Winooski School District

Mostly Cloudy, and 58 °F | Aug 29th: First Day for K-6&9

Friday, January 6, 2017

Dear Families,

Welcome back! I hope that everyone enjoyed their vacation. The staff came back on Tuesday ready to go. The students came in a little tired but quickly got back into the routine of being in school. During Morning Meetings, many of our teachers took the opportunity to review expectations with students and get them oriented to being back in school. After that, everyone jumped back into academics!

This week, our 5th-grade students began their Starbase experience. “STARBASE Vermont has served students, teachers and schools since 1994. Our mission is to raise the interest and improve the knowledge and skills of youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We provide an exciting activity-based curriculum involving hands-on STEM, teambuilding, and healthy choices” (http://starbasevt.org/). It is an amazing experience that all of our 5th graders get to participate in.

As you know, this fall we implemented PBiS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports). A part of our PBiS system is our HEARTs. Each school that implements PBiS is required to have a post-implementation assessment called a Set. JFK had our Set Assessment before vacation, and we have received our results.  Here are some of the key findings:

    • Final average score of 100% (expectations taught) / 93.8% (total score). You have exceeded the benchmark score of 80% / 80%.
    • The expectations are widely posted and the posters are very well-created.
    • All school staff knew all five behavioral expectations and 87% of your students knew all the behavioral expectations. All students had earned HEARTs and all teachers had given out HEARTs .
    • Your delineation of majors vs. minors was very clear and staff had an understanding of the steps to take before asking a student to go to the student support room (e.g. take a break space, buddy classroom).
    • The “extras” you are doing seem really great (i.e. the postcard home, staff recognition, tri-fold in all languages, weekly challenges, tip of the month).
    • I heard lots of teachers using the language of “expected behaviors” – pre-correcting, reminding, and recognizing students for the expected behavior. Common language is HUGE.

This is a fantastic post implementation assessment! Wonderful job JFK staff and students!

Have a wonderful weekend

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal