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The Personalization of Eagan High School. Pete Zak and Jim Becker. Improving Student Performance Breaking Ranks II. Personalizing the School Environment Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Collaborative Leadership/Professional Learning Communities. Presentation Outline.

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The Personalization of Eagan High School

Pete Zak and Jim Becker

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Improving Student PerformanceBreaking Ranks II

  • Personalizing the School Environment

  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

  • Collaborative Leadership/Professional Learning Communities

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Presentation Outline

Demographic and Survey Data

Link Crew

Wildcat Partners – Parents

Youth Frontiers

PAWS (Advisory)

School Enhancements

Supporting Data

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  • Students = 2200

  • Free and Reduced Lunch = 6 %

  • Demographics

    • White = 86 %

    • Asian = 7 %

    • Black = 5 %

  • Average ACT Score Range = 24.2

  • MCA Reading Proficiency = 87 %

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Students on Academics (2006)

  • Work Hard for Grades 92 %

  • Challenged to Think 74 %

  • High standards 87 %

  • Clear Expectations84 %

    • % of students who strongly agreed or agreed with the question

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Students on Personalization (2006)

  • Most teachers care about me 62%

  • Teachers go out of their way 55%

  • One Adult who really knows me 56%

  • Spirit is Very Good 61%

  • Proud to Attend EHS77%

    • % of students who strongly agreed or disagreed with the question

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A Thought

  • What would happen at your school if students were given permission to care about each other and the structure in which to do it?

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Looking at Transition


Eagan High School Data

Research on Successful Transition Programs

Transition and Registration at EHS

Current Freshmen experience at EHS

Characteristics of Well-adjusted freshmen (Teachers and Research)

Goals, Activities and Assessments

Staff Development

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EHS Freshmen Transition Goals

  • Social/Emotional

  • Academic

  • Physical

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Freshmen Registration (JAN)

  • Parent Night

    • Principal

    • Personalization

    • Registration & Graduation Requirements

    • Optional Tours

    • Special Ed. Cord.

  • Student Day #1 (EHS)

    • Pepfest

    • Tours

    • Activity Fair

  • Student Day #2 (MS)

    • Electives

    • Online Registration

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Ninth Grade

Transition at

Eagan High School

“Students helping students succeed”

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What is Link Crew

  • A Freshmen Transition Program

  • A Leadership Training Program (Representative)

  • A School Community-building program

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Link Crew General Assembly

7:25Doors Open


7:40-8:25Opening Assembly and Mixer

8:25-8:35Frosh find Link Crew Leaders

8:35-8:40Teams move to meeting spaces (62 spaces)

8:40-9:25Session 1

9:25-9:35Beverage Break

9:35-10:20Session 2


10:35-10:55Closing Assembly

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EHS Today - Link Crew Events

  • First Day of School

  • Freshmen Tailgate

  • Dodgeball Tournament

  • Volleyball Tournament

  • “Jam the Gym” Dance

  • Follow-Up Activities

  • Cocoa and Cram

  • Link Crew Celebration

  • Parent Link Crew

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All Eagan High School parents/guardians will play an active role in supporting and helping their student reach their goals for success at Eagan High School.

Wildcat Partners - Vision

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EHS Parent Involvement Goals

To promote and provide opportunities for parents to build upon and enhance their parenting skills.

To improve two-way communication between the school and parents.

To provide opportunities and encourage school involvement through volunteering.

To raise parental awareness of the community assets and opportunities available for their students.

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Fall Parent Link Crew Orientation

3:30 Session 1 Begins – Doors Open, Nametags

3:45Welcome - Polly Reikowski

3:50Expectations for the Evening – Pete Zak

3:52Large Group Presentation – Jim Becker

4:10Parent Link Leaders report to Wildcat Den

4:22Move to Small Groups

4:30Small Groups Begin

5:10Parents move to commons to find students

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Youth Frontiers

  • Freshmen Commit to:

    • Respect self

    • Respect others

    • Stand up for Respect

  • Seniors Commit to:

    • Honor each other

    • Bring closure to 4 years

    • Look to the future

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Homeroom at

Eagan High School

“People Achieving Wildcat Spirit”

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Homeroom Plan of Action


Eagan Data

Goals, Activities, Assessment

Key Dimensions (People & Size, Time & Space)

Staff Development

Feedback and Presentation to the Staff

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Research Supporting Homerooms

Breaking Ranks II Recommendations:

  • High Schools create smaller units

  • Personal Adult Advocates

  • Teachers convey a sense of caring

  • Engage families as partners

  • Advocate and model a set of core values

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Goals and Activities

  • Academic

    • Grade check-ups

    • Parent communication

    • DEAR/SSR - Literacy

    • Promote challenging courses (4 year plan)

  • Adult Advocate

    • Connection to one adult in the school

    • Listener

    • Relationship with other teachers

    • Teachers communicate with counselors

    • Special days and recognition

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Goals and Activities

  • Character Development

    • Work to foster positive values in students

    • Discuss current events in and outside school

    • Optional curriculum themes : Integrity, Courage, Respect, Citizenship, Attitude and Responsibility.

    • Icebreakers

  • School Climate

    • Spirit Ideas - Homecoming Banners, PAWS class banners, Turkey and Polar Bear Bingo

  • Streamline Procedures

    • Announcements and Eagan AM

    • Registration Procedures

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Role of Advisors

  • Provide a steady base for students

  • Academic Advisor (Grades, Registration)

  • Discuss issues that may arise in school

  • Character Development (Optional - Curriculum)

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Role of Principals and Counselors

  • A principal and counselor will be assigned to a collegial group of 17-18 teachers

  • Facilitate collegial group discussions

  • Visibility- Touch base with each homeroom on a weekly basis

  • Work with students who are struggling

  • Facilitate school-wide activities

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EHS Today - PAWS

  • Homecoming

    • Movie Night

    • Dodgeball Tournament

    • Pepfest (Rock/Paper/Scissors)

    • Homecoming Tailgate

    • Wildcat Classic - 5K Run

  • Spirit Events

    • Winter Olympics, Jam the Gym Night, Trivia, Name That Tune, Great American Airplane Challenge, Shot Put. Discus, Registration Derby

  • Winter Blast Week

    • Volleyball Tourney, Sledding, Hot Dog Night, Polar Bear Bingo

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School Enhancement Example

  • Teachers - Focus Groups

  • Students - Surveys

    • Doors in Restrooms

    • Hallway Traffic

    • Color in the Hallway

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EHS Commons

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EHS Trophy Case

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Students in Advanced Programs

% of students who either Strongly Agreed or Agreed

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Students on Academics

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Students on Personalization

% of students who either Strongly Agreed or Agreed

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Contact Information



  • Eagan High School : 651-683-6900

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