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School Learning Plan

Jacob Wismer Elementary School

Our Story

Jacob Wismer Elementary School is located two miles north of Sunset High School in a relatively high socio-economic area where approximately 5% of its students qualify for free/reduced lunch.  Our very involved PTO raised over $80,000 last year to support Jacob Wismer student activities, technology, literacy, STEAM nights, and a variety of enrichment programs and materials in 2018-19.  Jacob Wismer's strong partnership with its PTO and volunteers, as well as its outstanding faculty, are two of the main reasons Jacob Wismer students continue to receive such an outstanding educational experience year after year.
 
Currently the largest K-5 elementary school in the Beaverton School District, Jacob Wismer's current enrollment is 725 students.  We have an average class size of 25 students with our lowest class sizes occurring at our primary grades, K-2. There are five classrooms at every grade level except for first grade which has four classrooms.  Our specials include two rotations each week of PE and music and one rotation of library combined with technology.
 
We are very proud of our diverse population of students at Jacob Wismer.  Many of our students have moved to Beaverton from overseas locations due to their parents relocating for their jobs at Intel, Nike and Columbia Sportswear. Students often move back to their native countries after a few years and return with the rich experience of learning and living in our American culture and becoming fluent in English. We are proud to provide these experiences for our students.  Here are some statistics of our current student body population:
 
  • Over 30 different languages are spoken (over half of our students are bilingual)
  • 19%  of our students are English Language Learners
  • 62% of our population is Asian, 29% White, 5% multiracial, 3% Hispanic/Latino and 1% Black/African American
 
Academic achievement has consistently been high in both math and reading since Jacob Wismer opened in 2001.  Our 2018-19 SBAC results were no exception:
 
  • Math Achievement: 91.2 % of our 3-5 students scored at level 3 or 4 (Oregon average is 43%)
  • English Language Arts Achievement: 92.3% of our 3-5 students scored at level 3 or 4 (Oregon average is 51%)

Our Commitment to Educating the Whole Child

Overall, Jacob Wismer students have an amazing desire to achieve academically.  We currently have 158 Talented and Gifted (TAG) students who excel in math and English Language Arts.  We are currently in the process of testing more students for TAG eligibility and expect to add many more TAG students in 2019-20.
 
Because we are striving to educate the "whole" child at Jacob Wismer, we feel it is vital to focus on other important growth areas as well which include:
 
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL): SEL is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions (Casel).  To support SEL, we have a half time student success coach, full time counselor and SEL professional development for both our classified and certified staff. We also recognize students for traits such as responsibility, gratitude, empathy, perseverance and cooperation in our Student of the Month assemblies.  At the end of the year, we recognize a student from every grade level to receive the Lucy Byrom Integrity Award, named after a former JW counselor who started the award the year before she passed away. This year we are starting a new initiative called the "Self-Manager Program" for responsible fifth grade students.
 
  • Physical Fitness:  All classes participate in frequent "brain boosts" which research tells us increases cognitive performance, concentration and fitness.  In addition, our PE teachers have a before-school Marathon Kids running club and 18 of our classrooms are participating in a school Marathon Kids club and counting laps and activities to see how many marathons they can complete during the school year.
 
  • Fine Arts:  Students look forward to the opportunity to join our 4th & 5th grade honor choir which is directed by one of our music teachers, Beverly Shuck.  The choir rehearses before school two times a week and performs for our parents, community and student body throughout the school year. Our art literacy program, run completely by parent volunteers, provides exposes our students to a variety of art media and artists.  Over the course of six years at Jacob Wismer, students will have become familiar with approximately 30 different artists or art genres such as Vincent Van Gogh, Beatrix Potter, Aftrican textiles, Jan Vermeet and Gianlorenzo Bernina which the topics of our 2019-20 art literacy lessons.

Equity

Equity Problem of Practice:

Hispanic/Latino-ELA Growth (level 1/3 yr. average growth is 27%  compared to level 4/55% growth for all students) 

Equity Goal:

1. Raise Hispanic/Latino ELA Growth from level 1 (39.5 %)to level 3 (45% cut).
2. Raise attendance rate for our Hispanic/Latino students (81%) to match the attendance rate for all students (91.8%)
 

Key Strategies:

1. Focus on Hispanic/Latino students during observations
2. Record student goals and progress
3. Ensure students are reading books that are at the correct level
4. Monitor progress in SchoolPace
5. Communicate frequently with teachers and parents regarding students' progress
6. Continue with our Collaborative Co-Teaching Model as described in our 2019-20 EL Plan 
7. Provide time on all staff development days for ELD teachers to meet and plan with grade level teams
8. Monitor attendance and provide families with the necessary supports to ensure students are coming to school regularly

Academic Excellence

Academic excellence Problem of Practice:

1. ELA Growth-All Students
(median SBAC 18-29 growth percentile for ELA was 55%; average reading growth 0.86 yrs. in 18-19 according to IRLA/SchoolPace statistics)
2. Math Growth-All Students (median SBAC 18-29 growth percentile for math was 59%)
 

Academic excellence Goal:

Raise the median growth percentile for all students in ELA and Math from Level 4 (55% and 59% percent respectively)  to Level 5 (60% cut)

Key Strategies:

1. Use student data to determine students' academic levels (currently recorded on our student data Google spreadsheet)
2. Monitor through observations and assessments that students are progressing and being challenged based on their individual levels (differentiation)
3. Give specific feedback to teachers related to differentiation through use of thin-slicing during observations
4. Utilize TOSAs for professional development with an emphasis on differentiation
5. Provide teachers with monthly SchoolPace and Dreambox statistics 
6. Establish a Vertical Alignment Committee so teachers can discuss the learning targets, activities and assessments that occur the grade level before and grade level after so teachers can better prepare their current students for the following school year.

Collaboration

Collaboration Problem of Practice:

Consistent curriculum and instruction implementation in all classrooms

 

collaboration Goal:

Grade level teams will collaborate on units, lessons, materials and assessments in all subject areas.  Implementation will occur in all grade level classroom at approximately the same time.

 

Key Strategies:

1. Provide all staff meeting times for teams to collaborate in the same area so administrators can observe and assist teams.
2. Walk-through observations will be conducted regularly in order to observe common curriculum implementation and instruction in classrooms.

Date of Last Revision: October 1, 2019


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