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Title I and CSI Information for Parents
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Monday, October 26, 2020
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2020-2021 School year

 

Dear Parents and Guardians: 

 

The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the Title I School Ratings and CSI status for David E. Norman Elementary School based on student achievement SBAC testing results from the spring of 2018.   The rating is shown below.

 

David E. Norman Elementary received a 1★ rating based on 2017 2018 scores.  School rates for 2018 2019 have not been released.   A one-star rating means that our school is underperforming and that  specific things must be included in our school improvement plan related to student learning and achievement.   Our plan includes addition of a STEAM Academy, continued work in curriculum, Tier I-III teaching strategies, student leadership culture, and increased college and career readiness in our efforts to address underperformance in our school.   This plan was reviewed by parents, community members, and staff at our first Principal Advisory Board (PBA) meeting on July 13, 2020 at 5:00 pm.  David E. Norman also holds an annual Title I parent meeting.  Due to the late start of school, we will hold this meeting on Nov 2, 2020 at 6:00 pm.  Attendance may be in person in the DEN cafeteria for no more than 150 people as per Governmental decree OR as per ZOOM.  In person attendees must wear a mask and social distance. 

 

David E. Norman and all schools in White Pine County School District hire only qualified individuals as approved by the NV Department of Education.  As there are numerous ways to receive licensure, we have hired teachers through a variety of means.   This gives your student the best educational opportunities possible.  Two teachers are hired as Long Term Sub with Long Term sub lincenses approved through the NV Department of Education.  Pending their completion of the programs in December, they will receive their full teacher licensure.  These teachers include:  Jala Brandis and Megan VanTassell.  Additionally, two Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) candidates were hired.    ARL licensure is also approved by the Nevada Department of Education for individuals who hold an existing Bachelor’s Degree and spend three years receiving additional educational credits.  These Teachers hold an ARL license and include:  Mary Durham and Deborah Nielson.  They are both within their second year of a three year ARL program.  Upon completion they will receive a full teaching licensure and the status of Highly Qualified. 

 

Additionally, David E Norman and all schools in White Pine hire support teaching staff (Teacher’s Aides and Paraprofessionals) who are required to complete and pass testing required by the state of Nevada.  All support teaching staff have passed these tests, except Alexas Cullans who was recently hired and scheduled for immediate testing.

 

If you have specific questions related to Title I Services in your child’s school, please contact me at 775 289 4846.

 

CSI Status requires that we hsare the following information.  In December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law. Highlights of ESSA include holding all students to high academic standards and identifying low performing schools along with appropriate supports for school improvement. Under ESSA, there are two main school designations: Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI). Additionally, Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI) is another school designation. 

 

The State uses results from its school rating system, the Nevada School Performance Framework (NSPF), to identify CSI, TSI, and ATSI schools. 

 

CSI 

Schools CSI schools are schools that meet one or more of the following conditions:

  1. Are the lowest-performing five percent (5%) of schools in Nevada based on their Index Score on the NSPF. 

  2. Receive a 1-Star rating on the NSPF (meaning the school has not met the state’s standards for performance).

  3. Have a four-year graduation rate below sixty-seven percent (67%) for High schools only. 

 

CSI schools are schools that get placed on the state’s Rising Stars Schools List. Rising Stars Schools will remain a part of a cohort for three years, with the goal of achieving at least a 3-Star rating by the end of its third cohort year. The State identified the first cohort of Rising Stars Schools under Nevada’s ESSA Plan in 2017. 

 

School Specific Information 

This is the 2020-2021 year and your child’s school has been identified as a CSI school. Your child’s school has been identified as a CSI school because it meets condition(s) #2 above. 

 

The following have been identified as reason why your child’s school is underperforming: 

  1. Low Academic Achievement as defined by the NV Report Card found at http://nevadareportcard.nv.gov/DI/nv/white_pine/david_e_norman_elementary_school/2019/nspf/

 

Your child’s school will receive increased levels of support which will include: 

  1.  PDs including: District Wide Literacy days, Elementary District Grade-band Collaboration Days, 1.25 hours of PLC weekly for grade band teams to learn and analyze data, 3rd party Vendor Coaches. Restorative Justice Practices

  2. Increase 2-way accountability & communication with: Family Nights, PTO meetings, weekly reporting, Face-book, Web Page, and Reader Board, Title I letters, Principal Advisory Board (PAB), Family Classes, Volunteerism, and Attendance Review board.

  3. Districts World Class Literacy Framework, Instructional Leadership Coaches, District Team Leaders for each grade-band, emphasis on Tier I in reading, & consistency and predictable grading using LIM Portfolios

The following have been identified as district and school goals for the 2020-2021 school year: 

  1. DUE to the volatile changes due to COVID, PLan A and B will ensure. Plan A should SBAC be used, we will increase nd Plan B should SBAC not be used.

    1. Plan A - In grades 1-2, increase students scoring at or above the 61st percentile on the MAP ELA to 52% by 2022; MAP Math to 42% by 2022, In grade 3, increase students scoring proficient on the SBAC ELA to 60% by 2022, yielding 5 out of 5 points on the Point Attribution Table; in grades 3-5, increase the students scoring proficient on the SBAC ELA to 60% by 2022, In grades 3-5, increase students scoring proficient on the SBAC Math to 42% by 2022; In grades 3-5, increase the pooled average of proficient students to 48% by 2022, yielding 10 out of 20 points on the Point Attribution Table.

    2. Plan B - Student test in Fall, Winter, and Spring. Teacher will test and track student progress through the testing periods. They will use the MAP information to determine student needs in RTI and track in Infinite Campus to see increased scores from 48% to 60% in Reading and Math.

  2. Develop leaders in both student body and staff through: increasing the percentage of students K-5th gradeparticipating in CCR and STEAM Magnet programs and increasing the amount of staff in leadership positions.

  3. Continually improve the school culture to impact adult and student behaviors, concerns and needs through self-care, mindfulness, and Restorative Practices.

 

The district will support your child's school by working with the school to implement the CSI plan listed above. You will receive further information on how you can engage in this process, as required under federal law.   For more information about the progress being made by your child’s school, please review the School Performance Plan on your school’s website. Please contact your school at  75-289-4846 or cammie.briggs@wpcnvadmin.com for more information. 

 

Lastly, parent and family engagement is critical to your child’s success. You are welcome and encouraged to become involved in the academic progress of your child's school. Please visit your child’s school for information about parent and family engagement opportunities. 

 

We look forward to your continued participation in your child’s learning experiences.  Please remember that consistent attendance is necessary for student success.  Partner with our school to help your child succeed.

 

Sincerely,             

Cammie Briggs, DEN Principal

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