Van Derveer Elementary School
Van Derveer Elementary SchoolGrade 3 - Grade 52017-18 WIGJune 2018 UpdateApril 2018 UpdateDecember 2017 Update
The VDV 3-5 Wildly Important Goal for 2017-2018 has originated from a staff book study of The Leader In Me by Stephen Covey and Sean Covey. This led to the school-wide goal of adopting common language to use with the students from classroom to classroom and from grade level to grade level, as they advanced in Van Derveer School. Teachers will implement the instruction of the 7 Habits of Happy Kids into their daily lessons, identifying and demonstrating these habits in order to assist with improving the climate and culture of Van Derveer School. The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, from the book with the same name, written by Sean Covey, are the cornerstone of our 2017-2018 WIG: The students of VDV 3-5 will demonstrate the 7 Habits of Happy Kids throughout the school day and identify the occurrences to fill at least 80% of the 7 Habits Buckets before May 2018. Each identified occurrence of utilizing one of the 7 Habits of Happy Kids will translate to 1 pom-pom being added to the specific Habit Bucket which will be on display inside the school. Our goal will be met when all 7 Habits Buckets are at least 80% filled by May 2018.
Van Derveer Elementary School
Grades 3-5 2016-17 WIGJanuary 2017 Update
The average of all students using google docs to enhance writing and 21st Century digital communication is up to 59%. Our goal is 70% by May of this year. The students, and their teachers, are committed to reaching this goal. Discussion groups and collaboration efforts have taken place to broaden the uses of google docs in the classroom. Teachers are supporting one another by creating, and sharing, ideas for utilizing google docs for every student in the classroom. Two 5th grade teachers hosted professional development opportunities for utilizing Google Classroom in their everyday instructional practices. Through the peer to peer training and the development of even more meaningful learning experiences with google docs, I am really looking forward to surpassing our goal of 70% of all students using google docs to enhance their writing and 21st Century digital communication by May 2017.
November 2016 UpdateBy May 2017, an average of 70% of students in grades 3-5 will use Google Docs to enhance writing and 21st Century digital communication skills.
Van Derveer Elementary SchoolGrades 3-52015-16June UpdateAs of June 2016, 100% of the VDV 3-5 teaching staff has provided 5 or more opportunities for parent/guardian involvement in their student’s educational experiences. The teaching staff has created opportunities here at school, and at home, too. Parents have demonstrated their involvement through photos, videos, and messages to teachers via email, twitter, and Class Dojo, to name a few. Teachers have collaborated and created opportunities that include publishing celebrations, interactive wax museums, class productions of literary works, parent mystery readers, United States Presidents presentations, Literacy Fairs, Science Days, and even a Vocabulary Parade. Congratulations to the VDV 3-5 teaching staff for surpassing our goal of 80% and reaching the “ALL-IN” goal of 100%
69% of the VDV 3-5 teaching staff has provided 5 or more opportunities for parent/guardian involvement in their student’s educational experiences, as of February 2016. Most of the opportunities have been here at school where parents attended a classroom, or school-wide, event. Some of these opportunities for parent involvement took place in the home through parent/guardian collaboration with the student to complete a project and/or long-term assignment. Our goal is to reach 80% of the teaching staff to create 5 or more opportunities that will increase parent/guardian involvement in their student’s educational experiences.
November UpdateThe Wildly Important Goal for VDV 3-5 is to "Increase the parent/guardian involvement in their students' educational experiences." By June 2016, the VDV 3-5 teachers and staff members will create at least 5 different opportunities throughout the school year for parents/guardians to get involved with the educational experiences of their student(s). The baseline data collected demonstrated 36% of the teachers created 5 or more opportunities for parent/guardian involvement.
Van Derveer Elementary SchoolGrades 3-52014-15Final WIG UpdateVan Derveer 3-5 has reached the end of the data reporting cycle for this year’s WIG and the data demonstrates an overall increase in students’ independent reading levels as shown below:
- 62.5% of the students who began the school year reading below their current grade level have advanced 3 or more levels within the F&P leveled reading assessment
- 25% of the students who began below grade level have advanced by 2 levels within the F&P leveled reading assessment
- 95.1% of the students who began the school year reading on grade level have advanced 2 or more levels within the F&P reading assessment
- 73.5% of students who began the school year above grade level have advanced 2 or more levels within the F&P reading assessment.
Van Derveer grade 3-5 teachers and staff are committed to the advancement of each student’s independent reading level. We will continue to infuse the ELA Common Core Standards in teaching pedagogy to ensure sustainable growth for EVERY student.February WIG UpdateThe Van Derveer 3-5 teachers are continuously working to meet our Wildly Important Goal for 2015. Based on the data collected from this cycle, students have shown progress in their independent reading levels and the majority are currently on, or above their grade level. Reading opportunities created by the 3-5 teachers, combined with RTI blocks, guided reading groups, and the before school reading program have assisted with getting us closer to our goal of ensuring sustainable growth for every student.
November WIG Update“I will infuse the ELA Common Core Standards into my pedagogy to ensure sustainable growth for EVERY student”
Each student in grades 3, 4, and 5 is assessed using the Fountas & Pinnell (F&P) leveled reading assessment. Teachers use the individual student’s reading record to identify which F&P reading level the students’ skills correspond. The chart below demonstrates the Independent Reading Levels in comparison to the grade level in school.
The baseline data collected in September demonstrates the independent reading levels for each student in grades 3, 4, and 5. The students will be assessed in January and then again in June. The results will be compared to the baseline data to determine the overall effectiveness of this year’s WIG.