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School Learning Plan

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Jacob Wismer Elementary School

Our Story

The 2020-21 school year marks Jacob Wismer's 20th anniversary since our doors first opened to students in 2001-02.  We are very proud that our students have consistently had high percentages of students scoring proficient or better in math and reading on state tests.  We are also fortunate that our school population has always been very diverse, affording our students the opportunity to learn about the many diverse cultures and traditions of their peers.  These are our demographics for the 2020-21 school year (based on Synergy statistics for Oct. 2020):
  • 65% (424) Asian students
  • 24% (159) White students
  • 5% (34) Hispanic/Latino students
  • 4% (28) Other
  • 1% (6) American Indian/Alaska Native
  • <1% (3) African American
In addition to our ethnic demographics, these are subgroup categories that make up our 20-21 story:
  • 32 students in Special Education
  • 180 Talented & Gifted (TAG)
  • 68 English Language Learners (does not include new 20-21 students)
  • 8 students have a 504 plan
  • 3.67% are on free/reduced lunch
  • 2 migrant worker families
Like other elementary schools in the district, Jacob Wismer's enrollment numbers are significantly fewer than our 2020-21 projection (projected: 719;  actual on 10/15/20: 652;  difference: -67/-9.32%).  We believe that the decrease in enrollment can be attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic and inability to start the school year with in-person instruction.  We tracked the 133 students who have withdrawn from Jacob Wismer from Aug. 18 to Oct. 7, 2020 and found that these students withdrew from Jacob Wismer for the following reasons:
  • 36 (26.5%) enrolled in Flex Online School
  • 36 (26.5%) moved out of BSD boundary
  • 24 (17.6%) enrolled in private school
  • 18 (13.7%) decided to homeschool
  • 16 (11.8%) enrolled in another BSD elementary school
  •   3 (3.9%) other
Distance Learning
The 2020-21 school year is like no other.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have started the school year with all students learning online (Comprehensive Distance Learning or CDL) and, at this time, do not know when our students will return to in-person instruction. We have found that CDL does not work for all children and, as a result, we have seen a significant drop in our enrollment.  Projected to have 719 students this school year, we have 652 students (as of 10/15/20), which is 9.32% or 67 students fewer than we had expected.  
 
While not ideal, we realize that we are fortunate to be living in an era where we have the technology to provide remote instruction to our students safely.  We are encouraged to have experienced the following successes:
  • 98% attendance rate
  • Since the start of the school year, there is now much more focus on content than on resolving technical issues.
  • Device distribution has been safe, and all JW students have a device to use for CDL instruction.
  • Students are becoming increasing adept at using a variety of online programs and tools.
  • Our new Book Stop allows all students to check out/return books safely and is open every day.  
  • Teachers are becoming more comfortable and skilled with technology that they will be able to use when we return to in-person instruction.
Some of the challenges that we have experienced with CDL include:
  • Because students are not able to physically interact with their peers in an unstructured environment such as recess or lunch, they are limited in their opportunity to learn how to play and interact with their peers cooperatively, and we are concerned about their social development. CDL is particularly detrimental to our English Language Learners, who learn much of their conversational English in these settings.
  • There is much concern by parents that children are having too much screen time.
  • Teachers have expressed how their workload has increased with CDL, mainly because they have so many posts to respond to, as well as planning for both asynchronous and synchronous lessons.
Conclusion: 
The focus that is driving Jacob Wismer's 2020-21 School Learning Plan is ensuring that our students are physically safe while maintaining the same level of growth in academic content areas as in previous years, with our primary focus on reading achievement.  We also embrace the Beaverton School District's commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization and promoting equity. While challenging, the Jacob Wismer administration and staff are committed to these goals as individuals and educators.
 

Date of Last Revision: October 20, 2020


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