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November 20, 2014

Each year schools review their previous school year’s achievement data in an
effort to identify areas of strength and areas where opportunities for improvement exist. This year working with our Building Leadership Team (BLT) the Park Place staff reviewed our student achievement data and identified research-based strategies that we believed had the potential to help a greater number of our students achieve academic proficiency on classroom-based, District, and State assessments.

Listed below are the actions for improvement we will be implementing over the course of this school year to help a greater number of our students succeed academically. Ultimately as a school we are accountable for ensuring every student (English Language Learners, students with Individual Education Plans, and students of all ethnicities) obtains the skills and knowledge required for them to be academically successful and prepared for their futures.

  1. At the end of 1st semester, counselors compile assessment data and present the student achievement data in math and reading to the BLT. The BLT will develop and implement a plan to share disaggregated data to the staff and Professional Learning Community (PLC) to design student interventions.
  2. Create a schedule and a “walk-through” protocol for administrators to use when they are visiting classrooms.
  3. Quarterly the administrators will review and share the data collected from their classroom visits.
  4. Each PLC will identify key information for students to learn that is appropriate for their course and submit to their administrative supervisor.
  5. PLC members will conduct classroom visits based on an all school focus and pre-determined "look for" to support underachieving populations.
  6. Provide extended professional development for all staff during an extended school day focusing on Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) and evidence based strategies.
  7. Provide opportunities for PLC's to meet and incorporate SIOP and evidence-based strategies into their instruction and common assessments.
  8. Teams will conduct site visit (s) to local/nearby middle schools with recognized English Language Learners (ELL) programs to gather information regarding structures, instructional strategies that may be implemented at Park Place Middle School.
  9. Provide staff on-going training on Adverse Childhood Experiences strategies to follow up on the training we attended in August.
  10. Utilize our para-educators to work with targeted students (primarily based on assignments not completed) on Friday's beginning Sept 19 (known as Zero Aren’t Permitted- ZAP). Teachers will contact parents and strongly encourage their student attend ZAP.
  11. Set a schedule, establish dates, and identify students (in math) to attend Summer Jumpstart 2015 - based on feedback from Summer 2014 and ongoing school year data during 2014-15.
  12. Implement Jump Start (Summer Academy) in Aug 2015.
  13. Re-evaluate the use of PUMA Time to better remediate, and enrich targeted student populations.
  14. Provide after school math interventions based on classroom, State and District assessments.
  15. Each PLC will identify and develop essential learnings for their subject. The PLC's will present their identified essential learnings to administrators, BLT, and the whole staff. These essential learnings will then drive the common assessments that we create.
  16. Each PLC will create assessments based on established essential learnings.
  17. Review the STAR questions throughout the school year to target professional development that will assist with instructional planning.
  18. PLC's will use STAR assessments to make instructional changes and create targeted interventions.
  19. Staff will use Student Growth Percentiles (SGP’s) to make instructional changes and target interventions (reading and math).
  20. Math PLC's will use the End of Semester district assessment (EOS) 'themes' to make informed instructional changes.
  21. Implement “Where Everybody Belongs” (WEB) program beginning in Aug 2014 and continuing throughout the 2014-15 school year.
  22. BLT to review District Climate and Healthy Youth Survey's for 2014/15 school year.
  23. Acknowledge students at school achieving perfect attendance for the month. Recognize them through the newsletter and implement drawings as rewards.
  24. Create and communicate extended learning opportunities available at school. Publish these opportunities in the newsletter and have the information available during parent conferences.
  25. Investigate welcoming process for students new to Park Place.

If you would like more information regarding our Learning Improvement Plan, or
our student achievement data please contact me and I will be happy to answer
any question you may have. We will be presenting our Learning Improvement
Plan to the Board of Directors on November 24th and I anticipate shortly after
that presentation our Learning Improvement Plan will be available on our website for our parents and community to view.

I would like to close my article by wishing you and your family a happy and
joyful Thanksgiving. I hope that you will find the time to enjoy your family and
reflect upon the gifts that life has provided to each of us. Happy Thanksgiving!

Terry Cheshire
Go Pumas!


Park Place Middle School
1408 West Main St.
Monroe, WA 98272-2099

Park Place Middle SchoolPhone: 360-804-4300
Counseling: 360-804-4303
Toll Free: 1-800-282-7818
Fax: 360-804-4399

School Hours: 7:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.

Attendance Hotline: 360-804-4301

Terry Cheshire, Principal
Joel Garrison, Assistant Principal
Kristin Hilson, Assistant Principal
Lisa Johnson, Secretary
Jeanette Barr, Attendance Secretary
Katie Vanderveen, ASB Secretary
Dianne Brainard, Assistant Secretary
Elsa Trabanino, Counselor
Jennifer Garcia, Counselor

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August: 08-21-14, 08-28-14

September: 09-11-14, 09-25-14

October: 10-09-14, 10-23-14

November: 11-06-14, 11-20-14








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Beazley, Irene Learning Specialist  
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Blanton, Steve Custodian  
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Bruton, Shaerie 6th Grade Humanities  
Butler, Suzette Learning Specialist  
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Cheshire, Terry Principal  
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Frye, Jeremy Speech & Language Specialist  
Garbutt, Monica 7th Grade  
Garcia, Jennifer Counselor  
Garrison, Joel Assistant Principal  
Giordana, Mike Custodian  
Goguen, Ada Paraeducator  
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Hartman, Jim Science  
Hartway, Maura Science  
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Hilson, Kristin Assistant Principal  
Hohmann, Cathy Paraeducator  
Holland, Scott Science  
Holt, Sabrina Paraeducator  
Hutson, Helen Athletic Secretary  
Hysmith, Caitlin Learning Specialist  
Ingersoll, James Paraeducator  
Ingham, Bret Librarian  
Johnson, Janis Psychologist  
Johnson, Lisa Secretary  
Kinney, Cletus Science/Math  
Krogh, Duane Math  
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Lamb, Pamela 8th Grade Humanities  
Land, Misti Paraeducator  
Loreen, Tim Custodian  
MacRae, Michelle Kitchen  
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McDaniel, Marcia Kitchen  
Olsen, Linda Learning Specialist  
Olson, Sandra Interventionist  
O'Neill, Heather 8th Grade Humanities  
Overturf, Karen Kitchen  
Pamanian, Tinna Paraeducator  
Patton, James Math  
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Prince, Cindy Paraeducator  
Pysden, Sharon Paraeducator  
Robles, Stefani Kitchen  
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Schroeder, Dorothy 6th Grade Humanities  
Simoni, Dottie 8th Grade Humanities  
Squire, Dawn Paraeducator  
Stalter, Jodi Math  
Steenmeyer, Geoffie Learning Specialist  
Stuart, Jim Custodian  
Tjarda, Joyce Paraeducator  
Trabanino, Elsa Counselor  
Vandeventer, Shellee Paraeducator  
Vanholsbeck, Sara Paraeducator  
Weber, Ken Art  
Wells, Sara Family & Consumer Science  
Wenker, Kayla Learning Specialist  
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Winslow, Natalie Math  
Wiseman, Angela Nurse  


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