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First Day of School Report 2006. An Overview. Rain and traffic Principals & staff met students – often directing traffic and serving as concierges Faculty out in force to help newcomers find their way. Students were welcomed in style!. Yorktown Marching Band. ACFD welcomed newcomers.

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an overview
An Overview
  • Rain and traffic
  • Principals & staff met students – often directing traffic and serving as concierges
  • Faculty out in force to help newcomers find their way
students were welcomed in style
Students were welcomed in style!

Yorktown Marching Band

new staff new facilities welcomed
New staff/new facilities welcomed
  • 3 new principals
  • 5 new AP’s
  • 188 new teachers
  • “New” Nottingham
  • Music addition to H-B Woodlawn
  • New fields, new paint, new equipment
2006 first day membership
2006 First-Day Membership

2005 K-12 First-Day Total was 95.2% of projection; September 30 count was 100.6% of projection.

2004 K-12 First-Day Total was 94.3% of projection; September 30 count was 99.7% of projection.

2005 PK First-Day Total was 49.2% of projection; 2004 PK First-Day Total was 63.1%.

staffing as of september 6
Staffing as of September 6

Total Number of Teachers 1,964

New Teachers Hired 188

Full-Time Teachers 159

Part-Time Teachers 29

School-based Vacancies 4.0

Countywide Instructional Vacancies 2.0

bus drivers
Bus drivers
  • 113.5 positions were allocated in the FY 2007 budget
  • 104 bus drivers are under contract with 9.5 vacancies
  • 5 substitutes/retirees serving as drivers; 2 will be offered contracts
  • 3 bus drivers are in training
transportation
Transportation
  • Weather problems caused traffic jams at some schools and prevented bus departures and arrivals.
  • Despite practice runs, conditions could not be predicted, and thus some buses were late. By Day Two, “normal” conditions prevailed.
  • One bus experienced a minor “fender bender.”
  • In the end, everyone made it to school – and back home.
eschoolplus
eSchoolPlus+
  • Information Services staff members were dispersed throughout the schools to help with the implementation of the new Student Information System.
  • For the first time, teachers took attendance in eSchoolPlus+.
new early childhood activities

early childhood

Growing great minds

one child at a time.

New early childhood activities
  • New VPI classes at ASF & Glebe
  • New elementary Montessori class at Drew
  • 5 KG classes added in August
  • Planning Factor funding formulas extended to provide “specials” support to Pre-K students
  • 4-year-old Extended Day
  • Infant-toddler class added
extended day enrollment
Extended Day Enrollment

BEFORE SCHOOL

PK

22

K

130

(175)

1-5

591

TOTAL

743

AFTER SCHOOL

PK

48

K

320

1-8

1592

TOTAL

1960

extended day waitlist
Extended Day Waitlist

15 trainees are being prepared to accommodate some of the waitlist

facilities examples of summer work
Facilities: Examples of summer work
  • New Nottingham & H-B Woodlawn facilities completed
  • ATS – new chiller installed
  • Patrick Henry & Ashlawn – new carpet in library & several classrooms
  • Jamestown – classroom repainting
  • Long Branch – interior painting complete; exterior ongoing
  • H-B Woodlawn – relocatable removed
  • Williamsburg – new lockers installed
2006 2007 nclb transfers
2006-2007 NCLB Transfers

Total transfers in 2004-2005: 27

Total transfers in 2005-2006: 12

aps sat scores
APS SAT Scores
  • Highest mean scores since 1992
  • Reading: Exceeded national average by 41 points, VA by 32
  • Writing: Exceeded national average by 34 points, VA by 31
  • Math: Exceeded national average by 27 points, VA by 32
getting ready staff development
Getting Ready: Staff Development
  • New Hire orientation: Week of 8/18
    • Philosophy of APS
    • Curricular approach of APS
    • Individualized attention for each

new teacher

  • General Staff Development:

Week of 8/25

    • Teaching for Meaning
      • Essential questions
      • Enduring understandings
    • Use of new texts in Secondary English, Secondary Foreign Languages, K-12 Math
      • Information Services staff worked with Curriculum Supervisors to demonstrate interactive nature of new texts
opening day vignettes
Opening Day Vignettes
  • At Swanson, shiny floors conspired with torrential rain to send three teachers flying to the ground.
  • At Yorktown, staff members wore “Ask Me” buttons and counselors had upper-classmen speak to freshmen about the school.
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At Glebe, Mark Johnston visited 5th Grade and was greeted by ¡Buenos Dias! in the new FLES class.
  • At McKinley, it was Pat Anderson’s 35th – and wettest – first day of school.
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At Claremont, lots of parents from both “target” languages showed up to wish their students well.
the bottom line
The Bottom Line
  • We’re off to a fantastic start, reassured that great things will happen in the Arlington Public Schools this year.