Inspiring students to strive for excellence!
The WRSD is dedicated to providing all students with the knowledge, skills, tools, and opportunities that enable them to develop their full potential and be successful in meeting their career goals. This is supported by the active engagement of students, parents, teachers, and community members in our students' learning.
- Academic Success: All instruction and learning endeavors are student centered and supported by a faculty passionate about preparing students to graduate with the credentials and skills necessary to succeed in today's highly competitive marketplace.
- Multiple Pathways: Each student's unique needs, desires, and talents require different opportunities and access to experiences to achieve academic and personal success.
- Civic Responsibility: All students develop the values and sense of responsibility to community that makes them active contributors to the well-being of others and society as a whole.
- Parent & Community Engagement: Parents and community members provide wisdom, energy, and skills as valued partners who support the school system in its drive to continuously improve performance.
- Respect: Respect is the foundation of all relationships at Winnisquam, and is actively modeled and expected in all learning environments.
- Data Informed: Data Informed decision-making is practiced at all levels to ensure that improvement efforts are appropriately targeted and resourced in an efficient and effective manner.
- Resources: To deliver student success while keeping in mind that taxpayers deserve an optimal return on investment.
Union Sanborn School Goals & Strategies
#1: ENHANCE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
1. Design a stronger core instructional program and RtI system for all students through the implementation of standardized tests and various curriculum assessments which assess reading and math (STAR, Smarter Balanced, etc.)
2. Enhance instruction & learning, technology, College and Career Readiness Standards, and assessments for improved student engagement in the classroom/school by:
- Use the data coach (and data team) or RtI team to optimize core instructional practices and identify RtI based on assessment feedback
- Establish three points of data, including STAR, Smarter Balanced and various assessments as defined by administrators and teachers aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards
3. Analyze student engagement through survey items to students, (student sense of belonging and ownership of learning).
- Establishing a Response to Instruction (RtI) school plan for structure, schedule, professional development, assessment and intervention
- Establishing a school plan for optimizing and measuring the use of instructional time - Possible schedule redesign
- Increase the integration and use of Google Sites, Drive and other Google/web based tools and using them for teaching, learning, assessing and professional use at every grade level
4. Establish a plan at the school level to define a standards/competency-based grading system aligned with the College and Career Readiness Standards.
- Identify key indicators of:
- Observable student engagement
- Student to teacher feedback
- Focus group interviews/conversations with students
- Investigate and create opportunities to increase student voice, choice and leadership skills in meaningful ways
5. Establish a school level team to identify what constitutes a 21st Century learning environment.
- Develop a Standards Based report card, aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards
- Establish a plan for ensuring that students are on grade level by grade 3, and on level for grade 5 moving into grade 6
- Establish a plan for consistently reviewing and improving on the student transitions from primary to Upper, ES to MS
6. Set up the process at the school level to participate in professional development to gain understanding, align teaching practices and give feedback on the five domains in the teacher evaluation system standards.
- Must include the type of technology necessary, along with inquiry, project, STEM, community, and team-based instruction/learning where teachers shift from a strictly teacher centered approach to one of facilitator of learning
- Participate in district long-range and library committees to develop a plan for enhancing library use and technology for increased student engagement
7. Engage in professional development to gain understanding, and establish practices in leadership for the administrative evaluation system
- Engage in dialogue and plan for linking teacher effectiveness to a portion of compensation to student outcomes.
8. Establish a plan for linking for enhancing Elementary School level awareness/activities for college MS to HS for building awareness/activities for college.
- Set up "I go to" college awareness activities at the elementary level
#2: OPTIMIZE RESOURCES AND INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT LEARNING
1. Maintain appropriate levels of training to stay up to date with code changes.
2. Analyze school survey items that capture the most critical areas required to understand key variables related to effective time and resource allocation and use.
- Employ ongoing standards monitoring and take corrective action as needed.
3. Establish a mechanism at the school level for assessing timeliness, accuracy, and relevance of information provided to internal stakeholders.
- Set up a system for determining how to adjust priorities and allocate resources at the school level
- Identify the important elementary level programs to evaluate; and collect data for determining the program's effectiveness
- Identify the programs and practices that are not proven to be high-yield and to select and focus on those that are, at the school level
- Adjust the budget to meet priorities
- Optimize the functioning of internal operations with regard to efficiency, effectiveness, and cost at the school level
- Enhance the functionality and impact of the school website for internal and external users
- Enhance technology to support internal school communication strategies
#3: IMPROVE INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS
1. Provide information from the school level for the external communication plan to support district level plan.
2. Participate in the external communication plan to engage the public at large including business people and the general taxpayer who do not have students in the system.
3. Assist in the analysis of the timeliness, accuracy, and relevance of information communicated to the public.
4. Contribute input to enhance the functionality and impact of the website for external users .
5. Contribute input to enhance technology to support external communication strategies.
6. Establish a plan to analyze current/future public image survey results and create ways to improve public image of the school.