MOORESVILLE – There is always room for improvement.
And, after reviewing last year’s end-of-grade and end-of-course test scores and envisioning where they’d like their schools to be next year, Mooresville Graded School District administrators have proposed their 2018-19 school improvement plans and had them approved by the school board.
Administrators from each MGSD school presented their detailed plans to the school board at its October meeting.
Each school leader went through their goals from the 2017-18 school year, showed whether they had met them and proposed how they would either meet or exceed that goal this year.
Board members proposed some modifications to those plans before approving them at their November meeting.
“And as you know, from the presentations and from the adjustments that we’ve made, these plans are living documents that may change throughout the year based upon our regular view of our efforts and our data discussions,” said Superintendent Stephen Mauney during the November meeting.
Here are summaries of the approved school improvement plans.
Park View Elementary
Park View serves 625 students in kindergarten through third grade and has 33 classroom teachers.
One of the faculty’s goals for the school year involves improving overall school performance to 80 percent or higher and increasing reading and math proficiency levels by 7 percent and 5 percent, respectively.
School administrators plan to do that, in part, by having all staff participate in collaborative “professional learning communities,” or PLCs, on a weekly basis and implementing daily 90-minute periods for balanced literacy – a method that involves strategies like reading aloud and shared writing – and daily 60-minute periods for math.
The school’s other overarching goals are to demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity toward students, parents and staff and to have a 10 percent reduction in discipline referrals. They also hope to improve school attendance.
Rocky River Elementary
Rocky River serves approximately 607 students in pre-K through third grade and has 36 classroom teachers.
One of the faculty’s four goals is to increase achievement for its differently abled students by 10 percent.
They plan to do that, in part, by providing professional development opportunities for all staff members regarding concepts like “social thinking” as well as de-escalation training.
The other three broad goals are to increase reading proficiency to 80 percent and math proficiency to 90 percent, have fewer disciplinary referrals and strengthen parent involvement and communication.
South serves approximately 550 students in pre-K through third grade and has 32 classroom teachers.
One of the faculty’s four goals is to increase the number of students at or above grade level from 71 percent to 75 percent or greater.
They plan to do that, in part, by focusing on balanced literacy strategies and communicating with parents about specific reading goals for their children.
The other three goals include improving end-of-grade test scores, reducing the number of discipline referrals by 15 percent and improving N.C. Teacher Working Conditions (NCTWC) survey results.
East Mooresville Intermediate
East Mooresville Intermediate serves approximately 705 students in grades fourth through sixth.
The first of the faculty’s four goals is to improve students’ overall reading performance by 3-6 percentage points.
School staff plan to do that by utilizing reading strategies like “notice and note” and question stems in classrooms to help increase reading comprehension and by using differentiated vocabulary programs in each grade level.
The faculty’s other three overarching goals include improving students’ overall math scores, encouraging a nurturing and well-organized school culture through individualized and group engagement and building a sense of community both within the school and in the broader Mooresville area.
Mooresville Middle serves 981 students in grades seventh and eighth.
One of the faculty’s three goals is to use data-based strategies to help with academic, behavioral and social-emotional gap areas.
They plan to implement those strategies in a number of ways, including giving students more individualized attention and chances for collaboration with other students.
The other two goals include being rated a B school by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) by achieving an overall performance grade of 70 percent or above and providing differentiated professional development opportunities.
Last year Mooresville Middle had a C grade with a performance grade of 69 percent.
Mooresville Intermediate serves approximately 725 students in grades fourth through sixth.
One of the faculty’s three goals is to decrease the classroom-teacher turnover rate from 27 percent to 11 percent.
They plan to do that, in part, by having monthly teacher recognitions and providing chances for personalized professional development.
The faculty’s other two goals include decreasing the number of disciplinary referrals by 30 percent and increase overall reading, math and science achievement.
Mooresville High School
Mooresville High is the only high school in the district and had 1,875 students enrolled for the 2017-18 school year.
The first of the faculty’s three goals for this school year is to be rated an A school by the NCDPI by receiving an overall performance grade of 85 percent or higher.
Last year Mooresville High had a B grade with a performance grade of 81 percent.
School faculty plan to achieve that higher grade by improving some of the individual metrics that go into the overall performance grade, like graduation rate and ACT and EOC test proficiency.
The two other broad goals for the 2018-19 school year include establishing and maintaining a school culture where students and staff feel secure and empowered and closing the EOC test achievement gap among students of color and differently abled students.