Millard High School Improvement Plan

2015-2016 School Year

Prepared by:

Millard High School

and

Millard High

Community Council

Mr. Matt Day - Chair

Mrs. Kristine Myers

Mr. McKay Shields

Mrs. Jaime Wade

Mr. Tony Alcala

Mrs. Lisa Barber

Mrs. Deanne Hare

Mr. Michael Gates

Mrs. Chris Ann Jenson

Mr. Jodi Robison

Mrs. Mary Ann Swallow

Mr. Dennis Alldredge, Principal


Millard High School Goal

Definition of Purpose

            For several years, MHS made significant gains in the end of level test scores of our students. We have paid particular attention to the various subgroups with whom we have worked as we try to bring them to the standards prescribed by UPASS. Last year we met the growth goals in various subgroups. We will continue to focus our efforts on brining all these groups to a level that will meet and then surpass the requirements of UPASS. A continued focus on mathematics will guide our practices.

Current Programs and Practices

           Through the USTAR Salary Supplement Program fund and Trustland funds, we offer before school tutoring to students who are in need of additional assistance and we buy teacher preps to reduce class sizes and add additional opportunities for students to get individual help.

            We conduct Student Educational and Occupational Plan conferences twice each year to evaluate educational plans of students. These are conducted with parents, students, and on the power school program. We maintain a current web page to inform parents of important dates, information about school programs, and classroom assignments.

            We have identified through their criterion referenced tests and through our MAPS testing those who struggle in academic areas. Teachers are able to target specific areas of weakness and for those who need extra assistance and establish programs to assist those students who have failed to master Core Concepts. We assign students in math who have not met requirements to be in the honor division to take a math class each day to help remediate math deficiencies.  Students who still have trouble are given instruction or assistance through the Special Education or ESL Program.

            We use smart board technology and computer programs in each of our classrooms to enhance our instructional delivery. We also have voice enhancement systems which teachers use to further improve the classroom teaching environment.

           

Proposed Additions to our Programs and Practices

1. Review by the staff or educational practices and priorities.

  • As a staff we will continue to look at the time allotment being given to all subject areas and review our schedules to determine the best use of time and resources.
  • As we review our own priorities we will look at successful programs around the State and evaluate whether they are doing things that can assist us to improve.
  • We need to continue to work on collaboration among our own staff members to determine ways we can assist our language, science, and math teachers with the instruction of important concepts.
  • Buy an additional prep from Math to provide more time for struggling students.
  • Double scheduling students in Math I and II.

2. Place additional focus on the needs of the individual students.

  • Teacher training on the use of the SAGE testing results and the various reports that will indicate the needs of the individuals.
  • Give additional practice to students on the type of testing that is used on end of level tests. Better utilize the state testing system to give students practice.
  • Look for motivational methods to assist students to perform better on the tests.
  • We will participate in the new common core training, implementation and testing.
  • Additional aides to enhance hands on benefits to individual students.

3. Increase parent involvement in the creation of goals for students, and enlist their support in making the goals a reality.

  • Give special consideration to the concerns of sub-groups whose children are struggling with CORE concepts.
  • Work on aligning desired outcomes of school and parents, for all students.
  • Determine ways we can work together to turn goals into realities.
  • Continue to work on opening ongoing lines of communication between home and school.

Additional Resources and Materials Needed

  • Additional funding to support extended day or year programs.
  • Funding for evaluation of successful programs, visits to schools, etc.
  • Funding for technology enhancement in the core subjects.

Professional Development Plan

      The professional Development for Millard High School will be based on priorities established by the community council. Allocation of these funds will be made following the listed priorities.

  1. Following the school goals, any school-wide workshop or presentation that can be brought in, which promotes or contributes to any portion of our written goals will receive first priority.
  2. As determined by the Community Council, any goal related workshop or presentation that a staff member might be sent to, with the intent of bringing information back to the school.
  3. Workshops or presentation, which though not related to the school improvement goals, might be beneficial to the school program.
  4. Workshops or presentations, which though not related to the school improvement goals, would be beneficial to the individual teacher in subject matter instruction.
  5. Common core in-service and implementation.
  6. Any other requests.

Assessment and Evaluation of Progress

Millard High School Goal – We will review our progress toward the goal in an ongoing way through the SAGE testing that we administer each year. This data will be reviewed in our grade level and subject matter planning meetings and instruction will be adapted to meet educational needs. At the conclusion of testing in the spring we will evaluate our test results and make a summative determination whether we have made progress toward our goal. Success will be determined by the increase in the number of students who achieve proficiency. At that point we will evaluate the changes we have made and determine a course of action as we prepare for the 2015-2016 school year.