School Learning Plan
Scholls Heights Elementary School
Scholls Heights opened in 1999 and currently serves 595 students. We have 68 dedicated staff to serve 24 K-5 classrooms, 2 Independent Skills Center (ISC) classrooms, and specialists for enrichment programs such as music, physical education, library, technology, and English language development (ELD).
It has been the privilege of the Scholls Heights staff and community to have two ISC specialized program classrooms for the past 5 years serving students with special needs in an inclusive environment.
We are a strong community that comes together for the needs of our students. The staff finds a nice balance between rigor and fun. We are a growing community with new developments. The staff prides themselves on building a feeling of inclusion and we focus on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) as well as academics.
When working with our Staff, here is what they had to say:
School Climate and Culture: Kids care for each other, Strong Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and parent involvement, parents are supportive of teachers, ISC Program includes general education kids who volunteer as student staff, perseverance during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). We are willing to pilot district programs, we have care for our school building and our student/child-centered spaces, high expectations are consistent and are held to by staff and students alike, strong SEL support by Counselor and Student Success Coach, creativity is valued, and we adhere to Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as a school community.
Staff: Very creative, can-do attitude, collaborative, innovative, positive attitude, growth mindset/willing to jump into new learning, adaptable and persevering.
Along with the rest of the Beaverton School District, we have recognized the need to further equip our staff with tools to support and nurture our students’ social and emotional learning. We have made huge gains over the last couple of years in implementing the following structures: morning meeting in each classroom every day, knowledge and use of the Zones of Regulation, fostering a growth mindset, “Peace Places” as calming spaces for students to regulate their emotions, professional development for staff, Harmony lessons, and conflict resolution lessons/problem solving for students.
We use the workshop model for instruction in math, writing, and reading. Focus on knowing the students well as learners, readers, and mathematicians continues to be a primary focus for designing and implementing instruction. Use of the Independent Reading Level Assessment (IRLA) for reading provides specific guidance on where the students are as readers and what strategies need more refinement. In writing, authentic published writing and continual daily practice provide us with a roadmap for instruction. In math, we use the workshop model and mathematical practices to ensure we are supporting individual learners. Each of these areas necessitates conferring to set up individual goals, and strategic grouping during work time to link instruction to need.
Equity, anti- bias, and anti-racist practices are a key component of our learning journey this year and moving forward. We are dedicating much of our administrator directed Professional Development (PD) time for the learning and developing of anti-bias, anti-racist practices. We have brought together a team of educators to help guide us in this work. As a staff we are engaging in learning and reflection with the guidance of this committee. We are then planning to do the learning and reflection activities as a school community. In addition, we are partnering with Pat McCreery and the Office of Equity and Inclusion to engage the voices of our Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) community as we move forward.
At Scholls Heights, we are proud of our English Language Arts (ELA) work. We have done intentional work with Units of Study in Reading and Writing. Our teachers have participated in district PD, as well as school level PD and collaboration. Our Intervention teacher, studio teachers, and BSD Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSAs) have helped support this work. Our staff are using these skills to meet student needs in the complex CDL environment.
Social Emotional Learning is also a key component to our core values. We know that when students believe staff care about them and feel accepted, they work harder for adults thus leading to higher academic success. We are a PBIS school and focus on SEL in our daily work. We know that when students are regulated, all students are better able to learn. The beginning of our school day is reserved for community work. During this time teachers build community, empathy, and teach SEL lessons and strategies. We have a strong staff and parent community that come together to support the needs of our kids.
We know that CDL is challenging for families. However, we are pleased with our current attendance rate of nearly 98%.
As a resource, in 2019, we had district experts train us as well as our Math Studio teachers. Teachers are using this knowledge in whole group and small group math instruction. We would like to see continued growth in our math practices. Doing Math Workshop online has been a challenge, but teachers are doing their best to meet the needs of our mathematicians. One great challenge to continue using the Math Workshop model during CDL is the need for a variety of manipulatives and materials that students don’t have at home. Our teachers have worked to put together supply kits so students have the necessary materials to participate in Math Workshop during CDL, and then organized “pick up parades” where families drive by and the supply kits are handed to them through the car window while observing safety protocols by wearing masks and social distancing. They do this every few weeks as they move through the units.
In CDL, we do have some concerns about the amount of help some students are receiving while doing their independent Dreambox lessons at home. Assistance on these tasks can skew our data as to what children know and what they still need to be taught.
We are concerned with all student growth specifically in the area of math. However, our biggest concern is with our youngest learners. We believe students learn the foundational skills for math in the beginning years. With school closing in March during the 2019-2020 school year and limited required instruction, we want to explore the potential impact on students. We will be looking at Dreambox data and focusing on our students who missed the end of 1st grade and our remote learning in 2nd grade. These students would have had a full year of in person kindergarten and a partial year of in person 1st grade.
We will continue to implement our district adopted curriculum using a workshop model. Teachers will be given time to collaborate during a portion of administrator directed time to focus on implementing consistent curriculum.
We will continue to look at Dreambox data for our current 2nd grade students to track their progress toward meeting end of year benchmarks. We will work with the 2nd grade team to discuss accuracy of the data in regards to evidence they have with SeeSaw activities and small group instruction.
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.