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October 2017

Board Review

School Board meetings at Clover Park School District

Oct. 9 Board Meeting

At the Oct. 9 board meeting, the Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board of Directors recognized principals and assistant principals in attendance for their efforts to help each student be successful.

School Report: Meriwether staff making collective commitments for students

Meriwether Elementary Principal Leila Davis gave a presentation on the school’s vision at the Oct. 9 meeting.

Principal Leila Davis provided the board with an update on Meriwether Elementary School. She outlined the school’s vision and steps Meriwether staff have taken to achieve it.

Davis’ presentation included an overview of student demographics, which showed that out of 335 students, 36 percent are eligible for free and reduced meals. The mobility rate at Meriwether is 21 percent.

Meriwether’s vision is to foster learning, community and connections to ensure all students are inspired to meet their potential. Some collective commitments the school’s staff have made toward the vision are to use data-driven instructional practices, exemplify Kids at Hope beliefs and philosophies and positively and professionally contribute to the school’s collaborative teams.

Davis also outlined the school’s strategies to increase community engagement. Some examples include: teachers visiting families door-to-door before the school year started; recognizing volunteers each trimester; and hosting the annual Thanksgiving family lunch
the Monday before the holiday.

In the superintendent’s report to the board, the superintendent provided an update on the board goals including:

Student Achievement:

  • The district hosted teacher academy classes to support implementation of new literacy materials for elementary school students.
  • Ron Banner, assistant superintendent of elementary schools, is conducting literacy walks in elementary schools along with teaching and learning
    staff to monitor and support the implementation of the literacy materials.

Communication with All Stakeholders:

  • Updating of the district’s website for accessibility compliance is nearly complete.
  • The Administrative Leadership Team identified communication as an area of growth for the district based on survey results last spring. Work has begun using Maxwell’s The 5 Levels of Leadership.

Supportive Learning Environment:

  • The student services department provided counseling services to students after a tragic incident involving a CPSD student.
  • CPSD is implementing new state rules and procedures related to attendance and discipline. The new rules and procedures require the district to integrate training on cultural competence and involve parents and students in the processes used to improve attendance and student behavior.

Community Engagement:

  • The superintendent attended a recent Impact Aid conference in Washington, D.C. Impact Aid funding across the country would need to increase by
    $23 million to maintain the current funding level for eligible districts.
  • The Lakeview Action Team for Partnership listened to what parents said about needing resources and support last year and created a STEM Fair Academy. The academy provided supplies and materials to help their students succeed and enjoy hands-on experiences. Families learned how they
    can help students with STEM projects. The school earned an award from the National Network for Partnership Schools. The superintendent noted
    that this was a great example of how the action team took a challenging situation and turned it into a success.

Staff Retention, Recruitment and Performance:

  • The superintendent received positive feedback about the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) from principals. She read an email from a special education employee thanking district staff and the Clover Park Education Association for the work done to establish PLC time on late-start Wednesdays.

Oct. 23 Board Workshop

Board hears report on state assessment results

The CPSD Board of Directors heard a report on the 2017 state assessment results from spring 2017 and districtwide supports and strategies to improve student achievement.

Kim Andersen, director of assessment and program evaluation, provided board members with three-year comparison trend data; score comparisons to district and state scores in grades 3 – 8 and 11 in English language arts (ELA) and math; and percentages of students meeting proficiency in ELA and math by grade level.

Andersen also provided score trend data for grade five and eight science proficiency scores on the Measurements of Student Progress; grade level comparison of ELA and math scores at the middle school level; and three-year trend data for the End of Course high school biology exam.

As part of her report, Andersen included participation rates in the Spring 2017 state assessment as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act. School districts must meet or exceed a 95 percent threshold for student participation in state testing.

According to Andersen, SAT and PSAT tests and scoring changed over the 2015 -16 school year. In her report, she provided board members with scoring data for the 2015-16 transitional SAT and the 2016-17 redesigned SAT. The board also received scoring data from the Fall 2016 PreSAT and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Board members discussed the testing information provided to them and superintendent Debbie LeBeau provided an overview of strategies being deployed this school year to address areas of improvement across the district. The assistant superintendents for elementary and secondary schools also discussed how they
are working with principals and teaching and learning staff to ensure students succeed.

Under Reports from the Board, board president Dr. Marty Schafer provided an update on the district’s Community Engagement Leadership Team. Board
members also discussed legislative updates.

The board added a special meeting to discuss community engagement at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30. The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13. Both meetings will be held in room 4 of the Student Services Center.

Marty Schafer, President
253-588-9356 - District No. 4

Carole Jacobs, Vice-President
253-579-4898 - District No. 2

Becki Kellcy
602-882-0554 - District No. 1

Joe Vlaming
206-200-8191 - District No. 3

Paul Wagemann
253-209-5638 - District No. 5

Deborah L. LeBeau
Superintendent and
Secretary to the Board

Clover Park School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Address correspondence to one of the following individuals who have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination at Clover Park School District, 10903 Gravelly Lake Dr., SW, Lakewood, WA 98499-1341: Title IX Coordinator, Brian Laubach, Deputy Superintendent, (253) 583-5050; Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Brian Laubach, Deputy Superintendent, (253) 583-5050; Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Lori McStay, Executive Director for Human Resources, (253) 583-5080.