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Kiwanis Presentation. Dr. Timothy Mitchell Rapid City Area Schools 2-26-14. Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn. “Small differences over time create a big difference! Improvement is achieved in inches, not giant leaps” John Maxwell. RCAS Mission.

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kiwanis presentation

Kiwanis Presentation

Dr. Timothy Mitchell

Rapid City Area Schools 2-26-14

sometimes you win sometimes you learn
Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn

“Small differences over time create a big difference! Improvement is achieved in inches, not giant leaps”

John Maxwell

rcas mission
RCAS Mission

Building a community of life long learners, one student at a time.

rcas vision
RCAS Vision

All Rapid City Area School students will achieve to their full potential.

priority task 1 learning
Priority Task #1-Learning

Governor’s Grants for Career & Technical Education CTE

Awarded $2 million

Pathways to College and Career Success

RCAS, WDT & 17 BH area schools

Expanded opportunities for dual credit

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Priority Task #1-Learning

All Day Everyday Kindergarten

Literacy-District Benchmark Assessments

Phonemic Awareness: 79% - 86%

Concepts About Print: 95% - 96%

Letter Identification: 79% - 83%

Writing: 79% - 83%

The pool of students that entered 1st Grade at low levels has decreased

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Priority Task #1-Learning

Student Success Task Force (Core Group)

*Review Current Programming and Staffing to help students engage in school

*Determine what data is needed to review the effectiveness of the current efforts

*Prepare a profile of students who find themselves in At-Risk situations and disengage in schools

*Engage Community in efforts to establish the needed supports to keep students in school

priority task 2 fiscal responsibility
Priority Task #2-Fiscal Responsibility

2013-2013 Enrollment:

13, 811

Projected Enrollments:

2014-2015 13,828

2015-2016 13,696

2016-2017 13,583

priority task 3 infrastructure development
Priority Task #3-Infrastructure Development

Five Year Capital Outlay Plan

Elementary-Strategic Additions based up Building and Capacity Needs

**Reviewing Forced Transfer and Elementary Enrollment Information

Middle School-South Middle School Replacement

High School-Stevens Renovation

Activities-Sioux Park Field Upgrades

priority task 4 personnel
Priority Task #4-Personnel

Teacher/Principal Effectiveness Pilot

**Improve instruction and student learning

**Encourage professional relationships

**Use of multiple measures

**Establish clear expectations (Danielson Framework)

**Fair, Flexible and Research-based

**Used to inform personnel decisions

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Priority Task #4-Personnel

Teacher/Principal Effectiveness Pilot

2013-2014--Five Pilot Schools (SWMS-full pilot status)

2014-2015--District-wide Planning to build capacity of all schools

2-28-14--Coaching Session with ESA 7 representative

-Overview of survey data

-Summary of the Models

-Assistance in completing Implementation Plan

Submit by June 15, 2014--Implementation Plan to be approved by the DOE

priority task 5 policy
Priority Task #5-Policy

KDD Media Relations

Primary Goal: Keep the Public Informed

**Press has legal right to visit our schools with restrictions

**No legal right to disrupt student learning

**No one is required to talk with media

**District has right to ensure safety and privacy of students

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Priority Task #5-Policy

KDD Media Relations

**Guidelines cover the difference between Public Events and School Day

**Nothing in policy/guidelines restricts expression of personal opinion

**Superintendent or designee will represent the district position on all matters

**Guidelines have been developed for the purpose of consistent application

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Priority Task #5-Policy

Communication Task Force (25 members)

*To increase public understanding and support for our students, teachers, programs and schools

*To inform employees and stakeholders about our schools

*To empower schools and school district staff

*To improve internal and external communication within the district and community

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Priority Task #5-Policy

Communication Task Force (25 members)


*Review 2008-2009 Communication Plan

*Create the elements of a new Communication Plan

*Develop media tips for employees

*Develop Sample News Release Forms

*Develop a comprehensive Media List

*Develop an Implementation Plan for School Board Policy KDD

priority task 6 miscellanous
Priority Task #6-Miscellanous

Legislative Session

Weekly Updates From: ASBSD, SASD, SDSSA, Large School Group and USA Group

SASD/SDSSA Legislative Day 2/4/14

ASBSD Legislative Day 2/18/14

District Website


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Priority Task #6-Miscellanous

Legislative Session

Common Core Bills-most have been defeated

Review List of Current bills

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Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn

“To grow, you must be willing to let your present and future be totally unlike your past. Your history is not your destiny.”

--Alan Cohen