School Learning Plan
Jacob Wismer Elementary School
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
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
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 Problem of Practice:
Hispanic/Latino-ELA Growth (level 1/3 yr. average growth is 27% compared to level 4/55% growth for all students)
Academic excellence Problem of Practice:
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)
Collaboration Problem of Practice:
Date of Last Revision: October 1, 2019
District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.
WE Expect Excellence
- WE teach students knowledge and skills for our evolving world.
- WE seek, support, and recognize world-class employees.
- WE engage students with a variety of relevant and challenging learning experiences.
- WE create learning environments that promote student achievement.
WE Embrace Equity
- WE build honest, safe, and inclusive relationships with our diverse students and their families.
- WE provide needed support so that every student succeeds.
- WE work and learn in teams to understand student needs and improve learning outcomes.
- WE partner with our community to educate and serve students.