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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
Focus on Freshman• Relationships• Summer Transition• Freshman Team (Focus Team)• Extra Help• Instructional strategies (best practices)
Extra Help– During School • T.N.T time (Tigers Need Time)– After School • Transportation • Snacks
Scheduled extra help time during the school day. TNT Tigers Need Time 25 minutes a day 4 days a week
Freshman Team• Freshman Teachers – Meet during lunch period – No lunch supervision• Analyze Data – ‘F’ list – Office Discipline Referrals• New position – Freshman Lifeguard
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)
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
Summer Transition Program• Summer Transition Program • First Year - 13/118 students transition program.
Summer Transition Program• Summer Transition Program • First Year - 13/118 students transition program. • Second Year - 38/124 students in transition program.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
• Post an agenda for the class period in the classroom.
New to HHS this year• Modified Block Scheduling
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
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
• Double blocking Algebra 1 for at risk freshman – Acuity Algebra Readiness Assessment – MAP scores from 7th and 8th grade – Summative Grades
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.
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
Contact InformationChris Ford, Assistant Superintendent email@example.com Sean Woods, High School Principal firstname.lastname@example.org Tamhra Barnett, Life Guard email@example.com Ginger Williams, Life Guard firstname.lastname@example.org