliam and Mary CurriculumRubricsIntegrated Special AreasGuest speakersCurrent events
24How are we different? Instruction CMS Irwin Academic Center Learning Letters in KindergartenLearn one letter per weekLearn one letter per day- the sound and how to write itImagine It! Reading SeriesComplete one storyper weekComplete one story intwo-three daysScience&Social StudiesFocus on reading and mathIntegrated and focused on multiple days/wkInnovative StrategiesRandomly usedConsistently implemented
25How are we different? Instruction CMS Irwin Academic Center Kindergarten DIBELS TestInitial SoundLetter NamingPhoneme Segmentation Nonsense WordCMS Goals Average benchmarks5, 27, 15, 13 on the four fluency measuresIrwin GoalsAdvanced benchmarks40, 50, 30, 40 on the four fluency measuresReport CardsK-2 Report CardStandards-Based Report CardPTACurriculum SupportVariesVery active and involved parents which provide services and more than $75,000 in curriculum support and professional development
26Extracurricular Opportunities TuitionFundedOpportunitiesBefore School ClubsEnrichmentActivitiesExtracurricularOpportunitiesServiceOpportunitiesIn SchoolClubsSchool-wide events
27Samples of Extracurricular Opportunities Enrichment ActivitiesWeekly Spanish for K-5!Math Super StarsGeography BeeAccelerated ReaderCharacter EducationBefore SchoolChess ClubOdyssey of the MindTuition FundedMad SciencePlay SpanishService OpportunitiesNational Honor SocietyStudent CouncilSchool Wide EventsMusicalsUnited NationsIn School ClubsAll students participate based on interestEx. Math & Science Olympiad, Robotics, Cooking
28School Achievements:Magnet Schools of America “School of Distinction” & “School of EXCELLENCE” 2011Honor School of Excellence under the state’s ABC goals for more than a decade.North Carolina Honor School of Excellence – High Achievement and High Growth.Fourteen Years Meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP Growth)
29Student Recognitions Nine State Math Fair Champions Three State Science Fair ChampionsTwo State Chess ChampionshipsNational State Chess Champion (First Grader)Two Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Winners and two Art WinnersOne Young Author & Illustrator First Place WinnerTwo Odyssey of the Mind Teams (advanced to world competition)National Geography Bee participation in the state competition2nd Place in Fire and Life Safety Bowl5th Place winner at the 2011 US Kids Golf Foundation World Championship (Fourth Grader)
302010 Test Data 97% EOG Reading 100% EOG Math 96% EOG Fifth Grade Science