Welcome to Chrisney Elementary! Home of... 180+ students 12 full-time and 5 part- time faculty members And, the Chrisney Wildcats! Located in... Indiana Rural Spencer County The North Spencer County School District The small town of Chrisney
There are many important aspects of Chrisney Elementary. You may either view the show in its entirety or click on the topic of interest to you. Vision Theme Beliefs Current Reality Unique Aspects Parent Involvement Curriculum Instruction Student Involvement School Improvement Goal – Reading School Improvement Goal – Reading School Improvement Goal - Writing School Improvement Goal - Writing Additional Links
Vision Chrisney Elementary: Where students are Learning, Respecting, Striving... Achieving Beyond the Standard!
Theme Each year a theme is established to further reflect our vision and beliefs. The 2007-08 is... Dream, Believe, Create
Beliefs We believe each student should be actively engaged in a learning environment where by they connect, share and expand their learning experiences so they attain lifelong achievements. We believe that students, parents, extended families, educators and the community share in the responsibility for learning. We believe students should be provided with maximum opportunities for emotional, social, physical, and creative growth. We believe in high expectations for both academics and behavior.
Current Reality Declining Enrollment Student day = 7:45 – 3:10 Title I Targeted Assistance Full Inclusion 30% Mobility 10% Special Education 3% Ethnicity Exemplary Status North Central Accreditated PL221 Compliant in all Areas 80% Combined Pass Rate on ISTEP+ Math and English
Current Reality We provide many additional opportunities for our students: Stock Market Circle the State Destination Imagination Tutoring Academic Competitions Leadership Activities After School Adventures Big Brothers, Big Sisters And so much more! Julie Kemp 2007
Unique Aspects Benchmarks and Assessments were developed locally with the encouragement of the North Spencer School Corporation. These benchmarks and assessments were created by grade level teams and are reviewed and updated yearly to ensure alignment with state standards. They also provide quarterly reports to assist in the planning of remediation. A Progress Report based on the Indiana Academic Standards has been developed and implemented at the elementary school to communicate student progress. The standards are assessed on a four point scale with no letter grades present. These reports are reviewed yearly and updated as needed. Through Curriculum Mapping, progression and consistency in curriculum are being maintained. Teachers from all grade levels meet in sessions, elementary and secondary. After comparing curriculum from grade to grade, a continuum aligns the journey from kindergarten through high school graduation.
Unique Aspects Chrisney Elementary has an after school program funded through the Indiana Department of Mental Health. This program is called Afternoons Rock In Indiana and is for students ages 10-14. It is a drug prevention program. Within the 40 hour program, 10 of the hours must be drug prevention activities, and the remainder reinforces healthy leisure time activities. The school campus is Accessible to the Community in a variety of ways. Chrisney Elementary School sits on a campus totaling 26 acres. Today the acreage includes the school, playground, outdoor lab, and baseball field. In the spring of 2008 construction will begin on a community library to be located on the campus grounds. Chrisney Elementary Outdoor Lab was created in two phases over a period of time. In 1997 it was named Outdoor Lab of the Year by the State of Indiana. A committee has been formed for future developments and maintenance.
Parent Involvement We offer many opportunities for parental involvement: Parent Teacher Organization More than 7 Parent Committees Parent Volunteers Parent Tutors Parent Coaches Family Nights Monthly Community Room Discussions Julie Kemp 2007
Curriculum A strong, seamless curriculum is at the heart of what we do. To ensure the curriculum reflects State Standards and Best Practices, teachers are continually: Participating in internal professional development, Utilizing assessment to inform instruction, Participating in Corporation Curriculum Mapping and other curriculum meetings Incorporating standards across the curriculum, Developing a scaffolding of curriculum expectations within and among the grade level. Microsoft Online 2008
Instruction Instruction is provided to all students within the regular classroom. Best Practices are researched and implemented. Time on task is a priority. Instruction is monitored through valid, locally designed assessment. Response to Intervention model is followed and implemented. Remediation and Intervention are provided. Microsoft Online 2008
Instructional Beliefs The Literacy Block - Defined Reading Workshop Independent/Silent ReadingTime: 20 minutes Students Reading Independently Teacher conducting a small guided reading group Shared ReadingTime: 20-30 minutes Whole Class Teaching Emphasis on Comprehension Strategies Cross Curricular Reading Guided ReadingTime: 20-40 minutes Students at Literacy Stations Teacher conducting small guided reading groups Students interacting with leveled text Cross Curricular Reading Read AloudTime: 15-20 minutes Teacher reading aloud to entire class. Reading used as springboard.
Instructional Beliefs Writing Workshop TeachingTime: 5-15 minutes Mini-lessons Teacher working/conferencing individually or with small groups. Teacher modeling WritingTime: 20-30 minutes Students brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, conferencing. SharingTime: 5-10 minutes Students or teacher sharing some aspect of the day’s work that highlights something connected to an aspect of the workshop. Phonics and Spelling WorkshopTime: 15 minutes Explicit teaching of word-specific knowledge as appropriate/specific to grade level. Prefix and Suffix Scaffolding Vocabulary Scaffolding
Instructional Beliefs MathTime: 60 Minutes Spiral Review Problem Solving Practice Standards Science Incorporated Across the Curriculum Corporation Determined focus through curriculum mapping Science Labs All instruction is delivered with the gradual release of responsibility model in mind.
Student Involvement Students of all grade levels are involved throughout the school with the 6 th graders providing leadership in many ways: Kindergarten Buddies each morning Hallway, Bathroom and Bus monitoring Cafeteria workers Library Aides Peer Tutors And much more! Microsoft Online 2008
Student Involvement Beginning in 2008, students will create and maintain a Student Data Notebook to: Track progress in Writing, Reading Comprehension, and Fluency. The notebook will reflect the school improvement goals. It will be updated quarterly and shared with parents often. Microsoft Online 2008
School Improvement Goal All students will demonstrate improved reading comprehension through a balanced approach to literacy. Microsoft Online 2008
School Improvement Goal All students will demonstrate improved writing across the curriculum. Microsoft Online 2008
Links North Spencer County School Corporation www.nspencer.k12.in.us Entire School Improvement Plan Document Microsoft Online 2008