Welcome to Johnson Middle School, a member of the Virginia Public Schools, serving a 700 student population, grades 6-8.
Thank you for visiting Johnson Middle School where All children can learn.At Johnson, we believe All children benefit from developmentally appropriate materials, practices, and strategies.All children deserve a quality education in which individual needs are met, exceeded, and supported.Social skills, such as Life skills, deserve the same attention as academic ones.At Johnson, School is not just about children: it encompasses families, parents, community, stakeholders, society, the environment and the world.We believeChildren must be encouraged to see the connections between new learning and prior knowledge.Children are more than test scores.All Children learn best in a safe, caring environment, one that values diversity, collaboration, and risk-taking.As Children thrive when expectations are high their self-esteem raises higher.That’s why Johnson Middle School, providesDirect instruction, to increase the student’s overall achievement.
We spend approximately 1000 hours per year in the actual implementation of the instruction of our children here at Johnson Middle School. Time management is an art and we have mastered it.
As a result of our efforts, we have been able to keep the cost of educating our student population well below the national average of 9,709per student. We cut our costs by approximately 1200- 2,209 per student relating to 800,400– 1, 500,000 per year. This adds nearly 1 to 1 and a half million dollars in savings to our educational budget annually
We have had over 2500 proposals come out of our office last year to request the federal, state and private funding necessary to allow us to offer top quality educational programs to our diverse studentpopulation on campus as well as to those students who join us from the comfort of their own homes through our satellite school operations.
The student population socio-economic background is mixed with 30% upper income, 40% average income, and 30% low income. Our students enjoy attending school and our retention rate is high. School-wide results on national tests are at the 45% percentile and in the area of state-mandated assessment, only 40% of the students were successful in passing. The majority of the students performed below state-mandated expectations.
Johnson’s Report Card When graduation time came around last year Johnson had the lowest test scores amongst middle schools in the nation, in every ethnic, socio-economic and gender category. We are reorganizing our efforts to train our students to become leaders, because as educators, that is what we do. In previous years some of our former students have exhibited academic excellence and become local and international leaders in their chosen professions. Our school is currently at the focal point of a change that will lead to academic success. We are prepared to lead in the national and international arena due to planned hard work and assessment strategies that will occur within the halls of this great school. Despite all of our previous efforts, a recent Virginia State Board of Education report has indicated that Johnson Middle School has failed to make adequate yearly progress in reading and math for students with disabilities last year, according to the Virginia State Board of Education's Report Card. The report card also showed that the Johnson underperformed state averages in standardized testing scores and attendance rate. Under the accountability provisions in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, all public school campuses, school districts, and the state are evaluated for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Districts, campuses, and the state are required to meet AYP criteria on three measures: Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, and either Graduation Rate (for high schools and districts) or Attendance Rate (for elementary and middle/junior high schools). If a campus, district, or state that is receiving Title I, Part A funds fails to meet AYP for two consecutive years, that campus, district, or state is subject to certain requirements such as offering supplemental education services, offering school choice, and/or taking corrective actions. Under the No Child Left Behind Act, AYP is a benchmark that increases by 7.5 percent each year to represent the annual academic performance targets schools must reach to be considered on track. For the 2009 -10 school year, the benchmark was for 77.5 percent of students to meet or exceed standards on state exams. According to the report card, only 40 percent of students in the Johnson Middle School met or exceeded the standards. We are proposing a plan to increase our (AYP) Adequate Yearly Progress report by taking the following measures to continue in our quest as an innovative school while allowing our outstanding teachers and leaders to utilize assistive technologies to make a positive difference to improve literacy, math and other skills. One of the best gifts that we can give our students is acceptance. Each student has different learning styles and abilities when it comes to retaining knowledge. We have worked steadily alongside our gifted teachers and we have collaborated for the past 6 months on ways to increase our AYP. We have determined that the work accomplished with the Don Johnston curriculum during a six month trial period has proved to increase student productivity and increased the morale of our teachers, so we will continue working with the curriculum over the next three years to increase AYP. At Johnson Middle School we are interested in Educational Innovation. We have found a curriculum by which our educators can work with tools, methods, strategies and materials in a different manner to support all learners. Our teachers are stretching ‘specialized instruction’ up the ladder and pressing right into the world of general education. We are talking “education” not assistive technology.”
Here at Johnson Middle School, our objective is to increase student achievement in all areas. We especially want our students to meet or exceed the benchmarks on national and state mandated assessments.We will achieve this objective by doing the following:Examining our assessment data to determine the areas of weakness and strengthReasons for weaknessesAfter areas of weakness have been identified:Teachers can focus on areas of weaknessTutorial sessions will be offered twice a weekAreas of weakness can strengthened in the computer lab with software
Conclusions About the Learning EnvironmentAlthough our school showed a trend in scoring below the national and state standards from 2008-2010, 2011 scores showed marked improvementWe will focus on continuous improvement of our instructional strategies in order to boost test scores in the upcoming 2011-2012 school yearAcademic standards will be reinforced through professional development trainings, administrative reviews with feedback, and collaborative planning
We currently have a PTO organization in place with 45% of parents participatingWe will focus on improving parental participation in our school by holding membership drives at back to school nights and orientation nights.We will improve parental participation at our school by improving communication through updates on the school website, e-mails, and a Johnson Middle School PTO Facebook page
We have had the privileged to receive exceptional students in our efforts to diversify our school’s student body and faculty composition.
Students are expected to attend school everyday unless they have an excused absence.Attendance at Johnson Middle School is high.In order to keep our attendance high, we will continue to do the following:Special events in recognition of good attendanceGrade level rewards and individual acknowledgements for good attendanceIntervention strategies when an attendance problem is recognized
Technology here at Johnson Middle School is adequate. We would like for our technology to be better than adequate but due to budgetary constraints, we are limited as to what and how much we can do. For the 2011-2012 school year, we have set up a Technology Committee to help improve our technology. The Technology Committee will address the following: How much of the school’s budget is allotted for technology?Is there a way to increase the budget?Is all technology in the school up and running (are there computers, smartboards, etc. that are not being used because they need to be fixed)?Is technology including computer labs being fully utilized?What are the technology concerns for each grade level?Technology training provided for staff, students
Professional Development Professional Development is essential in keeping our staff up to date and helping them in continuing to learn and improve. Here at Johnson Middle School, there is at least one professional development opportunity offered per week. Some of the staff development is required and some are optional. We also have a budget set aside that staff can also choose professional development opportunities that are outside of Johnson Middle School. Johnson Middle School does have a committee that schedules our weekly Professional Development.Professional Development CommitteeOur Professional Development Committee includes the principle, assistant principle, teachers, and assistant teachers so that there is equal representation. Based on our staff development needs, the Professional Development Committee will develop a calendar which will include the topic and date for each weekly staff development session.
1. Johnson Middle School<br /> SCHOOL PROFILE<br /> 700 Student Population <br />Virginia Public Schools <br />Grades 6 - 8<br />Number of Classrooms: 28 <br />
2. Johnson Middle School <br />At Johnson Middle School, we believe:<br />OUR MISSION<br />All children can learn.All children benefit from developmentally appropriate materials, practices, and strategies.All children deserve a quality education in which individual needs are met, exceeded, and supported.Social skills, such as Life skills, deserve the same attention as academic ones.School is not just about children: it encompasses families, parents, community, stakeholders, society, the environment and the world.Children must be encouraged to see the connections between new learning and prior knowledge.Children are more than test scores.Children learn best in a safe, caring environment, one that values diversity, collaboration, and risk-taking.Children thrive when expectations are high and self-esteem higher.Direct instruction of students helps to increase student achievement. <br />
3. The School Day<br />
4. Data<br /> SCHOOL DATA<br />Current Expenses Per Pupil: $7,500.00 - 8,199.99<br />Instructional Computers: 35<br />Technology Measure: MEDIUM-LOW <br />Educational Climate Index: HIGH <br /> Cost per elementary school student: At $9,709 per student per year, the United States ranked first, followed in order by Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Switzerland and Austria<br />
8. Student Achievement Objectives<br />Here at Johnson Middle School, our objective is to increase student achievement in all areas.<br />
9. Conclusions About The Learning Environment<br />Although our school showed a trend in scoring below the national and state standards from 2008-2010, 2011 scores showed marked improvement<br />We will focus on continuous improvement of our instructional strategies in order to boost test scores in the upcoming 2011-2012 school year<br />Academic standards will be reinforced through professional development trainings, administrative reviews with feedback, and collaborative planning<br />
10. Parental Participation<br />We currently have a PTO organization in place with 45% of parents participating<br />We will focus on improving parental participation in our school by holding membership drives at back to school nights and orientation nights.<br />We will improve parental participation at our school by improving communication through updates on the school website, e-mails, and a Johnson Middle School PTO Facebook page<br />
11. Classroom Profile<br /> Students Per Teacher 28<br /> Enrollment 700<br /> Economically Disadvantaged 30%<br />
12. Attendance Rate<br />Attendance at Johnson Middle School is high.<br />Students are expected to attend school everyday unless they have an excused absence.<br />
13. Technology<br /> Technology here at Johnson Middle School is adequate .<br />
14. Professional Development<br />Professional Development is essential in keeping our staff up to date and helping them in continuing to learn. <br />
15. Faculty and Staff Moral Improvement Strategies for 2011-2012<br /><ul><li>Low moral equals low test scores.
16. 2010-2011 Test scores are lower than the state average.
17. An assessment of teachers and their behavior toward the students will be conduct to ensure moral standards remain intact throughout the 2011-2012 school year.
18. Faculty and staff should be capable of motivating and creating a learning environment for students to improve test scores by 5%.</li></li></ul><li>2011-2012 Curriculum <br /><ul><li>Lesson plans should include student/teacher interaction and student teacher conferences.
19. Faculty and staff will have to participate in a mandatory meetings to share strategies for improving test scores.
20. All lesson plans will include critical thinking, classroom objectives, procedure, course work and homework assessments</li></li></ul><li>Johnson Middle School Improvement Goals for 2011-2012 State and National school year<br />Only 45% of students scored passing on mandated testing.<br />40% of students scored below average.<br />Improve faculty moral. <br />Improve learning strategies , since 1993 more children live in lower income households (Weisman, Knight, Cooner 2005)<br />Develop afterschool learning <br />programs.<br />