Welcome To Northport Public School!
Where has the time gone? It seems like only a week or so ago since I first walked into Northport Public School for my first day...that was July 1st and we are almost at Christmas, what a busy, exciting six months this has been!
School improvement should be an ongoing, year-round process. This fall, our cycle of improvement has included work in the following areas:
● Data Review: Student achievement data from previous years and from this fall have been studied to determine what we are doing well, as well as areas where we can improve to best benefit our students.
● Improvement of Instruction: Using the Marzano framework for instruction, we have begun, and are progressing quite nicely, to establish a common language about what good instruction looks like. We continue to operate under the belief that the power of what happens in the classroom is where it’s at - it’s where we succeed or fail as a school district. We are working to identify and clarify a model of instruction for our staff and are providing associated professional development to help them be successful.
● Goal Setting: Identification of goals has been a focal point this fall, as well. Our goal is to make sure that every student in the District grows at least one year per year of instruction. Students who have fallen behind their grade level peers should demonstrate more than a year’s growth, which is designed to help them catch up.
● “Ready, Set, GO!!!” Bringing passion, excitement, and curiosity back to learning, and into each and every classroom is not formally a goal that is written on our school improvement plan yet, but I think it’s critical that we help our students develop this excitement and high levels of engagement if we are to get them to grow even more. As adults, we need to continue to model this love of learning and make our thinking about learning and growing visible through speaking and writing for our students to see.
● Processes and Systems: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support have been developed to help struggling students, either academically or behaviorally. Teachers and classroom assistants have a process by which they can discuss needs of students whom they are concerned about in a dynamic, solution-oriented format.
No matter what we do, or under what constraints we do it, our mission is and always will be, to serve students and to add value by producing the most student growth in the relatively short time we have to interact with them. I know that many of you are very busy with parenting, work, or many other responsibilities. It’s my hope that you are able to find time over the Holidays to enjoy with friends and family. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you in 2015!
Chris Parker, Superintendent