Improvement Activities

School-Wide Initiatives

 

  • AVID Core Skills (Organization, Note-taking, Questioning, Collaboration)
  • Response to Intervention (RTI) - Approach to supporting struggling students
  • Block Scheduling - English and Social Studies at all grades
  • Homeroom Time – Work on organizational skills and content-specific interventions
  • Homework Club - After school assistance with Homework/Class work
  • Math Club – After school assistance supported by Math teachers
  • Student-Led Conferences (Goal Setting, Assessment Results, Student Reflection)
  • On-Time Graduation Specialist (OTGS) for 9th Grade
  • Academic Counseling Support
  • Attendance Interventions

 

 

 

Reading

 

  • RTI Reading Pull-Out Support
  • RTI Reading Push-In Support
  • Intensive Reading Support Class
  • Homeroom - Reading Intervention and Enrichment
  • STAR Reading Assessment - Progress Monitoring
  • Special Education - Resource Reading

 

 

 

 Math

 

  • RTI Math Pull-Out Support
  • RTI Math Push-In Support
  • Intensive Math Support Class
  • Targeted Algebra Support Class
  • Homeroom - Math Intervention and Enrichment
  • STAR Math Assessment - Progress Monitoring
  • Special Education - Resource Math
  • Supplemental Programs (IXL, Khan Academy, etc.) 

 

Parent, Family, and Community Involvement

Each of our schools strives to engage with the community (PSD School Board Direction – Communication, Engagement and Involvement).  Specific examples/plans of this parent and community engagement can be found on the school’s annual performance report at

Ballou_Annual_Performance_Report.pdf

 

Use of Technology

In each of our schools, technology is a primary tool to facilitate instruction and these tools have a positive impact on student learning. Technology also allows our school to communicate effectively with parents through a variety of innovative means. We also use various district software applications for student intervention as we continue to develop Response to Intervention (RTI) systems in our school.

 

We use the following software applications for this work:

  • Blackboard/Edline websites: Contains teacher instructional materials and guidelines; communication for parents, and student access to instructional materials.
  • STAR ­Reading and Math Assessments: Diagnostic assessments to provided benchmark indicators on student performance in reading and math.
  • PerformancePLUS: Repository for all state, district, and building assessment data; data available to analyze student performance by school teams.
  • Blackboard Connect: Communication tool to inform parents on important school information and student learning events.