Firestone High School 333 Rampart Avenue * Akron * Ohio *44313 Phone: (330) 873-3315 Fax: (330) 873-3318 “Success Is Our Tradition”
Technical Assistance VisitWelcome toFirestoneHighSchool November 7, 2007
Firestone High SchoolThank you for your time and expertise during the TAV to provide us with a focus for our school improvement planning efforts.
Leadership Team MembersLarry Petry Educational LeaderLinda Kakish Site CoordinatorChristopher Pashke Site CoordinatorCindy Mathias SIP ChairJudy Harrison Curriculum ChairChristopher Pashke Evaluation ChairDebbie Christy Guidance ChairLinda Kakish Staff Development Chair
HSTW 10 Key Practices1. High expectations 6. Teachers working2. Program of study together (Ohio Core) 7. Students actively3. Rigorous academic engaged studies 8. Guidance4. Rigorous career- technical studies 9. Extra help5. Work-based 10. Culture of learning continuous improvement
Firestone Mission Statement It is the mission of the Firestone High School learning community to prepare our students to attain their highest degree of academic success.
Akron Public Schools Background School District: Akron Public Schools District Rating: Continuous Improvement Number of Students: Approx. 25,000 AYP Status: Not Met School Improvement Status: Improvement Year 3 Number of Middle Schools: 11 MMGW Sites: 6 Number of High Schools: 7 HSTW Sites: 7
Firestone BackgroundNumber of Students by Grade: Ninth: 366 Tenth: 328 Eleventh: 302 Twelfth: 297 Total: 1293School Type: UrbanRegion: NEPerformance Rating: ExcellentAYP Status: METSchool Improvement Status: OKJoined HSTW/MMGW: 2003Feeder middle schools: Litchfield Miller South
Highly Qualified StatusNumber of faculty: 74Faculty middle school certified: All (7-12)Faculty high school certified: AllAreas where teachers arenot highly qualified: None
Firestone Site DemographicGrade Total Female Male African White Other ED SWD American 9 366 198 168 194 152 19 34.5% 47 10 328 170 158 175 140 13 28.6% 46 11 302 161 141 134 155 13 22.5% 38 12 297 159 138 116 174 7 14.4% 26Total 1293 688 605 619 621 52 100 157 Key: ED= Economically Disadvantaged SWD= Students with Disabilities
Student Academic Performance Subjects Where Our Students are Not Performing Well Mathematics Science Social Studies
Indicators for Mathematics2006/2007 OGT : 95.9%2004/2006 HSTW : 2004 = 80% 2006 = 80%Progress: ImprovingGaps: African American Economically Disadvantaged Students with Disabilities
Indicators for Science2006/2007 OGT : 89.8%2004/2006 HSTW : 2004 = 64% 2006 = 56%Progress: Needs ImprovementGaps: African American Economically Disadvantaged Students with Disabilities
Indicators for Social Studies2006/2007 OGT : 94.9%2004/2006 HSTW : NAProgress: Needs ImprovementGaps: African American Economically Disadvantaged Students with Disabilities
Overriding GoalThe most important goal for FHS andAPS is to close the achievement gapsand raise student achievement tomeet district, state, HSTW/MMGW andfederal targets by 2014. To achievethis goal, FHS must continue to createa culture of high expectations andprovide extra help.
What Firestone Has Done !High Expectations Many teachers require students to revise work to meet standards. Many teachers have adopted a “no excuses” approach or Power of I (Incomplete). We encourage all students to attempt rigorous course work and teachers willingly provide support.
What Firestone Has Done !High Expectations Adopted a SIX point writing rubric modeled after OGT and ACT scoring. Maintained rigorous academic IB Program Adopted district wide honors grading scale. Adopted uniform classroom rules school wide known as the “Firestone Four”.
What Firestone Plans to Do!High Expectations Teachers will develop rubrics and provide exemplars for all student projects, papers, and assessment practice questions. The district will adopt and monitor a policy for homework and revising student work.
What Firestone Has Done!Extra HelpPrograms include: After-school Tutoring Program Lunch-time Intervention Program Plato Before School Individual Teacher Tutoring Peer Tutoring by National Honors Society Credit Recovery Program newly implemented 100 Book Challenge
What Firestone Plans to Do!Extra Help Bring back the Firestone Education Strategy. College Scholars to provide peer tutoring and other supports. OnlinePractice Tests and Review Power Points will be developed for student use.
Goal #1 Provide all students with the opportunity to complete the new Ohio Core and increase to 85 percent the high school graduates who complete the HSTW- recommended curriculum , including an academic, career-technical (C-T) or blended concentration.
What the School Has DoneGoal 1 – Take the Right Courses Firestone requires: 2008 graduates to earn 21 credits 4 CP English 3 Mathematics: Algebra 1, Geometry 3 Science: Physical Science, Life Science, Biology or Honors 3 Social Studies: World History, US History, American Government or Honors Physical Education/Health Electives: Foreign Language, Fine Arts Concentration: Project Lead the Way Information Technology
What Firestone Plans to Do!Goal 1 – Take the Right Courses Firestone will: Require all students to complete the Ohio Core/complete middle school courses to prepare for the Ohio Core. Work with associate schools to prepare 11 th graders to take the correct CTE courses to earn the Ohio Core requirements.
Challenges Firestone Faces!Goal 1 – Take the Right Courses • District not adopting 4 credits in all core courses. • Encouraging all seniors to take a rigorous senior year.
Goal #21) Strengthen the curriculum by aligning the written, taught and assessed curriculum to Ohio and national standards, OR2) Strengthen the curriculum by aligning the career-technical and academic curriculum to Ohio, industry and national standards OR3) Strengthen the curriculum by making instruction the focus of the school. (only choose #3 if #1 and #2 are completed)
What the School Has DoneGoal 2 – Strengthen theCurriculum The district/school has: All core subjects taught through use of pacing guide designed to include all state standards. All 9-10 th grade core courses give district assessments specifically designed to cover and resemble state standards. Social Studies, Math, & Science teachers will present published items from the OGT two times each week in place of SSR. Adopted a Six point writing rubric modeled after OGT and ACT scoring.
What the School Plans to DoGoal 2 – Strengthen theCurriculum The district/school will: Provide similar planning periods to teachers to collaborate on national standards and state standards. SSR (Sustained Silent Reading) in most classrooms. Bell work in 9 th & 10 th grade classes geared to OGT Power Algebra in 5 out of 7 Algebra I classes Develop tests for state and national standards in regular education and career tech courses.
Challenges the School FacesGoal 2 – Strengthen theCurriculum • Closing the achievement gap and raising student achievement to meet district , state, HSTW goals is our top priority! • Staff development funds for substitutes so we can accomplish the work of the SIP. • A staffing formula that recognizes the unique make up of Firestone High School.
Goal #3 Engage students in their learning through relevant, student-centered instructional strategies resulting in a deeper understanding and higher demonstrated achievement of standards.
What the School Has DoneGoal 3 – Student Engagement The school has: Recommended more student based projects and discussion of projects upon completion. Cooperative learning techniques used in all core courses. Students work with other classes on projects across the curriculum.
What the School Plans to DoGoal 3 – Student Engagement The school will: Recommend more student based projects and to discuss the projects upon completion. Develop future senior project ideas for career technical courses.
Challenges the School FacesGoal 3 – Student Engagement • Providing similar planning periods for teachers to collaborate on cooperative learning techniques and student based lessons across the curriculum. • Staff development funds for substitutes so we may accomplish the work of the SIP.
Goal #4 Establish a comprehensive guidance and advisement system, including a strong academic transition , to better prepare students for successful transition to postsecondary education and careers.
What the School Has DoneGoal 4 – Guidance/Advisement The school has: Student & counselor/teacher meetings throughout the year to discuss course sequences. One on one discussions with counselor/teacher on recommended courses for chosen pathway. College & Financial Aid Night Junior/Senior Parent Night College Knowledge ACT Preparation NCAA Presentation
What the School Has DoneGoal 4 – Transitions The school has: Orientation for Litchfield 8 th graders in May Orientation for Miller South (visit classrooms & programs) Open Enrollment Meetings for new VPA and IB students Parent Meetings Firestone Showcase/Community Open House HSTW Initiatives
What the School Plans to DoGoal 4 – Guidance/Advisement The school will: Re-establish the Firestone Educational Strategy Re-establish the Mentoring Program Re-establish Falcon Friends
What the School Plans to DoGoal 4 – Transitions The school will: Look into different advisor-advisee programs. Reinstate Falcon Friends. Start a summer bridge program.
Challenges the School FacesGoal 4 – Guidance/Advisement • Providing more time for students to meet with counselors/teachers by eliminating administrative duties placed on guidance departments. • Staff buy-in and support of the SIP strategies.
Challenges the School FacesGoal 4 – Transitions • Developing and implementing focus groups that include all staff members. • Staff buy-in and support of the SIP strategies.
Goal #5Continue to support a cultureof continuous improvement with:• strong leadership• actively involved-school improvement teams• effective use of data• aligned professional development• engagement of parents and familiesas part of a seamless schoolimprovement process.
What the School Has DoneGoal 5 – Continuous Improvement The school has Three waiver days provide us with an opportunity to address standard based professional development to support our buildings goals. Departmental meetings to discuss relevant topics such as state testing and data from state testing. Recommend that the SIP and Faculty Advisory Committee team discuss goals and important issues with staff, students, and parents. We share SIP news in the PTSA newsletter.
What the School Plans to DoGoal 5 – Continuous Improvement The school will: Complete a SIP plan that explains data and shows gaps and places of improvement in all school related areas. Distribute SIP and FAC agendas and meeting minutes to all staff members.
Challenges the School FacesGoal 5 – Continuous Improvement • The district needs to set aside more time for planning and strategizing for continuous improvement in all areas. • Developing and implementing focus groups that include all staff members.
Awards/Recognitions• SREB Pacesetter Site• SREB Top 100 School• Newsweeks Top 1200 Schools (4 straight years)• 31 of FHS students who earned the HSTW Award of Educational Achievement based upon the 2006 HSTW Assessment• National Merit Scholars (Last 3 years) • 7 Finalists • 8 Commended Scholars• National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Black and Hispanic Students • 4 Finalists (Last 2 years)
Awards/Recognitions cont. AP Scholar Awards given with Honor and Distinction to 10 students in 2007 for receiving a 3-3.5 grade on AP exams The President’s Award for Education Excellence is a national award sponsored by the President’s Education awards program for outstanding academic achievement. The Beacon Journal has recognized five of our students for being regional stars and has featured the gold star recipient in the June 5 th publication. The Plain Dealer also recognized one of our top high school seniors in the area in a Senior Standout special section published in early May.
We are available: • Larry Petry • Email: email@example.com • Phone: 330.873-3315 • Linda Kakish • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • Phone: 330.873-3315/330.256.6536 • Christopher Pashke • Email: email@example.com • Phone: 330.873-3315