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     Springfield Township School District Goals

     

    2023-2024 District Goals 

    The Springfield Township School District is committed to collaborating with the local, county and state Board of Education, staff, students, parents, and community in the goal of creating a caring and positive environment that encourages students to develop their potential in academic, physical, social, and emotional aspects. 

    Every day we strive to:

    1. Increase achievement by challenging and supporting students to reach their highest potential.

    2. Address the needs of the whole child by ensuring students feel healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged, with opportunities for social/emotional learning and growth.

    3. Prepare students with the skills, awareness, and desire to actively contribute as productive citizens, locally and beyond.  

    4. Provide professional staff with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary for highly effective delivery of instruction and services.

    Core Goals For Our School District  *Ongoing, long-term goals

     

    Core Goal 1

    Through the use of data, maintain a consistent, school-wide approach to ensure we:

    • support the foundational literacy and mathematics skills of students;

    • identify students needing additional supports that will build on their strengths and target areas of need to ensure academic success while closing achievement gaps; and

    • Identify and provide for students who are academically ready for more rigorous curricular opportunities and engagements.   

    Core Goal 2

    Build upon a collaborative environment among educational stakeholders - Board of Education members, administration, faculty, staff, and parents/guardians - to ensure students: 

    • are functional, skilled readers by third grade; and 

    • transition from Springfield Elementary School with the necessary knowledge and skills to excel at the middle school level. 

    Core Goal 3

    Provide a learning environment for students and staff that: 

    • exceeds standards for safety and security; 

    • cultivates the development of social-emotional learning skills essential for success in aspects of learning and living; and 

    • values high-quality professional development aligned with the district mission statement.

      

    Core Goal 4

    Foster a strategic, forward-thinking mindset in which students are provided with: 

    • enrichment opportunities beyond the traditional curriculum and classroom; 

    • instructional technology that fosters collaboration and expanded thinking; and 

    • activities aligned with career readiness, life literacies, and 21st century skills. 

     

    Focus Goal Areas for 2023-24  

    *Focus Goal: one-year goal to establish priorities and to define specific action with measurable objectives.

    Focus Goal 1

    • Continue the implementation of a Response to Intervention (RtI) program to ensure a proactive approach is used to identify the academic needs of all Kindergarten through Grade Six students.  By the conclusion of the 2023-2024 school year the district will have provided professional development on differentiated instructional techniques and strategies for all faculty, administered a universal screening tool for reading and mathematics a minimum of three (3) times to all first through sixth grade students (two (2) times for all Kindergarten students), implemented a master schedule that allows for increased opportunities to provide appropriate levels of support for all students, and finalized a process for the review and interpretation of data to determine student progress and action steps.    

    Focus Goal 2

    • Enhance writing instruction to ensure that by the end of the 2023-24 school year all first through sixth grade students meet one of the following *criteria:   

      • An improvement of at least ten (10) points on the writing rubric from the baseline assessment in the Fall of 2023; 

      • Students who earn twenty-two (22) points  or above on the Fall 2023 assessment will demonstrate a six (6) point improvement on the Spring 2024 assessment to meet this goal criteria.   

     

    *for students with Individualized Education Plans where instruction does not align with the identified criteria, specific personalized goals & targets will be developed by faculty in consultation with administration to ensure growth

    Specific actions will be taken to bolster writing instruction through the partial implementation of, and related professional development for, Units of Study for Teaching Writing made available by the Columbia University Teachers College Reading & Writing Project.   

    Focus Goal 3

    • Implement and maintain effective standards for safety and security, creating a nurturing and secure environment where students, staff, and visitors feel safe and protected. The establishment of  comprehensive safety protocols, leveraging of advanced technologies, and a culture of vigilance and preparedness will ensure the well-being of all members of our school community.  The successful attainment of this goal will include the following: 

      • A thorough assessment of the school's current safety and security measures, identifying strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement; 

      • The development and implementation of a comprehensive safety and security plan that addresses various potential threats and emergencies, including but not limited to natural disasters, intruders, and health-related incidents; 

      • Established and enforceable policies and procedures for visitor management, including visitor registration, identification, and access control; 

      • Updated safety and security training and drills for staff, students, and contracted employees, ensuring that everyone is well-prepared and knowledgeable about emergency procedures; 

      • Established and effective communication channels and protocols to promptly disseminate critical information to staff, parents, and relevant authorities during emergencies; 

      • Collaboration with local law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and other relevant stakeholders to establish strong partnerships - including site visits and assistance / monitoring of safety and security drills to the greatest extent possible - and access to additional resources and expertise; 

      • Promotion of a positive school climate that emphasizes the importance of safety and security through awareness campaigns, community engagement, and the encouragement of reporting potential concerns.

    Focus Goal 4

    • Integrate computer science skills across the elementary school curriculum, ensuring that all students have the opportunity to develop essential computational thinking, problem-solving, and digital literacy skills. By infusing computer science into various subjects, we aim to empower students with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the digital world confidently, foster creativity, and prepare them for future success in a technology-driven society. During the 2023-24 school year, all Grade Two through Grade Six students will have the opportunity to engage in a minimum of six (6) age-appropriate computer science activities and projects that align with the learning standards from at least two (2) different content areas; Kindergarten and Grade One students will have the same opportunities presented a minimum of three (3) times during the 2023-24 school year.        

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