Minutes of the School Improvement Advisory Committee
Meeting, August 17, 2010
Welcome and Introductions
The SIAC (School Improvement Advisory Committee) is a required committee. The committee is to be made up of parents, community members, students, teachers, board member, and administration. This committee reviews the professional development of the district and makes recommendations to the Board concerning the annual yearly goals.
The SIAC will also be introduced to the Iowa Core Curriculum and become the community group for ICC.
SIAC will also review the technology plan every two years and make any recommendations to the Board.
Mid-Iowa School Improvement Consortium
Member organization that supports achievement by developing and coordinating tools and resources for educators.
Approximately 150 schools currently belong to MISIC
Common set of standards and benchmarks
Completely aligned with Iowa Core Curriculum
Will be completely aligned with Common Core – new national curriculum – “We have your back”
Curriculum Manager works with the MISIC curriculum to assist teachers as they implement the ICC standards and benchmarks into their curriculum and documenting when they teach the required essential concepts and skills.
NWEA – MAP Assessment
MAP – Measures of Academic Progress
Achievement tests – given online
Test changes as students answer questions right and wrong
RIT Score - range of scores where students are achieving
DesCarte – list of resources/ideas for teachers to use to work with students at the different RIT scores
MAP Assessment is aligned with the MISIC curriculum
District annual goals based on individual student goal targets in reading, math and science
Iowa Core Curriculum
What is the Iowa Core Curriculum?
The Iowa Core Curriculum provides the details for teachers to make sure students reach Iowa’s Core Content Standards and Benchmarks. It assists teachers in knowing how to integrate essential concepts and skills into student learning opportunities. The Iowa Core Curriculum is about teaching and learning; it provides examples of powerful instruction clearly tied to classroom assessments. It provides a comprehensive picture of effective curriculum that addresses, pedagogy (instructional methods), content knowledge and assessment.
The Iowa Core Curriculum provides a set of Essential Concepts and Skills for all Iowa students.
The Iowa Core Curriculum mandates that all Iowa teachers cover and report when they teach the Essential Concepts and Skills.
The Legislature (SF 2216) stipulates full implementation of the ICC in high schools by 2012 and K-8 by 2014-2015.
There are 6 areas of the Iowa Core Curriculum that we must review annually and complete a self evaluation of our efforts. The 6 areas, include target(s) and actions that describe the work that is to be completed. The areas include: Leadership, Community, School, Content/Instruction/Assessment, Professional Development and Instruction and Assessment
The MISIC Curriculum Manager will assist teachers as they implement the ICC standards and benchmarks into their curriculum and reporting when they teach the essential concepts and skills.
The district PD team will continue to attend ICC training. We will need to convene a SIAC Meeting during the school year to discuss our implementation of the ICC.
Review of 2009-10 Annual Progress Report – School Improvement Goal Report
The Draft Annual Progress Report is the entire document that is shared with the community.
The School Improvement Goal Report shows the annual district goals and the results for 2009-2010.
Setting the 2010-2011 Annual Improvement Goals
Review suggestions for Technology and Social Studies using the same tests as we have in the past.
CRISS Reading Strategies
the videos covering each chapter last school year. Each teacher was to complete 6 learning plans documenting the use of the CRISS strategies that were introduced in the chapters. Teachers were also to make 2 observations of other teachers using a CRISS strategy with students. Every teacher completed these assignments.
We will continue to read, watch and discuss CRISS strategies as grade level groups. Individual teachers will complete learning plans and observations.
K – 5 Literacy Team
The K-5 teachers have formed a Literacy Team to read and study the books Cafe and Daily 5. The teachers attended a class this summer to learn more about this literacy program. The K-5 teachers will continue to work at implementing and developing these literacy strategies.
All students receive a Daily Planner that includes the Six Pillars of Character. Classroom teachers have implemented the six pillars into their teaching. The Veteran’s Day program reinforces the pillar of citizenship.
The NEH Technology Goals are the same as the National Educational Technology Standards for Students. There are 6 standards. The use of the MISIC curriculum, MAP assessment and curriculum manager directly address some of these standards.
These Technology Standards are to be reviewed by the NEH Technology Committee and SIAC every two years. The Board will be presented with the recommended updated plan after the review for their approval.
The next School Board Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 9 at 7:00. The approval of the annual improvement goals is the first agenda item.
Thank you – We will need to have another SIAC Meeting to discuss the ICC. That date will be decided by the district ICC Leadership Team.
Meeting, August 6, 2009
Thanks for taking part in the SIAC Committee
SIAC – Required Committee to include community involvement in the district.
2. Iowa Core Curriculum – Mr. Woiwood
We will need to have a sub-committee to work on this project with the ICC Leadership Team
ICC Implementation Planning
July 1, 2010 grades 9-12
July 1, 2012 grades K-8
We want to have the K-12 Implementation Plan completed by July 1, 2010.
Initial Alignment – Core Curriculum, address gaps, and professional development
July 1, 2012 grades 9-12
July 1, 2014 grades K-8
We want to have the K-12 initial alignment completed by July 1, 2012.
ICC – Outcomes, Targets and Actions – HANDOUT
3. Review of the 2008 – 2009 Annual Progress Report – Dr.
Reviewed the Annual Progress Report and explained the SIM Assessment process to the SIAC Committee. Dr. Strasser lead a discussion that SIM actually measures student improvement rather than just raw scores on the assessments.
4. CRISS Reading Strategies – Mr. Woiwood
After reviewing the data, Reading was selected as the area to concentrate the district’s professional development. Project CRISS will be the district’s professional development focus for the next few years. Handout
5. Character Counts – Bullying/Harassment – Mr. Hocking
Discussed the Bullying and Harassment requirements and the Bullying and Harassment procedures at NEH.
Shared the number of Bullying and Harassment incidents at NEH.
The Committee decided to continue with the Character Counts.
The goal is to continue the Character Counts Program at NEH.
6. Setting the 2009 – 2010 Annual Improvement Goals
After reviewing the Annual Progress Report and the charts that showed the
2009 SIM scores and a 3 year average of SIM scores the SIAC Committee had
a lengthy discussion about the Annual Improvement Goals and the need to raise
the goals in some areas to reflect how students had scored on those assessments
over the past 3 years.
Reading – 40% or higher gain scores – Raised 2%
Math/Science – 50% or higher gain scores – Raised 12%
Accelerated Reading - 65% of students in kindergarten through fourth grade read with 75% or better accuracy – No change, raised last year.
Curriculum Based Measurement - 65% of the students have 18 or more digits correct in a 2 minute time period – No change, raised last year.
Social Studies – 50% or higher gain scores – Raised 12%
Technology – 40% or higher gain scores – Raised 2%
John’s Reading Assessment - 80% or more of first, second, and third graders read at or above grade level – No change
7. Needs Assessment Survey
Every five years school districts are to conduct a district needs assessment. It is time for us to conduct a needs assessment.
We will need to have a sub-committee to work on this project.
On-line survey – Community, Parents, Students, Teachers, Support Staff
The sub-committee will need to: get example types of questions, decide how to get the survey to all patrons, analyzing the data, report the data to the Board and community.
8. Select presenters to recommend the Annual Improvement
Goals to the Board for approval by the Board
Margaret Ronfeld, SIAC Member will present the 2009-10 Annual Goals to the Board.
Anyone ready to commit to a sub-committee? Margaret Ronfeld – ICC and Tori Woiwood – Needs Assessment
When do we go to a paperless district newsletter?
10. Adjourn – 8:40 p.m.
Meeting, August 8, 2008
Thanks for being a member of the School Improvement Advisory Committee.
What does that mean? The school district is required to have an Advisory Committee that meets to review the annual academic goals for the previous year and to set new annual academic goals for the current year. We will also have a Department of Education Site Visit this February. The Advisory Committee will be one group that the site visit team will interview. What are you proud of at NEH? Why? How do you know there is a good education at NEH? How are you informed about what is happening at the district? Does the district keep you informed of the academic progress of the students? Etc.
Dr. Strasser will be presenting the SIM work the teachers have been involved in during the last school year and what they will be working on this school year.
2. School Improvement Model (SIM IV) – Learner Outcomes
3. Review of the 2007 – 2008 Annual Progress Report
Reading, Math and Science all have the same long range goal – All K-12 students will achieve at high levels in RMS preparing them for success beyond High School. We measure the student success by comparing how the students score on locally developed tests in the fall to the same test given in the spring and comparing the number of correct answers. Each grade will have a gain score and then they are added together to get an average for the K-12. Example – gains scores add up to 639 divide by 13 = 49% This is done for these three content areas and social studies.
The goal for 2007-08 was 37%. We achieved this goal by achieving 49%.
The goal continues to increase each year. We scored above the goal and we want to continue to do so, but we don’t want to set ourselves up for failure.
The recommendation would be to raise the annual goal to 38% gain.
We did have 11 regressions in the Reading/Language Arts and Reading is our lowest gain score.
For these reasons we have identified reading comprehension as our professional development goal for 2008-09. I will get into the specifics at a later agenda item.
Multiple Assessments –
Accelerated Reader – 94% total 1st – 4th with 50% goal
50% read with 75% or better accuracy – does this need to increase?
Curriculum-based Measurement – 80% total 1st – 3rd
18 or more digits correct in a 2 minute time period
Other Local Indicators
Social Studies – 89% total – 38% goal for 2008-09
Technology – 8th grade % total – 38% goal for 2008-09
Early Intervention Goals
Accelerated Reader – 93% total K – 4th with a 50% goal
50% read with 75% or better accuracy – does this need to increase?
John’s Reading Assessment – 87% 1st -3rd total with an 80% goal
80% or more will read at or above grade level as measured by JRA
Preparedness for Post-Secondary Success
Dropout Data – Incomplete – Data is given to us by the state
4. Second Chance
These are the strategies that the Professional Development Team identified as reading comprehension strategies to help increase the number of student proficient in reading. Remember this was the lowest gain score and we were also not satisfied with the ITBS data on reading comprehension.
1st – 89% 2nd – 65% 3rd – 70% 4th – 88%
5th – 85% 6th – 65% 7th – 82% 8th – 2%
9th – 72% 10th – 58% 11th – 62%
Total – 162/222 or 73% proficient or 60/222 or 27% non-proficient
The recommended district goal is to increase the number of student proficient in reading comprehension as measured by the ITBS/ITED.
See the definitions of these two strategies.
5. Character Counts
This was introduced to the staff last year and all staff received two days of training. We will continue to implement these 6 pillars of character into the school and into the curriculums. See the definition listed.
6. Setting the 2008 – 2009 Annual Improvement Goals
Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies and Technology – 38% goal.
Accelerated Reader – 50% of students will read with 75% or better accuracy
Curriculum-based measurement – 18 or more digits correct in 2 minutes
John’s Reading – 80% or more students reading at or above grade level
7. Select presenters to recommend the Annual Improvement
Goals to the Board for approval by the Board
Who would be willing to present these goals to the Board at the August 21st Board Meeting? This will be the first thing on the agenda and you may leave after presenting these to the Board.
Thank you for your support of NEH!
Meeting, September 6, 2007
The Northeast Hamilton School Improvement Advisory Committee met on September 6, 2007, in the meeting room from 6:30 p.m. until 7:40 p.m. Members present were Michael Nelson, Wendell Jacobson, Herbert Strasser, Cleone Pelz, Bill Keller, Keith Gelder , Charlene Burton, Tori Woiwood , Barry Klaver, Jan Heiden and Andrew Woiwood.
The SIAC Committee was led through a review of the 2006-2007 Annual Progress Report.. There were discussions about the different assessments given and the results of the assessments.
Following the review of the 2006 – 2007 Annual Progress Report the SIAC Committee then discussed and agreed to the 2007 – 2008 Annual Improvement Goals. Keith Gelder moved to approve the Annual Improvement Goal to increase the percent of gain scores in Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies and Technology to 37%. There was no dissention. Bill Keller moved to approve the same Early Intervention goals as last year. There was no dissention. Keith Gelder moved to accept the same math Multiple Assessment goal as last year. There was no dissention.
The SIAC Committee was then given a brief overview of the new Anti-bullying/Anti-harassment Policy that was made law in 2007. The committee reviewed the definition, protected classes and the reporting requirements for the district. There were several questions concerning the interpretation of the language used in the policy. The SIAC Committee has an additional responsibility in the new law to establish district goals, programs, trainings and initiatives relating to Anti-bullying/Anti-harassment.
The SIAC Committee recommended a goal that the district takes the 2007 - 2008school year to collect data and to establish a baseline to make base future goals. The Committee recommended training to students, staff and community on the new district policy and reporting requirements. The Committee also agreed with the addition of Character Counts to the school’s educational program.
Keith Gelder volunteered to be the SIAC Committee Representative to present the new 2007 – 2008 Annual Improvement Goals to the Board at the September 18, 2007 board meeting.
The SIAC Committee was told of the upcoming Department of Education Site Visit during the 2008 – 2009 school year.
The individuals that attended the SIAC Committee Meeting were thanked for giving their time and effort on the behalf of the students of Northeast Hamilton.
The meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.
Recorded by, Tori Woiwood
Meeting, July 14, 2005
Agriculture Classroom/4:45-6:00 P.M.
Members Present: Keith Gelder, Al Ose, Wes Sweedler, Jean Horn, Herb Strasser, Roark Horn
The meeting began with a review of the complementary facilities study by the DLR Group. Members asked questions about the study and discussed implications of the architect’s preliminary findings. Another topic of discussion was recommendations as to how the Board should select a facilities team from learning community members. Suggestions were to have each Board member nominate 2 persons from their director district, have the administration and staff nominate several members, and do an “all call” in the district newsletter, asking for participants, but also being very realistic about the demands that will be placed on the committee.
SIAC members also reviewed the 2005 Annual Progress Report and recommended that it be brought before the Board for approval at their July meeting. Members noted improvement from already high test scores in almost every category, especially the areas of emphasis proposed last year.
Meeting adjourned at 6:45.
Meeting, January 13, 2005
The Northeast Hamilton School Improvement Advisory Committee met on January 13, 2005, in the ICN room from 5:35 p.m. until 6:35 p.m. Members present were Wes Sweedler, Merle Hamilton, Sally Greenfield, Mike Nelson, Alan Ose, Sterling Renaud, Jean Horn, Charlene Burton, Laura Hoversten, Herb Strasser, Janet Greufe, Pat Hocking and Roark Horn.
A proposed Student Attendance Policy was reviewed by the Committee. Principal Hocking shared the process that went into developing the policy which included input from staff and students and now the SIAC members. The Committee approved the Proposed Attendance Policy with minor changes. The NEH Board of Directors will be asked to approve the policy for a pilot during the spring semester, with a final approval dependant upon the piloted policy achieving the goal of improved attendance.
Superintendent Horn updated the Committee on the Northeast Hamilton School Foundation that had developed out of this Committee. Their first project, the restroom/storage building, was completed in October; a supper and raffle are scheduled for January 28th to raise funds for the construction project which is about $8000 short of complete funding. The Foundation will not consider another project without complete funding. The Foundation has a page on the District website, www.ne-hamilton.k12.ia.us, and it is hoped that alumni addresses may be posted on that page; not all addresses have been located at this time.
Also discussed were the architect visits and building improvements discussions with the Board of Directors. They are moving slowly and cautiously to ensure the direction taken will be the wisest for the District. The Board will be involving the SIAC members, as well as the NEH community in the process.
A brief update on the windmill project was shared. The project will not have a significant affect on the General Fund since it is a formula-driven fund set by the State. The Physical Plant & Equipment Levy Fund and Management Fund may receive additional dollars because they are rate-driven funds which are set by the Board.
Meeting, July 14, 2004
The Northeast Hamilton School Improvement Advisory Committee met on July 14, 2004, in the Spanish Classroom from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Members present were Merle Hamilton, Alan Ose, Jean Horn, Troy Hassebrock, Keith Gelder, Herb Strasser, Roark Horn and Janet Greufe.
The Committee reviewed a draft of the Annual Progress Report. Superintendent Horn mentioned that copies would be available in the central office by August 15th, but suggested that the Committee follow the Department of Education recommendation (at this year’s state visit) that publication occur over time in the district newsletter, to bring more public emphasis to the report. The Committee supported this proposal. The report will also be available on the district website. It was reported that all goals for the year were met, both annual improvement goals and federal/state adequate yearly progress goals. Dr. Strasser explained and answered questions about the SIM testing procedure and results. The Committee discussed declining scores in reading at the 8th grade level; it is believed by the administration that this is a systemic issue, not singular to 8th grade. Plans to improve scores were detailed, including scheduling all middle school students into two sections of reading/language arts next year, analysis of the reading tests to see if some things need to be rearranged in the teaching sequence so they are covered prior to the testing, and a novel-based approach to improving overall reading speed and comprehension. The Committee recommended that the Annual Progress Report, including the annual improvement goals, be brought before the Board for approval.
Superintendent Horn explained the set up of the 5-year Comprehensive School Improvement Plan report and outlined it with the Committee, answering questions as they arose. Committee members were asked to continue to review the report and direct questions/comments to Mr. Horn prior to the August School Board meeting, where it was recommended that it be approved by the Board.
Meeting, March 4, 2004
The Northeast Hamilton School Improvement Advisory Committee met on March 4, 2004, in the ICN room from 5:35 p.m. until 6:35 p.m. Members present were Jean Horn, Keith Gelder, Jerry Klaver, Herb Strasser, Roark Horn and Janet Greufe.
Superintendent Horn discussed developments of the Northeast Hamilton School Foundation. Two members from each of the District’s communities were selected to form the Board of Directors. Appropriate paperwork was filed to form a non-profit corporation with the assistance of Mona Bowden, High, Bowden & Stockdale, LLP. A solicitation letter introducing the Foundation and indicating the areas for donations will be mailed out upon the completion of the alumni address list. The first building project will be an amenities building for the football/baseball area.
Superintendent Horn shared copies of the written report from the Iowa Department of Education’s Comprehensive Site Visit that was completed in November, 2003. Copies are also available in the central office. Discussion was held on how to build on the report’s findings.
The Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) was discussed. The plan includes 3-5 goals to improve student achievement over the next five years. Committee members will review the plan along with the Annual Progress Report before it is approved by the Board of Directors in August.
Tuesday, October 21, 2003
Present: Charlene Burton, Troy Hassebrock, Jan Heiden, Pat Hocking, Jean Horn, Roark Horn, Jeff Meyer, Marlin Pruismann, Herb Strausser, Wes Sweedler
Agenda Item 1 – Report on School Foundations Conference
Jan, Marlin and Roark shared their thoughts on the conference. Each attendee went to various sessions, and learned a lot about setting up a foundation. All agreed that a strong, clear mission statement is a must. Other main points include that it takes time to establish a foundation, and that well begun is half done. There is more flexibility with foundation spending, but accountability is very important, volunteers are key. Four necessary components of a foundation are community, resources, volunteers and publicity.
Agenda Item 2 – Next Steps for School Foundation
It was decided that the four who attended the conference (Jan, Marlin, Janet and Roark) will put a temporary board together to begin working on a mission statement, the by-laws and other legal aspects of the foundation. The School Board President and the Superintendent would likely be non-voting members of the Foundation Board. Troy Hassebrock volunteered to assist with the 501(c)3 status application process, which should be completed by January. It was suggested that the temporary board members serve through at least June 2004, at which time other board members may be elected according to the by-laws established by the temporary board. The foundation board will work closely with the School Board.
A database of NEH, Williams, Kamrar and Blairsburg alumni would be helpful to the foundation, so Mr. Meyer will ask National Honor Society members to begin working on a database so it will be well developed by the time the foundation is ready to use it.
Agenda Item 3 – Department of Education visit
Mr. Horn provided a handout with an overview of the state visit. He asked for volunteers from the SIAC committee to meet with the state on Tuesday, November 11 from 4:30 to 5:30. Troy and Marlin will serve if needed. Mr. Horn will contact others to meet with the state representatives.
The next meeting will be held in December or January. In the meantime, the temporary Foundation Board will be established and will work on by-laws, a mission statement, and an application for 501(c)3 status. At the next meeting, we will review and discuss the state recommendations and get an update on the Foundation activities.
Respectfully Submitted, Jean Horn
Meeting, August 26, 2003
The Northeast Hamilton School Improvement Advisory Committee met on August 26, 2003, in the ICN room from 5:30 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. Members present were Wes Sweedler, Merle Hamilton, Sally Greenfield, Mike Nelson, Troy and Christine Hassebrock, Alan Ose, Kim Schaa, Jan Heiden, John Cavanagh, Sterling Renaud, Keith Gelder, Janet Greufe, Pat Hocking and Roark Horn.
Superintendent Horn reviewed past meetings and how the foundation idea came into consideration by the SIAC.
Committee members were informed of an upcoming conference that would assist the SIAC in establishing a foundation. Jan Heiden, Troy Hassebrock, Merle Hamilton, Marlin Pruismann, Janet Greufe and Roark Horn have volunteered to attend the “Issues Involved in the Establishment and Sustainability of School Foundations” Conference on October 13th. Any committee member interested in attending should contact Janet Greufe at 325-6234 as soon as possible to ensure registration.
The committee formulated a list of possible projects/goals for the foundation board to consider.
-asphalt parking lot -no interest post-secondary education loans
-increase parking area -football/baseball flag area/memorial
-scholarships -amenities building for baseball/football
-baseball lights -curricular program areas
-gymnasium beautification -air conditioning all classrooms
Students and staff will be asked for input as well.
The committee then discussed what elements were important to consider in the initial letter to stakeholders. Elements considered were:
Since the above mentioned conference should provide valuable information, a letter will be presented for discussion at the next meeting.
The next meeting will be shortly after the conference, most likely the week of October 20th, to finalize the initial letter, projects/goals and establish a Board of Directors. Committee members are encouraged to consider serving on the board and/or providing names of individuals that would serve on the 9-15 member board. It will be the work of the board to provide a mission statement, by-laws, and set parameters for projects with the assistance of legal advice from Mona Bowden. The committee is also to consider ways of locating names and addresses of older alumni for the mass mailing of the initial letter and brochure.
The goal of the committee is to have everything ready to go as quickly as possible once the information from the conference is processed.
Meeting, March 13, 2003
The Northeast Hamilton School Improvement Advisory Committee met on March 13, 2003, in the High School/Middle School Media Center from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Members present were: John Cavanagh, Sally Greenfield, Janelle Oakland, Jean Horn, Wes Sweedler, Alan Ose, Kim Schaa, Herb Strasser, Cleone Pelz, Charlene Burton, Jan Heiden, Merle Hamilton, Roark Horn, Pat Hocking, and Janet Greufe.
The main topic was continued discussion on the possibility of establishing a foundation for scholarships. Mr. Horn presented materials that he had been asked by the SIAC to acquire from the Dollars for Scholars foundation. After these materials were reviewed, it was the consensus of the committee to further explore the formation of a foundation, but one that encompasses more than just academic scholarships. The main concern with Dollars for Scholars at this time was the limitations that this foundation may place on organizations that wish to donate scholarships as to who will receive the scholarships.
Mr. Horn will contact other schools with a more broad-based foundation and bring to the committee at the next meeting information as to how to get a foundation started. Also at the next meeting, to be held sometime in July, the SIAC will review progress made on this year’s annual improvement goals, and set annual improvement goals for 2003-2004.
Meeting, November 18, 2002
The Northeast Hamilton School Improvement Advisory Committee met on November 18, 2002, in the cafeteria from 6:30 p.m. until 7:45 p.m. Members present were: Wes Sweedler, Alan Ose, Sterling Renaud, Merle Hamilton, Janet Greufe, Pat Hocking, Jean Horn, Jan Heiden, and Roark Horn.
Topics of discussion included the possibility of establishing a foundation for scholarships and building some kind of system for peer recognition. Administration will explore all avenues for foundations including state, national, and private organizations. They will also meet with upperclassmen to get student input into setting up procedures for peer recognition.
The next meeting will be sometime in mid-February, and will include reports on these two initiatives.