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Galva-Holstein Community Schools. District Overview. Welcome to Galva-Holstein Community School District. Site visit 2008. The GH Seven. Vision, mission, and goals Leadership Collaborative relationships Learning environment Curriculum and instruction Professional development

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the gh seven
The GH Seven
  • Vision, mission, and goals
  • Leadership
  • Collaborative relationships
  • Learning environment
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Professional development
  • Monitoring and accountability
vision mission and goals

Vision, mission, and goals

The vision, mission, and goals are clearly articulated in the school and community. Stakeholders express an understanding of and share a commitment to the school/district goals, priorities, assessment procedures, and account ability. The vision guides allocations of time and resources.

gh foundation
GH Foundation
  • Performing Arts Center - supported by local donations

90 % of funds have been raised as of March. (Fundraising started in June 2007)

sharing agreements
Sharing Agreements
  • WITCC Auto-Mechanics (BCIG and OA)
  • Wrestling (Aurelia and Schaller-Crestland
  • Football w/ Schaller-Crestland in 2008 - 2009
  • Guidance in 2008 - 2009
sharing the vision
Sharing The Vision
  • Vision
  • Planning
  • Decision-Making
  • Team Work
  • Communication
our mission
Our Mission
  • To enable us to reach our greatest potential intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically, thus becoming unique, life-long learners.
learning goals
Learning Goals
  • Productive member of society
  • Accountable
  • Life-long Learner
  • Technology Literate
  • Effective Communicator
  • Culturally aware and tolerant
  • 4 Growth Areas (Physical, Emotional, Social, and Intellectual)


Leaders communicate a shared sense of purpose and understanding of the school/district’s core values. Leaders have a visible presence, provide resources, and ensure two-way communication between the educational system and stakeholders. Leaders provide encouragement, recognition, and support for improving student learning. Leadership is committed, persistent, proactive, and distributed throughout the system.

iowa standards for school leaders
Iowa Standards for School Leaders
  • Vision
  • Culture of Learning
  • Management
  • Family & Community
  • Ethics
  • Societal context
  • Newsletters
  • Speaking to Community Organizations
  • Website
  • Bi-Weekly Announcements
  • Handbook
  • Power School
collaborative relationships

Collaborative Relationships

Stakeholders express an understanding of, and support for, the mission of the school. Stakeholders have meaningful roles in the decision-making process that promote a culture of participation, responsibility, and ownership. They also play importantroles in helping the school to achieve its mission. Educators in the system develop and nurture a professional culture and collaborative relationships marked by mutual respect and trust inside and outside of the organization. The system works together with balance between district direction and school autonomy.

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Collaborative Relationships
  • Learning Supports
  • Vocational Advisory Committee
  • SIAC
  • Teacher Quality Committee
  • GH Foundation
  • Booster Club
  • Music Parents
  • Casual for a Cause
  • Peer Coaching
  • Mentoring
learning environment

Learning Environment

The school climate is conducive to teaching and learning. The environment is safe, orderly, purposeful, and free from threat of physical, social, and emotional harm. Teachers are familiar with students’ cultures and know how to work in a multi-cultural setting. Classrooms are integrated with various types of learners (e.g., gender, race, special needs, and gifted).

apl strategies
APL Strategies
  • Commitment to all of our teachers to be trained in APL Strategies.
  • Teachers are Empowered to provide safe learning environments where all children will learn.
  • Behavior Expectations have been established through Clear and Consistent teaching and re-teaching.
crisis plan
  • Building Level Plans
  • Fire Drills
  • Lockdown Drill
anti bullying education
Anti-Bullying Education
  • Comprehensive Guidance Program
  • MVP
  • Assemblies
  • Professional Development
  • Wade Harriman, Sheriff
  • Reporting Protocol
  • Character Counts
    • 6 Pillars of Character
diversity appreciation
Diversity Appreciation
  • Diversity Day
  • Epals
  • “I am Tyler” Video
student support
Student Support
  • Guidance (Educational, Social, Emotional)
  • Teen Talk
  • Outside Agencies
  • Student Assistance Team
  • Study Center (MS)
  • Tutoring (HS)
community support
Community Support
  • Volunteers in Elementary
  • Guest Speakers
  • Junior Achievement
  • Fundraising
  • Making it real.
curriculum and instruction

Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum challenges each student to excel, reflects a commitment to equity, and demonstrates an appreciation of diversity. There is an emphasis on principles of good instruction and clear expectations for what is taught. Educators have a common understanding of quality teaching and learning. Instruction is designed to accommodate a wide range of learners within the classroom. Teachers have a repertoire of effective strategies such as cooperative learning, problem-based learning, compare and contrast, project-based learning, research, use of instructional technology, and use of advanced organizers. The staff accepts responsibility for the students’ learning of the essential curriculum. Instruction time is allocated to support student learning.

viable curriculum
Viable Curriculum
  • District Standards and Benchmarks
  • Iowa Model Core Curriculum
  • Developmental Comprehensive Curriculum
  • Vocational Competencies
lesson plans aligned with district curriculum
Lesson Plans Aligned with District Curriculum
  • Weekly Lesson Plans
  • Walkthroughs
principles of good instruction
Principles of Good Instruction
  • KU Strategies
  • APL Strategies
  • 5 Critical Components of Reading (Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, Comprehension)
  • Classroom Instruction That Works
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Technology integrated to enhance learning.
inquiry based science instruction k 12
Inquiry Based Science Instruction (K-12)
  • F.O.S.S. Kits
  • NASA Trip
  • Camp Invention
  • Outdoor Classroom
  • Greenhouse
  • Anatomy trip to Sioux City (Cadaver)
real life application
Real Life Application
  • Child Development I and II
  • MOC
  • TAP
  • Elementary Teacher Helpers
accelerated reader program
Accelerated Reader Program
  • K - 8 In Place
  • 9 -12 In 2008-2009
  • WEB Based Program
  • Focus on increasing Reading Comprehension
academy of reading and math
Academy of Reading and Math
  • 3 - 8 Reading Assessment
  • 3 - 8 Individualized Math Program
reap and title i reading math program
REAP and TITLE IReading/Math Program
  • Remedial Intervention Programs for small group reading and math support.
co teaching
  • All students receive regular education opportunities
  • Regular educational teachers and special ed. Teachers work together to deliver meaningful instruction.
  • Accommodations are developed and implemented for students to be successful in Regular Ed classrooms
career education
Career Education
  • K - 12 Guidance Program
  • MOC
  • TAP
  • Curriculum
  • Transition Alliance Program
  • Prepares students for transition from school to career.
  • Provide services to 4 schools
  • TAP House for life skills education.
applied economics
Applied Economics
  • Junior Achievement
  • Personal Finance
  • Independent Living
  • A unique requirement at GHS so students are prepared to make sound financial decisions after graduation.
  • Group Meetings (MVP, Student Council)
  • Silent Sustained Reading on Wed.
  • Pirate Pride
  • Tutoring (Math)
  • Study Time
  • Team Building
  • 8 - 10 Students in grades 5 - 8 are intermixed in class at end of school day for 15 minutes
  • Character Counts
  • Team Building
  • Study Skills
  • Habits of Highly Effective Teens
  • Alternative School Site for At-Risk Students
  • Shared Program with BCIG and O-A
  • 3 - 4 Students
transitional assistance
Transitional Assistance
  • 4th Visitation to Middle School
  • JH to High School
    • 4 yr Plan
    • Mr. Slater/Mrs Kalin @ JH
    • Freshmen Orientation
    • Homeroom
more transitional assistance
More Transitional Assistance
  • High School to Post-Secondary
    • College Reps
    • Military Recruiters
    • College Visits
    • Job Shadowing
    • MOC
pre school program
Pre-school Program
  • 4 yr olds
  • Tuition-based program.
  • Program has been in existence for over 10 yrs.
  • 16 students registered for 2008-2009
summer school program
Summer School Program
  • Designed for students who are not proficient in reading or math.
  • Approx. 25 - 30 for each area.
  • 10 teachers
  • Two Weeks in July
professional development

Professional Development

Staff members are qualified for assignments and engage in ongoing learning opportunities to improve effectiveness. Student achievement data are used to set goals for professional development. The district uses a framework for professional development that includes theory, demonstration, practice, feedback, and coaching (e.g., Iowa Professional Development Model).

two focus areas
Two Focus Areas
  • District Wide
  • Building Level
district wide

District Wide

Professional Development is decided by collaborative planning on the part of the District Leadership Team.

peer coaching
Peer Coaching
  • Karla Lee: NWAEA Representative
  • Across Disciplines
  • Different Levels
ku strategies
KU Strategies
  • Vocabulary Lincing
  • Unit Organizer
  • Framing
  • Concept Comparison
  • Course Organizer
anti bullying
  • Jill Helm - NWAEA (Student Support Services Consultant)
  • Update on Legislation on bullying and Harassment
  • MVP Student Reps shared students’ perspectives on bullying and how teachers can monitor and prevent incidents.
utilizing nwaea
Utilizing NWAEA
  • Jim Christensen (NWAEA Media and Technology Services Coordinator)
  • Provided overview of NWAEA Technology and media services
  • Training staff and students on updated technology.
accessing ida county community services
Accessing IDA COUNTYCommunity Services
  • Dept of Human Services
  • Lutheran Services
  • CASA
  • Juvenile Court Services
  • Moms off Meth.
  • ISU Extension
differentiated instruction
Differentiated Instruction
  • Rochelle Maynard: Galva-Holstein TAG Coordinator
  • Presentation on strategies for differentiated instruction
  • Teachers developed lesson plans and shared them with each other
building level

Building Level


increase reading comprehension
Increase Reading Comprehension
  • K - 3 Guided Reading
  • PWIM (Picture Word Induction Model)
  • Pirate Pride Reading
  • REAP
  • KU Strategies (Lincing Routine)
pirate pride reading
Pirate Pride Reading
  • K - 4
  • Once a Month
  • All staff with intermixed grade levels.
  • Modeling a love for reading.
read and feed
Read and Feed
  • Annual Event
  • K - 4
  • Story Teller
  • Food, Reading, and Fun
  • Book Fair
  • Free Book for all kids.
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Increase Reading Comprehension
  • SSR during Homeroom
  • Accelerated Reader in 2008
  • Increasing book selection for HS reading interest
  • Friday Reading in English Classes
book studies
Book Studies
  • K - 8: Classroom Instruction that Works (by Marzano)
  • 9 - 12: The Fred Factor (By Mark Sanborn)
develop building level plans
Develop Building Level Plans
  • K - 4
  • 5 - 8
  • 9 - 12
  • Individual career Plan
  • Data Analysis
  • Teachers are focused on collecting data related to reading comprehension.
monitoring and accountability

Monitoring and Accountability

School/district establishes a comprehensive system that monitors and documents performance of student progress, instructional methods, curriculum, and programs. Results from assessments drive the goal setting and decision-making processes. Leadership supports a system that regularly analyzes student performance and program effectiveness. Instructional decision-making utilizes a process of gathering, summarizing, and analyzing data.

data analysis
Data Analysis
  • ITBS/ITED Item Analysis
  • Basic Reading Inventory
  • STAR Reading Assessment
  • Academy of Reading and Math Assessment
  • ICAM
  • Iowa Youth Survey
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Data Analysis
  • Behavior records
  • Attendance Data
  • Project Easier Reports
  • CTE Reports
  • Graduate Surveys
  • 1 Yr Follow-Up Interviews
  • Walk-throughs (Ewalk)
  • Summative Evaluations
  • Individual Career Development Plans
  • Portfolio
  • Iowa Teaching Standards
  • Principal Goals
where do we go from here
Where do we go from here?
  • Examine professional development needs for 2008-2009
  • Integrate Model Core Curriculum 7 -12
  • Sharing resources with area districts to maximize educational opportunities for all students.
  • Prepare students for the challenges of a growing global economy.