Focus on Freshmen: Battleground for Success

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Focus on Freshmen: Battleground for Success

  1. 1. Focus on Freshman:The battle ground for success.Chris Ford and Sean Woods Hollister High School cford@hollister.k12.mo.us
  2. 2. Purpose of Reading:Listen to how the father responds to his child each time.Specifically, what is the father doing to help his child?
  3. 3. Shhh…The End
  4. 4. Put your name as the character listed here. What did youimagine to be?How did someone help that dream or stifle it?How can you encourage the dreams of YOUR Alexander’s?
  5. 5. What dreams do HHS studentshave when they enter the doors of our high school?
  6. 6. Hollister is located inSW Missouri across the lake from Branson, Missouri. Branson
  7. 7. 2011-12Student Demographics
  8. 8. Hollister High School Enrollment 378
  9. 9. Percent Free/Reduced Lunches 72.1% 67.1% 64.3% 63.3% 63.0% 63.1%
  10. 10. Hollister High School Failure Rate14.0% 13.9% 4.5%
  11. 11. Hollister High School A/B Rate48%
  12. 12. HHS Graduation Rate 92.9% 95.5% 89.6% 82.2%76%
  13. 13. Bridgeland, DiIulio, and Morison (2006) interviewed high school dropouts to find out why they didnt finish school Did not like school 51.2 Could not get along with teachers 35.0 Could not get along with students 20.1 Was suspended too often 16.1 Did not feel safe at school 12.1 Was expelled 13.4 Felt I didnt belong 23.2 Could not keep up with school work 31.3 Was failing school 39.9 Bridgeland, J.M., DiIulio, J.J., & Morison, K.B. (2006).
  14. 14. Drop Out Facts• Choices made at or around 9th grade can impact student’s lives forever.• The estimated tax revenue loss from every male between the ages of 25 and 34 years of age who did not complete high school would be approximately $944 billion, with cost increases to public welfare and crime at $24 billion (Thorstensen, 2004).
  15. 15. Drop Out Facts• More than one semester “F” in core subjects and fewer than five full course credits by the end of freshman year are key indicators that a student is not on track to graduate (Allensworth & Easton,2005).• Low attendance during the first 30 days of the ninth grade year is a stronger indicator that a student will drop out than any other eighth grade predictor, including test scores, other academic achievement, and age. (Jerald, 2006).
  16. 16. Drop Out Facts• 75% of Americas state prison inmates are high school dropouts (Harlow, 2003).• If literacy levels in the United States were the same as those in Sweden, the U.S. GDP would rise by approximately $463 billion and tax revenues would increase by approximately $162 billion (Alliance for Excellent Education, 2003e).
  17. 17. • Hollisters solution to the Drop Out Rate?
  18. 18. • Hollisters solution to the Drop Out Rate? Focus on Freshman
  19. 19. What do you knowabout Freshman?
  20. 20. Freshman Failure Rate23% 7.5% 7% 5.7%
  21. 21. Researched Strategies for a Focus on Freshman• One strategy to address the challenges facing freshmen is the creation of ninth grade academies that are apart from the rest of the high school or the creation of separate stand alone schools. (Reents,2002) One hundred fifty four ninth grade only schools were operating during the 2004/2005 school year. (NCES, Common Core of Data).• In schools in which transition programs are fully operational, researchers saw a dropout rate of 8%,while schools without transition programs averaged 24% (Reents, 2002).
  22. 22. Focus on Freshman• Relationships• Summer Transition• Freshman Team (Focus Team)• Extra Help• Instructional strategies (best practices)
  23. 23. Extra Help– During School • T.N.T time (Tigers Need Time)– After School • Transportation • Snacks
  24. 24. Extra Help Snacks
  25. 25. Scheduled extra help time during the school day. TNT Tigers Need Time 25 minutes a day 4 days a week
  26. 26. Freshman Team• Freshman Teachers – Meet during lunch period – No lunch supervision• Analyze Data – ‘F’ list – Office Discipline Referrals• New position – Freshman Lifeguard
  27. 27. Freshman Academy Team Meeting 10-11-11• Updated ‘F’ List (5 min) – Differences in last list – New names?• Update on AM (5 min) – Parent reaction – Student reaction – Behavior card (CI/CO)• Discipline Data (10 min) – Areas of emphasis you see – Areas of emphasis in the data• Other parents to schedule meetings with (5 min) – Who wants to head this up? – Documentation• Next meeting (2 min)
  28. 28. Freshman Lifeguard• One hour a day• Analyzes our ‘LIST’ of missing work and cross references it with our ‘F’ list• Sets up times with students before and after school for Extra Help• Contacts parents• Refers students to counselor/admin
  29. 29. Summer Transition Program• Summer Transition Program • First Year - 13/118 students transition program.
  30. 30. Summer Transition Program• Summer Transition Program • First Year - 13/118 students transition program. • Second Year - 38/124 students in transition program.
  31. 31. Summer Transition Program• Summer Transition Program • First Year - 13/118 students transition program. • Second Year - 38/124 students in transition program. • Third Year - 63/140 students in transition program.
  32. 32. Summer Transition Program• Summer Transition Program • First Year - 13/118 students transition program. • Second Year - 38/124 students in transition program. • Third Year - 63/140 students in transition program. • Fourth Year – 88/132 students in transition program.
  33. 33. P.A.W.S. - Providing A Winning StartWhat is P.A.W.S.?• A summer program to prepare freshman for. – Study Skills – Lockers – High School procedures – Team and leadership building. – Service Learning Project
  34. 34. Students who attend will receive the following:• A ½ credit of an elective • Skills to work toward graduation. effectively and• A ½ credit of health or efficiently with others. PE. (both are required • Leadership training for graduation) through a multitude of• Skills to enter high sources. school successfully. • An extended life plan• Tools to assist with complete with steps to organizational skills. reach their goals.
  35. 35. White River Valley Trail recognized with national award• In addition to the Corps of Engineers, the trail received support from the Branson and Hollister chambers of commerce and visitor bureaus, local city governments, Volunteers for Outdoor Missouri, students from Hollister school and College of the Ozarks, Boy Scouts working on Eagle Scout projects, and other volunteers.
  36. 36. Best Practices• Assessment Learning, Stiggins• Power Standards, Ainsworth• Balanced Math Approach, Ainsworth• Comprehensive Literacy – Reading and Writing Workshop Model – Literacy Strategies in the content areas• Power of ICU
  37. 37. Power of ICU Always Ask….• …What do you owe?• …Who do you owe?• …What do you need?• …How can I help?• Jayson Nave• Danny Hill
  38. 38. • Post an agenda for the class period in the classroom.
  39. 39. New to HHS this year• Modified Block Scheduling
  40. 40. Hollister High School 2011-12 Bell Schedule (Monday-Wednesday) Five Minute Bell- 7:55 First Hour – 8:00-8:49 Second Hour – 8:53-9:41 Third Hour – 9:46 – 10:34 TNT – 10:38-11:06 Fourth Hour – 11:10 – 12:23 (First lunch – 11:06-11:32)(Second Lunch -11:32 – 11:57) (Third lunch – 11:57 – 12:23) Fifth Hour – 12:28-1:16 Sixth Hour – 1:21-2:09 Seventh Hour – 2:13-3:01 Extra Help – 3:15-4:00
  41. 41. Thursday Friday Five Minute Bell - 7:55 Professional Clubs - 8:00-8:39 First Hour – 8:00-9:25 Five Minute Bell - 8:39 Third Hour – 9:31 – 10:56 Second Hour – 8:44-10:09 Fourth Hour – 10:12– 12:08 TNT – 11:02-11:34 (First lunch – 10:43-11:12) Fifth Hour – 11:40 – 1:30 (Second lunch – 11:12 – 11:40) (First lunch – 11:34-12:00) (Third lunch – 11:40 – 12:08)(Second lunch – 12:00-12:25) Sixth Hour – 12:15-1:40(Third lunch – 12:25 – 12:50) Professional Development 2:00 – 3:30 Seventh Hour – 1:36-3:01 PASS – 3:15-4:00
  42. 42. • Double blocking Algebra 1 for at risk freshman – Acuity Algebra Readiness Assessment – MAP scores from 7th and 8th grade – Summative Grades
  43. 43. Algebra 1 Failure Rate1412108 2010-116 2011-12420 1st Semester 2nd Semester
  44. 44. Using math skills in the classroom
  45. 45. Hands on Activities
  46. 46. Next Steps• Continue to encourage students to come to our summer transition class.• Set up pull out times for freshman to be pulled out of non-core classes to make up assignments.• Become more proactive in seeking out potential students to focus on in the 8th grade.• Continue to “TENACIOUSLY” seek out ways to provide extra help and extra time to students who need it.
  47. 47. School Wide Changes• Professional Learning Community• A + School• HSTW Initiative• SWPBS• Required fourth math graduation requirement• Required fourth science graduation requirement – Class of 2017• Project Lead the Way – 2013-14 school year• Focus Teams
  48. 48. A new paradigm at HHS
  49. 49. Contact InformationChris Ford, Assistant Superintendent cford@hollister.k12.mo.us Sean Woods, High School Principal swoods@hollister.k12.mo.us Tamhra Barnett, Life Guard tbarnett@hollister.k12.mo.us Ginger Williams, Life Guard gwilliams@hollister.k12.mo.us

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