Improvement Activities

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system for elementary through higher education that is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional learning, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change. AVID-trained educators teach students academic and social skills to help them develop the habits and behavior that are needed to be successful.

Full Day Kindergarten and WA Kids
Stewart Elementary currently has 3 sessions of Full Day Kindergaten.  In addition, the Kindergaren programs are supported by WA Kids (Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills).  The Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) is a transition process that helps to ensure a successful start to the K-12 experience and connect the key adults in a child’s life.
Three Components

  1. Family connection welcomes families into the Washington K-12 system as partners in their child’s education.
  2. Whole-child assessment helps kindergarten teachers learn about the skills and strengths of the children in their classrooms so they can meet the needs of each child.
  3. Early learning collaboration aligns practices of early learning professionals and kindergarten teachers to support smooth transitions for children.

Guided Language Acquisition Design
Project GLAD is a model of professional development in the area of language acquisition and literacy. The strategies and model promote English language acquisition, academic achievement, and cross-cultural skills. Project GLAD was developed and field tested for nine years in the Fountain Valley School District and is based on years of experience with integrated approaches for teaching language. Tied to the Common Core State Standards and State Standards, the model trains teachers to provide access to core curriculum using local district guidelines and curriculum.

Project GLAD is an instructional model with clear, practical strategies promoting positive, effective interactions among students and between teachers and students. Project GLAD develops metacognitive use of high level, academic language and literacy. During the staff development, teachers are provided with the instructional strategies, the theory and research that support the model, and the curriculum model that brings these all together in the context of district and state frameworks and standards. The second part of the training is a demonstration session in the classroom where the model is demonstrated with students.

Schoolwide Initiatives

2016-2017 School Professional Development:

Implementation of Response to Intervention/WIN Action Plans
Creating and monitoring Student Growth Goals
Reviewing data in order to make informed instructional decisions
GLAD Strategies
AVID Strategies K-6th
Culturally Relevant Practices

Teacher and Principal Student Growth Goals in Reading are focused on the following activities:

  • Grade-level teams establishing/editing Reading essential learning standards
  • DIBELS progress monitoring
  • STAR Reading (monthly progress monitoring)
  • Journeys leveled /small group instruction
  • Smarter Balanced State Assessment data 3rd-6th grades
  • Enlist volunteers to provide 1-on-1 interventions
  • Accelerated Reader (AR)

Teacher and Principal Student Growth Goals in Math are focused on the following activities:

  • Grade-level teams establishing/editing Math essential learning standards
  • STAR Math / MCS (monthly progress monitoring)
  • Bridges and CMP Instruction 

Targeted Sub-Group - Title & LAP Students

  • Utilization of standards-based intervention curriculum - SRA Phonemic Awareness, Phonological Awareness, Language for Learning, SIPPS, Rewards, etc.
  • Read Well double dose
  • Pull-out Intervention
  • Push-in Intervention
  • Progress monitoring
  • Team meetings

Parent, Family, and Community Involvement

Our school strives to engage with the community (PSD School Board Direction – Communication, Engagement and Involvement).  Specific examples/plans of this parent and community engagement can be found by clicking here to see the school’s annual performance report.

Use of Technology

In each of our schools, technology is a primary tool to facilitate instruction and these tools have a positive impact on student learning. Technology also allows our school to communicate effectively with parents through a variety of innovative means. We also use various district software applications for student intervention as we continue to develop Response to Intervention (RTI) systems in our school.

We use the following software applications for this work:

  • Schoology:  communication for parents, and student access to instructional materials.
  • STAR ­Reading and Math Assessments: Diagnostic assessments to  provided benchmark indicators on student performance in reading and math.
  • PerformancePLUS:  Repository for all state, district, and building assessment data; data available to analyze student performance by school teams.
  • Blackboard Connect and Facebook: Communication tool to inform parents on important school information and student learning events