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  1. GRANITE VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL 2011 – 2012 TEAM CONFIGURATIONS AND SCHEDULE A NEW CHAPTER

  2. Why the Changes??? • MCAS Scores • Class Size • Teacher requests for more time! • Greater connection with students • Special Education servicing

  3. The process . . . STEP THREE Conversations with: Grade level teams Curriculum teams Team leaders School Council STEP ONE Visit to Reid Middle School in Pittsfield STEP TWO MSSAA email to Massachusetts Middle Schools STEP FOUR DESE Self-Assessment completed by grade level teams

  4. STEP FIVE Scheduling workshop attended by Administration and team representatives STEP SIX Draft of schedule and team configurations developed, reviewed by teams and approved by School Council THE FINAL STEP Twenty-two 20-minute meetings with teachers FINAL ASSIGNMENTS AND SCHEDULE!!

  5. ADVANTAGESSCHOOL-WIDE • Increased time on learning in Math and ELA. • Smaller class sizes in grades 7 and 8. • Teachers responsible for a lesser number of students; thus enabling more individualized instruction. • Teachers required to prepare for three classes per day versus four or five. • Addition of full-time Title I Reading Specialist. • Common periods, which will facilitate Title I tutoring, across grade level teaching and reaching all students who require remediation. • Embedded academic support. • Collaboration with Math and ELA teachers on team. • Teacher assignments with a greater focus on certification/content area strength. • Maximize use of instructional support staff. • Flexible groupings in Math.

  6. RECONFIGURATION OF STAFF • Take advantage of staff dual certifications. • Hiring of Grade 6 Math Teacher (Elimination of one Science position) • Hiring of Grade 7 ELA/Social Studies Teacher (Elimination of one History position) • Hiring of Grade 8 Math/Science Teacher (Retirement)

  7. CHANGE NUMBER ONE THE TEAMS

  8. FY 2012 TEAM CONFIGURATIONS Grade 5 104 Students Team One 52 students 26 students/class Team Two 52 students 26 students/class MATH/SCIENCE Mrs. Harris MATH/SOCIAL STUDIES Mrs. Roy ELA/SOCIAL STUDIES Mrs. Bird ELA/SCIENCE Mrs. Nobbs

  9. FY 2012 TEAM CONFIGURATIONS Grade 6 115 Students Team Two 69 students 23 students/class Team One 46 students 23 students/class MATH/SCIENCE Mrs. Paulsen MATH* Mr. von Stange ELA* Mrs. Nevill ELA/SOCIAL STUDIES Mrs. Fydenkevez SOCIAL STUDIES/ SCIENCE Mrs. Newton

  10. FY 2012 TEAM CONFIGURATIONS Grade 7 115 Students Team One 46 students 23 students/class Team Two 69 students 23 students/class MATH Mrs. Turley MATH/SCIENCE* Mrs. Zippin ELA Mrs. Barnes ELA/SOCIAL STUDIES* New Hire SHARED SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE POSITION* Mrs. Canning Mr. Griffing

  11. FY 2012 TEAM CONFIGURATIONS Grade 8 126 Students Team One 50 students 25 students/class Team Two 76 students 25-26 students/class MATH Mr. Sitnik MATH/SCIENCE* New Hire ELA Mrs. Quackenbush ELA/SOCIAL STUDIES* Mrs. King SHARED SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE POSITION* Mrs. Canning Mr. Griffing

  12. SPECIAL EDUCATION STAFF • Grade 5 – Mrs. Gelinas • Grade 6 – Mrs. Dillon • Grade 7 – Mrs. Bostwick • Grade 8 – Mrs. Hamilton • SOAR – New Hire (Maternity leave)

  13. ADDITIONAL STAFF Title I Reading Specialist Miss Root

  14. CHANGE NUMBER TWO THE SCHEDULE

  15. A Typical Block this Year 60 Minute Class 7 minutes Transition Time, Materials ready 15 minutes Homework review 33 minutes Presentation of lesson, check for understanding, address questions, provide support 5 minutes Homework posted and recorded, gather materials

  16. SAMPLE BLOCK FY 2012 5 minutes Transition Time, Materials ready 15 minutes Homework review 20 minutes Presentation of lesson 20 minutes Group work, hands-on activities 20 minutes Independent work, remediation and support 10 minutes Homework posted and recorded, check to ensure materials organized

  17. MOVING FORWARD . . . PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT • Full Day on March 18, “Effective Instruction in the Long Block,” by Dr. Jerry Goldberg. • All faculty meetings and extended curriculum days involve planning, collaboration and data review. • Teachers observing teachers

  18. TECHNOLOGY • Promethean Boards • Laptop Carts ASSESSMENTS • Study Island • Galileo

  19. QUESTIONS?