DuBois Area Middle School “A School To Watch”
A little bit about us… <ul><li>Located in DuBois, Pennsylvania </li></ul><ul><li>Intermediate Unit #6 </li></ul><ul><li>En...
We Believe… <ul><li>All students should be challenged at their ability level in all core subjects </li></ul><ul><li>All st...
Current Enrollment <ul><li>Grade 6 332 </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 7 362 </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 8 360 </li></ul><ul><li>Total...
Faculty and Staff <ul><li>Administration 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance  3 </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers 77 </li></ul><ul><li>S...
School Wide Improvement Plan <ul><li>Phase 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Peer Coach </li></ul><ul><li>Uniform Instruction </li></ul>...
What makes us a  School To Watch? <ul><li>Academic Excellence </li></ul><ul><li>Developmental Responsiveness </li></ul><ul...
Academic Excellence <ul><li>True Middle School Concept </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teams (3 per grade each with around 120 stude...
Layered Curriculum 7 th  Grade 713  BASIC 762  BASIC 723  BASIC 733  BASIC 703  BASIC 712  ACAD. 761  ACAD. 722  ACAD. 732...
We are data driven! <ul><li>Value Added Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania State System of Assessment </li></ul><ul...
8 th  Grade PSSA Reading <ul><li>Year   %A&P Adv.  Prof.  Basic  Below </li></ul><ul><li>01-02   57.8 17.1   40.7  20.2   ...
8 th  Grade PSSA Math <ul><li>Year   %A&P Adv.  Prof.  Basic  Below </li></ul><ul><li>01-02   56.4 16.0   40.4  22.6   21....
Sample of Grade 7  Reading Unit Test Results
Developmental Responsiveness <ul><li>Alternative & Special Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SIMBA (Students Involved in Mea...
Developmental Responsiveness We support our students! <ul><ul><li>We offer a variety of counseling services: </li></ul></u...
Career Education Grade level curriculums that follow American School Counselor Association’s Career Standards <ul><ul><li>...
Developmental Responsiveness Continued <ul><li>Character Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Character Counts!   </li></ul></u...
Social Equity <ul><li>Project S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (Schools United in Clearfield County Empowering Students to Succeed)  </li></...
Social Equity in Activities <ul><li>Student Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Council (4 officers plus 2 representa...
Social Equity in Sports <ul><ul><li>Interscholastic Sports and Number of Students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Football ...
Social Equity Continued <ul><li>Cultural Awareness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cinco de Mayo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cross-Cu...
Educational Technology <ul><ul><li>Lettergrade  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication Lab </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Po...
Organizational Structure  and Process <ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend state and national con...
Discipline Decrease <ul><li>Out of School   In School  Detention Suspension   Suspension </li></ul><ul><li>2003-2004 279 1...
Come See Us! <ul><li>DuBois Area Middle School </li></ul><ul><li>404 Liberty Blvd. </li></ul><ul><li>DuBois, Pa 15801 </li...
 
 
 
 
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A School To Watch

  1. 1. DuBois Area Middle School “A School To Watch”
  2. 2. A little bit about us… <ul><li>Located in DuBois, Pennsylvania </li></ul><ul><li>Intermediate Unit #6 </li></ul><ul><li>Encompassing 255 square miles of rural west-central Pennsylvania (parts of Clearfield and Jefferson Counties) </li></ul><ul><li>8 elementary “feeder” schools </li></ul><ul><li>Low income (37-40% of students receive free or reduced lunch) </li></ul>
  3. 3. We Believe… <ul><li>All students should be challenged at their ability level in all core subjects </li></ul><ul><li>All students have the ability to be successful in all subject areas with the appropriate supports </li></ul><ul><li>All students have the ability to recognize and model good character </li></ul><ul><li>All students have the right to a safe and secure learning environment </li></ul><ul><li>Failure is not an option </li></ul>
  4. 4. Current Enrollment <ul><li>Grade 6 332 </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 7 362 </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 8 360 </li></ul><ul><li>Total 1055 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Faculty and Staff <ul><li>Administration 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers 77 </li></ul><ul><li>Support Staff 26 </li></ul><ul><li>School Resource Officer 1 </li></ul>
  6. 6. School Wide Improvement Plan <ul><li>Phase 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Peer Coach </li></ul><ul><li>Uniform Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Standardized Testing </li></ul><ul><li>Support with Writing Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Math Instruction for Students with Low Math Scores </li></ul><ul><li>Increase Parent/School Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage Teacher Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>in the Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Layered Curriculum/I.L.P. </li></ul><ul><li>(Individual Learning Plan) </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiate the Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Increase Parent Conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Do Walk-Through Observations </li></ul><ul><li>Mandatory Summer Reading Program </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 3 </li></ul><ul><li>A + Software </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Carts </li></ul><ul><li>Adviser-Advisee </li></ul>
  7. 7. What makes us a School To Watch? <ul><li>Academic Excellence </li></ul><ul><li>Developmental Responsiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Social Equity </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational Structure and Processes </li></ul>
  8. 8. Academic Excellence <ul><li>True Middle School Concept </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teams (3 per grade each with around 120 students and all courses offered) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Layered Curriculum (advanced, academic, and basic offered on each team) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual Learning Plans for all students (students may have courses from all levels depending on strengths and areas of need) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enrichment and Remediation (math/reading labs, online courses, summer school, academic intervention, tutoring, morning math) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data driven decision making and programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Failure is not an option! </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Layered Curriculum 7 th Grade 713 BASIC 762 BASIC 723 BASIC 733 BASIC 703 BASIC 712 ACAD. 761 ACAD. 722 ACAD. 732 ACAD. 702 ACAD. 711 ADV. 760 ADV. 721 ADV. 731 ADV. 701 ADV. 710 ACCEL. Reading Social Studies Science English Pre-Algebra
  10. 10. We are data driven! <ul><li>Value Added Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania State System of Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>4Sight </li></ul><ul><li>Otis-Lennon School Ability Test </li></ul><ul><li>Orleans-Hanna Algebra Prognosis Test </li></ul><ul><li>9 Weeks Unit Tests </li></ul>
  11. 11. 8 th Grade PSSA Reading <ul><li>Year %A&P Adv. Prof. Basic Below </li></ul><ul><li>01-02 57.8 17.1 40.7 20.2 22.0 </li></ul><ul><li>02-03 64.5 24.1 40.0 20.6 15.0 </li></ul><ul><li>03-04 75.1 38.1 37.6 13.0 11.4 </li></ul><ul><li>04-05 65.0 30.0 35.0 15.0 20.0 </li></ul><ul><li>05-06 76.0 44.0 32.0 14.0 10.0 </li></ul>
  12. 12. 8 th Grade PSSA Math <ul><li>Year %A&P Adv. Prof. Basic Below </li></ul><ul><li>01-02 56.4 16.0 40.4 22.6 21.0 </li></ul><ul><li>02-03 56.6 22.8 33.8 22.3 21.1 </li></ul><ul><li>03-04 68.0 29.9 38.1 20.4 11.6 </li></ul><ul><li>04-05 65.0 38.0 27.0 18.0 16.0 </li></ul><ul><li>05-06 72.0 38.0 34.0 16.0 12.0 </li></ul>
  13. 13. Sample of Grade 7 Reading Unit Test Results
  14. 14. Developmental Responsiveness <ul><li>Alternative & Special Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SIMBA (Students Involved in Meaningful and Beneficial Activities) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>6 objectives (improve academic/school experience, develop leadership skills, explore career/vocational options, develop a sense of personal and social responsibility, develop healthy lifelong recreational activities) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>At risk students work on personal goals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hands on education in a small group setting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community service, volunteer work, and group counseling </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cyber School (District owned & operated) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Homebound Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emotional Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Life Skills </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Developmental Responsiveness We support our students! <ul><ul><li>We offer a variety of counseling services: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grade Level Guidance Counselors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Assistance Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School Based Therapy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School Based Partial Hospitalization Program </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Career Education Grade level curriculums that follow American School Counselor Association’s Career Standards <ul><ul><li>Grade 6 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BUS Day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video “What would I be good at?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Career Game </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jeff Tech Trip </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grade 7 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BUS Day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Targets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>COIN Jr. Software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indiana University of Pennsylvania Trip </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grade 8 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BUS Day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania State University Classroom visits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Link Interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job Shadowing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer Positions (must apply and maintain C or higher average) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teen Med Club </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Developmental Responsiveness Continued <ul><li>Character Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Character Counts! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School wide in-service of ALL faculty and staff regarding the 6 Pillars of Character </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advisor-Advisee Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Revamped to follow the 6 Pillars of Character </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t Laugh At Me Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monthly meeting focuses on 1 of the pillars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>72 groups run by faculty members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15 students per group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6 th , 7 th , and 8 th grade students together </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students keep same advisor throughout time at middle school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Character Crew </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10 students who develop skits, school wide activities, and AAP ideas </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Social Equity <ul><li>Project S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (Schools United in Clearfield County Empowering Students to Succeed) </li></ul><ul><li>After school and summer program through grant from Cen-Clear Child Services </li></ul><ul><li>Current enrollment of 76 with about 50 attending daily </li></ul><ul><li>Academic support, group/team activities, afternoon snack, recreational trips </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Intervention </li></ul><ul><li>2 Teachers in the library Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 2:55 p.m. - 4:55 p.m. for homework help, tutoring, studying assistance, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher, parent, guidance, or self referral </li></ul><ul><li>Activity Bus </li></ul><ul><li>District sponsored buses to take kids home after programs, practice, detention, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Clothing Closet </li></ul><ul><li>Clean clothing in good condition kept on hand for emergencies big or small, donated by faculty/staff/parents </li></ul>
  19. 19. Social Equity in Activities <ul><li>Student Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Council (4 officers plus 2 representatives per homeroom; 104 members ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Junior Honor Society (35 members) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Band (100 members) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jazz Band (20 members) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summer Instrumental Lessons (20 members) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chorus (263 members) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Select Choir (40 members) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School Play (90 students) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talent Show (175 students) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WMSK (student operated closed circuit television station with 25 members) </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Social Equity in Sports <ul><ul><li>Interscholastic Sports and Number of Students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Football 48 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Boys Basketball 35 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Girls Basketball 36 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Boys Soccer 19 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Girls Soccer 16 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Boys Track 26 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Girls Track 44 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Girls Volleyball 42 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wrestling 27 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Total 293 </li></ul>
  21. 21. Social Equity Continued <ul><li>Cultural Awareness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cinco de Mayo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cross-Curricular Unit on diversity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Student Recognition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nice Kid Awards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students of the Week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perfect Attendance Award </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students and Staff raise money for various causes year round through bake sales, etc. and also assist Make-A-Wish, Red Cross, and March of Dimes </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Educational Technology <ul><ul><li>Lettergrade </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication Lab </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Power Technology Lab </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 Computer Labs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WMSK </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tech Carts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive White Boards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Max Books Cart </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Laptop Carts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Channel 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plato </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>United Streaming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Accounts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marco Polo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Link to Learn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>T1 Lines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Satellite Receiver </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wireless Network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Destiny </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Identification Cards </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Organizational Structure and Process <ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend state and national conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7 in-service days per year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Response Ability Pathways Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Life Space Crisis Intervention Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Assistance Program Training </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone calls to every family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parent Conferences 300+ per year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open house, Lettergrade, newsletters, and distribution lists (e-mail) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Department and Team Meetings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teams meet Monday through Thursday from 2:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Departments meet Fridays from 2:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Discipline Decrease <ul><li>Out of School In School Detention Suspension Suspension </li></ul><ul><li>2003-2004 279 12 484 </li></ul><ul><li>2005-2006 137 52 234 </li></ul><ul><li>2006-2007 39 12 148 </li></ul>
  25. 25. Come See Us! <ul><li>DuBois Area Middle School </li></ul><ul><li>404 Liberty Blvd. </li></ul><ul><li>DuBois, Pa 15801 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.dasd.k12.pa.us </li></ul><ul><li>Phone (814) 375-8770 </li></ul><ul><li>Fax (814) 375-8775 </li></ul>

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